NYC Food Events for the Weekend (and Beyond)

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Beef stroganoff... sort of. One of the many dishes you'll learn to make at the Astor Center's Mad Men-inspired cooking class this week. [Photo: jeffreyw via Flickr]

Ongoing though October 31

Seven Deadly Sins Tasting Menu
Saturday October 30th from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Sunday October 31st, 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Chef Tadashi Ono of Matsuri whips up a tasting menu in honor of the restaurant's seventh anniversary that lets diners explore more sinister side of their palate. Dishes include an aphrodisiac hot pot featuring oysters, and a chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet. $77.77. 369 W 16th St at Ninth Ave, New York, NY; event website

Saturday October 30

The Locavore Hunter - Geese Gone Wild
Saturday October 30, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
As a benefit for Slow Food NYC, hunter and writer Jackson Lander will discuss the hunting and butchering of Canada Geese, a population that New York State has recently announced a plan to euthanize; the class includes a tasting with paired wines. $25-35. Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, 540 President Street, Brooklyn NY; event website

Sunday October 31

Trick or Eat
Sunday October 31st, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Swap out the treats for some international eats and you get this Elmhurst-based night of alternative trick-or-treating. Pick up a scorecard at 45th and Broadway and hit up the participating restaurants such as Ploy Thai and Java Village for free samples. Proceeds to go towards the Summer 2011 Roosevelt Avenue Street Festival. $10 suggested donation. Broadway between Queens Blvd and Baxter Ave, Queens, NY; event website

Monday November 1

"Love Your Work Life" With Padma Lakshmi
Monday November 1st, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, candy goddess Dylan Lauren, and other successful women in the food industry will teach you how to get your foodie career off the ground (and continue to have a social life) at this panel discussion, hosted by the 92nd Street Y. $29. 1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts, New York, NY; event website

Tuesday November 2

Book Launch and Tasting with Amanda Hesser
Tuesday November 2nd, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Celebrate the release of the latest books by food writers Amanda Hesser (The Essential New York Times Cookbook) and Melissa Clark (In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite) with egg creams, Cienfuegos punch, and bites from Terrior and Russ & Daughters at Chelsea Market. $50. 75 Ninth Ave at 16th St, New York, NY; event website

Chili at Char No. 4
Served each Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. beginning November 2nd
Beginning today, bourbon and barbeque hot spot Char No. 4 offers a Tuesday chili night. $22 gets you a bowl of smoked short rib and pork shoulder chili with bacon-jalapeno corn bread and honey butter along with a beer-and-whiskey combo that will change weekly. $22. 196 Smith St between Baltic and Warren Sts, Brooklyn, NY; event website

Wednesday November 3

Dinner with MAD MEN: Hands-On Cooking & Cocktails
Wednesday November 3rd, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Part history lesson and part culinary adventure, this Astor Center class will teach you about food trends of the late 50's and 60's and how they changed with increasing influence of various international cuisines. Several popular dishes of the time are then created with updated ingredients and techniques, ranging from deviled eggs to Polynesian Pork and beef stroganoff. $125. 399 Lafayette St at E 4th St, New York, NY; event website

In the Near Future

Noche Buena: Holiday Treats of the Phillipines
Saturday November 13th 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Led by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan at their Ditmas Park restaurant Purple Yam, this cooking class will teach you how to make traditional Filipino Noche Buena (or Christmas Eve) delicacies such as bibingka (rice cakes), Christmas ham, and salabat (ginger tea). $65. 1314 Cortelyou Rd at Argyle Rd, Brooklyn, NY; event website

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