Agenda: Life Behind Bars, Quick Cooking, and Wine Certification

FEATURED EVENT

Life Behind Bars
Rob6_front_label_for_web_useAstor Center (399 Lafayette Street) presents "Life Behind Bars" with author and former long time bartender Gary Regan. Regan was raised in British pubs and was put to work as a bartender at the age of 14. In 1973, he fled to Manhattan and worked in numerous bars and dives through the 1990s, when he began writing about cocktails. During the presentation, he will talk about his life, what it means to be a bartender. and make special drinks for the guests. The event will take place on Friday, May 24th in the Study from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets: $75/person.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (May 21 through May 27)

Artisanal Food and Wine Tasting
Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit (5 West 19th Street) presents Rebecca Gray, author of American Artisanal: Finding the Country's Best Real Food, from Cheese to Chocolate. Guest will have the opportunity to meet the author and sample specially selected wines paired with four chosen foods. The free event will take place on Wednesday, May 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations not required.

Gourmet Meals in Minutes
Looking for tips and recipes for quick weeknight meals and easy entertaining? CIA Enthusists presents Taste of the CIA: Gourmet Meals in Minutes. The demonstration class will teach several healthful, time-crunching recipes to steer you away from another night of takeout. On the teaching menu: goat cheese and sweet onion crostini, grilled steak salad with horseradish dressing, pesto-stuffed chicken breast with tomato relish, and herbed basmati rice. The class will take place at the Culinary Institute of America at Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) on Wednesday, May 21st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuition: $95/person.

Brooklyn Beers and British Cheeses
Back Forty has teamed up with Brooklyn-based Sixpoint Craft Ales for a night of beer and British cheeses. Sixpoint Craft Ales' co-founder, Jeff Gorlechen, along with one of its brewers, will pull pints of and talk about five of its boldly flavored brews (including a cask ale made specially for the event). Back Forty's Michael Fuquay will also be on hand to match the beers with hearty British (and British-style) cheeses. For those unable to make the event, Sixpoint Craft Ales' brews will be on tap all night at the restaurant--or until the casks run dry.  The event will take place on Wednesday, May 21st from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Reservations: 212.388.1990.

A Taste of New York
Broadway Dive (2662 Broadway) presents "A Taste of New York," featuring 14 different tap beers from the New York metro and upstate areas. Fruit, cheese, and chocolate pairings will be offered to accompany the local brews. Beers may also be purchased in tasting sizes for reduced prices. The free event will take place on Thursday, May 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Greenmarket Menu
Starting this weekend, Tocqueville’s daily changing prix-fixe Greenmarket lunch and dinner menus return.  The prix fixe menus will be inspired by and center on ingredients purchased from the market. For an added perk, diners who order the Greenmarket menu will receive a reusable shopping bag for their own market shopping.  The menus will be available at Tocqueville (1 East 15th Street) starting Friday, May 23rd through October 13th (Columbus Day). 3-course lunch: $36/person, 3-course dinner: $48/person (212.647.1515).

Weekend Wine Certification Seminar
Looking for a Memorial weekend getaway without leaving the New York Metro area?  CoolVines (Westfield, New Jersey) is co-sponsoring a two-day Guild Certification Seminar taught by Claude Robbins, founder of the internationally accredited International Wine Guild. The seminar, which in the past has been completed by The White House culinary and sommelier staff, is being presented for the first time on the East Coast.  Taste over 28 wines from three continents and develop a basic knowledge of wine, wine evaluation, wine description and wine and food pairing.  Students will receive educational material, a diploma, membership card and pin for the International Wine Guild. The seminar will take place at the Classic Thyme Cooking School (710 South Avenue West, Westfield, New Jersey) on Saturday, May 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 25th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  $475/person ($325 course fee/$150 meals and materials).  Click here to register.

Memorial Day Weekend Sunday BBQ
Head to Flatbush Farm(76-78 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn) for a Memorial Day BBQ. On the menu for the afteroon: shrimp pineapple skewers, grilled barn burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, grilled hot dogs, chips, and potato salad. The event will take place on Sunday, May 25th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (718.622.3276).

COMING UP

Barbecue Block Party
This year's Snapple Big Apple Barbecue Block Party will host 14 of the nation's top pitmasters and will feature dozens of cooking demonstrations and seminars. Attendees may also participate in book signings, wine pairings, 'cue merchandise, and more. The event will be held in Madison Square Park on June 7th and June 8th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. To avoid long lines the day of the event, purchase a Fast Pass. $100/person.