Agenda: North of the Border BBQ, Brooklyn Eats, and Home Entertaining


Crazy Canuck Barbecue Dinner
Get a taste of barbecue, north of the border-style, at the Crazy Canuck Winter Barbecue Dinner. The dinner will feature food prepared by wild-haired chef Ted Reader, one of Canada's most adventurous and celebrated barbecue experts. Look for treats like maple-smoked chicken lollipops and cherry Coke-marinated brisket paired with Canadian wines and beers. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 19th, at 7:00 p.m. at the James Beard House (167 West 12th Street). Tickets $155/person, $125/members (212.627.2308).


EVENT THIS WEEK (March 19 through March 25)

Kitchen, Art, and Memory
Now through April 12th, head to the Friedrich Petzel Gallery (525 West 22nd Street) for the latest exhibition by Keith Edmier, "Bremen Towne." For his fourth solo exhibition, Edmier sculpturally reproduced the interior spaces of his childhood home in Tinley Park, a southwestern suburb of Chicago, including a full-scale replica of his family's retro kitchen. Information: 212.680.9467 or

Short Rib Tutorial
The upscale salad and sandwich shop Starwich (525 West 42nd Street) is offering the second in its series of tutorials on ingredients. This time, the theme ingredient will be Short Ribs, and the session will focus heavily on the technique of braising and how it applies well to short ribs. To bring the cooking to life, samples of short ribs will be on hand, along with complimentary wine. The free event will take place on Thursday, March 20th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations are required. (212.462.2310)

Easter Dinner
Lupa Osteria Romana (170 Thomson Street) presents a four-course Easter dinner celebration. The special holiday menu includes an Easter antipasti, rabbit-stuffed tortellini, lamb ragu, roasted monkfish, and other favorites. Little bambino options are also available. The event takes place on Easter Sunday, March 23rd, with seating at 12:00 noon through 10:00 p.m. $65/person. (212.982.5089)

Dine-In Brooklyn 2008
Sample some of the best food in Brooklyn through this year's Dine-In Brooklyn. More than 175 of the borough's finest restaurants will participate by offering three-course prix fixe menus for $23. Peruse the list and be sure to call ahead to make sure your choices are offering lunch, dinner, or both. The event takes place starting Monday, March 24th, through Monday, March 31st.

Stinky Cheese
Cheese is perhaps the only food in which a strong, often unpleasant, odor translates into superior flavor. In order to demystify this enigma, the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center (500 West 37th Street) is presenting a course on smelly cheeses led by fromager Waldemar Albrecht. Sample some of the best washed-rind cheeses paired with seasonal beers. The class will take place Tuesday March 25th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $75/person.

Techniques for Home Entertaining
Have you always wanted to throw amazing home events, but your skills are a little less Martha Stewart and a little more Jon Stewart? The Culinary Center of New York presents a three-week course with techniques on how to make you a better home entertainer. Learn to create menus, plan shopping lists, and manage your time effectively for three types of gatherings: a cocktail party, a dinner party, and a buffet dinner. Starting Tuesday, March 25th, classes meet every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at The Inn on 23rd (131 West 23rd Street). Tuition is $360/person. For more of the Center's course offerings, check out its March Calendar.

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