Dear Local Gourmands,
It is spring in New York, the trees are heavy with luscious pink blossoms, petals gather in the sidewalk cracks like confetti, and the asparagus have marched on to center stage! I’m beside myself with glee. From now until, like, November we are quite literally in the green– that is, spinach, arugula, kale, herbs…the lettuce won’t be long now, and rhubarb soon to follow. Can you feel it? If you can stand to get out of the kitchen there are a ton of fun happenings going on this week.
Chin-chin to the greens!
Tuesday, April 29 6pm-8pm
Slow U– The Business of Local
Neighborhood Preservation Center
232 E. 11th St. (btwn. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Join successful, “slow” entrepreneurs Anne Saxelby, of Saxelby Cheesemongers, and Rick Field, of Rick’s Picks pickles, as they talk about how they got into and built their slow businesses – Anne sells only farmstead and artisan cheeses produced in the northeast and Rick pickles only vegetables grown in our region. The panel discussion will conclude with an open Q&A session over Anne’s excellent cheese and Rick’s superlative pickles, accompanied by locally brewed beer and locally baked pretzels. (Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/32230
Slow Food members $20, non-members $30)
Tuesday, April 29, 7pm
52 Prince St.
Clotilde Dusoulier, a native Parisian and passionate explorer of the city’s food scene, has won a tremendous following online with insider tips and recipes on her blog, and her first book, Chocolate and Zucchini, introduced her to a wider, equally enthusiastic audience. Now in Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris, Clotilde reveals her all-time favorite food experiences in her native city, plus a dozen tempting recipes shared or inspired by Clotilde’s favorite chefs and bakers. This evening at McNally Robinson Clotilde shares some delectable treats as well as stories of the food lover’s paradise that is Paris.
Thursday, May 1
Justfood.org May 1 deadline to sign up for the Food and Farm Action Team http://www.justfood.org/food_justice/index.html
Thursday, May 1 6pm-7pm
East New York Farms
Learn How to Grow It Gardener Orientation
UCC 613 New Lots Ave.
Don’t be shy! Urban ag got’chya hooked? Get your grow on at this gardener orientation– it might just be more possible than you think to grow sprouts in your apartment!
Saturday, May 3 10am-3pm
Community Farm Day
Volunteer at our upcoming Community Farm Day! We’ll be planting seeds, preparing beds, pulling out winter weeds, and getting the Farm ready for the season!
Saturday, May 3
Habana Outpost Block Party!
757 Fulton St., Brooklyn
More details soon on this sure-to-be-hoppin’ eco-eatery block party…
Sunday, May 4 3 pm-6pm
Flatbush Farm Mexican BBQ
Mexican BBQ w/ Musica
76 St. Marks Ave. at 6th Ave. and Flatbush
With Cinco De Mayo around the corner Flatbush Farm rolls out a Mexican BBQ with a Traveling Mariachi Band. On Sunday afternoon, May 4th, 3PM – 6PM, Chef Stephen Browning grills up carne asada skewers, posole (hominy stew), chicken tacos & beef tongue tacos, and hutlacoche tamales. The outdoor patio will be graced by a wonderful Mariachi band, Los Cocinaros.
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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For tickets ($110) and further information, please visit:
Saturday, May 3-Sunday, May 4
(Rain or Shine)
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Sakura Matsuri, New York City’s “Rite of Spring,” marks its 27th year with over 60 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture and the blossoming of BBG’s 220 cherry trees. Visitors to the weekend-long Cherry Blossom Festival can enjoy J-pop concerts, traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, martial arts, bonsai pruning workshops, Japanese Manga art, tea ceremonies, and workshops for all ages. New this year is the Sakura J-Lounge, featuring some of the country’s hippest DJ’s spinning Japanese pop sounds. Free with Garden admission.
May 16, 2008 9:30am – 4:00 pm
The 2008 Report Card on NYC’s Food and Nutrition Polices
Brookdale Auditorium at Hunter College
425 East 25th Street (just east of First Ave.)
*Registration form attached
Help evaluate our city’s food and nutrition policies along with keynote speakers:
Mary Bassett, Deputy Commissioner, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, NYC DOH
Benjamin Thomases, NYC Food Policy Coordinator
Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor in Urban Public Health, Hunter College
Elliott Marcus, Associate Commissioner, NYC DOH
Christine Quinn, Speaker of the New York City Council
Fern Gale Estrow, FGE Food and Nutrition Team
Toni Liquori, Teachers College
Maudene Nelson, Institute of Human Nutrition
Theresa Landau, WIC
Working lunch workshop panels include:
Eating in NYC: Healthy eating and food access for all New Yorkers (community gardens, food gleaning)
Infants & Children: Enhancing nutrition for children under 5 years old (WIC, Head Start, breastfeeding)
Special Populations: Promoting optimal nutrition for at-risk populations (elderly, homeless, incarcerated)
Educational Settings: Nutrition education in the primary, secondary, medical, culinary & community settings
Register now! Seats are limited to the first 200 registrants! Advanced registration only.
$10 General Admission, $5 CUNY Faculty & Staff and for Students from any college
*(send copy of valid student ID with registration form and payment)
Cost includes a vegetarian boxed lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments.
On the rise:
Tuesday, May 6 7pm
Green Edge Films KING CORN with Director Aaron Woolf
279 Church Street (btwn Franklin and White)
Screening of the feature documentary, “King Corn.” Join Green Edge NYC for a fun evening and Q&A with Director Aaron Woolf following the film! King Corn is a documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
Wednesday, May 7 4pm-7pm
Grand Opening of New Office
Come out and celebrate the Grand Opening of our new office! Thanks to all of you who have helped us move in, assemble furniture, and get settled into our new space. We’re having a celebration and Grand Opening on Wednesday, May 7th from 4pm to 7pm. Come check out the new space, eat some snacks, and view the incredibly awesome Exploring Food Systems photo show!
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