Queens Taste 2013
Caesars Club, Citi Field, Flushing, NY. More than 40 restaurants participate in this event that benefits the Queens Economic Development Corp. 6 to 9 p.m. 718-263-0546, x12; www.queensny.org.
Hospitality Design Expo & Conference
Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. 508-743-8502; www.hdexpo.com.
Southern Food Writing Conference & Int’l Biscuit Festival
Knoxville, TN. Various aspects of writing and Southern food are explored. Includes the Int’l Biscuit Festival. 865-384-7290; www.southernfoodwriting.com.
17th Annual Nantucket Wine Festival
White Elephant Hotel and other locations, Nantucket, MA. Winemaker symposia, grand tasting, wine and food seminars, and more. 617-527-9473; www.nantucketwinefestival.com.
All About Ciabatta
May 18, 19
Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio. Part of The Bread Bakers Guild of America’s “The Guild’s Greatest Hits, 2013” class series. Taught by Didier Rosada. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. BBGA members, $340; nonmembers, $425. 707-935-1468; www.bbga.org.
94th Annual NRA Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show
McCormick Place, Chicago. Sponsored by the Nat’l Restaurant Assn. 312-853-2525; www.restaurant.org.
15th Annual Share Our Strength/Food Arts Championship BBQ & Cookout
Navy Pier, Chicago. Invitation-only for restaurant and hotel personnel. 4 to 7 p.m.
59th Annual IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards
Great Hall at Union Station, Chicago. Hosted by the Int’l Foodservice Manufacturers Assn. 312-540-4400; www.ifmaworld.com.
Chocolates & Bonbons
May 21, 22
Los Angeles. $499. Valrhona En Route chocolate workshop, led by chef Derek Poirier, covers a wide array of techniques in a intimate classroom atmosphere of only 8 pastry professionals. 718-522-7001, x105; www.valrhona-chocolate.com.
21st Annual New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
Various locations in New Orleans. Food and wine tastings, vintner dinners, seminars, an inaugural celebrity chef gala, and more. 504-529-WINE; www.nowfe.com.
33rd Annual Napa Valley Wine Auction
May 30–June 2
Various locations in Napa Valley. Sponsored by the Napa Valley Vintners Assn. 707-963-3388; www.auctionnapavalley.org.
The Art of Eating: MFK Fisher
Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch, Glen Ellen, CA. MFK Fisher–inspired dishes are made by local chefs at this Audubon Canyon Ranch event. 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. 415-868-9244; www.auduboncanyonranch.org.