Welcome to spring in New York! I think tomorrow it’s actually supposed to snow!! Despite the chill in the air, we shall persevere. Please see below for a list of fun things to do this week.
Saturday, March 22 8 pm-12 am
Vernal Cabaret NFDP Benefit at the Gershwin Hotel
Join us for an evening of poetry and music to celebrate the vernal equinox and with it, the return of farmers carting their green wares to the city. Proceeds will benefit Nesenkeag Farm and Greenmarket’s New Farmer Development Project.
The Vernal Cabaret will take place in the Gershwin Hotel Living Room, 7 East 27th Street, New York City, starting at 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM, bringing together poets, artists, stand-up comics, musicians, urban agriculture activists and other visionary spirits for an evening of high-falutin sustenance and fun. Suggested donation at the door is $10.
The lively line-up of performers includes David Abel, Bare Hand Wolf Chokers Association, Lee Ann Brown, Scott Chaskey, Andy Clausen, Grant Hart, Brenda Coultas, Jason Eisenberg, Russ Gershon, Kim Lyons, Edgar Oliver, Simon Pettet, Nicole Peyrafitte, Janine Pommy Vega, Eero Ruuttila, Sparrow, Steven Taylor, Laki Vazakas, and George Wallace (see below for bios). The benefit is grateful for the support of co-sponsoring organizations, including the Chefs Collaborative, the NY Food Museum, and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY). In making the Living Room and Lounge available for this benefit, the Gershwin Hotel continues its mission of supporting innovative arts and culture in New York City.
Dine In Brooklyn
Pick a restau you’ve always wanted to try and Dine in Brooklyn this week! Places fill up quickly so it is wise to make a reservation in advance. The pris fixe at all participating establishments is a thrifty $23.00. Rosewater, Lunetta, and Applewood are a few of the listed restaurants who trumpet their commitment to locally sourced food.
Join Food Systems Network NYC for a viewing of Our Daily Bread, a riveting documentary about our globalized food chain, and hear a special guest speaker address the issues raised by mechanized, mass- produced agriculture. Followed by a Q & A and an additional late screening for the night owls in our foodie flock.
Pre-Screening Refreshments will be provided by some of our favorite NY chefs, farmers, and vintners–think globally and eat locally!
Proceeds from this event will support FSNYC’s mission to promote access for all to fresh, nutritious, and regional food through education, advocacy, and collaboration. Refreshments starting at 6:00. First screening at 6:45, followed by a discussion at 8:15 and additional screening at 9:15.
Cost: $35 non-members/$25 members
$20 late screening (film only)
On the Rise:
Saturday, March 29
Just Food 8th Annual CSA Conference at Teachers College
Teachers College Columbia University 525 W. 120th St. in Manhattan
Saturday, March 29 2pm-4pm
Slow Food: Health, Herbs, and Cooking
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Health, Herbs, and Cooking class taught by Sandra McLean
Slow Food is a growing international movement dedicated to preserving authenticity and diversity in our food traditions. Slow Food promotes the use of many locally-grown fruits and vegetables, instead of the narrow range of food plants typically grown on huge factory farms and shipped around the world. In a city renowned for its fast pace, local chapter Slow Food NYC savors and defends the slow traditions that make our city unique. In this two-day workshop, you will learn what the Slow Food movement is and how you can become a part of it in your daily life.
2 Saturdays: March 29; April 5 | 2–4 p.m.
$44 member, $48 nonmember
(Fee includes $5 materials charge.)