What's Happening This Week: Make Spanish Tapas and Taste Jewish Appetizers

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Tapas Essentials International Culinary Center August 25 & 27, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Small plates are so ubiquitous these days that it's easy to forget this dining trend started in the lively tapas bars of Spain. This class will teach you how prepare such snack-size favorites as tortilla espanola, almendras fritas, and spicy albondigas, using such traditional Spanish cooking tools as the cazuela and plancha. Take your work home with you and make a meal out of it the way the Spanish do.

Russ & Daughters: A Taste of Appetizing with Mark Russ Federman Astor Center August 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join Mark Russ Federman, a third generation Russ & Daughters family member, for a tasting of the landmark deli's infamous herring and lox, accompanied by a generous serving of stories about the shop, which the Smithsonian Institute has deemed a "part of New York's cultural heritage." Federman will be joined by long-time manager, Herman "The Artistic Slicer" Vargas.

The Italian Wines that Inspired the Book Passion on the Vine Italian Wine Merchants August 29, 1-3 p.m. Sergio Esposito's book Passion on the Vine: A Memoir of Food, Wine, and Family in the Heart of Italy has been described as "the best book about Italian wine today." Discover the wines that inspired it at this tasting, which will retrace Esposito's footsteps from Piemonte to the Adriatic Coast. Wines from Movia, Gravner, Quintarelli, Scavino, and Mascarello will be poured alongside a selection of meats and cheeses, as well as signed copies of the book.

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