Weekend Whets 2/21

NYC Restaurant Week, February 17 through March 7, 2014:  Discounted three-course meals at popular NYC restaurants.

Japanese Restaurant Week, February 17, 2014 through March 16, 2014, Manhattan: Showcases restaurants serving Japanese cuisine.

Burnin’ Down The Mouth: Sriracha, Ghost Peppers, and History of Heat, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn: Explore global cuisine that uses hot peppers.

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.

Urban Harvest Benefit Dinner, Monday, March 3, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Rouge Tomate, Upper East Side, Manhattan:  Celebrate National Nutrition Month with  a seasonal 5-course tasting menu by Executive Chef Jeremy Bearman & Executive Pastry Chef James Distefano sponsored by Rouge Tomato and Slow Food NYC.  $175.

Vegetarian Pop-Ups, March 6 & 7, 2014, Old Bowery Station, Manhattan: Vegetarian dinner at Young’s.  $45+.

Cassoulet Tasting, March 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Back Forty West, Soho, Manhattan:  Chefs from six NYC restaurants make the classic French winter dish.  $86.70.

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 Taste of Fifth Avenue, April 9, 2014, 6:30 p.m., The Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn:  Sample tastings from local restaurants.

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.

Food Book Fair, April 25 through 27, 2014, Brooklyn: Event showcasing books by those in the food world.


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