Weekend Whets 3/8

Chocolate Making, Tuesday, March 12, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tache, 254 Broome Street, Manhattan:  Learn how to make chocolate-dipped marshmallows, grignotines and mendiants (choco-clusters).

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

Japan Week, Tuesday, March 19 through Thursday, March 21, 2013, Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall: Learn mochitsuki, the pounding of mochi (rice cakes). Try ekiben, bento box meals specifically sold at railway stations throughout Japan. There are other cultural events scheduled as well.

The New Little Germany: New York Revisits the German Table, Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Manhattan: Former NY Times restaurant critic Mimi Sheraton, Schaller & Weber charcuterie master Jeremy Schaller and chef Kurt Gutenbrunner of The Standard Biergarten discuss the new German cuisine. Tickets are $30.

Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, Manhattan: Author Mark Russ Federman discusses his book on the famous family who turned a family business into a food institution.

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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