The pandemic has forced the Culinary Historians of New York into Zoom mode for their programs. But there’s an upside: Instead of a reception at which snacks relevant to the lecture are served, the recipes are sent in advance, so participants can prepare and enjoy the food during the session. Next up will be Ben Katchor, who wrote and illustrated “The Dairy Restaurant,” a compelling history of a segment of the nation’s restaurant scene that’s still around. His talk on Nov. 16 includes recipes for beet borscht and kasha varnishkes, and an interactive discussion after the lecture.

Ben Katchor talk, 6:30 p.m., Nov. 16, free for members, $10 for nonmembers and guests, culinaryhistoriansny.org.

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