Le Cirque Announces New Executive Chef; Bell’s Brewery Dinner at Prime Meats

• Raphael Francois has been named the new executive chef of Le Cirque. He comes directly from London’s Connaught Hotel, the fine-dining kitchen which, under his reign, received two Michelin stars. Chef Francois’ menu will be available sometime in April. [Grub Street]

• Piedmont winery Montalbera-Terra del Ruche will visit Eataly on March 11 for an afternoon tasting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Paolo Bersighelli, the vineyard’s export manager, will host the event. [Grub Street]

• Tickets can now be purchased for the Fourth Annual Tasting Brooklyn event, to be held on April 29. Vendors include The Pines, Martha, Robicelli’s, and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. General admission costs $55 and includes two-and-a-half hours of all you can eat and drink. [Grub Street]

• Yo, bookworms: The third annual Food Book Fair returns to Brooklyn from April 25-27 at Williamsburg’s Wythe Hotel. Panelists will discuss topics like farming, scalability, and umami. Egg’s George Weld and Evan Hanczor have conceptualized a menu inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird for the annual Food Book Fair dinner (April 26) including collard greens, crackling bread, and country ham. Apparently, Weld did not want to go the “To Kale a Mockingbird” route. [Grub Street]

• Red Hook’s Baked has declared March “Peanut Butter Month,” with special menu items like peanut-butter-and-jelly bars, banana-peanut-butter whoopee pies, and peanut-butter crispy bars. Whole peanut-butter cakes (Oopsy Daisy or Bananas) are 25 percent off for the entire month. [Grub Street]

Agave invites guests to take part in its tequila dinner on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. The meal is limited to 18 people, and $120 buys you a five-course dinner, including scallops with caramelized plantains and beef tenderloin with jalapeno salsa. Call 212-989-2100 for reservations. [Grub Street]

• On April 7, Edible Schoolyard NYC will host its second annual “Putting Down Roots” spring benefit, at 23 Wall Street. Participating chefs include Danny Bowien, David Chang, Alex Stupak, and Anita Lo. Questlove will be on hand to provide tunes, and individual tickets start at $1,000. [Grub Street]

• Celebrate International Women’s Day with some wine at Union Square Wines. The store will host a tasting from 2-5 p.m. featuring eight “Ladies of American Distilling” brands. You’ll also have the chance to buy an $85 cocktail passport, good for one drink at each of ten participating bars. [Grub Street]

Prime Meats and Bell’s Brewery have paired up for a beer dinner on March 11. The menu features house-made sausages, bangers and mash, spaetzle, and more. It’s $60 per person, and reservations will be taken at pmreservations@frankspm.com. [Grub Street]

• Ferran Adrià’s new cookbook, elBulli 2005-2011, is now on sale for $625 at Kitchen Arts and Letters, but that comes with a $175 gift certificate for the terrific store. For $650 (and a $75 certificate), you can get both the book as well as the chance to bump into Adrià himself at his VIP reception at the 92nd Street Y on March 13. [Grub Street]

Le Cirque Announces New Executive Chef; Bell’s Brewery Dinner at Prime