To Do This Week in New York City: Bordeaux Tasting and Joan Didion Reading

Chiara de Blasio

Chiara de Blasio (Getty Images)

WEDNESDAY November 12

Everyone who has ever been depressed can tell you that it is not like “the blues” or “the jaundiced yellow” or whatever other colorful way people have of describing their dark mood, so much as it is like paralyzing black fog. If you’re lucky enough to be well, get out to the eighth annual HOPE For Depression Research Foundation Luncheon as they honor keynote speakers Chiaria de Blasio and David O. Russell. Park Avenue Event Space, 583 Park Avenue, 12-2 p.m., $125-$1,000, hopefordepression.org 

THURSDAY November 13

Guzzle, I mean sip, some of the world’s best wine for a good cause at Bordeaux Under One Roof. Connoisseurs can try  more than 200 delicious wines from the most celebrated wine region in the world (ignore the advice to spit; it all tastes great). Proceeds from the event will benefit City Harvest. Industria Superstudios, 775 Washington Street, 7-10 p.m, $50, bordeauxunderoneroof.com

FRIDAY November 14

You’ve already been to The Wayfarer, but you haven’t been to its second floor lounge. That’s not because you’re uncool, it’s because the restaurant’s lounge just opened. It features a variety of gourmet takes on classic bar food, including duck spring rolls, pulled bacon sliders and octopus tacos. The Wayfarer, 101 West 57th Street 

SATURDAY November 15

The devil wears Prada, and, I guess, angels also wear Prada. The difference is that, when they are done, angels donate that Prada to The Fashion Foundation, while devils light it on fire and hurl it at an intern. Or something similar. Lauren Weisberger would know the precise details. In any event, it’s always nice to see the fashion industry working in support of a good cause, as the Fashion Foundation does. The pieces of clothing donated to their thrift shop are sold at a fraction of the retail price, and the proceeds go toward providing school supplies to students in need. They’re partnered with The Hamilton Grange School and PS325 and, in their first year, they’ve been able to donate more than $2,000 worth of school supplies. To celebrate, they’re hosting their first annual fundraiser with a kick-off event that includes raffles, music, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. And, perhaps most importantly, it’s an excellent occasion to wear a sparkling party dress, too—Prada or otherwise. Iron Bar & Lounge, 713 Eighth Avenue, 8-11 p.m., thefashionfoundation.org, $65

SUNDAY November 16 

Do you want to pick up a lot of Instagram followers? Take pictures of nothing but flowers. Seriously, that’s what people want to see, not the leftover remnants of a sandwich you made. “But Jennifer,” you might say, “I live in New York. I am not a farmer.” What you mean to say is that you’re not a botanist, but that’s fine. This weekend get to the New York Botanical Garden to celebrate its Flora Illustrata exhibition. It’s also an opportunity to buy the book Flora Illustrata edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers. The whole thing sounds delightful, but remember, to really maximize the Instagram follower aspect of this, you’re going to want to get to those gardens right around sunset. See if you can get a puppy running around somewhere there, too, amidst the flowers and the sunset, and you will rule the Internet. The New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library, Rondina and LoFaro Gallery, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., open to the public until January 19

MONDAY November 17

What do Joan DidionVanessa Redgrave and Jazz Master Jimmy Owens have in common? Absolutely nothing—except for a charity event to fight AIDS. Ms. Redgrave will read from Blue Nights, the iconic book written by Ms. Didion, supported by the trumpet-flugelhorn stylings of Mr. Owens. The evening will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights for AIDS and Cathedral Community Cares. The  Cathedral  of  St.  John  the  Divine,
1047 Amsterdam Avenue, 8 p.m., stjohndivine.org
, $40-175

TUESDAY November 18

Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio (Getty Images)

White Truffles—what are they other than fancy mushrooms? Why are they so popular? Do they still use pigs to find them? Lots of questions, none of which will be answered! Just go with trufflemania, because Tom Colicchio is preparing a beautiful seven-course meal featuring them (paired with other delicacies like American wagyu and braised guinea hen). Colicchio and Sons, 85  10th Avenue, 7 p.m., $475 a person

WEDNESDAY November 19 

Be a square at the Apollo Circle Benefit 2014: Cubism. The annual party, which is organized by the young friends of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, features some of the year’s best dresses. And you’ll drink champagne, and you’ll dance and you’ll dream about the day when Anna Wintour invites you to the Costume Institute Ball. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 9 p.m.-midnight, $300 To Do This Week in New York City: Bordeaux Tasting and Joan Didion Reading