Candy: Evil or Just Misunderstood? with Samira Kawash, Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m., NYU Department of Food Studies and Nutrition, 411 Lafayette St, 5th floor (between West 4th and Astor Place), Village, Manhattan: Discussion on whether candy is a food. $10-$40.
America’s Romance with Chocolate: A Sweet Social History, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Merchant’s House Museum, East Village, Manhattan: Discussion on the history of chocolate from a hot drink to chocolate bars in 19th-century America followed by a tasting. $40.
Save Room for Dessert!, February 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn: Demos, tips, small samples and Q&A from sweet makers like Roni-Sue Chocolates and Love Sweet Love Pralines. $5.
The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table, with Tracie M. McMillan, an award-winning journalist concerning food, poverty, and the politics of both, Monday, February 10, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, Manhattan: Author discusses why only privileged minority can eat well in America.
6th Annual Bacon & Bourbon Expo, Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Astor Center, East Village, Manhattan: Tastings of bacon and bourbon. $59.
Lincoln’s Kitchen: The African-American Influence on Our Table, Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: Sample dishes from What Mrs. Fisher Knows About Southern Cooking, the first cookbook written by an African-American. $45.
“New York City: A Food Biography,” with Andrew F. Smith, a food studies and professional food writing teacher at the New School and the author or editor of twenty-one books, Thursday, February 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, Manhattan: Lecture on NYC food.
James Oseland and Special Guests: A Fork in the Road, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: Saveur editor in chief and “Top Chef Masters” judge James Oseland and other foodies share experiences. $21+.
Shojin Ryori: Zen Cuisine for Body & Mind, Thursday, February 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Japan Society, Midtown East, Manhattan: Toshio Tanahashi, founder of Zecoow Culinary Institute, explores Shojin Ryori, vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. $25.
NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, March 1 & 2, 2014, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea, Manhattan: Festival features food sampling and meals from vegetarian restaurants and food companies, health and wellness vendors, vegetarian/animal welfare information tables and live entertainment and activities. $40 per day.
A Slice of Brooklyn Pizza Tour, Sunday, March 2, 2014, 11 a.m., Brooklyn: Visit Italian and Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn with pizza tastings and movie history. $80.
Game Of Thrones Gourmet: Medival Feasts, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: Sample dishes from the Middle Ages. $45.
Ferran Adria, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:15 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: World-renown chef discusses his techniques. $29+.
Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, with Samira Kawash, the author of “Dislocating the Color Line,” and the founder of the website Candyprofessor.com, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Mid-Manhattan Library, Manhattan: Lecture on cultural history of candy in America.
Ides Of March: Feasting In Ancient Rome, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7 p.m., 92nd Street Y, Upper East Side: Learn about dining etiquette and meals of Ancient Rome. $45.
A Persian Feast, April 12, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan: Group discussion of Middle Eastern art and culinary history followed by a hands-on cooking class. $150.