Agenda: Gastropolis, Food and Design, and Eating for Your Life


A clam seller sells his wares on Mulberrry Street at the turn of the century.

Gastropolis: Food & New York
In celebration of the new book on NYC's food history, "Gastropolis: Food & New York," Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) is presenting a reading and tasting with several of the book's contributors. The contributors featured include Mark Russ Federman of Russ and Daughters, co-editor Annie S. Hauck-Lawson, historian and filmmaker Suzanne Wasserman, collector Harley Spiller, and others. The event will take place in The Gallery on Friday, December 5th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $45/person.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (December 3 through 9)

The Dinner Party
AIGA/NY presents, "The Dinner Party: A Conversation about Food and Design." The lecture will feature  New York Times Style Magazine deputy editor Christine Muhlke along with Matteo Bologna (Mucca Design), chef Dan Barber (Blue Hill), and pastry chef Will Goldfarb (Picknick). A brief cocktail reception will follow the discussion. The event will take place at The Great Hall, Cooper Union (7 East Seventh Street) on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Tickets: $40/general public, $30/members, $20/student members.

Harvest Honey Tasting
Just Food is sponsoring a tasting of locally produced and specialty honeys paired with chocolates, cheese, and wine. The tasting will be lead by Gramercy Tavern's pastry chef Jennifer Shelbo and proceeds will benefit Just Food. The event will take place at St. Augustine Church Rectory (1183 Franklin Avenue, Bronx) on Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 p.m. RSVP to Beekeeper Roger Repohl. $50/person.

NYC Dessert Fest
Walking Tours Manhattan is launching a new monthly tour focused on fabulous NYC desserts. For its inaugural event, participants will head to the West Village to discover hand-made chocolates, gelatos and cupcakes. The tour will begin at Magnolia Bakery (401 Bleecker Street) and will also make stops at L’Arte Del Gelato, and Jacques Torres Chocolate. The free walking event will take place on Sunday, December 7th at 10:30 a.m. (Look for the tour guide wearing a red "Free NYC Dessert Fest" cap).

Bordeaux: A Modern Classic
The Wine School at City Winery (143 Varrick Street) recently kicked off its new tasting series with Jean-Luc Le Dû, former sommelier for Daniel and owner of Le Dû Wines. The tastings will be paired with Murray's Cheese and Sullivan Street Bakery breads. Up next in the series is a sampling of eight different Bordeauxs. The tasting will take place on Tuesday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $100/person.

Eating as Though Your Life Depends On It
The 92nd Street Y presents a lecture with Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, one of the nation's leading health advocacy organizations. "Eating as Though Your Life Depends On It" will debunk overly complicated food advertising and marketing to help you make better, healthier food choices. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, December 9th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $18/person. (212.415.5500)

Image: Library of Congress.