1) Israeli Cooking Class
When: Tonight, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Gotham West Market
What: Part of Brooklyn Kitchen's Cooking from the Masters series, this class teaches how to make dishes from Ottelenghi's popular Middle Eastern read, Jerusalem: A Cookbook. Instructor Kate Duff will demystify the use of exotic ingredients like sumac and rose water with a menu featuring spicy carrot salad, lamb stuffed romano peppers and cardamon rice pudding. Tickets are $85, including wine.
2) Atlantic Ave. Launch Party
When: Tonight 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Brooklyn Brewery
What: The Atlantic Ave. Company is debuting its line of red sauces (extra virgin, porcini and pancetta) with a party at Brooklyn Brewery. You can sample one of their sauces with pasta as well as unlimited craft beer. Tickets will run you $25 and can be purchased here.
3) Winter Wine Festival
When: Today, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Where: Best Buy Theater
What: More than 200 wines will be available for tasting at the fifth annual NYC Winter Wine Festival. There will be also be snacks like antipasto, pasta, cheese, and bread to soak up the wine and live jazz. Tickets are $89 and can be purchased online or over the phone, 866-811-4111.
4) Scotch Tasting
When: Today, 6 p.m.
Where: Everett Pop Up Fashion Gallery
What: This Scotch class will feature four types of Scotch from four different regions of Scotland. The cost of admission is $45, which covers a history lesson and some food. The surroundings aren't too bad either, considering the event is being held in an art gallery. You can buy the tickets here.
5) Cupcake Class
When: Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Bowery Culinary Center
What: Learn how to make a homemade Valentine with Nicole Friday of the Cupcake Craze. Lessons include the basics of baking cakes and preparing frosting, to writing on cupcakes with chocolate glaze and making marzipan hearts. Tickets cost $35
Brunches for the Weekend: As mentioned earlier, Brooklyn hotspot Emily is launching their brunch menu this weekend with whimsical dishes like deep fried Elvis calzones and pizza topped with everything bagel sprinkle. You can also find more recommendations on Eater's updated map of the 15 hottest brunches in New York.