Under Pressure: An Evening with Thomas Keller
Saturday, November 22nd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In honor of Keller's newest book, Keller and co-author Michael Ruhlmann will be discussing compression and sous vide techniques used in Keller's restaurants French Laundry and Per Se. Tickets are $125/person and include a personalized copy of the book, wine reception, and treats from Bouchon Bakery. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street; event website
International Great Beer Expo
Saturday, November 22
Session I: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Session II: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sample from over 100 local and international beers with free demos and entertainment. Tickets per session are $45 for drinkers; $10 for designated drivers. Tickets benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale NY; event website
Turkey Carving and Wine Tasting
Saturday, November 22, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn how to carve a turkey and pair it with purple wines. Tickets are $45/person. New York Wine Company, 21 Warren Street (nr. Church Street); 212-812-3999; event website
11th Annual International Pickle Festival
Sunday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come celebrate the 11th year of PickleFest with food, contests, music, dancing, and prizes.
Community Center, Route 32 South, Rosendale NY; event website
Sweet Melissa Holiday Baking Class
Sunday, November 23, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Melissa Murphy of Sweet Melissa Patisserie will be leading a tasting, demo, and hands-on class in holiday baking to promote her newest book. Learn how to make pear cranberry pie with gingersnap crumble, as well as pie dough. Free; reservations not necessary. Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY; via Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn
Sunday, November 23rd, 5:00 p.m. Bear witness to the most important fondue contest in NYC! Enter your favorite cheese fondue recipe for a $100 cash prize, or come hungry for all-you-can-possibly-stomach fondue. Tickets for attendees are $10/person; free for entrants. Union Pool, 484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg Brooklyn; e-mail Matt Timms at [email protected] for details; event website
Vino e Cucina
Monday, November 24, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Stroll the ballroom at Gotham Hall while tasting some of Sardinia's finest cuisine and wine. Talk to chefs as they prepare delicacies, and participate in raffles awarding products, cooking classes, and fine dining. Tickets are $95/person; proceeds go toward scholarships for American students to pursue culinary studies in Italy. Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway (nr. 36th Street); 646-624-2885, extension 107; event website