Food and Drink
Nothing justifies binge drinking like a little booze knowledge to toss around. And with the wealth of educational options this week, you’ll have no excuse for ignorant drunkenness. For instance, at the Brandy Library, spirit school head Ethan R. Kelley will be giving a seminar on “precious and rare scotch.” Even if Mr. Kelley begins the lesson with a lecture, he’s apparently a firm believer in learning by doing. (Read: Yay.) The ticket price includes samples of Scotland’s finest (Friday, July 30, 7 p.m., $120). For those hoping to pace themselves, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria offers wine lessons. Remember: If you can plausibly claim to be a “sommelier” at dinner parties, no one will think twice when you pour yourself that seventh glass (Saturday, July 31, 2 p.m., $45-75). And because eating helps with the drinking, Italian Wine Merchants gives a class in the art of pairing wine with food (“Studio Regionale,” Saturday, July 31, 1 p.m., $50-90). But if heavy drinking just isn’t your thing, 92Y Tribeca will host a “Culinary Happy Hour” where the emphasis is on learning how to make a tasty vegetarian dinner. Still, Chef Russell Moss doesn’t expect his students to remain sober: “Russ cooks, you drink!” so sayeth the Web site (Wednesday, August 4, 5:45 p.m., $12-15). And for teetotalers, 92Y Tribeca will also offer a class in preparing “Cold Summer Soups” (Tuesday, August 3, 10 p.m., $25). Yawnsies.