For foodies: This week's dining events and news

By Emily Mathis

Special to amNewYork

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It’s Fondue Month — Three years ago, Aristanal Bistro’s founder/chef Terrance Brennan dubbed February official fondue month — celebrating with fondue dishes that change daily. Upcoming flavors include appenzeller with spiced venison jerky, taleggio with beef tips, and emmenthaller with apricot schnapps. Each comes with complimentary bread and wine. The $24 petite serves 1-3 people, with 2 glasses of wine, the $40 grande serves 4-6 people, with 4 glasses of wine.

Through Saturday.

2 Park Ave., entrance on 32nd St., 212-725-8585

Savoy’s Fifth Annual Cassoulet Festival — Southern France’s slow-cooked stew will be celebrated at Savoy until the middle of March with $25 lunches and $35 dinners – but the last days of the Carcassonne-style cassoulet — braised lamb shoulder and house smoked pork belly — are fast approaching. On March 3rd, the Toulouse-style- smoked pork goose confit and garlicky goose sausage – takes over until March 15th.

70 Prince St., 212-219-8570

Second Annual New York Wine Expo — This weekend (Feb. 27- March 1), the Jacob Javits Center turns into a wine enthusiast’s paradise. The grand tasting features 600 wines from 170 wineries around the world. Extra features include seminars with wine experts, including Mark Oldman, wine columnist for Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Kevin Zraly, founder of Windows on the World Wine School. There will also be chocolate and cheese food booths. Tickets are $75 - $95.

655 W. 34th St., 1-800-544-1660

Stinky Cheese Festival 2009 — Committed to bringing authentic French flavor to the city, the Tour De France cluster of restaurants (TourdeFrancenyc.com) – including both French Roast locations – has organized a festival offering rinds, slices, and recipes at nine venues. It ends February 28th.

Red Hook sandwich spot takes Manhattan — After 87 years, legendary Red Hook sandwich shop, Defonte’s has branched out to Manhattan. Opened on Tuesday, the new spot serves the same timeless hero combinations like fried eggplant and roast beef at a smaller space.

261 Third Avenue at 21st St.

Tags: fondue , artisanal , cassoulet , wine expo , stinky cheese festival , defonte's , food

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