1. Taste of Chinatown, sample food from more than 50 Chinatown restaurants at this outdoor festival, Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Mott, Baxter, Mulberry, Bayard, Pell, and Doyers Streets (between Canal & Worth Streets). Tasting plates will be $1 to $2 each (menu, map, and more details at explorechinatown.com).
2. Sanskrit Culinary Workshop, the New York Public Library will hold a class on Sanskrit cooking, Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m., at the Andrew Heiskell Braille & Talking Book Library, 40 West 20th Street. Free admission (212.206.5400).
3. Second Annual Sweet Success Conference, pastryscoop.com will hold a day-long conference featuring individual sessions on pastry and dessert preparation, Sunday, October 16, at the French Culinary Institute, 462 Broadway at Grand Street. $50/workshop, reservations required (888.APASTRY).
4. "Morning Salon" with Bryan Miller, food writer and former New York Times restaurant critic Bryan Miller and restaurateur Danny Meyer will hold a discussion and Q&A on the culinary world, Tuesday, October 18, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at Union Square Café, 21 E. 16th Street. The event is part of the restaurant's month-long twentieth anniversary celebration. $50/person, reservations required (212.989.3510, ext. 24).