Weekend Whets 3/14

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

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, through March 23, 2014, Hudson Valley, New York:  Showcases restaurants in the Hudson Valley.

PI(E) Day, March 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m., City Grit, Nolita, Manhattan: Multi-course meal featuring savory & sweet pies.  $55 for one; $95 for two.

Bacon Fest: 6 Courses of Gourmandise Bacon by Sex on the Table, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Tribeca, Manhattan: Bacon tasting for Sex on the Table members or prospective members.

Chef Owen Clark Pop-Up Dinner at The Saint Austere, Sunday, March 16, 2014, 6 p.m. or 9 p.m., The Saint Austere, Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Six-course dinner with ($95) or without wine ($66).

St. Patrick’s Day:  Irish Cheese and Whiskey, Monday, March 17, 2014, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bedford Cheese Shop, Gramercy, Manhattan: Sample Irish cheeses and whiskies.  $70.

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.

pHFood POP Up Dinner Hosted by Ted & Honey, Friday, March 21, 2014, 6 p.m., Ted & Honey Cafe, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn: Dinner from locally grown, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Crow Hill Supper Club Presents: A Royal Purim Banquet by NYSHUK, Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7 p.m., Crow Hill Supper Club, Brooklyn:  Dinner of ten salads, from pickled cauliflower to matbucha, a roasted red pepper and garlic salad, a classic dairy couscous of Moroccan Purim served with dried fruit and nuts, a spicy fish dish called chraimi, and a”Mishloach Manot”–a massive spread of cookies.  $70.

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.

Warriors in Motion 1st Annual Master Chef Celebration, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion, Chelsea, Manhattan: Tastings from many of NYC’s top restaurants and chefs.

System + Taste: Food In Postcolonial Hawai‘i, March 27, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Village, Manhattan:  Discussion on how colonial histories shape current food systems.

Hot Sauce Expo, March 29 & 30, 2014, Penn Plaza Pavilion, Midtown West, Manhattan: Hot sauce vendors, eating contests and more.

April

Just Food Conference, April 5 through 6, 2014, Teachers College, Columbia University, Manhattan:  Conference on making locally grown food available to New Yorkers.

Westeros Feast – Dinner with Release of Fire & Blood, April 6, 2014, 7 p.m., Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village, Manhattan:  A Westeros-inspired feast.  $55.

Butts, Legs & Sides, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m., City Grit, Nolita, Manhattan:  Bo Ssäm Feast & Fried Chicken Fest.  $55 for one; $195 for four.

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.

Taste of the Lower East Side, April 24, 2014, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  A tasting of restaurants in the area.

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

Queens Taste 2014, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens:  Tasting and networking event celebrating the borough.  $100.

May

Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown®, Thursday, May 1, 2014 Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan: Tastings from area restaurants.

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