Agenda: Urban Farm Dinner, Fortune Cookies, and Tofu Tales


Farms, in Queens?
A dinner to benefit the organization Slow Food will take place on Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Queens. A five-course menu will be served based on ingredients from the farm museum and paired with New York State wines. Arrive early (5:00 p.m.) and attend a workshop on pasture-raising rabbits. $95/person, $85/Slow Food members. Tickets at

EVENTS THIS WEEK (March 11 through 17)

Streets International
Do you have a love affair with the corner lunch cart? Join seven top NYC chefs for the "New York Chef’s Rally to Support "STREETS INTERNATIONAL." The tasting event will focus on cart-friendly street fair from around the world. Proceeds benefit STREETS, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged youth in Southeast Asia pursue careers as culinary professionals with certified training. The event will take place at Astor Center (399 Lafayette Street) on Wednesday, March 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $150/person.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Where did the fortune cookie come from? What have you heard about The Great Kosher Duck Scandal? To find out, attend a reading and discussion with Jennifer 8. Lee, author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Cuisine. Guests may also look forward to a raffle, Chinese goodies, and some surprises. The free event will take place at PowerHouse Arena (37 Main Street, DUMBO) on Wednesday, March 11th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (718-666-3049)

The Taste of Sweet
Culinary Historians of New York present Joanne Chen, author of The Taste of Sweet. Sample a variety of sweet treats as Chen discusses her book. The event will take place on Thursday, March 12th, at the Park Avenue United Methodist Church (108 East 86th Street) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets through Brown Paper Tickets: $40/non-members, $25/members, $22/senior and student members, $10/culinary students. For more information on The Taste of Sweet, check out our own Q&A with Joanne Chen.

An Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company
Celiac Chicks present the 4th annual "Evening with the Paul Taylor Dance Company." Enjoy a performance followed by an array of gluten-free desserts from Baby Cakes NYC, Foods by George, Mozzarelli's, Shabtai Gourmet and several others. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. The event will take place on Thursday, March 12th, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $15 - $250 (212.581.1212).

Tales of Tofu
EN Japanese Brasserie (435 Hudson Street) is presenting "Tales of Tofu," an afternoon dedicated to understanding bean curd -- its history and how to cook it. The event will be moderated by food writer Harris Salat. Chef Yasuhiro Honma will guide guests on how to prepare their own tofu and dishes using tofu at home. The event will take place on Sunday, March 15th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets: $85/person.

Up Close and Personal with Mr. Chocolate
The 92nd Street Y (92nd Street and Lexington Avenue) presents renowned chocolatier and pastry chef Jacques Torres. Enjoy a candid discussion of Torres's career and a tasting of some of his treats paired with wines. The evening will be moderated by culinary historian Alexandra Leaf. Mr. Chocolate will take place on Monday, March 16th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $35/person.