A quick briefing on cool events in the city:
Tuesday, January 13th: GreenDrinks monthy meetup at the Hiro Ballroom from 6pm to 10pm. $15 at door. Network with other green like-minded New Yorkers!
Thursday, January 15th: Edible Manhattan presents Kombucha Making, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Culinary Center at Whole Foods Bowery, $20. Part lecture, part demo, and part tasting event, you know your inner raw foodist is just as curious as mine :)
Sunday, January 18th- 23rd, and 25th through 30th: NYC Winter Restaurant Weeks. You already know the deal- prix-fixe lunches for $24 and prix-fixe dinners for $35 at some of the finest restaurants in NYC. Book tables now, harass about veggie options later. (I sure do!)
Friday, January 23rd: The Queens GreenBusiness Summit at Queens College from 9am to 5pm. A business to business summit about incorporating sustainable practices into local businesses. The first of its kind in Queens, this event is worth checking out!
Saturday, January 24th: An Evening with Mark Bittman, free at the Culinary Center at Whole Foods Bowery, 6:30pm to 8pm. A discussion of his new book, Food Matters, which delves into how government policy, marketing, and global economics impact what we shop for and consume. Definitely a worthwhile talk!
Monday, January 26th: Chinese New Year 2009. Ring in the Year of the Ox with a fireworks show held on January 25th, followed by the annual Lunar Festival Parade at the beginning of February. Check out the link for full listing of events, sample some Chinese vegetarian munchies while you're downtown, or make your own vegetarian versions of traditional treats.
Tuesday, January 27th: HSUS NYC Lobbying for Animals Seminar, from 6 to 7:30pm at Animal Haven Soho. A free presentation where you can learn how you can influence your state representatives on humane issues and animal rights. Put your newly acquired lobbyist skills to good use on March 30th for New York State Humane Lobby Day in Albany.
Thursday, January 29th: Vegan Drinks, from 7pm to 9pm at Angels & Kings. Monthly meetup for vegans who like to party!
Saturday, January 31st: Ancient Grains for the Modern Vegetarian Diet, $55 at the Culinary Center at Whole Foods Bowery, 3pm to 6pm. A hands-on cooking class dedicated to nutrient powerhouses amaranth, quinoa, teff and millet.
Ongoing through January: Staten Island Restaurant Week, with prix-fixe dinners for $20.09 on Sundays through Thursdays at participating SI eateries. Come on, you know you're curious about what the so-called forgotten borough is bringing to the table.
Coming up next month:
Thursday, February 12th: James Beard: The Quintessential American Epicure lecture at The New School, 6pm. $8 at door.