Archive for May, 2008

Dear Local Gourmands,

This is the day-late Memorial Day version of Local Gourmands, and we’re keeping it short and sweet.  I was in Amherst, MA visiting family friends over the long weekend, and being a courteous houseguest I thought to bring up some local New York ruhbarb as a gift.  Rhubarb isn’t in season yet up there, and the dinner guests were all surprised when dessert was vanilla ice cream with rhubarb sauce.  Their surprise was a great sign: if it’s not in season yet, why would we be eating this, and where had it come from?  These are just the types of questions we should be raising when eat and buy.

If you find yourself in the five college area any time, do swing by Flayvor’s at Cook’s Farm in Hadley to see the cows and eat grass ice cream.  If you’re ever in Northampton, make sure to have dinner at the Green Street Café, a quiet treasure close to the Smith campus that lists all its local ingredients on the front door.  The meal was perfect; highlights included wild mushrooms, spinach and goat cheese ravioli, and lavender creme anglaise which we ate by the spoonful.

Keep on cooking,

Tuesday, May 27 6:30-8:30

Beer & Cheese: Better Together with Jon Lundbom, Justin Philips
Astor Center
Price: $75.00
Beer fan? Cheese fan? Join us on a culinary adventure exploring the world’s finest craft beer and artisan cheese! We’ll be learning about – and, more importantly, tasting – a world-class lineup of craft beer from across the globe, paired perfectly with fine artisan cheeses from the United States and beyond. Our hosts will be Jon Lundbom from B. United International (www.bunitedint.com), one of the nation’s foremost beer importers, and Justin Philips, owner of Brooklyn’s own Beer Table (www.beertable.com ). Beer and cheese – what could be better?

Wednesday, May 28 6-8pm

Composting in the City
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Luke Halligan
**The class is free, but pre-registration is required
Leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. Making dark, rich, crumbly compost doesn’t take much time, work, or space. This class covers the essentials: what the composting process is, how to compost even in small city yards, how to use the finished compost, how to avoid and solve problems, and which equipment and tools are helpful. Participants will receive a copy of the BBG handbook Easy Compost: The Secret to Great Soil and Spectacular Plants.

Thursday, May 29, 6-8pm RSVP
Urban Agriculture– the challenges of local food production
AIA Committee on the Environment and AIA International Committee
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place

Saturday, May 31 1pm
Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt
Green Edge NYC
Meet up point: Science Barge, which is located at Pier 84 (West 44th Street and 12th avenue in Manhattan) on the Hudson River

In collaboration with author Ben Jervey, Green Edge Collaborative presents spring 2008 Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt! Grab a friend or meet a new one, get your clue sheet and…GO! You have two hours to find all of the clues for the greenest restaurants, businesses, buildings, parks, etc. in New York City right now. Get your eco-hat on and join us for a good time! BRING A DIGITAL CAMERA IF YOU HAVE ONE!


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Dear Local Gourmands,

Flip first to the Style Section, that’s pretty much how I like to start my Sundays. This weekend I saved my pennies and just read the Times on-line which featured this fantastic little On the Street slide show narrated by my fave, Bill Cunningham: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/fashion/20080517_STREET_FEATURE/index.html

All the best for a delicious week,

Monday, May 19 7pm
Integrative Nutrition with Dages Keates

collaboration with Back to the Land and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition
Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn
In this workshop, holistic health counselor Dages Keates will demystify much of the confusion people experience from all the different dietary theories out there. She will also explain the concepts of Primary Food, Bio-individuality and Deconstructing Cravings. Learn more about the challenges and opportunities that exist in America’s current healthcare crisis. For more information please visit www.deliciousdialogues.com

Tuesday, May 20 7pm
Meet-the-Cheesemaker dinner featuring
Mark Gillman and Elizabeth MacAlister of Cato Corner Farm

Applewood, $85 per person


Cato Corner is a small family farm in Colchester, Connecticut where mother and son team Elizabeth and Mark raise 40 free-range Jersey cows without the use of hormones or subtherapeutic antibiotics. Chef David will create a 4-course tasting menu featuring several of Cato Corner’s aged farmhouse cheeses. This is a communally-seated dinner. Reservations are necessary. Call soon to reserve your spot. Reservations do fill quickly, so call today! 718.768.2044

Wednesday May 21, 2008 6pm-9pm
Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
The Tank
279 Church St.
Eating Liberally
Join us as we celebrate the publication of author Elizabeth Royte’s new book Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It, followed by Q&A with the author.

An investigation into the commercialization of our most basic human need: drinking water. Having already surpassed milk and beer, and second now only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. The brands have become so ubiquitous that we’re hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian were once real springs, bubbling in remote corners of Maine and France. Only now, with the water industry trading in the billions of dollars, have we begun to question what it is we’re drinking and why.

Elizabeth Royte does for water what Eric Schlosser did for fast food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from nature to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? What happens when a bottled-water company stakes a claim on your town’s source? Should we have to pay for water? Is the stuff coming from the tap completely safe? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What’s the environmental footprint of making, transporting, and disposing of all those plastic bottles? A riveting chronicle of one of the greatest marketing coups of the twentieth century as well as a powerful environmental wake-up call, Bottlemania is essential reading for anyone who shells out two dollars to quench their daily thirst.

