Agenda: 5/11 to 5/17

1. Interactive Cheese Lab, Max McCalman, maitre fromager at Picholine and Artisanal, will pair seven artisanal cheeses with four wine varietals from New York’s Wölffer Estate Vineyard (guest comments and feedback from the event may be included in an upcoming book from Mr. McCalman), Wednesday, May 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Nolita House, 47 East Houston Street. $45 (excluding tax & gratuity), reservations required (212.625.1712).

2. Taste of the Nation, annual tasting event benefiting hunger relief, Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 to 10:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. $250-$375/person (877.268.2783).

3. Grand Gourmet: The Flavor of Midtown, Grand Central Partnership will hold its sixth annual tasting event held in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, East 42nd Street at Park Avenue, on Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $75/person (866.468.7619).

4. Pig Perfect, Peter Kaminsky, author of Pig Perfect, will give a talk about all thing porcine, Sunday, May 15, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, New York. Free admission (914.366.6200).

5. Passion for Pastry, will hold its second annual conference for pastry professionals and dessert enthusiasts, Sunday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the French Culinary Institute, 462 Broadway. $50/workshop plus a $5 service fee (888.A.PASTRY).

6. Save CBGB: Eat More Chocolate, a benefit to support CBGB promises to be "an all-chocolate, rock-and-roll experience," Monday, May 16, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., at CBGB, 315 Bowery. $5/person.

7. Marketing Today's Specialty Grocers, the New York Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier will present a discussion with author Dame Joanna Pruess, Joe Dobrow, Vice President of Marketing, Balducci's, Ron Tanner, Vice President of Communications, National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, and Katy Sparks, Culinary Director, Balducci's, Tuesday, May 17, 5:15 to 7:00 p.m., at The Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Room 523 (enter 66th Street off Broadway) $25/person, $20/members (RSVP to Shelley Clark at 212.891.0204).

8. Dine Around Downtown, eighth annual tasting event of samples from more than 50 downtown restaurants, Tuesday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Chase Manhattan Plaza, between Liberty & Pine and Nassau & William Streets. Admission free, menu items $3 to $5 (212.835.2789).

9. Foods From the Waters of the World, the American Institute of Wine and Food will present a panel discussion including Trevor Corson, author of The Secret Life of Lobsters, chef Rick Moonen, and author and professor Marion Nestle, Tuesday, May 17, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., at New York University, 70 Washington Square South. $20/AIWF members, $30/non-members (718.229.6565).

10. Beyond Farmers' Markets: Putting Food Systems on the Urban Map, the Baum Forum on Sustainable Food and Farming will present "Food Systems, Economics, and Community Food Development," the third installment of its four-part series on food systems, Tuesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at The Graduate Center (CUNY) 34th Street and Fifth Ave. $25/session, $80/series (212.817.8215).


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).