1. The Good Soup Comes from the Good Earth: West African Food & Culture, the Culinary Historians of New York will present a lecture by author and teacher Fran Osseo-Asare on the food and foodways of Ghana, Thursday, February 17, 6:30 p.m., at Park Avenue Methodist Church, 86th Street at Park Avenue. $25/members, $30/guests (212.334.4175).
2. The Treasures of Portugal, tasting of Fonseca, Taylor Fladgate, Croft, and Delaforce port wines, Friday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., at the French Culinary Institute, 462 Broadway. $95/person (866.562.7263).
3. Happy Birdday, D'Artagnan, the purveyor of foie gras and organic game and poultry, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a week's worth of events. Festivities, including a "Duckathlon," will take place from Sunday, February 20, through Monday, February 28.
4. Full Fats: Why Skim Milk Is Bad For You And Other Myths About Fats Debunked, Nina Planck, former Director of Greenmarket and author of The Farmers' Market Cookbook, will discuss "the important role of fats in digestion, health, and happiness." Tastings will include comparisons of butter, milk, and cheese in various fat levels. The event will take place Tuesday, February 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Murray's Cheese Shop, 254 Bleecker Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. $35/person (212.243.3289, ext. 25).
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).