CULINARY OCCASIONS
Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club: Italian Style

The bimonthly dinner series, Tasting Brooklyn Dining Club, is having its Italian Classics with a Modern Reinterpretation tonight at Fornino Park Slope at 7pm. Diners will be welcomed with a housemade blueberry limoncello (who doesn't like limoncello?), accompanied by appetizers. Following this happy hour will be a five course sit-down dinner featuring duck rollatini paired with Insolia 2010 Cusumano, Sicily, among other delicious items. Dinner will be led by co-owners Chris Walsh and Dave Kearns, along with Executive Chef Kurt Eggers, who will be discussing the seasonal approach to modern Italian cuisine.

DAILY BITES
World of Chocolate

It is actually possible to overdose on chocolate. In commemoration of World AIDS Day, guests at the World of Chocolate did just that, indulging their chocolate cravings while raising funds to fight HIV/AIDS. Celebrity judges like Sarah Levy of Sarah's Candies and chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt judged the chocolate vendors for sweetest booth, most creative use of chocolate and best tasting chocolate treat.

Guests relived the '70s with dark chocolate Tab floats and the Illinois Nut and Candy Company even celebrated the new Illinois Civil Union Law with darling LGBT chocolate sculptures.

DAILY BITES
A Taste of Scotland this Weekend

This weekend is Alexandria’s 40th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend & Parade. For two days, Old Town dedicates itself to all things Scottish. And you don’t have to hale from the Highlands to appreciate boys in kilts and Scottie dogs swaddled in tartan.

Festivities are scheduled both Friday and Saturday and include Christmas shopping, house tours and a parade. If you’re a diehard foodie and willing to drop some extra cash, buy a ticket for the Taste of Scotland event. This gathering often draws upwards of 500 attendees and is scheduled for Friday evening. For $100 you get to enjoy a variety of Scottish cuisine and beverages. Or splurge for the Patron Pub ticket ($150) giving you additional access to even more indulgent food.

DAILY BITES
World of Chocolate: Benefit for AIDS Foundation of Chicago


Sample decadent chocolate from more than 30 of Chicagoland’s finest restaurants, caterers, and chocolatiers at the World of Chocolate, an annual holiday fundraising event for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Meet Fritz Knipschildt, founder of Knipschildt Chocolatier LLC in 1999 and Café Chocopologie in Connecticut in 2005. Knipschildt serves as the 2010 Honorary Chair and Celebrity Judge for World of Chocolate. Participating vendors include The Hearty Boys, Terry's Toffee, truffle truffle, Cookie Bar and Blommer Chocolate among others.

World of Chocolate
Thursday, December 2, 2010
6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Ave)

Buy your tickets now, with general admission beginning at $100. Tickets at the door will be $125.

5 NINTH
TASTES Event Set To Go Off Saturday in Meatpacking District

With the ever growing success of the foodie charity event Taste of Tribeca comes another event known as TASTES. TASTES is a culinary festival that benefits the NYC Lab School’s arts and enrichment programs. Being that the event is planned by the same committee of advisors as the Taste of Tribeca event that occurred last weekend, we all know the level of culinary expertise (aka great tasting food!) that we can expect from this event.

TASTES from the Meatpacking District through Chelsea is set to go off this Saturday, May 30th , from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, on the pathways of Gansevoort Street. Ticket prices are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. The price of one ticket will give you a chance to sample the great food from well known restaurants such as Buddakan, 5 Ninth, Cookshop, Spice Market, Matsuri, and Trestle on Tenth.

You can view the entire list of restaurants participating in the event, as well as purchase tickets at www.tastesnyc.org .