Agenda: Offal Extravaganza, Wine-Buying Workshop, and Advanced Dinner Theater


Head to Tail Dinner
Master of all things offal and renowned chef Chris Consentino (Incanto, San Francisco) brings his signature "Head to Tail" dinner to New York City for the first time. Hosted by author and journalist Michael Ruhlman, the dinner will include an all-offal menu (including dishes such as beef heart tartar, venison liver crudo, and roasted lamb neck), wine pairing, and an "I Love Offal" commemorative button. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street). Tickets are $250/person (TFS readers can receive a 15% discount by using the promotional code TFS030408).


EVENTS THIS WEEK (February 27 through March 4)

Wine: The Art of Buying and Tasting
When it comes to sampling and purchasing wine, are you intimidated by all the choices out there? Would you love to just know more about it? The 92nd Street Y (Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street) is presenting a four-week course "Wine: The Art of Buying and Tasting," that will help you take the guesswork out of trying new wines. Each week, learn about different grape varietals and characteristics through sampling and discussion. The first class, led by wine connoisseur Meg O'Connell, begins on Wednesday, February 27th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Four sessions are $195/person.

10th Annual C-CAP Benefit
Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson (Aquavit, Riingo, Merkato 55) will serve as the Committee Chair for this year's benefit for The Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, which supports high school students seeking a career in the culinary industry. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a grand walk-around-tasting prepared by some of New York's top chefs, assisted by more than 60 New York City C-CAP students. The 2008 honoree is Chef Alfred Portale, Executive Chef at Gotham Bar and Grill. A silent auction will be on hand with over 30 items, including exclusive culinary and travel packages. The event will take place Wednesday, February 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at PIER SIXTY at Chelsea Piers (23rd Street and the Hudson River). Tickets $450/general admission, VIP/$600 and $1,000 (212.974.7111).

Culinary Road Trip
If you're heading upstate for the weekend, or just looking for a culinary getaway, check out two classes at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua. On Saturday, March 1st, Chef Jake Brach, author of The Sustainable Chef - Cooking with the Farmers of New York State, will lead a discussion on eating locally in New York State. Participants will join Brach in a meal of local delicacies and also receive a copy of his book. The class will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Educational Theater. Then on Sunday, March 2nd, continue to enjoy the state's culinary treasures with Wine and Cheese from the Empire State. Sample three artisan NYS cheeses paired with three NYS wines. The class will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Educational Theater. Tickets for both classes may be purchased online or by calling NYWCC (585-394-7070). The Sustainable Chef $85/person, Wine and Cheese $20/person.

Eating Their Words
Eating Their Words is a new company which realizes the potential of what dinner theater should be. The events will blend the talents of a veteran chef with three established playwrights, creating original, unique dining and theater experiences. The plays are written explicitly for the evening, inspiring the chef to design a menu which will complement and enhance the play. Identical launch events will be held Tuesday March 4th and Wednesday March 5th, 7:00 p.m. sharp, at The Tasting Room (264 Elizabeth Street). Tickets may be purchased at the Eating Their Words website. $250/premium seating, $285/VIP seating.