There's a ton of cool things going on in February! Be sure to check out some of these awesome events!
Monday, February 1st
Idealist.org's Global Volunteering Fair- 6pm to 9pm at Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, free. If you've ever thought about volunteering abroad, this informational fair is for you! Check out 27 volunteer sending organizations- groups that seek teachers, finance professionals, medical professionals, even surfers- and listen to panel discussions on affordable options for international volunteering.
Tuesday, February 2nd
Aphrodisiac Desserts- 6:30pm at The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, 100 Frost St, BK, $50. This vegan-friendly dessert making class, led by Anita Sharp of Electric Blue Baking, is a great way to learn how to make desserts guaranteed to spice up your Valentine's Day evening.
Wednesday, February 3rd
Pancakes with Clinton Street Baking Company- 6pm to 9pm at Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center, 95 E. Houston St, $55. Did you know February is National Pancake Month? This demo and hands-on class will give you some new pancake recipes as well as some tips and tricks to achieve the perfect pancake.
Thursday, Feburary 4th
The Honey Conservancy Fundraiser for "Vanishing of the Bees" doc- 7pm to 10pm at Ramscale West Village Lofts, 463 West St, #13, $20. An event to help raise funds for "Vanishing of the Bees", a documentary that explores Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)- features previews of the film, a Q&A with the filmmakers, as well as a silent auction, food, and drinks.
Soup and Bread Cookbook Party- 6pm to 9pm at The Bell House, 147 7th Street, Brooklyn, free. The weekly Chicago dinners for charity come to BK! Enjoy a free bowl of soup (there should be lots of varieties available) with loaves of homemade bread, and donate some cash at the bar, which is distributed to local food pantries.
Tuesday, February 9th
Green Drinks NYC- 6pm to 10pm at 230 Fifth, $10 advance/$20 at the door. The well-known monthly eco-meetup features eco-friendly cookbook author Louisa Shafia, a possible kissing booth, and pitches from people in green living, film, work, lifestyle, and more.
Saturday, February 13th
Greenpoint Food Market- noon to 5pm at Church of the Messiah, 129 Russell Street, BK. Visit this monthly market for not just delicious, locally produced goods by BK foodies, but some Valentine's themed fun like a kissing photo booth and a "foodmirer" bulletin board.
Tuesday, February 16th
Eat What You Grow, Grow What You Eat- 6:30pm at The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs, 100 Frost Street, BK, $90. The first of a four part course, learn more about city farming and growing your own veggies- lessons for true locavores!
Thursday, February 18th
The Art of Eating Book Party and Bruschetta Takedown- 7pm at The Bell House, 147 7th St, BK, $10. Self explanatory- a launch party for noteatingoutinny.com blogger Cathy Erway's "The Art of Eating", followed by a Bruschetta Takedown (gotta love food contests!) along with appetizers and music. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to benefit Just Food and Oxfam relief efforts in Haiti.
Wednesday, February 24th
The Gastronomica Forum: FoodFashion- 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St., $25. A food fashion show and a panel on the use of food in photography and fashion through the years? Sounds like something I've got to see!
Thursday, February 25th
Vegan Drinks- 7pm at Angels & Kings, 500 E. 11th Street, free. The monthly meetup where you can connect with- and drink with- fellow vegans and promote vegan activism.
The Green Salon- 6pm at Klavierhaus, 211 W. 58th Street, $20. This month's salon features pianist Tamara Orlovsky and guest speaker Scot Kelly on how to make solar energy work, followed by a discussion with salon attendees- a great interactive way to learn more on developments in solar energy!
Friday February 26th- Saturday, February 27th
New York Wine Expo- Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, $75 before 2/19. A grand tasting of wines from across the globe, along with wine seminars... okay, so this isn't specifically a food event, but the possibilities of this event are endless!
Sunday, February 28th
Just Food's Community Supported Agriculture in New York Conference- 8:30am to 6pm at Teacher's College of Columbia University, 120th St. btwn Broadway & Amsterdam, $25. The opportunity to connect with other CSA members and farmers during a day of panels and discussions.
Ongoing Saturdays in February
4 Course Vegan- location available to those who RSVP, $40. The concept is simple- bringing together both vegans and non-vegans for dinner and discussion at an underground dinner party in Williamsburg. Chef Matteo Silverman elevates the notion of vegan fine dining (check out the lush sounding menus!) and it sounds like a great way to meet other compassionate diners.
Ongoing in February
My Meal World for Charity- this isn't a veggie event in particular, but it involves an organization that's important to me, and to many New Yorkers- The Food Bank of New York. For every online order placed through MyMealWorld.com throughout the month of February, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Food Bank, which works to end food poverty in New York City.
18th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival- at City Bakery, 3 W. 18th St. Banana Peel Hot Chocolate? Tropical hot chocolate? Bourbon hot chocolate? Sign me up. Check out the Hot Chocolate Festival calendar on the City Bakery website for the flavor du jour, and warm up with your choice hot cocoa.