Agenda: 5/4 to 5/10


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).


1. Adventurous Eating, food writer and critic Gael Greene will moderate a discussion "about the world’s most unusual meals" with chefs Fergus Henderson, Mario Batali, and Lidia Bastianich on Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 p.m., at the 92nd Street Y, 92nd Street at Lexington Avenue. $25/person (212.415.5500).

2. Nothing Goes to Waste: Giuseppe Verdi, the Musician and the Gastronome, a lecture by opera expert and cookbook author Fred Plotkin, May 5, 6:00 p.m., at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at New York University, 24 West 12th Street. Free admission (212.998.8730).

3. Enotecas & Wine Bar Cuisine, Macy's De Gustibus will present a course led by Jason Denton of 'ino, 'inoteca, and  Lupa on the regional wines of Italy matched with food, Saturday, May 7, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at Macy's Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street $95/person (212.439.1714).

4. Cheese Wars, the American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) will present a taste-off of beer/cheese and wine/cheese pairings, Monday, May 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Artisanal Cheese Center, 500 West 37th Street. $70/person, $50/AIWF members (718.229.6565).

5. Talkin' Tea, discussion and demonstration of how to brew a proper cup of tea, the best serving vessels for tea, tea history, and cultural and religious tea traditions, Tuesday, May 10, 6:00 p.m., at Broadway Panhandler, 477 Broome Street. Free admission (866.266.5927).

6. Beyond Farmers' Markets: Putting Food Systems on the Urban Map, the Baum Forum on Sustainable Food and Farming will present "Food Systems and the Built Environment," the second installment of its four-part series on food systems, Tuesday, May 10, 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).