HOW-TO
Dudes Only: Esquire's Cookbook Just for Men

For some men cooking dinner involves a roasting pan and a spice rack, but sometimes they need a manly dose of cooking to really beef them up. Esquire food editor Ryan D'Agostino is here to provide that with his unapologetically male-centric "Eat Like a Man" cookbook.

It’s D'Agostino's repertoire of perfect recipes, essays on how food figures into the moments that define a man’s life, and all the useful kitchen points every man needs to know. He employed the help of chef friends Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Eric Ripert and Michael White, who shortlisted a selection of recipes for the man who loves to eat, read, dream and cook food. Amongst the golden nuggets of foodie knowledge the book features a definitive step-by-step, do's and don’ts guide to hosting a dinner party.

HAPPENINGS
Inside City Harvest's Evening of Practical Magic Gala

City Harvest hosted An Evening of Practical Magic this week, honoring Union Square Hospitality Group. The charity's 18th annual gala took place at Cipriani 42nd Street and attracted 550 guests while raising an astounding $2 million dollars to feed the needy. Tickets ranged from $750-$2500 while tables went from $10,000 to $50,000, with 100% of the proceeds going towards City Harvest.

DAILY BITES
Eat Cheap(er) at Le Bernardin

If today's unseasonably warm weather is making you want to head outside for an extended lunch break, consider dining in serious style by heading over to Le Bernardin. Eric Ripert's famed French restaurant is now offering a $45, three-course lunch and donating five dollars from each meal to City Harvest. The menu will rotate weekly but rumor has it that hamachi tartare with cucumber, spring onion and citrus vinaigrette will be featured, as will poached skate with brown butter. Certain Bernardin classics will also make the menu rounds. [Grub Street]

HAPPENINGS
City Harvest Feeds the Non-Needy to Feed the Needy

City Harvest, a non-profit that raises money to feed NYC's hungry folk, held its 17th Annual Bid Against Hunger benefit last Tuesday, October 18th. The event took place at the spacious Metropolitan Pavilion, but it was packed to the brim with Manhattan socialites who've got dough to spend. This year, the event raised over $1 mill (you go CH!)! Featuring a live and silent auction, this event had some of the best items to bid on. In the exciting live auction, some renowned prizes included a one of a kind American Chopper built by Orange County Choppers (sold for $20,000), an intimate wine class and party for 15 with wine director Aldo Sohn and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, which sold for $40,000. I think we can all agree...that dinner party better be good! Silent auction items included a range of goodies, including Mets tickets, chocolate baskets, dinners with Brooklynite chefs, and much more. But if you think that's all this event featured, then you are quite mistaken.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Last Minute F & W Festival Tickets

It's the most wonderful time of the year.

Sorry Jewish Holidays, but this weekend's upcoming New York City Wine & Food Festival is really stealing your thunder. As we've been hyping for a while now, the Food & Wine Mag-sponsored event is going on this weekend, September 29- October 2, and promises to forge a complete foodie-overhaul on our town.

In addition to the undisputably fantastic eats, the weekend also promises to bring together some of the most exciting chefs and culinary personalities from around the country. A-list eaters such as Eric Ripert, Anne Burrell, Guy Fieri, Anito Lo, Alex Guarnaschelli, Bobby Flay, Michael White and Sandra Lee are among the headlines who will be in attendance during the three day ride. Oh yea, there's also a Times Talk with Ferran Adria hidden in the middle but, sadly, it's already completely booked.

RESTAURANT 101
Le Bernardin Has Reopened

Eric Ripert and Maguy LeCoze reopened Le Bernadin on September 9th with a striking new design. Chef Ripert still centers his menu on inventive fish-centered dishes on his new Lounge menu such as gravlax and lobster cappuccino (yum). Enjoy your dinner in relaxation mode as Brooklyn artist Ran Ortner's art piece, Deep Water, takes center stage as the dining room's only piece of art. Enjoy the new Le Bernardin lounge, which will play host to the venue's signature cocktails. The only remaining fixture is the iconic wooden ceiling. Try out their delicious dinner Monday-Saturday and their lunch Monday-Friday. Bon apetite!

RESTAURANT 101
I Like A Restaurant Dressed In Tweed

If Mad Men was set in 2010, you’d find the cast hanging out at Tweed. Located on 12th Street between Walnut and Sansom, this chic eatery opened earlier this year thanks to hotelier Edward Bianchini and Chef David Cunningham. Bianchini, a Philly native, owns the award winning hotel and restaurant Les Muscadins located near Cannes. Chef Cunningham has worked under Eric Ripert (often seen on Top Chef) and acted as Executive Chef at the Lenox Room and Petrossian (both in New York City).

There isn’t any wonder why everything about Tweed shines.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Ripert on Ramsay: "What He's Doing on TV is a Crime"

This past Friday, at the Warner Theater, Anthony Bourdain - of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - hosted an evening of culinary chit chat. Topics ranged from what it's like to be on a reality cooking show, to what goes on behind the doors of a restaurant kitchen. Also included in the conversation: chef shit talking.

Eric Ripert (chef, author and host of PBS' Avec Eric) was a guest that night, and apparently had quite the opinion to give when asked what he thought of Hell's Kitchen's Gordon Ramsay.

AFTERNOON TEA & ASIAN DESSERT PAIRING
Lucky Rice, Lucky Us

Over the past couple years, New York City has enjoyed and enveloped itself within the revitalization of Asian culture and cuisine. In commemoration of the Asian awakening, LUCKYRICE.com hosts a festival of Asian significance, joined by culinary superstars. An aggregate of culinary heavyweights-Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, David Cheng, Masaharu Morimoto, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and others-preside over The Lucky Rice Festival, a weekend long celebration of Asian eats.

Hosted by Kelly Choi, the festival's kick-off event comprises an evening filled with Asian-inspired cocktails and snacks, all to benefit City Harvest and the Asian American Federation. Apothéke's Albert Trummer is the mixologist mastermind behind the evening's lip-smacking cocktails. Drinks and snacks are supplied by such watering-holes and culinary establishments as Momofuku, Daniel, Prime Meats, Apothéke, Fatty Crab, wd-50, and many well-known others.

BRIAN O'DONOHOE
Interview with Primehouse's Executive Chef Brian O'Donohoe

The other week, our bold and fearless CEO Jon Gabel came into the office singing the praises of Gramercy based steakhouse Primehouse. The job of discovering more about the man behind the menu fell to me, and so it was with great trepidation that I stepped through the polished doors at 381 Park Avenue South. Much talk had been made of the venue itself, and with a mere glance, it was easy to understand why. The restaurant is cavernous, yet retains a refined, intimate class about it. The deep, curved black-leather booths that flank the walls look out over immaculately maintained ceramic tiled walls, covered in mirrors, and an elegantly back-lit array of wines on display.