One bright spot in the mid-January gloom: a three-day cassoulet binge, cooked up by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmys No. 43. January 12s Beer and Beans and January 14s wine dinner are mere casserole-pairing bookends to the main event on the 13th. The fifth annual Cassoulet Cookoff pits a dozen professional and amateur chefs against one another in a battle of rib-sticking bean-and-meat stews; the $30 admission benefits Greenmarket youth programs and entitles you to samples and a drink (43 E. 7th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-982-3006).
*This article originally appeared in the January 14, 2013 issue of New York Magazine.