Weekend Whets 2/15

Live Cheese Carving, Friday, February 15, 2013, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square, Manhattan:  Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is celebrating Presidents’ Day with a cheese carving by the Cheese  Lady.  Cheese carver Sarah Kaufmann will put a creative twist on “Mount Rushmore” with 160 pounds of cheddar cheese from Cabot Cheese.

2nd Annual Brisket King of NYC, Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette Street, Manhattan:  Brisket samples from over 15 chefs and one will be crowned king!

The Malaysian Winter Market at Bryant Park’s Fountain Terrace, Wednesday, February 20, 2013 and Thursday, February 21, 2013, Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (or until sold out) and Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (or until sold out), Bryant Park, Manhattan:  Malaysian food purveyors with chef demonstrations and a dance troupe.  The event is free and dishes go up to $8 each.

Culinary Luminaries: Marion Cunningham, Thursday, February 21, 2013, 6 p.m., Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, The New School, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, Manhattan:  A talk on the cookbook author and assistant to James Beard.  Speakers include Judith Jones, senior editor and vice president, Knopf; Laura Shapiro, author of Something from the Oven; and Barbara Kafka, author of The Intolerant Gourmet. Moderated by New School Food Studies faculty member Andrew F. Smith.

Saints and Foods of New York, Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus 113 W 60th St. , South Lounge, Manhattan:  Art historian and author of The Insider’s Guide to Little Italy, Danielle Oteri talks about saint feast days and the food traditions associated with them that date as far back as the Middle Ages.

Friday Night Dinner:  Hamentashen and Martinis, Friday, February 22, 2013, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y Tribeca, 200 Hudson Street, Manhattan:  Celebrate Purim with sweet and savory hamentashen like oven roasted tomato with cinnamon and jalepeno and guava and cheese.  Tickets are $40 in advance; $50 at the door.

Making Sushi for Hinamatsuri, Saturday, February 23, 2013, noon to 2 p.m., The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Manhattan:  Prepare special sushi and learn Japanese expressions and culture for the Doll Festival.  $35.

Just Food Conference, Friday, March 29, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Food and Finance High School, 525 West 50th Street, Manhattan:  A conference with workshops on cooking and food preparation, CSA trends, local and national food and farm issues for the general public, food professionals, entrepreneurs, job seekers, CSA members, community organizers and farmers.  Friday will include a job networking event.  Saturday includes a food EXPO.

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