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Burger and fries from DuMont, one of over 50 restaurants featured at Village Voice's Choice Eats. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

P.S. 3 Auction
Saturday, March 20, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Zak Pelaccio from Fatty Crab, Jason Denton from Corsino, Seamus Mullen from Boqueria, and other chefs cook to raise money for P.S. 3's arts programs.
Bites and an open bar by Fatty Crab, Little Branch, Employees Only, Cabrito, Corsino, 10 Downing, and more. Dessert by Spoon and bon bons by Roni-Sue's. $35 in advance, $40 at the door. P.S. 3, 490 Hudson Street (between Christopher and Grove Streets); event website.

Cochon 555
Sunday, March 21, 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
This culinary event features five New York chefs (Mark Ladner from Del Posto, Marco Canora from Hearth, Adam Kaye from Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Gavin Kaysen from Café Boulud, Corwin Kave from Fatty 'Cue). Each chef will prepare a 125-pound heritage pig for this ultimate cook-off, vying to be named the "Prince of Porc." $125. Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers Entertainment Complex, West 23rd Street at the Hudson River; 404-849-3569; event website.

Choice Eats
Monday, March 22, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm
The annual Village Voice tasting event is back, with samplings from over fifty restaurants. Beverages and "other surprises" are included in the ticket price. $45. The 69th Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th and 26th Streets);
event website.

Great Wines
Monday, March 22, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
At this educational course you will examine whether or not high price truly correlates with high quality. Richard Vayda, ICE director of wine studies, will lead a class that includes blind tasting, label-reading guidelines, and his expert advice. $80. The Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues; event website.

Chinese Food in Today's America
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
What does the Chinese-American community think of today's Chinese food? How is what the first and second-generation population cook at home different from the Western version of their country's food? Join this discussion on the city's food culture, moderated by Chop Suey author Andrew Coe, featuring four panelists. The reception at 6:30 pm will feature a selection of regional Chinese dishes, and the panel will commence at 7:00 pm. $40. Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street (between Grand and Howard Streets); 212-619-4785; event website.

Fry Me a River
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 pm-8:30pm
Have you ever wanted to deep fry at home, but just don't know how to go about it? Tom Mylan of The Roebling Tearoom will teach the basics of deep frying, including which oils to use, as well as safety and clean-up advice. $75. The Brooklyn Kitchen; 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; event website.

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