Stinky Cheese Festival
Thursday, March 4 through Friday, March 12 A week of cheeses? This restaurant week (of sorts) features chefs at nine French eateries—including Café d'Alsace and L'Express—who will prepare special cheesey dishes throughout the week. Items are available à la carte for $8 to $24. Various restaurants around the city. event website.
Natural Winemakers' Week
Saturday, March 6 through Thursday, March 11 Join artisanal, natural, organic, biodynamic winemakers from France, Italy, and California for the Sixth Annual Natural Winemakers Week. There will be wine dinners, tastings, and classes, as well as opportunities to meet the winemakers. Various locations; 646-322-4254; event website.
Saturday, March 6, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Perfect for the cold weather, this cook-off will feature more than fifteen varieties of soup. The judging panel includes Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in New York and Gabrielle Langholtz of Edible Brooklyn. The door donation will benefit the Fresh Air Fund and Harbor Hope, a nonprofit that develops cooking programs for those with special needs. $20. Jimmy's No. 43; 43 East 7th Street (between Second and Third Avenues); 212-982-3006; event website.
Pancakes the Old-Fashioned Way
Sunday, March 7, 11:00 am-1:00 pm Historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman, of the blog Four Pounds Flour, will make flapjacks over an open fire and recreate the historic recipes of Pumpkin Cornmeal, Apple and Sour Milk, and Clove and Rosewater flapjacks. Hot drinks will also be served and music by Ivan Ulz will entertain. Free. The Old Stone House in Washington Park (5th Avenue at 3rd Street), Brooklyn, event website.
Oscar Night at Mia Dona
Sunday, March 7, 7:00 pm Watch the Academy Awards at Mia Dona, Donatella Arpaia's newly re-opened restaurant. It will showcase the new menu, inspired by Arpaia's native Puglia, with dishes including Mama's Meatballs, Mini Panzarotti, Mini White Bean Bruschetta and Panna Cotta with Caramel Sauce and Candied Pistachio. It also offers cocktails named after Oscar-nominated films. $25. Mia Dona, 206 East 58th Street (between Second and Third Avenues); 212-750-8170; event website.
A Taste of Greenwich House, Eighth Annual
Monday, March 8, 7:00 pm-9:30 pm This annual fundraising event offers unlimited drinks and bites from some of the city's best West Village restaurants, including Perilla and Gotham Bar and Grill. Benefits go to the Greenwich House, a nonprofit that delivers social services to New Yorkers. Advance $100, at the door $110. Altman Building, 135 W 18th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues); 212-991-0003, ext 403; event website.
Choucroute Dinner and Beer Pairing
Tuesday, March 9th, 6:30 pm-9:30 pm Back Forty Chef Shanna Pacifico will prepare a four-course menu starring choucroute, an Alsatian culinary favorite for preparing sauerkraut with sausages and other salted meats and potatoes. Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, a brewery based in Pleasantville, NY, will be paired with each of Pacifico's courses. The price includes the beer but excludes tax and gratuity. $55. Back Forty, 190 Avenue B (at 12th Street); 212-388-1990; event website.
Making Stocks Class
Tuesday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 pm Stock is a staple in any serious or aspiring chef's kitchen. Chef Peter Berley will teach the basics of making stock at home, whether beef, chicken, and vegetable, and will also make dishes with that stock (students will take these recipes home!). The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street (between Leonard and Manhattan), Brooklyn; 718-389-2982; event website.
Pitom and Pie Tasting
Wednesday, March 10th, 7:30pm If you like to jam out while you indulge in pie, then this event is for you. Rockers Pitom will play, accompanied by a homemade pie tasting, featuring the culinary stylings of "food writer and band groupie" Leah Koenig. Participants are promised eclectic music and eclectic pies to match. $10. Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie St., event website.
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