Sunday, October 12

Who wants to wrap themselves in homemade chianti-stained pappardelle and wake up on Christmas? Lidia Bastianich hits the 92nd Street Y—smack!—as fancy food soldiers on through the recession, attempting to convince people that sure, they may have sold off the Hamptons House and the Learjet, but at least they can still eat Lamb’s Brain “Francobolli” at Babbo for the comparatively cheap price of $19!

[Lidia Bastianich at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, 7:30 p.m., www.92y.org]

mbryan@observer.com Sunday, October 12