With an affinity for making lists (complete with check boxes), a history of smuggling goat cheese into college cafeterias and a never ending obsession to perfect her pie crust, it was only natural that Michaela Johnson would find her way into the position of planning and executing events for a food magazine.

Change the Way We Eat… From the Comfort of Your Own Home

This Saturday, January 21st, from 10:30 am to 5:45 pm, make yourself a some lunch and get comfortable in front of your computer for TEDxManhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat,” a live simulcast from the TimesCenter in Times Square. Twenty speakers who know more than a thing or two about the subject of sustainable eating and farming (including Mitchell Davis, the Executive Vice President of the James Beard Foundation, Michelle Hughes, the Director of GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project, and Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States) will explore a variety of issues, and talk about our choices and their consequences.

This Week on the Event Calendar: Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food, Farm Policy and Politics

Predicting the weather is Punxsutawney Phil’s domain. Predicting what’s going to happen when it comes to food, farm policy and politics? That’s where the NYC Food Almanac 2012 comes in. On January 24th from 6:30 to 9 pm at 632Below, a group of experts (including Edible’s own Brian Halweil) will predict what will happen and call for what should happen with a panel discussion and Q&A.

This Week on the Edible Calendar–Cocktail Party Tickets, Killer Cookies and Slow Wine

As February approaches, we’re getting more and more excited about this year’s first edition of Good Spirits, our seasonal cocktail event held at 82 Mercer on February 28. (Which just happens to be the birthday of our events director Sam Seier, so when she runs past you to make sure there are napkins at The Beagle table and ice for the guys making drinks with El Buho Mezcal, please wish her a good one.) We can’t wait to see what places like The Beagle or Monument Lane and Fort Reno will feed us, or what “good spirits” we’re going to drink made from El Buho, Privateer Rum or Bache Gabrielsen. It’ll all be great, for sure, so headed over here to purchase your $45 ticket to join us (and wish Sam a happy birthday).

Stay Warm the Best Way We Know How: With a Ticket to Good Spirits

It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter, right? Mittens, scarves and puffy parkas are all well and good, but when it comes to warming seriously chilled bones, they can’t quite compete with stiff drink. It’s safe to say that February will be frigid, so prepare early and get your tickets (available here) to Good Spirits, our seasonally inspired cocktail event on February 28th from 6 to 9 pm at 82 Mercer in Soho. Until then, below is the roster of this year’s participants to get you excited. Be sure to check out our Events Calendar for other great happenings going on around town.

Deadline Extended to Jan 6: Make Mixology Magic Happen with the Great King Street Cocktail Competition

With the hoopla of the holidays out of the way, we wanted to remind you to prod your favorite bartender to enter our Great King Street Cocktail Competition, a collaboration by Compass Box and Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn to crown the very best cocktail made with Great King Street: Artist’s Blend and at least one seasonal ingredient. And to say we’ve extended the submission deadline to this Friday, January 6th.

What’s Ahead on the Edible Calendar: Hang with Green Flash Brewing’s Owners on Christmas Day; NYE Feasting

Staying in the city for the holidays? Looking for plans to ring in the New Year? Anxious to put a date into your snazzy new 2012 day planner? (Er, smart phone?) Look no further: As always Edible has the list of what’s happening in food around New York City. Below is what’s up next of note, and remember to stay tuned to our Events Calendar for more options, or sign up for our email newsletters for even easier updates.

What’s Ahead on the Edible Calendar: Local Fisheries, Slow Wine and Good Spirits

A few more sunsets until the first Hanukah candle; a few more bedtimes till Santa comes down the chimney…it’s an exciting time of the year, that’s for sure. To keep those excitement levels at a peak, here are a few shindigs both before and after the holidays, including a celebration for the publication of the first-ever English Slow Wine Guide at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Monday, January 30th from 6:30 to 9 pm. This walk-around wine tasting will feature 140 wines from over 60 Slow Wine producers. For more edible-minded events, be sure to check out our Events calendar right here.

DIY Gifts (Including Your Own) at The BUST Craftacular and Food Fair

Nothing beats a homemade gift during the holidays. It saves the giver the stress associated with holiday shopping–but more importantly it endears givers to receivers with the thought of the time and effort that went into that one-of-a-kind gift. So get crafty! Start by hitting the 7th Annual BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair this weekend.

Beer + Food + Film + Whiskey + Pickles + Jerky + Cocktails=What’s Ahead on The Edible Event Calendar

From everybody’s favorite pairing (whiskey and pickles) to a beer-centric movie night, here are a couple of events going on around town that we think you’ll enjoy. Be sure to check out our events calendar for more suggestions–and don’t forget to mark your calendars for February 28, which will be our first event of 2012: It’s Good Spirits, a celebration of seasonal cocktails and local liquors. (Hurry on over here to purchase your $35 Early Bird ticket before they’re all sold out.)