Preserving the Summer Dinner at the CIA
August 7. The Culinary Institute of America’s graduating class presents Preserving the Summer: Celebrating the Bounty of the Hudson Valley, a four-course dinner and silent auction benefiting the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley and the Peter F. Lenich Memorial Scholarship Fund. Local wines, cocktails, and hors d’oeurves will be served at 6pm, followed by dinner, including chilled corn bisque, compressed summer melon, pork spare ribs, and peach and honey upside-down cake. At 6pm at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. $70. (845) 905-4674; www.ciachef.edu/restaurants/events.
Old World v. New World Wine Throwdown
August 14. Michael Weiss—wine instructor and coauthor of Wine Wise: Your Complete Guide to Understanding, Selecting, and Enjoying Wine—from the Culinary Institute of America hosts Old World versus New World Wines, part of the wine and food seminar series at the Millbrook Winery. The class will feature Millbrook’s wines as well as wines from around the world. From 6pm to 8pm in Millbrook. $45.
Reservations available at (800) 622-9463.
Red Wine and Grass-Fed Beef
August 21 and 22. Visit the Whitecliff Winery nestled at the foot of the Gunks for a locavore’s delight. Enjoy Whitecliff’s red wines such as Sky Island Red, a traditional, elegant Bordeaux blend; Ridgewine Red, a light-bodied, five-grape blend; and Redtail, a soft, fruity blend of Noiret, DeChaunac, and merlot. The food menu includes London broil (from grass-fed cows raised two miles down the road) and homemade potato salad made with local produce. From 12pm to 5pm in Gardiner. $16 in advance/$17.50 at the door. (845) 255-4613; www.whitecliffwine.com.
Hudson Valley Ribfest
August 21 and 22. Come hungry and bring a bib to the sixth annual Hudson Valley Ribfest, featuring Big Moe’s M&M Ribs, Butch’s Barbeque, Jack McDavid’s Down Home Diner, and more. There will be over 20 concession and cooking-supply vendors, team barbecue-cooking competitions (with a $10,000 prize pot), and live music. From 11am to 10pm on Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz. $5/kids under 12 free.www.hudsonvalleyribfest.org.