The holiday get-togethers may be over, but there are plenty more exciting gatherings around WNY to help get you through the winter. From sweets and soup-sampling soirees to a swanky new wine festival at the Hotel @ The Lafayette, there’s still a lot to eat, drink and be merry about.
Feb. 2 & 3: The Butterfly Lovers Concerto
Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo
Ring in the Year of the Pig with one of the most famous works of Chinese music, performed by heralded pipa player Yang Wei, a frequent performer with world-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. UB’s Confucius Institute will also be on-hand to add to the Chinese New Year festivities. Saturday concert begins at 8 p.m., with the chance to hear directly from the artists in Musically Speaking at 7 p.m. Sunday show is at 2:30 p.m. with Musically Speaking at 1:30 p.m. (885-5000, Bpo.org)
Feb. 7: Sweet Charity
Buffalo Grand Hotel (formerly Adam’s Mark), 120 Church St., Buffalo
Satisfy your sweet tooth and help fight hunger at this 13th annual event to benefit the Food Bank of WNY. Delve into decadent desserts and sample sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, spirits and coffee tastings from some of the area’s finest establishments. Enjoy silent and live auctions, basket raffle, prize wheel and more. Savor the food and fun between 5 and 8:30 p.m. (935-6682, Foodbankwny.org)
Admission: $75 general admission. All-access packages are $150 single and $215 couple.
Feb. 9 & 10: Decorators’ Show House Sneak Peek
288 Lincoln Pkwy., Buffalo
This is your chance to see the “before” status of the home that will be transformed by local interior designers into this year’s Decorators’ Show House. Built in 1910, The Palmer Centennial House is a three-story Arts and Crafts home that sports over 100 windows, multiple fireplaces and many original architectural details. Get a sneak peek both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., then be sure to come back and tour the fabulously decorated home during the Show House, April 27-May 19. Proceeds from both events will benefit a local charitable organization chosen by The Junior League of Buffalo. (884-8865, Jlbuffalo.org)
Admission: Sneak Peek only, $5; Combo ticket for both preview and decorated home, $25
Feb. 16: Cork Head Wine Festival
Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St., Buffalo
Connoisseurs and wine newbies alike can all raise a glass to this tasting event featuring a curated collection of over 50 wines from across the globe. Further your vino knowledge with fun and relaxed seminars and interactive experiences led by local experts and brand representatives. Station with perfectly paired wine and hors d’oeuvres included in the price of admission. Additional food items will also be available for purchase, along with beer and spirits at the cash bar. Sip and savor from 5-8 p.m., with VIP tastings starting at 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans) of WNY. (Stepoutbuffalo.com)
Admission: $40 general; $60 VIP
Feb. 17: Soup-Fest
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo
Nothing comforts the soul on a cold winter’s day like a steaming cup of soup. Sample over 75 at this ninth annual festival that features creations from some of WNY’s finest restaurants and amateurs alike, judged by local media notables. Menu will be posted at the festival entrance and will include vegan and gluten-free options. Last year’s luscious lineup included everything from Alligator Gumbo and Cajun Chicken Chowder to Pot Roast Mac n’ Cheese and Pierogi Soup. Beer and other beverages available for purchase. Cash-only event runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (983-5062, Buffalosoupfest.com)
Admission: Soup tickets are $1 and cost per (generous) sample is $2-$3.