Agenda: 10/15 to 10/21

1. Food writer Melissa Clark will moderate a panel discussion with fellow food writers Jeffrey Steingarten, Donna Hay, and Ruth Reichl on Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m., at Borders, 461 Park Avenue. Free. The event is the first in a series of New York is Cookbook Country special events.
2. Special beer dinner at Restaurant Saul held by Garret Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster, Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m., 140 Smith Street (at Bergen Street), Brooklyn. $60/person (718.935.9844). [via New York Times print edition]
3. Another New York is Cookbook Country event takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 16, at the Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Avenue: Judith Jones, Senior Editor, Alfred A. Knopf, will moderate a panel discussion with chefs Waldy Malouf, Eric Ripert, Daniel Boulud, and Lidia Bastianich. Free. [Editor's Note: Refresh yourself with a shakerato at nearby Crestanello before the talk]
4. Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Oscar's at the Waldorf-Astoria, 50th Street and Lexington Avenue, Friday, October 17, 6:00 p.m. $70/person (212.872.4920). [via New York Times print edition]
5. Tour Long Island's Pellegrini Vineyards and Paumanok Winery with Andrew Harwood of NYC Wine Class, Saturday, October 18. Tour departs Manhattan at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 6:00 p.m. $100/person (212.289.3543).
6. New York is Cookbook Country comes to an end on Saturday, October 18, with book signings by Frank Mentesana and Jerome Audureau, authors of Once Upon a Tart, and the Moosewood Collective, authors of Moosewood Restaurant Celebrates, at the Union Square Greenmarket. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., respectively.
7. Twentieth Annual Cranberry Festival of Chatsworth, a celebration of New Jersey's cranberry harvest, Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19 in downtown Chatsworth. Free admission.
8. Seventh Annual Brooklyn Eats Tasting Event, benefiting scholarships in the hospital industry, Monday, October 20, 2003 6:30pm to 8:30pmFood, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street (Between Tillary St. and Willoughby St.), Brooklyn. $60/person advance; $85 at the door. Tickets (866.468.7619). [via New York Times print edition]
9. WhiskyFest New York, featuring tastings of more than 250 whiskies, Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 to 10:00 p.m., at the Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway. $95 advance tickets only (800.610.MALT). [via New York Times print edition]

Coming Up in Next Week's Agenda:
1. Experience the Way of Tea, featuring traditional tea service in contemporary tea houses designed and installed by Japanese designer Shigeru Uchida. Wednesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 23, hourly between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street. $15 for members/$20 for non-members (212.752.3015).
2. Slow Food USA and The French Culinary Institute present Urban Harvest 2003: Savoring City and Country, Sunday, October 26, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., 462 Broadway at Grand Street. Tickets: $40 for Slow Food members/$50 for non-members, in advance; $50 for Slow Food members/$60 for non-members, at the door (212.965.5640).