Agenda: 8/2 to 8/8

1. The Ethical Gourmet, Jay Weinstein will discuss his latest book, The Ethical Gourmet, which deals with issues concerning ethically and environmentally responsible food consumption. A tasting of Weinstein's recipes will follow, Wednesday, August 2nd, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Steinhardt Building, 35 West 67th Street. $16/person (212-601-1000).

2. Beer & Cheese of Summer, Join Artisanal Premium Cheese and Dogfish Head Brewery for a summer beer and cheese pairing, Thursday, August 3rd, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, 500 West 37th Street, 2nd Floor (entrance on 10th Avenue). $75/person (877.797.1200).

3. Chili Crab 2006, Tiger Beer will host a street festival on the DUMBO waterfront celebrating the cuisine and culture of Singapore and Southeast Asia. In addition to chili crab and other regional delicacies for sale, there will be kickboxing, pedicab rides, Chinese Lion dancing, and more, Sunday, August 6th, from noon to 6:00 p.m., outside Water Street Restaurant and Lounge, 66 Water Street, Brooklyn. Free (646.366.1470).

4. Summer Sunset Cruise, The James Beard Foundation will host this culinary cruise aboard the Abigail K Yacht, owned by Abigail Kirsch Culinary Productions. After cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, Abigail Awerbuch, head chef and co-owner, will serve a five-course dinner, Monday, August 7th, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. The cruise leaves from Skyport Marina, East 23rd Street at the East River. $125/person for members, $155/person for guests (212.627.2308)

5. Lucky Dog Fundraiser, Applewood restaurant will host a cocktail party to raise money for Lucky Dog, an organic farm that lost much of this season's crops in the recent flooding. Hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine are included in the price of admission, as well as access to a silent auction, Tuesday, August 8th, from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at Applewood, 501 11th Street, Brooklyn. $100/person (718.768.2044).


City in the Summer Syndrome

In the immortal words of the Rosie Perez character in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, "Mookie, it's too hot to ****." Not to mention eat.

Appetites shrink and once-appetizing solids melt in the kind of heat we've been experiencing in New York these past weeks. It's just not food weather. And yet you've got to eat something, because you're cranky and hungry. It's the classic City in the Summer Syndrome: nagging hunger, no appetite, and no break in the heatwave in sight. You can't not eat, but what do you want to eat?

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