1. The Joy of Sake, tasting of 140 varieties of sake ("the largest sake tasting event held outside Japan"), Thursday, September 30, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at The Puck Building, 275 Lafayette Street. $75/person (212.799.7243 or 888.799.7242).
2. Grand Central Oyster Frenzy, unlimited oysters, Friday, October 1, and Saturday, October 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Grand Central Oyster Bar at Grand Central Terminal. $75/person (212.490.6650).
3. A Taste of Chinatown, outdoor food festival featuring food samplings for $1 per plate, Saturday, October 2, 1:00 to 6:00 p.m., Bayard Street, Mulberry Street and Elizabeth Street (map).
4. Second Annual Oyster Festival, downtown outdoor oyster festival inspired by the Galway International Oyster Festival in Ireland, presented by Ulysses, Saturday, October 2, beginning at noon, at Hanover Square and Stone Street.
5. Chile Pepper Fiesta, Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3, 12:00 to 5:30 p.m., at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue. Free with Garden admission (718.623.7200).
6. Garden State Wine Growers' Grand Harvest Festival, featuring 150 wines from New Jersey vineyards, Saturday, October 2, and Sunday, October 3, noon to 5:00 p.m., at Alba Vineyard, Finesville, New Jersey. $16/person (advance purchase).
7. Fourth Annual International Pickle Day, featuring pickles from around the world, Sunday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Orchard Street (between Grand and Broome). Free (212-966-0191).
8. Eating & Drinking, A Tasting Celebration, sample food from more than 35 restaurants at Time Out New York's annual restaurant tasting event, Monday, October 4, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Splashlight Studios, 529 West 35th Street (between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues). $75/person (646.432.3012).
9. The Italian Home Cook, discussion with Marcella Hazan, Arthur Schwartz, and Michele Scicolone, moderated by WNYC's Leonard Lopate, Tuesday, October 5, at the Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller University, 66th Street and York Avenue. $25/person (212.415.5500).
1. Have You Eaten Yet? The Chinese Restaurant in America, an exhibit exploring the Chinese restaurant’s origin and growth in America and its cultural significance, at the Museum of Chinese in the Americas (70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor). The exhibit continues through June 2005. Suggested admission is $3 (212.619.4785).
2. Cookin': A Sizzling Entertainment, "a fast-paced kitchen percussion show combining comedy, rhythm, and non-verbal performance," at the Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (212.420.8000).