Dan Barber will host guest chefs from across the country at Blue Hill at Stone Barns on Monday, March 3 including Husk's Sean Brock, the Breslin's April Bloomfield, and Dirt Candy's Amanda Cohen for a Cook It Raw fund-raising dinner from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $600 (and they include wine); more information here. [Grub Street].
Il Buco is offering a special prix fixe menu for $125 per person, with a $50 wine pairing option, on Valentine's Day. The five-course spread includes foie-gras ravioli and a poached filet of Pacific black cod. [Grub Street].
Last weekend, barista J. Park Brannen, a customer representative at New York's Counter Culture training center, placed first in the Northeastern Regional Barista Competition in the Big Eastern Coffee Competition in Durham. He'll now advance to the U.S. Barista Competition and Brewers Cup in Seattle this April. Brannen competed with a natural sun-dried coffee from Kayanza, Burundi, roasted by Counter Culture. [Grub Street].