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Raw oysters. Photograph by knightbefore_99 on Flickr

Founded on Oyster Shells
Saturday, February 21, 5 to 8 p.m.
Eat for charity! Enjoy a selection of oysters and stew along with beer sourced from Brooklyn's Beer Table. Proceeds to benefit the establishment of the New Amsterdam Market—a permanent, indoor, public farmers' market. Read our interview with the market's director Robert LaValva here. Tickets $50/person. f/ocus Rental Gallery, 599 11th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen (nr. 45th Street, map); event website

Chinese New Year's Banquet
Sunday, February 22, noon to 3 p.m.
Eat for more charity! Enjoy dim sum from Chinatown Brasserie along with tai chi and sword demonstrations. Proceeds to benefit the Taoist Tai Chi Society. Tickets $75/person. Chinatown Brasserie, 380 Lafayette Street, Greenwich Village (nr. Great Jones Street, map); nyc.ny@taoist.org; event website

2009 Fat Tuesday Party
Tuesday, February 24, 6 p.m. to midnight
Enjoy zydeco, barbecue, and Louisiana brews at Cajun standby Acme Bar and Grill. Free. Acme Bar and Grill, 9 Great Jones Street, Greenwich Village (bn. Broadway and Lafayette Street, map); event website

Jimmy's No. 43 Mardi Gras Party
Tuesday, February 24, 6 p.m. to midnight
Enjoy cheap gumbo and jambalaya as well as $5 pints of New Orleans beer. Tickets $5/person; a portion of the proceeds to benefit Food Systems Network NYC. Jimmy's No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, East Village (b/n 2nd and 3rd Avenues, map); event website

Bell Maison Fat Tuesday Party
Tuesday, February 24, 7 p.m.
Enjoy Cajun jambalaya and New Orleans funk at the Bell House's Bayou bash. Tickets $9/person. Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus Brooklyn (b/n 2nd and 3rd Avenues, map); event website

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