Check out 92Y's Chocolate Fest on Sunday, April 3rd. [Photo: Robyn Lee]

Thursday (March 31)

Culinary Luminaries: Pellegrino Artusi, the First Italian Cookbook Author
Thursday March 31st, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A panel of food and academic professionals will discuss the work of Pellegrino Artusi on the 100th anniversary of his death. Artusi's 1891 cookbook The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well became a book of authority on Italian cuisine. $5. Free to all students and New School faculty, staff and alumni with ID. Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY; 212-229-5488 or; event website

Beer vs. Wine: The Ultimate Battle
Thursday March 31st, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Taste four dishes, each paired with beer and wine, and vote on which pairing is better. Urban Oyster, Swirl Events and Jimmy's No. 43 are sponsoring the event. $45. Jimmy's No. 43. 43 E. 7th Street, New York, NY; event website

Friday (April 1)

Blind Wine Tasting Dinner at Craft
Friday April 1st, 7:30 p.m.
Craft chef de James Tracey and pastry chef Jennifer McCoy will present a four-course dinner paired with 10 New and Old World wines. $110 per person. Make a reservation by e-mailing 43 East 19th Street, New York, NY; 212-780-0880; event website

Saturday (April 2)

Whisky Benefit for Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami Relief
Saturday April 2nd, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come to this whisky tasting and silent auction to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Participants include Redemption Rye, Winebow Tuthilltown and more. All money raised will be donated to the Red Cross and Japan Society's Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. $30 in advance. $35 at the door. Ward III, 111 Reade Street, New York, NY; event website

Sunday (April 3)

Chocolate Fest: A Walk-Around Tasting
Sunday April 3rd, 7:30 p.m.
92Y is having its sixth annual chocolate event. Enjoy chocolate-inspired cocktails, single origin chocolate gelato and chocolate chip cookies from presenters such as Guittard Chocolate, The Grenada Chocolate Company, Valrhona Chocolate, Pacari, Grom Gelateria and more. $39. Buttenwieser Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY; 212-601-1000; event website

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Sunday April 3rd, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find out more about a vegetarian lifestyle by sampling foods from vendors like The Regal Vegan, Party Like a Vegan, Pacari, Foodswings and more. Free admission. The Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street; New York, NY;; event website

Thursday (April 7)

Hummus Taste-Off
Thursday April 7th, 7:00 p.m.
At this benefit for Seeds for Peace, "Peace Market," try hummus from several New York restaurants, and see who's crowned the winner (our own Erin Zimmer will be on the judging panel). Macy Gray will perform, and the ticket price includes an open bar, entertainment, and the hummus tasting. Pacha NYC, 618 W 46th; event website


Sullivan Street Bakery and Co. Japan Fundraiser
Saturday April 2 and Monday April 4
This Saturday, Jim Lahey's SE-approved establishment Sullivan Street Bakery will donate 50% of its sales to Red Cross relief efforts in Japan; at a similar fundraiser at pizza shop Co. on Monday, Lahey will donate 50% food sales, 100% beverage sales, and all gratuities. Sullivan Street Bakery, 533 W. 47th St.; 212-265-5580; website; Co., 230 Ninth Avenue; 212-243-1105; website

Salmon Week at Aquavit
now until April 1st and April 4th to April 8th
Honoring the coming of spring, Aquavit is holding its first annual Salmon Week, showcasing the fish in a smorgasbord of gravlax, salmon pudding with brown butter and lemon and salmon terrine with roe and sour cream. Call ahead to make a reservation in the Bistro. $28 per person at lunch. $35 for dinner. 65 East 55th Street, New York, NY; 212-307-7311; event website


Duck Off
Saturday April 9th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Serious duck lovers get to stuff their faces with a 12-course tasting buffet when amateur and professional cooks prepare their best duck dishes at Jimmy's No. 43. Proceeds benefit Food Systems NYC. $20 at the door (cash only). 43 East Seventh Street, New York, NY; 212-982-3006; event website

South Street Oyster Saloon
Saturday April 9th, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Get your fill of oysters and support the New Amsterdam Market by going to the South Street Oyster Saloon at the Fulton Fish Market from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., April 9. Swallow fresh-shucked oysters and other oyster dishes from April Bloomfield of The John Dory Oyster Bar, Alejandro Alcocer of green brown orange, Patrick Connolly of bobo Restaurant, Luke's Lobster, and others. Tickets cost $50 in advance, or $65 at the gate. South Street between Fulton and Beekman streets, New York NY; event website

Tap & Tapas Spring Benefit
Monday April 11th, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
This annual benefit for Groove With Me, a nonprofit funding dance classes for girls in East Harlem, will honor Tom Colicchio, who will be in attendance; chefs cooking and serving samples of their cuisine include Colicchio and Damon Wise (Craft/Colicchio and Sons), Scott Conant, Eric Ripert, April Bloomfield, Harold Dieterle, Missy Robbins, George Mendes, and more. There will be performances by the Groove With Me dancers. $175 in advance, all proceeds going to Groove With Me. Studio 450, 450 West 31st Street, New York NY; event website

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