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Start your holiday season off right at these four amazing food events

Written by
Lauren Rothman

With Thanksgiving approaching, it may sound logical to stay super healthy before you’re hit with an onslaught of butter, turkey and pie. But this week, a handful of oh-so-tempting New York food and drink events will convince you to start your festive feasting early, no matter which indulgence you prefer.

For the cheese addict 

The most dependably delicious part of any dinner—one that can’t be marred by Aunt Louisa’s overzealous vegan cooking—is the cocktail-hour cheese plate. Embrace everyone’s favorite nosh at Murray’s Holiday Epicurean Showcase, where the purveyor of fine wheels will serve up its best cheeses alongside olive oils, cured meats, breads and desserts. 254 Bleecker St. Fri 20 6:30–8pm; $60.

For the boozehound 

Slip into your favorite cocktail dress or semi-ironic bow tie for the Bowery Hotel’s sixth annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar. Sip unlimited wintry cocktails and punches from the likes of Bulleit Bourbon, Wondermint Schnapps and Half Moon Orchard Gin, while grazing on pulled-pork sliders from Mable’s Smokehouse and lots of other snacks to keep you from getting too tipsy. 335 Bowery. Thu 19 7–10pm; $65–$90.

For the wine snob 

Even those without a vinicultural education will enjoy the NYC Autumn Wine Festival, but wannabe somms will find lots to love at the historic Broad Street Ballroom, which will be transformed into an urban vineyard. The fest boasts more than 175 wines from top-notch distributors, including international vintages and local producers, as well as live jazz and hors d’oeuvres. 41 Broad St. Sat 21 3–6pm, 8–11pm; $99.

For the chilihead 

Chili inspires a particularly obsessive breed of cooks and eaters, which is why Brooklyn’s popular Chili Takedown is back for its 13th year. Sample more than 25 versions of the rib-sticking, tongue-inflaming dish at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. The event has spawned lots of other competitions (fondue, curry and cookies, etc.), but this is the OG. 514 Union St. Sun 22 noon–2pm; $20. 

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