Weekend Whets 3/1

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.

Dumpling Crawl; Saturday, March 2; noon, 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.; in front of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Chinatown:  Find the best dumpling in Chinatown at this tasting crawl.  Includes chopsticks and dessert.  Tickets $25.  

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Manhattan:  Event featuring vegetarian and vegan food and product vendors and lectures on topics like artisan vegan cheese, sprouting and juicing, Frankz Kafka’s vegetarian lifestyle, apartment gardening and more.  Tickets $30 per day or $50 for both.

Japan Restaurant Week, March 4 through 18, 2013, New York:  For a taste of Japanese cuisine, try one of the participating restaurants.

Taste of Home 2013, Monday, March 4, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Housing Works, 126 Crosby Street, Manhattan:  Honorary chair Ted Allen and co-hosts Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Hocker invite you to Housing Works’ annual chefs’ tasting and culinary-themed benefit.  Tickets are $100.

One Sandwich at a Time:  March Sandwich Making Event, Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 133 Pitt Street, Lower East Side:  This sandwich making event benefits the homeless.

Obento:  Japanese Culture in a Box with Debra Samuels, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Nippon Club, 145 West 57th Street, Manhattan:  Cookbook author Debra Samuels will talk about bento lunches and you will get to assemble one as well.  $10.

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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