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Empire State Dinner and Olio Nuovo Dinner
The Franks help liven up this oddly un-wintry January with two special events. First, an Empire State Dinner at Prime Meats highlights the best wine, meat, cheese and more New York has to offer in a six-course meal. The following week, head to Frankies 457 for an Olio Nuovo Dinner: its namesake ingredient is ultra-fresh olive oil from the first pressing of the season, showcased in a five-course meal and paired with Southern Italian wines. Find more information (including how to reserve a spot for both events) in the Franks’ newsletter.

Empire State Dinner: Tuesday, January 17 at 7pm at Prime Meats, 465 Court St at Luquer St (Carroll Gardens). $95.

Olio Nuovo Dinner: Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm at Frankies 457. 457 Court St between 4th Pl and Luquer St (Carroll Gardens). $85.

Edible Brooklyn: Talk & Tasting
This discussion takes place in Manhattan (at the Tenement Museum), but the subject matter is 100% Brooklyn–what defines the food of the borough? Hosted by Edible Brooklyn, the talk will offer perspectives from a panel of Brooklyn food minds, including Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery; Harry Rosenblum and Taylor Erkkinen, co-owners of The Brooklyn Kitchen; and Lou Di Palo of Di Palo’s Fine Foods. Read more about the event here, and RSVP to reserve a seat.

Tuesday, January 17 at 6:30pm at The Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St at Delancey St (Lower East Side, Manhattan). $10.

Winter Heat: Chorizo and Merguez
Join Brooklyn Cured‘s Scott Bridi at 61 Local for a hands-on sausage-making class. To ward off the January chill, this class will focus on two spicy varieties: Mexican-style chorizo and lamb merguez. All participants will get to take home what they make and sample the brats paired with local craft beers. Buy tickets here.

Tuesday, January 17 from 7 to 9pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill). $45.

Beer Dinner
Brewmaster Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery teams up with chef Ryan Farrar of The Jakewalk for a three-course pairing dinner. The full menu is TBD, but you can reserve a spot now by emailing and check out the flyer.

Monday, January 23 at 6pm and 9pm at the Jakewalk, 282 Smith St at Sackett St (Carroll Gardens). $45.

Pre-Industrial Dinner
Transport yourself to a time before food trucks and the Brooklyn Flea at this educational dinner with historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, who writes the blog Four Pounds Flour. You’ll learn about the foods of mid-1800s Brooklyn, when much of the borough was farmland and foods had to be preserved without the convenience of refrigeration, while sampling a four-course menu that showcases the methods and dishes of the era. Read more and RSVP here.

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30pm at The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Rd between E 11th St and Westminster Rd (Ditmas Park). $69.

Meet the Farmer (Fisherman) Dinner
Applewood will be hosting Christopher Nicolson of Iliamna Fish Co. and the Red Hook Winery, for a four-course tasting menu, paired with wine at every course, featuring Iliamna’s  wild sockeye salmon. Christopher is a third-generation fisherman who offers a sustainable alternative to commercially-sourced seafood through his salmon CSA (read our interview with Christopher to learn more about Iliamna).

Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00pm at Applewood, 501 11th St between 7th Ave & S Prospect Park. (Park Slope). Call 718.788.1810 for reservations and pricing.

Farm + Beer Expo
Brooklyn Brewery welcomes an all-star lineup of craft brewers for this event benefitting farms damaged by Hurricane Irene. Co-hosted by the Good Beer Seal and Brooklyn Brew Shop, the all-you-can-drink fete will have suds from KelsoEmpire Brewing, Tundra Brewery, Ommegang and more. You can also catch demos on home brewing and discussions about local farms and green breweries. Read more and buy tickets here.

Tuesday, January 31 from 7 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $45 early bird tickets before Jan 22.

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