Saturday, May 31st

Foodies flock to see if the rumors of edible food being served on the Upper West Side are true, at the New Taste of the Upper West Side fund-raising gala—requiring no beaded evening gown and dishing grub from 24 chefs—which, quaintly, will be taking place outside under a tent on Columbus Avenue! Honorees include Tim Zagat and Gael Green, food critic and founder of City-Meals-on-Wheels; proceeds go toward Columbus Avenue streetscape beautification. Eateries on the menu include Bar Boulud, Cesca, Dovetail, Landmarc, Kefi, Fatty Crab and Blue Ribbon Sushi. The only downside: The wine is coming from 26 Long Island vineyards—blech! Somebody bring a flask of Petrus, will ya?

[New Taste of the Upper West Side, Columbus Avenue between 76th and 77th streets, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 212-721-5048]

Saturday, May 31st