Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich to Go Head-to-Head at Del Posto

It's going down.
It's going down. Photo: Ilya S. Savenok; Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images

There are a hell of a lot of fancy-shmancy, wildly expensive “celebrity-chef” tasting events around town, but this one’s worth noting: Del Posto’s hosting “Master’s at the Table: An Evening with Mario and Lidia.” It’s basically a classier, upscale version of Throwdown! With Bobby Flay. Del Posto’s giving the chefs the same ingredient for each of the five courses (lobster, peas, bolognese, beef, and “donuts”), and diners will taste the dueling dishes side by side. The event’s on April 29 at 7 p.m., and the $295 cost covers food, wine pairings, tax, and gratuity. And since you’re technically getting ten plates throughout the five courses, it’s practically a steal! At least for bankers and Babbo regulars.