Kiss the Cook
The Friends of The FCI, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships for students of the French Culinary Institute, will host a "Live Chef Auction" for "dates" with star chefs such as David Chang, Melissa Murphy, Jacques Torres, Jean Georges Vongerichten, and Dan Barber. Winning bidders might land sushi with Jean Georges or a trip to the Greenmarket with Dan Barber, among other prizes. The auction will take place on Monday, June 11, 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., at Cipriani, 200 Fifth Avenue. $250/person (646.254.7521).
EVENTS THIS WEEK
Taste of the Nation
Share our Strength will host its annual benefit and tasting event, featuring dishes from more than 50 New York restaurants, on Wednesday, May 23, 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street. $275/person (877.268.2783)
Whiskey and Cheese
The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center will present a tasting of American whiskeys paired with American cheeses on Tuesday, May 29, 6:30 p.m., at 500 West 37th Street, 2nd Floor. $75/person (877.797.1200).
The State of New York Dining
Mike Colameco will moderate a discussion of "the best (and worst) of the New York restaurants" with food critic Gael Greene, writer Arthur Schwartz, chef Jacques Pepin, and Michael Whiteman on Tuesday, May 29, 8:00 p.m., at the 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. $25/person (212.415.5500).
Image: French Culinary Institute.