Agenda: Cassoulet Fest, Food Marketing, and Scents and Sensibility



Cassoulet and Conversation
Savoy (70 Prince Street) is kicking off its 5th Annual Cassoulet Festival with a lecture and discussion on "The History and Romance of Cassoulet," led by The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik. As you dine on cassoulet, Gopnik will explore the history behind the dish, regional variations, and its seemingly everlasting appeal. The kickoff event will take place on Wednesday, February 18th at 6:30 p.m. $85/person. Reservations: 212.219.8570.

EVENTS THIS WEEK (February 18 through 24)

Gastronomica Forum: Feast for the Eyes
Gastronomica will be hosting its fourth forum at Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street). An expert panel, including artist Nina Katchadourian, Gastronomica Editor-in-Chief Darra Goldstein, and Graphic Designer/Food Culture scholar Cory Bernat will be delving into the theme of food marketing. The event will take place in the Gallery on Wednesday, February 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $25/person.

Whole Pig Lunch
Lupa (170 Thompson Street) is hosting a special and exclusive luncheon, "The Whole Pig: Everything but the Oink." Enjoy a multi-course meal with wine pairings dedicated to all things pig. There will be two dates offered for the lunch, each limited to 20 people, Thursday, February 19th and Thursday, February 26th with both seatings at 12:30 p.m. $75/person. Reservations: 212.982.5089.

Founded on Oyster Shells
New Amsterdam Market presents, "Founded on Oyster Shells," a fundraiser to help establish a monthly market for 2009. Enjoy a variety of oysters, local brews, fish chowder, pickles, kraut, and more. Founded on Oyster Shells will take place at f/ocus Rental Gallery (599 11th Avenue) on Saturday, February 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets: $50 and up.

Blue Hill Grills
Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills) is presenting a dinner, "The Cure for Winter Chills...Blue Hill Grills." The restaurant's chefs are braving the elements to prepare a meal which will include Hudson Valley meats, smoked brook trout, homemade sausages, charred potatoes, and grilled milk. Chefs Adam Kaye and Josh Lawler will also be offering advice for grilling at home. The dinner will take place on Sunday, February 22nd with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m. and 5-course dinner at 5:30 p.m. $95/person, $125/with wine pairings. Reservations: 914.366.9600.

Scents & Sensibility
Purchase College and the New York Academy of Science are partnering up to present, "Scents & Sensibility: The Science of Smell in Everyday Life." This fun and informative lecture will explore the science of smell and answer such questions as, "How does a particular scent conjure a memory?" and, "How does the brain interpret olfactory signals for food, danger, or potential mating partners?" The lecture will take place at Purchase College's Performing Arts Center (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase) on Monday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $15/person. (914.251.6200)

No Regulations Required
Saxelby Cheesemongers and Beer Table present, "No Regulations Required!" The tasting will combine pairings of Italian-made, Belgian-style microbrews with farmstead, Italian-style American cheeses. The evening will be hosted by Justin Philips (proprietor, Beer Table) and Veronica Pedraza (cheese monger, Saxelby Cheesemongers). The event will take place at Beer Table (427 B Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn) on Monday, February 23rd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations: 718.965.1196. $50/person.