Weekend Whets 2/22

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.

Cassoulet Festival, Monday, February 25, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Back Forty West, Soho:  Multiple tastings of the Savoy dish.  Participating chefs are Alex Raij of Txikito, Mike Laarhoven of Back Forty, Shanna Pacifico of Back Forty West, Nick Anderer of Maialino and Tom Mylan of The Meat Hook.  $65 with a portion of the proceeds going to the New Amsterdam Market.

A Taste of the Italian Islands, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Ristorante Asellina, 420 Park Avenue South, between 28th and 29th Streets, Manhattan:  Chef Marco Porceddu creates dishes from his native Sardinia with wine pairings from Sardinia and Sicily.  Members $75; Public $90.  For reservations, call 212-627-2308.

Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company, through February 28, 2013, Lower East Side:  Try a different type of pancake each day of the month.

A Taste of Magic: An Evening of Conjuring and Culinary Excellence, Friday, March 1, 2013, 8 p.m., Gossip Restaurant, 733 9th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen:  A night of magic and food.

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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