Okay, so I will confess to watching a LOT of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy when it first hit the TV in the early 2000s. Aside from crazy Carson, my favorite was always Ted Allen—the mild-mannered kitchen whiz who would somehow convince the hopeless cretins on the show to whip up canapés (served with impeccable wine pairings) for their moms and girlfriends. Lucky for us, Allen, a longtime Brooklynite, was able to parlay his Queer Eye success into his own hit show on the Food Network, Chopped. He has also written a new cookbook, In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks, in which he shares his favorite recipes to make at home with those of us who love cooking as much as he does. On Thursday, Allen will be at his local bookstore, Greenlight, for a book signing and discussion with Gabrielle Langholtz, the editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn. The event is free, and will be followed at 8:30 by a tasting of Ted’s Campari acai punch across the street at Greene Grape Spirits. –K.H.