Dear Local Gourmands,
I met my friend Will by the cauliflower at the market on Saturday. He was picking up a head of Bill Maxwell’s finest, and asked me about the difference between those with green florets and the heads with traditional white ones. Will, who sells fish and is my go-to source for directions on cooking fluke and tuna and the best treatment for razor clams, looked skeptical of the whole lot. I told him the only way to find out would be to cook them both and see for himself– at this time of year, I can never get enough. Until November, I forget how much I adore cauliflower, and then the leaves begin to fall off, and the daylight changes, and I become obsessed with thinking of Thanksgiving dishes. Why wait until then to begin with the sides? I fancy my cauliflower roasted until a little caramelized on the edges with garlicky, cheesy breadcrumbs on top. Cream of cauliflower soup is also not a bad way to go. Luckily Bill Maxwell will be at the market for a few more weeks (including a special appearance at a Wednesday edition of the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket the Wednesday before Thanksgiving) before he and his vegetables go on hiatus for winter vacation.
Monday, November 15
Farm School Applications Due
Mail in your applications to join the first class of the new found urban farming educational program, Farm School. Farm School NYC aims to increase the self-reliance of communities and inspire positive local action around issues of food access and social, economic and racial justice by providing comprehensive professional training in urban agriculture for NYC residents.
Monday, November 15, 6:30pm–8:30pm
Home Bakers Meet-up
The New Amsterdam Market School
224 Front St., between Beekman and Peck Slip
Admission is free, but you must reserve a ticket in advance
Break bread with fellow bakers at the kick-off party for Grains Week! Admission to this bread-based gathering is a loaf of your favorite home baked bread and a copy of your recipe. Bakers of all experience levels are welcome to swap samples with fellow grain geeks, tell stories about overactive yeast, or share secrets on how to get a really crusty crust. Take a crack at cranking the Greenmarket butter churn, sample bread baked with flour from Greenmarket vendors, and bring your recipe and/or starter to trade with others.
Tuesday, November 16, 12:30-2pm
Food Systems Network Open Networking Meeting
121 Ave of the Americas, 6th fl
Join fellow local food activists at the monthly Food Systems Network open networking meeting to share and hear updates about various projects and initiatives that colleagues are working on around the city. United Neighborhood Houses’ Healthy Communities Through Healthy Food will be the focus of the November meeting. A $5 donation is suggested, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Avoid the fee by becoming a FSNYC member now! Visit: http://foodsystemsnyc.org/joinnow
Wednesday, November 17, 6–8pm
The Educated Eater: Regionally Grown Grain
The New School
65 West 11th St., 5th floor
Admission, free for students, $5 for general public
Tickets can be purchased at The New School box office, 212.229.5488 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You might weigh in heavily when it comes to your preference for butter, crisco, or lard in pie crusts, but do you ever wonder where the flour you use to roll out your perfect dough comes from, or how it might affect the quality of your pie? How would emmer pasta taste? What kind of home baked bread would locally grown spelt flour produce? In this edition of Greenmarket’s quarterly panel discussion series, The Educated Eater, talk turns to regionally grown grain. Hear from a culinary historian, a grower, a miller, a baker, and a chef about the past, present, and future of grains grown in the Northeast. Greenmarket’s June Russell moderates a discussion that explores the challenges and developments that will advance the availability and volume of local grains to the bakers, brewers, distillers, and chefs in our area.
Nathan Leamy—Watson Fellow, home baker, and global grains expert
Don Lewis—Miller and Baker, Wild Hive Farm
Anton Earnhardt—Grower, Lightning Tree Farm
Michael Anthony—Chef, Gramercy Tavern
June Russell, moderator—Farm Inspections Manager, Greenmarket
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Media, Advocacy, and Dialogue
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street
Increasing media attention to urban agriculture has mirrored the public’s growing interest in the topic. At the same time, food activists have used the media in creative ways to advance support for urban agriculture. Moderated by food writer Andy Smith, this panel focuses on the relationship between media, advocacy, and the urban agriculture movement. The panel includes an artist and filmmaker, the producer of an internet broadcast network focusing on urban farming, an organizer of a farm boot camp for urban chefs, an expert on the internet and agriculture, and the publisher of a food magazine. Andy Smith moderates this panel that includes Ian Cheney, Erin Fairbanks, Tom Grace, Katy Keiffer, and Gabrielle Langholtz.
