by Daivd Lloyd
• The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell: Historian Mark Kurlansky reads from his bestselling book, The Big Oyster, and explains the powerful role of oysters in New York City food history. FREE, 7 p.m. on 1/29, The Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway.
• Cookbook and Culinary Sale: Pick up some great deals here. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on 2/3, James Beard House, 116 West 12th Street.
• A Romantic Dinner for Two: Learn from the experts at Williams-Sonoma and take a practice run before woing your love on Valentine's Day. Learn how to make Creamy Asparagus Soup with Seared Scallops, Pommes Anna, and Chocolate Fondant. 7 p.m. on 1/30, Williams-Sonoma, 110 7th Avenue. Tickets are $70. To register, call (212) 633-2203.
• New World Cheese, Old World Wine: Join Saxelby Cheesemongers, Sherri Vinton of Slow Food NYC, and Greg Moore of Moore Bros. Wines for a night of cheese tasting and wine tasting. Discover the history of cheese making in America while tasting some of the country's best cheeses. 6 p.m. on 2/1, Moore Bros. Wine Co., 33 E. 20th Street. Tickets are $25.