Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five choice dining events going on around the city:
1) Saturday Wine Series
When: Today, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., 5:40 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Terroir Park Slope
What: Terroir Park Slope kicks off a six-part series of winter wine classes this evening. The first class will be an introductory course on the history of the great big world of wine, led by resident wine geek and sommelier Paul Greico himself. The series runs through the end of March with two class times offered. Each class costs $20 per person and covers a different grape. Check out the list of topics here, and email Allison Whittinghill to reserve one of the twelve available spots.
2) Pretzel Making Class
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Brooklyn Kitchen
What: Roberta's head bread baker Melissa Weller will host a hands-on pretzel-making class at the Brooklyn Kitchen tomorrow afternoon. She will teach students the ins and outs of making an authentic Bavarian-style pretzel from scratch, including how to twist the dough into shape. Weller will also share an easy recipe for making homemade mustard, and the Brooklyn Brewery will provide some beer. Tickets are $55. [Photo: Melissa Makes Bread]
3) Cocktail Lab 101
When: Today, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Jakewalk
What: This afternoon, The Jakewalk's bar manager Timothy Miner and bartender Bryan Teoh will teach an introductory cocktail class. Participants will learn how to properly make a mixed drink, including what tools to use, how to properly shake, stir, and strain, and how to create a balanced recipe. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online here.
4) ABODE: A Dinner Party
When: Today, 7:00 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Where: The Old Bowery Station
What: Tonight is the last night of the pop-up dinner series "ABODE: a dinner party" at the Old Bowery Station. The five-course meal, cooked by Gregg Drusinsky (formerly of Le Bernardin and Lupa) and self-taught cook Sarah Ashley Schiear, features dishes like a smoked dungeness crab crostini and a roasted chicken. Check out the full menu here. The dinner costs $50 per person, including wine pairings, and tickets are still available to both seatings.
5) Chocolate and Wine Tasting
When: Today, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Hornblower New York
What: Later today, Jacques Torres and City Winery team up for a night of chocolate and wine aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. Torres and a City Winery wine captain will discuss the art of pairing wine with chocolate while guests taste a selection of complimentary wines and chocolates for themselves. Hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will also be provided. The three-hour cruise costs $75 per person.
Also of Note: This evening, STK Downtown is hosting SAFE: Sandy Aid Fundraising Event, a cocktail reception to help raise money for families still in need of support after Hurricane Sandy. Tickets are $55, which includes an hour of passed hour d'oeuvres, a vodka open bar, and other small bites from STK. Today's TEDxManhattan's "Changing the Way We Eat" conference is sold out, but for those interested in keeping tabs on the action, it will be streamed live online here from 10:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. today. Looking to try a new restaurant this weekend? Try Wise Men, a funky new bar and restaurant on the Bowery, or Manzanilla, the new Spanish brasserie from acclaimed Spanish chef Dani García. Or take a trip up to Hyde Park and check out the Culinary Institute of America's new Paul Bocuse-inspired French restaurant The Bocuse Restaurant. And if it's a drink you're after, check out Eater's recently updated Cocktail Heatmap.