Dear Local Gourmands,
I’ve decided it makes so much more sense to send this letter out on mark-your-calendar Mondays. Without further ado, here’s what’s doing this week.
Tuesday, April 15 8pm
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Discussion and book signing with author Raj Patel
Brecht Forum – 451 West Street (West Side Highway), between Bank and Bethune
Streets, 1-1/2 blocks north of West 11 Street, New York City
“Stuffed and Starved is a startling exposé of the global food system and how
activists are gaining ground against its corporate control. Half the world
is malnourished, the other half obese—both symptoms of the corporate food monopoly. To show how a few powerful distributors control the health of the entire world, Raj Patel
conducts a global investigation, traveling from the “green deserts” of Brazil and
protester-packed streets of South Korea to bankrupt Ugandan coffee farms and
barren fields of India. What he uncovers is shocking: the real reasons for famine in Asia and
Africa, an epidemic of farmer suicides, and the false choices and conveniences in supermarkets. Yet he also finds hope—in international resistance movements working to create a more democratic, sustainable, and joyful food system. From seed to store to plate, Stuffed and Starved explains the steps to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers, and re-balance global sustenance.”
Wednesday, April 16 6-8:30pm
Eco-Eatery Organic Wine Tasting sponsored by Green Edge New York
with Moore Brothers Wine Company and Fancy Girl Catering
33 E. 20th St.
$20 register now (RSVP required) at www.greenedgeny.org
“Leading the night is Greg Moore, author of The Wine Chronicles – Writing Your Own Fine Wine Book, and a well-known sommelier since 1977. Every Moore Brothers wine is “sourced” in a direct, personal relationship with the farmer-grower who made it, and is shipped and stored in perfect conditions of temperature control. Since 2001, Fancy Girl Catering has established itself as a premier gourmet organic caterer serving the Northeast. FG supports the use of sustainable agricultural practices, and uses locally grown products whenever possible. Bring your ConEd account number to sign-up for the ConEdison Solutions WIND Bring your ConEd account number to sign-up for the ConEdison Solutions WIND Power Program, supplied by Community Energy, and receive $10 off your next Eco-Eatery Tour!”
Friday, April 18 3pm-4pm
Screening: Health and Hive: A Beekeeper’s Journey
Integral Yoga Natural Foods
229 W. 13th btwn. 7th & 8th Aves
This natural foods store and yoga center is teeming with epicurian offerings. Stop by on Friday afternoon to view a screening of Health and Hive: A Beekeeper’s Journey. Call 212-243-2642 for more details.
Saturday, April 19
Food for Thought Film Festival
51 Astor Place at Third Ave.
Make sure to hit up the Film Fest if you’ve not had a chance to on the previous two Saturdays! This is it! Opeing address by Borough President Scott Stringer, author of Go Green East Harlem!
12 pm– The True Cost of Food and Black Gold
3:15 pm– Trailer for Asperagus: Stalking the American Life (post screening discussion with Anna Lappé) and Life and Debt
6 pm– The Meatrix I, II and II 1/2 and King Corn (post screening discussion with directors Aaron Wolf and Greg Schwartz)
Saturday, April 19 & Sunday, April 20
Eco-Eatery Earth Day Expo 2008
Learn about rooftop beekeeping, urban composting, and shop the market at this two-day extravaganza of eco-awareness workshops. Check out the packed schedule for exact times.
Of Note a Few Weeks Down the Road:
Sunday, May 4 8:30 am-7:30 pm
Saxelby Cheesemongers Day A-Whey trip to Mecox Bay Dairy and Wolffer Vineyard
“Cheese lovers, oenophiles, and just about anyone interested in sustainability, local farming, and good food will delight in this fabulous, farm-y excursion! Our Day A-Whey will begin at Wolffer Vineyard with a guided wine tasting and picnic lunch. Next, we’ll stop at Mecox Bay Dairy, a fourth generation family farm in Bridgehampton for a tour of their farm and creamery. And last but not least, if the weather permits (and we’re crossing our fingers it does!) we’ll visit at a local beach for a little stroll in the sun and sand. Oh, and did we mention that we’ll do the driving?? All you have to do is show up hungry!”
Bus departs from Saxelby Cheesemongers at 8:30 am sharp!
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Saturday, May 10 1pm ’til the cows come home
Breezy Hill Orchard
828 Centre Rd, Staatsburg, 10 minutes from Rhinebeck
“Sing to the apple trees to ensure a bountiful harvest. Honor the farms when we partake in a sumptuous and filling feast of local and artisanal food.” Balkan dance workshops, spring dinner feast, and live music by Zlatne Uste, Slavic Soul Party, Kadife, and Black Sea Hotel. Dinner is at 6 pm, tickets for $50, kids $12. RSVP requested: firstname.lastname@example.org, 845-266-3979.
Wednesday, May 14 4pm-8pm
“The only place to sample the full suite of Long Island wines, from austere steel-fermented whites to robust reds to varietal roses, without getting on the L.I.E. Last year’s inaugural Brooklyn Uncorked was such a blast that BAM is letting us take over a second floor. Now there’s room for local beers and more tastes from our favorite Brooklyn restaurants. Last year’s event sold out, so reserve your spot now.” http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/26417