What’s Good This Month: January 5, 2016

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Happy New Year! Winter’s making up for lost time, and we’re scouring the web for the coziest possible upcoming events. Enjoy dinner with Zadie Smith or Eileen Myles, learn about vermouth in anticipation of our drinks issue, or stay inside and catch up on our favorite stories of 2015. Don’t forget — today, shop at Whole Foods and 5 percent of the proceeds will benefit GrowNYC’s Project Farmhouse.

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On January 19, join Robyn Andrea Burgess of Runaway Apricot for “Cook Save Thrive,” a one-night seminar on smart home cooking. Photo credit: Runaway Apricot

Get out of the cold

BAMCafe is reviving their “Eat, Drink and be Literary” dinner series this winter. This season’s author lineup includes Karl Ove Knausgaard,  Marlon James, and Zadie Smith. The events include readings, live music, and a buffet-style dinner. Your biggest struggle will be nabbing tickets.

Resolved to make dinner from scratch in 2016? On January 19, join Robyn Andrea Burgess of Runaway Apricot for “Cook Save Thrive,” a one-night seminar on smart home cooking.

Join cocktail experts at the Brooklyn Historical Society on February 11 for “The Brooklyn Cocktail: A History,” a panel discussion on the borough’s best beverages. Speakers include David Wondrich, St. John Frizell and Del Pedro.

And on Thursday, January 21, Adam Ford, author and founder of Atsby Vermouth, will be sharing the history of vermouth and sampling his own with the Culinary Historians of New York. Tickets are available here.

If you’re still thirsty, join us on March 3 for Good Spirits, one of our favorite events of the year. The walk-around tasting features samples from tons of our favorite local distilleries.

Planning a regifting party? Use City Harvest’s custom e-vites — your guests can donate to food reclamation.

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The book will feature the tattoos of illustrious chefs ranging from the Michelin-starred to the down ‘n dirty, and the rich personal stories behind them. Photo credit: Pen & Ink

Job opportunities, etc.

Chefs, share your tattoo stories with Pen & Ink, an art project featuring chefs and their best ink. Submit photos and background information to knivesandink@gmail.com. 

Love the Vendy Awards? Want to run them? The Street Vendor Project is hiring a managing director.

If you’re willing to relocate, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is now accepting applications for their prestigious F.A.R.M.S. apprenticeship.

The Billion Oyster Project is hiring a full time curriculum specialist! Study up with Rachel Nuwer’s wonderful profile of the initiative.

Something to look forward to

Brooklyn Based has a great roundup of borough restaurant openings slated for early 2016.

The U.N. declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Pulses are crops harvested for the dry grain, like lentils, beans, and peas.

Next summer, Kings Town will open by the Barclays Center. They’re crowdfunding the project on Equity Eats, a funding platform that returns investment in the form of food and drink credit (and cash). Nab a slice of the pie before it opens.

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