Imagine getting credit for planning and executing a romantic extravaganza without even having to maintain conversation with your date. It can happen at the De Gustibus Cooking School, where a huge lineup of rotating guest chefs prepare gourmet meals for a small classroom of mesmerized, drooling diners. Catch culinary heroes like Daniel Boulud here, and you can let an A-list gourmet's savvy cheffery do the talking for you, thereby preventing tragic verbal slips like "that dress highlights your upper-back fat", or "I love you".
Meals come with at least four courses, and are accompanied by a minimum of three wines. Refills are usually available, but since booze-oriented events can feature more than 18 wines, doubling up becomes a deadly proposition. Among this season's highlights: