Agenda: Thomas Keller, Whole Hogs, and Educated Eating

FEATURED EVENT

KellerA Conversation With Thomas Keller
Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) presents, "Under Pressure: An Evening with Thomas Keller." The event is a celebration of Mr. Keller's newest book and will include an intimate conversation with co-author Michael Ruhlmann. Together they will discuss the unique methods used in the kitchens of French Laundry and per se. "Under Pressure" will take place in The Gallery on Saturday, November 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $125/person.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (November 19 - 25)

Whole Pigs at Back Forty
Back Forty (190 Avenue B) is now offering whole roasted pig served "porchetta-style" every Monday night. Chef de cuisine Shanna Pacifico prepares the pig by first boning it herself. The swine is then filled up with meat, fresh herbs, garlic, and seckel pears before it is slowly oven roasted. When ordered as an entree, the pig is sliced to order and served with seasonal sauteed greens and black beans. Large groups (up to 12 people) may also be served a whole pig any night of the week, provided they reserve the dinner one week in advanced. The whole pig dinner includes a starter, two sides, and pie. Monday night dinner: $24/person, $29/with wine. Whole pig roast: $600/group. (212.388.1990)

Vermont Smoke & Cure Tasting
Murray's Real Salami (Grand Central Market) will be offering samples of Vermont Smoke & Cure ham and pepperoni. The tasting will be led by VS&C CEO Chris Bailey. The free event will be held on Thursday, November 20th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The Educated Eater
CENYC is presenting, "The Educated Eater," its first seminar in its new Greenmarket Series on Good Food and the Environment. The seminar will focus on the term "natural" as it applies to food, and analyze through a Q&A discussion what the label really emcompasses. Also, there will be a discussion on organics and cage-free labeling. The Educated Eater will take place at First Presbyterian Church (12 West 12th Street) from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets: $5/person.

Fondue Takedown
The Fondue Takedown is returning to Williamsburg. Fondue enthusiasts may enter their favorite cheese fondue recipe for bragging rights and a $100 cash prize, or they can simply choose to be an antendee. Antendees may eat all the fondue they want and can also judge their favorite recipe. The event will take place on Sunday, November 23rd at Union Pool (484 Union Avenue, Williamsburg) at 5:00 p.m. Those who will to enter the contest may email Matt Timms. $10/person.

Joe Charity Concert
Joe the Art of Coffee is presenting a charity concert produced by one of their own baristas, Alex Andrews, and all performances will be by Joe employees. Proceeds will benefit Coffee Kids, a non-profit organization that helps coffee-growing families around the world with health care, education, and community development. The event will take place at HERE Art Center (145 Sixth Avenue) on Sunday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited, email to reserve tickets. $10/person.

COMING UP

Winter's Eve at Lincoln Square
The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and Time Warner are hosting the 9th Annual Winter's Eve in Lincoln Square. The festival is an evening full of food tastings, entertainment, shopping, and in-store activities throughout the neighborhood, which stretches from Time Warner Center along Broadway to 68th Street. The free event will take place on Monday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m.