Lani Kai’s Tiki Mondays; New Cheap Eats Fatty Snack, Quality Burger

Battery Park City: Fatty Snack and Quality Burger will debut new menu items at Eat: World Financial Center Restaurant Showcase this Thursday, October 6. Stop by the World Financial Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to try seasonal dishes from over twenty participating restaurants, including local produce from the Greenmarket and prizes from Asphalt Green Battery Park City — all for $5 or less! [Grub Street]
Carroll Gardens: At the History of Pizza class at the Brooklyn Brainery, you’ll learn about the evolution of the cheesy staple from social, economic, scientific, and cultural perspectives ($50). An additional bonus: Pizza will be served at every class (Wednesday, October 12, 18, and 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.). [City Spoonful]

Chelsea: Meet winemaker Gunther DiGiovanna and taste his Sicilian wines at Chelsea Wine Vault at the Chelsea Market, tonight from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person; get them here. [Local Wine Events]
On Monday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m., Guilty Goose will host their Six Point Mad Scientist Beer Dinner ($75 per person), a five-course meal with beer pairings. [Grub Street]
Everywhere: The Food Network and City Winery’s New York City Wine & Food Festival Online Auction just went live today. Bid on a variety of items; all auction proceeds benefit the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. [Grub Street]
Flatiron: Los Angeles restaurateur Liza Utter will be in New York this month as part of her Life of the Party tour, a series of holiday entertaining classes. The first one will be on Saturday, October 15 at Wined Up, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Get tips on the art of hosting while you enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres; tickets are $75 per person. [Guest of a Guest]
Fort Greene: The first annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, featuring over 100 craft brews, food, and entertainment, kicks off on Saturday, October 15. [VV]
Governors Island: The first annual Harbor School Regatta & Post-Regatta Bash is this Thursday, October 6. Come out to Water Taxi Beach at Governors Island at 1:30 p.m. to see the regatta, or at 6 p.m. for the party, which will include drinks, food, and local specialties from participants such as Brooklyn Brewery, Kevin’s, and Marlow & Sons, to name a few. Proceeds will benefit the Harbor School, New York City’s only maritime-based public high school. [Grub Street]
Greenwich Village: Opened in 1973 and perhaps one of the first Famous Ray’s, newspapered windows and a note announcing its closure went up overnight at the pizza joint located on Sixth Avenue and West 11th Street. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Lower East Side: The Edibles will host their “Travel” issue tasting event on Wednesday, October 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy beverages and cuisine from two dozen travel destinations, served by vendors like Edi & the Wolf and Asiadog, among others. The event will be held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation; tickets ($40 per person) can be purchased here. [Eventbrite]
Midtown West: Visit Kellari Taverna tonight through October 8 for the 2011 Dionysia Festival, where they’ll be celebrating the Greek god of wine with food and drink specials. Enjoy complimentary wine tastings daily from 5 to 8 p.m., guest winemakers who will discuss Greek wine, and a special four-course prix fixe dinner menu with wine pairings ($59.95). [Grub Street]
The Russian Tea Room will offer a special menu in honor of Yom Kippur, which features twists on classic Break-fast (get it?) dishes; served Saturday, October 8 after sundown. [Grub Street]
Soho: Tiki Mondays return to Lani Kai this month. Tonight’s event will feature mixologists Brian Miller and Lynnette Marrero (of Rye House, the Astor Room) behind the bar, serving up tropical cocktails of their own creation. [Grub Street]
Tristate Area: October is national cookie month, so celebrate by placing an order of Downtown Cookie Co.’s new cranberry-walnut oatmeal cookies, which you can get delivered anywhere in the tristate area for free (normally $13; only through October). Call 646-486-3585 or visit their website to place your order. [Grub Street]
West Village: Join Top Chef Harold Dieterle for a four-course lunch at Kin Shop on Saturday, October 15. The chili-themed meal will include dishes like stuffed blue swimmer crab with ground pork, braised beef short ribs, and more, with an optional beverage pairing. Call 212-675-4295 to reserve a table (seatings between noon and 2:15 p.m.; $50 per person). [Zagat Presents]
Williamsburg: Epicurious and Brooklyn Winery are teaming up for an evening of wine tastings, appetizers, and classes tomorrow night, from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn about the wine you’re sampling from Epicurious editors and winemakers, and sample Ghirardelli’s new fall chocolates. Also in attendance: author of Tasting Notes and former Wine Spectator editor Ted Loos. Tickets ($30) will get you two classes, two drinks, and unlimited hors d’oeuvres; a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City. [Epicurious]
Celebrate the dropping temperatures at Maison Premiere’s Fall Harvest Party on Sunday, October 9, from 2 to 9 p.m. There will be live music by a local banjo player, a special menu featuring items like lobster bisque, homemade cornbread, and absinthe candied apples, as well as beverages including mulled cider and sherry cocktails. [Grub Street]