What’s Good This Month: December 23, 2015

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The city’s first cat café is celebrating its first birthday. Photo credit: Ethan Covey

Happy holidays from the Edible team! We hope you’re enjoying Star Wars and the shortest days of the year. We’ve rounded up a couple of last-minute gift ideas along with some recent news.

There’s still time: 

The NYC Good Whiskey Passport buys you a drink at 44 participating bars for $37. Do the math — that’s 84 cents per drink!

Marlow & Daughters is hosting whole pig butchering lessons all winter long.

Parlor Coffee is now offering a monthly subscription service.

The League of Kitchens has introduced gift certificates for their awesome immersion workshops.

By-Hand Culinary is a new service that teaches cooking classes in the comfort of your own home.

New Years’ Eve:

MoFAD is hosting a feast with a pig roast and “global celebratory food.”

Threes Brewing is hosting an Aloha New Years Eve featuring popup restaurant Dover & Battersby. They’re also expanding in the new year — look out for bottles and cans.

Humboldt & Jackson is hosting an extravaganza featuring pizza from Roberta’s and an open bar.

Jobs, Opportunities, Internships:

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is accepting applications for their horticulture internship through December 31.

Vendors, BRIC House is looking for a concessionaire to start operations in March or April. For more information, contact bsmulyan@bricartsmedia.org.

A Growing Culture is building a food sovereignty library, and they’re hiring a part time communications + development assistant.

We love Brandworkers, the non-profit dedicated to factory workers’ rights. They’re hiring a Digital Community Manager and are looking for someone with experience in online organizing.

Other News:

Manhattan’s first cat cafe is officially one year old, and they printed amazing “cattoos” to celebrate. You can’t buy Meow Parlour’s tats, but you can rent pets by the half hour by signing up online.

Dig Inn has released their answer to last year’s bone broth craze in the form of a no-bone broth, a vegetarian-friendly dish made with seaweed and juice pulp.

On January 12, join Food + Tech Meetup to discuss AgTech Innovation. Tickets run $25 and include admission and snacks.

David Chang’s delivery startup Maple is now offering Ample Hills ice cream for a limited time only, presumably because delivering hot meals got too easy.

Kiva, the global microlending platform, officially launched in NYC. Businesses like Jimmy’s No. 43 and B&H Dairy both used the site to raise funds following the East Village fire this year.

Join MoFAD and Slow Food to explore New York’s Ark of Taste on January 7. The event is followed by a pop-up farmers market.

Bantam Bagels is hosting the #BantamBitesHunger challenge — they’re donating $5 for every customer who completes their bagel hole-eating competition and $1 for all participants.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is turning 100! To celebrate, they’re hosting a feast with sake, wine and shochu pairings on January 21. Tickets are $150.

The second annual Bitten food conference is happening on February 12. Mark your calendars.

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