Wednesday, November 17, 6-9pm
Family-style Beer Dinner at Inside Park at St. Bart’s
109 E. 50th St.
Join Edible Manhattan for a 3-course family-style beer dinner at Inside Park at St. Bart’s featuring Stella Artois, Leffe and Hoegaarden beers. This collaborative dinner will feature 3 courses served family-style throughout the dining room, each inspired by a different film from the good folks at the NYC Food Film Festival, including “Mr. Okra”, “The Perfect Oyster”, and “Buttermilk: It Can Help”. Inside Park Dinner, of course, will be paired with the evening’s films: Chef Matthew Weingarten will serve wood-roasted oysters and an okra and housemade sausage jambalaya. And there will be veggies a plenty–also in honor of “Mr. Okra”–and “a buttermilk something” to finish. NYC Food Film Festival director George Motz, as well as Edible editor Brian Halweil, will be on hand to introduce the meal. All guests will also receive a one-year subscription to Edible Manhattan.
Wednesday, November 17, 6-9pm
42-38 9th St., Long Island City
Tickets, $30 tasting, or $50 tasting with open bar
The Queens Harvest Food Co-op hosts a tasting of event showcasing dishes from some of Queens’ finest: Agnanti, Astor Bake Shop, Bareburger, Cream Bakery, De Mole, LIC Market, M. Wells, Sage Testaccio, Vesta, and more.
Saturday, November 20, 2pm-4pm
Bread Baking with Ancient Wheat
The Brooklyn Kitchen: 100 Frost St.
Admission, $40 – tickets available here
Join Eli Rogosa on a culinary journey through the history of wheat from einkorn domesticated in Mesopotamia and emmer used in the original matzah, to the evolution of wheat in early Europe. Participants will bake sourdough einkorn bagels made with einkorn malt, einkorn flatbread spiced with Jerusalem zataar, and sprouted einkorn bread.
Saturday, November 20
Giving Thanks Dinner with Eagle St. Rooftop Farm
The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St., Williamsburg
Give thanks to the hands that fed us all season long with produce from the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. Join friends and fellow farmers at this harvest meal and thanks giving party hosted by the Brooklyn Kitchen.
Sunday, November 21, 11am-1pm
Pancake Breakfast at New Amsterdam Market
New Amsterdam Market
South St. between Beekman St. and Peck Slip
Admission, $20 per plate
We’ll be flipping flapjacks on Sunday morning, at the culmination of a very grainy week—join us for pancakes, grits, and sausage as the sun comes up over the East River. Sample buckwheat, spelt, and good old fashioned (white and whole wheat) pancakes with a helping of local cornmeal grits on the side. Breakfast sausage and maple syrup sweeten the deal. All proceeds benefit New Amsterdam Market, the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-sharing Network, and The Heritage Wheat Conservancy.
Sunday, November 21, 4pm
Brooklyn Chili Take-down
The Bell House
149 7th St., Gowanus
The original Brooklyn Chili Take-down sweeps the borough once again! Expect more than 30 different pots of chili for the tasting– from beef to veggie and back again, this is the cook-off show that started them all.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, November 30, 7-10pm
The Piglet: Tournament of the Cookbooks
92nd St Y
The 16 most notable cookbooks of 2010 will go head-to-head in a bracketed competition, vying for the coveted Piglet trophy. Hosted by food52.com, the tournament will feature 17 top food writers and chefs as judges. Tournament rounds will play out over the course of 3 weeks, with a decision announced every weekday beginning November 9, 2010. The Tournament of Cookbooks will culminate in a celebratory event on November 30, 2010, held from 7-10pm at the 92YTribeca in New York City. The winner of the tournament will be announced, and the event will include a panel discussion on “Food Porn.” Panelists will include Frank Bruni, Frank Falcinelli, Ben Leventhal and Chris Cosentino, and editors from the New York Times Magazine will curate a food photo slideshow. Food and drink will be provided by Hanna Winery, Kelso of Brooklyn, Liddabit Sweets, Mexicue, Nuts + Nuts, Van Leeuwen, Dorie Greenspan, Rick’s Picks, Theo Peck and others. A portion of the tickets will be reserved for the public and sold in advance, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Wellness in the Schools. Click here to see the list of cookbooks and judges for this year’s coveted piglet prize.