WEST VILLAGE — On February 24 Otto is hosting a fundraiser for Babbo's beloved former pastry chef Gina DePalma, who is currently battling ovarian cancer. There will be a silent auction of cakes from some of the city's best pastry chefs, plus unlimited antipasti, pasta, pizza, beer and wine. Tickets are $100, or $200 to include a pizza covered in shaved black truffles. [Twitter]
GREENWICH VILLAGE — The former home of Nicky's Magazine Shop will soon house the ninth outpost of City Bakery's sustainable, wind- and bike-powered Birdbath. Expect the same menu of cookies, pastries, and pretzel croissants. [JVNY]
VINEGAR HILL — On February 27, The Pines chef John Poiarkoff will serve a dinner at Hillside with his brother Mike Poiarkoff, who's just been made chef at Vinegar Hill House. For $65 per person, the four course menu includes beef tartar with kimchi and sesame crumpets, and monkfish with oxtail and hearts of palm. Make reservations by emailing email@example.com.
BOOK CLUB — Ferran Adrià is planning a book tour for the release of his seven-volume, $625 elBulli catalog, elBulli 2005-2011. He'll hit NYC on March 13, with an appearance at Eataly followed by a lecture the 92nd Street YMCA. Head over to Eater National for details. [~EN~]