Calling all foodies: This weeks dining events
By Emily Ranager
Nov. 20, Beaujolais Nouveau: The third Thursday in November traditionally marks the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a fruity red wine made from Gamay grapes and produced in France. Join other wine lovers and uncork a bottle at Jules Bistro, where there will be complementary appetizers, dinner specials from the Beaujolais region and live jazz from 8:30 to 11 pm. All attendees will be entered to win two round-trip business class tickets to Paris. 65 St. Marks Place, 212-420-0998.Nov. 22, Under Pressure An Evening with Thomas Keller: To celebrate the release of his new cookbook, Chef Thomas Keller of French Laundry and Per Se will hold a talk about sous vide, a vacuum sealing and water bath technique for precision cooking. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m drink wine, snack on hors doeuvres and learn about how to implement the technique in your kitchen. All guests will take home a personalized copy of Under Pressure, which retails for $75. The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St.; www.astorcenternyc.com, 212-674-7501. $125.
Through Nov. 23, Eat Dessert for City Harvest: In honor of National Pomegranate Month, the Dessert Truck and PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur have teamed up to create a pomegranate macaroon. Buy three of the treats for $3 and PAMA will make a donation to City Harvest, a non-profit that distributes food to the needy. You can find the Dessert Truck at Park Avenue and 52nd Street Monday to Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and at St. Marks Place and Third Avenue daily from 6 pm to midnight. www.desserttruck.com.
Nov. 23, Edible Insects: Bring the kids to discover which insects and other arthropods make a healthy part of your diet. Beginning at 1 pm, learn the bugs to eat, where to find them and even sample homemade chocolate chip cricket cookies. Blue Heron Park Preserve, 222 Poillon Avenue, Staten Island; 718-967-3542. Free.