Alison Eighteen this week to learn her secrets of success, we found out that her new restaurant will play host to literary salons and other high-minded artistic gatherings. Well, the eatery has teamed up with the Woodstock Writers Festival and will launch its first literary series this weekend. On Saturday, April 21 guests can watch a live-stream reading and discussion by Augusten Burroughs, the author of popular books like Running With Scissors and Dry. The reading begins at 8:30 PM, but there are a few option available to those who want to show up and eat and drink before hand. $60 gets you a fixed price dinner and Lillet cocktails at 6 PM, followed by desserts and cheeses downstairs at 8. If you just want the cocktails and a snack, you can show up at 8 and pay $40 to indulge for half an hour before the reading begins. To purchase tickets, you can call 212-366-1818.
Another event that should appeal to those who enjoy the finer things in life is happening on May 3 at Alain Ducasse's Benoit. The eatery's Paris location is celebrating its 100th year, and Ducasse will be in NYC to cook up a grand meal with a little help from his friends. And those friends are certainly people worth knowing - Michael White, April Bloomfield and Michael Anthony will all be in the kitchen to prepare their unique takes on bistro classics. The event is $100 per person (which doesn't include booze) and you can make reservations by calling 646-943-7373.