Valentine's Blowout at Aviary; Judge BBQ With Gapers Block; Bubbly Class at Vera


It is time for much stuff! We will give you some Valentine's Day listings tomorrow, but we wanted to call attention first to what we guess will be a hot ticket— The Aviary's blowout, which for $200 per person includes a seven-course menu of food and cocktails, accompanied by "live music in the form of crooners, chanteuses and cabaret singers to swoon with your love to," and has two seating (between 6 and 7 and between 9 and 10). It went out to the Next/Aviary email list last night, watch for a public announcement at the Aviary Facebook page sometime today.

• There will be barbecue, if not bowling, at this year's edition of Gapers Block BBQ Bowl at Lincoln Hall from noon to 3 on Saturday. BBQ competitors will square off, you'll get to judge, there will be music and raffle prizes. $20 gets you in, go here for tickets.

Vera's next class will be on Bubbles Before Brunch; $40 gets you a complimentary glass, a flight of four more to try while you nosh on brunch bites, the lovely Liz Mendez telling you all about how to make bubbly work with food, and, cross-promotionally, a pair of deals with their friends at Leopold: book a Leopold reservation before the class and get $5 off the class, show your receipt at Leopold after and get a complimentary snack from the chef.