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Dinner at Court Street Grocers
Court Street Grocers brings back its Friday Night Dinners to help kick off 2013. Tonight’s installment features five courses, including octopus with brussels sprouts and caesar vinaigrette, and bone marrow with BBQ sunchokes and bread & butter pickles. It’s BYOB, but they’ve got some handy wine recommendations from their neighbors Fat Cat Wines, alongside the full menu and reservation info, here.

Friday, January 25; two seatings: 7pm and 9:30pm; at Court Street Grocers, 485 Court St between Nelson and Huntington Sts (Carroll Gardens). $60.

Winter Cheese Party
It may be cold outside, but Stinky Bklyn and the Jakewalk are here to remind us of one upside of winter: seasonal cheeses and drinks to match. You’ll get to sample a variety of winter cheeses plus wine, beer and cocktail pairings. Snag a ticket here.

Saturday, January 26 at 1pm at the Jakewalk, 282 Smith St at Sackett St (Carroll Gardens). $25.

Son of Booze and Schmooze
City Reliquary provides another good reason to venture out into the cold with its annual fundraiser featuring the finest local distillers, brewers and more. Sip unlimited drinks and nosh on all-you-can eat food, from participants including Kings County Distillery, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Rockaway Brewing Company, Saltie, The Meat Hook, Best Pizza and Oslo Coffee. Tickets include a take-home goodie bag, and proceeds benefit the City Reliquary.

Saturday, January 26 at 7pm at the Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St between Meeker and Manhattan Aves (Williamsburg). $100.

MSG takes on MSG
Masters of Social Gastronomy is turning one year old, and for their anniversary edition they’re tackling the substance with which they share an acronym (no, not Madison Square Garden): monosodium glutamate. Sarah Lohman will trace MSG’s history back to its origins in traditional Japanese food; afterward, Jonathan Soma will discuss the flavor enhancer’s modern-day uses and decipher the myths and facts that surround it. Find more info and RSVP on the event page.

Tuesday, January 29 at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Wythe and Kent Aves (Williamsburg)

Super Bowl BBQ at Sycamore
Plenty of bars and restaurants will be rolling out Super Bowl specials in the weeks to come, but for now, Sycamore‘s game-day shindig is looking tough to beat. The bar’s own Johnny Lupiani will be smoking up a ton of beef, pork and chicken, which will be served at half time in heaping portions with sides for $20. Buy a plate in advance at the bar or online.

Sunday, February 3 at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park). $20.

How to…Prepare a Mexican Feast
Edible and the Brooklyn Brewery team up once again for the latest in their how-to series, a tutorial on south-of-the-border eats. You’ll learn to make corn and flour tortillas from the folks of Lonestar Taco, fiery salsa from the Brooklyn Salsa Company and refreshing paletas from La Newyorkina. As always, tickets are just $5, and Brooklyn Brewery beers will be flowing for $5 a pop.

Wednesday, February 13 from 7:30 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $5.

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