Agenda: Sugar Blues, Umbrian Harvest Dinner, and the Educated Eater

FEATURED EVENT

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Overcoming Sugar Blues
The 92nd Street Y (Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street) presents, "Overcoming Sugar Blues: A Holistic Approach." Through this discussion, you will be able to identify hidden and addictive sugars in foods, plus their affect on your body, including their affect of mood swings, weight management, and more. You'll also learn ways to battle sugar cravings and discover sweet alternatives for your diet. The event will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $18/person.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (February 25 through March 3)

Umbrian Harvest Dinner
il Buco (47 Bond Street) is hosting an Umbrian Dinner in its wine cellar to celebrate the arrival of the 2008 harvest of Viridens, the restaurant's signature extra virgin olive oil. The four course prix fixe dinner will include a pairing of four Umbrian wines, plus each table will enjoy an exclusive one-on-one tasting of the olive oil with owner Donna Lennard and sommelier Roberto Paris. The dinner will take place on Friday, February 27th with two seatings, the first from 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. and the second from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. Reservations: 212.533.1932. $100/person.

Dr. Peter Raven
The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills) is hosting Dr. Peter Raven, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. Dr. Raven will lead a talk, "How Many Species will Survive the 21st Century?" The discussion will focus on necessity of redoubling efforts for sustainability, attempting to preserve species outside their native habitats, and fostering the survival of species in areas that are greatly altered. The free event will take place at The Hay Loft on Friday, February 27th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call 914.366.6200, x-151. 

The Educated Eater
Greenmarkets' Series on Good Food and the Environment presents, "The Educated Eater." Enjoy a lively discussion and Q&A session with pioneers of urban agriculture in New York City. Panelists include Stewart Borowsky of Greener Pastures, David Graves of Berkshire Berries, Michael Robertson of Queens County Farm Museum, Dan Wood of Work Architecture Company and Red Hook egg farmers Maria Mackin & Declan Walsh. The event will take place at First Presbyterian Church (12th Street and Fifth Avenue) on Saturday, February 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets: $5/person.

The Secret is the Sauce
Bomba Catering is leading a hands-on demonstration on sauces at The Culinary Loft (515 Broadway, Suite 5A). Participants will learn about a variety of classical sauces, such as bechamel, pan gravy, and tomato sauce, plus less conventional sauces like a fruit-based chutney and oil-based pesto. The class will take place on Monday, March 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $75/person. 

COMING UP

Cooking Demo with Mitchel London
Discover Fairway.com is introducing a new monthly cooking demonstration series with Fairway Market's Chef de Cuisine Mitchel London. London will demonstrate a meal of Caesar Salad, Grilled Rib-eye Steak with Potato Gratin, and a French Apple Tart. Guests will enjoy a dinner of the same meal following the presentation. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 4th at Fairway Cafe and Steakhouse (2nd Floor, Fairway Market UWS, 2127 Broadway) at 7:00 p.m. Reservations are required: 212.994.9555. $40/person.