You cannot refuse the Nast! Condé Nast continues its quest to remake the world in its image, with another series of panel discussions for the poorly dressed masses, this one courtesy of House & Garden. Today, Simon Doonan, Observer fashion critic extraordinaire, discusses bad taste in America. (Hmmm, how much time do we have?) Later, that college art history class is finally paying off! Copland House hosts “Optimism at the Table” at Del Posto, a dinner fund-raiser (prepared by Lidia Bastianich) that artistic and executive director Michael Boriskin described as “a re-creation of the Italian futurist banquets of the WWI era, which were an attempt to embrace all the senses. We felt the need to do something different than the usual rubber-chicken dinner dance, because we have the resources to be able to think imaginatively about placing the arts and American music at the center of the table.” You had us at rubber-chicken dance! We find this event ideal, because we can’t balance our checkbook, but we can sure pontificate on Marinetti! Expect Mary Stuart Masterson (really!), NPR host Fred Child and composer Aaron Jay Kernis to partake in the futurist fun. Are you stuffed yet? Gabrielle Hamilton, culinary popular girl and proprietress of Prune, appears at the Gourmet Institute discussing “The Versatility of the Egg.” Finally!
[Crimes of Taste Panel Discussion, Directors Guild of America, 110 West 57th Street, 1 p.m.; “Optimism at the Table” at Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, 5 p.m., 914-788-4659; Gabrielle Hamilton at Gourmet Institute, Condé Nast, 4 Times Square, 9 a.m., www.gourmetinstitute.com]