Water based snacks will be provided by Eating Liberally.

Thursday, May 22 6pm-8:30pm
“What Are We Eating?”

St. Thomas More Church-65 East 89th St. (map)
Learn about how food is grown, what is changing for better or for worse, why we need to support responsible local farmers and how we can do that. With tastings of local food and organic wine. Speakers: Carol Clement- OWNER and MANAGER OF HEATHER RIDGE FARM Topic: Sustainable meat production; infrastructure and regulatory issues Adele Hayes- OWNER and MANAGER OF SAP BUSH HOLLOW FARM Topic: Marketing products from small farms. Judith LaBelle- DIRECTOR, THE GLYNWOOD CENTER Topic: Innovative ideas to promote agriculture and how communities can support them. Erin Riddle- CHAIR OF FOOD AND FARM COMMITTEE OF SIERRA CLUB ATLANTIC CHAPTER Topic: Dangers of the current plan to bring huge factory farms to Upstate New York Steve Searl- PROJECT MANAGER WITH PECONIC LAND TRUST Topic: Preserving land for agriculture

Flatbush Farm
Memorial Day Weekend BBQ
Sunday, May 25, 3PM-6PM
Join us Memorial Day weekend for Chef Stephen Browning’s BBQ Grill featuring shrimp pineapple skewers, grilled barn burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, grilled hot dogs, chips, and potato salad. Our 1500 sq ft outdoor patio is in full swing and an excellent place to spend a warm spring afternoon!

Of note a few weeks down the road:

Saturday, May 31
Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt
Green Edge NYC
In collaboration with Ben Jervey, author of The Big Green Apple, Green Edge NYC is developing a fantastically fun live-action game, so get your eco-hat on and join us for a good time! More details are on the way…

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Sunday morning found me with a smile on my face as I read Dan Barber’s Op-ed piece in the Times.  Sandwiched between Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd were words I was very happy to read :”The future belongs to the gourmet.”  I couldn’t agree more.  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/opinion/11barber.html?_r=1&ref=opinion&oref=slogin

Have a delicious week,

Tuesday, May 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Food, Faith & Farming: An Evening with Gastronomica: The Journal of Food & Culture

New York City’s Astor Center for Wine and Food Experiences (map)
Gastronomica for a panel discussion exploring the concept of taking care of the land through farming as seen from both the Islamic (tayyib) and Jewish (eco-kosher) perspectives. Farmers Zaid Kurdieh and Anna Stevenson, and writer Leah Koenig join Gastronomica’s Editor-in-Chief Darra Goldstein for a discussion on the role of faith in farming as part of the Gastronomica Forum* series.  Cost: $20 – ticket price includes a taste of Middle Eastern foods and farm-fresh products: http://www.astorcenternyc.com/class-gastronomica-forum-food-faith.ac Gastronomica Forum, launched by Darra Goldstein, Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Gastronomica, are quarterly events featuring important articles from the journal as a platform for engaging in deeper conversations about food and culture.

Tuesday, May 13 6pm-10pm
Chelsea Brewery Company
Chelsea Piers, Pier 59
Greendrinks is a once-a-month chance to connect with other like-minded green New Yorkers.  Meet and greet, and chat about what you and those you know are doing to get all greened up.  This month’s meeting for Greendrinks will be sponsored by The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at Columbia University.  CERC offers classes and programs designed for those with a passion or professional interest in conservation.

Wednesday, May 14 6:30pm-9:30pm
Marshall Stack
66 Rivington St. (at the corner of Allen St.)

TastebudsNYC is a community for those of us in the food biz and those of us who just love food. Whether you work behind the scenes on food security issues, toil at the sauce station, are planning the next Farm to Table, or regularly use “grassy” and other snobby adjectives to describe your favorite cheese, this is your opportunity to expand your network and community.  We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  For more information visit our website: www.tastebudsnyc.com.

Wednesday, May 14, 6pm – 9pm
Green Edge NYC Eco-Eatery Tour @ Counter
105 First Avenue (btwn 6th & 7th Streets) Manhattan (map)
6pm cocktails with complimentary Hors d’Oeuvres. 7 pm dinner at 105 First Avenue (btwn 6th & 7th Streets). Manhattan. $60 pre-registration required. http://cocktailbistro.eventbrite.com/ 3 course, prix fixe dinner with wine. A BIT ABOUT COUNTER: The only organic wine and martini bar of its kind in New York City, Counter’s customers can choose from over 300 organic and biodynamic wines from the best vinyards and vintages around the world, and a healthy helping of house-infused organic martinis, cocktails & every available organic beer & spirit. Complimenting the wines are mouth-watering vegetarian dishes with French Mediterranean flair. BONUS: Bring your ConEd account number to sign-up from WIND Power and receive $10 off your next Eco-Eatery Tour!

Wednesday, May 14 4pm-8pm
Brooklyn Uncorked!

“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

**Call to see if space is still available
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

Panel facilitators:
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.

Saturday, May 17 10am
Chef-to-table Greenmarket Tour and Lunch

Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern
Union Square Market tour 10am, Lunch 1pm at Gramercy Tavern.  Take a guided walk around the Greenmarket, learn the ins, outs, and secrets of the famous scene.  Then, head over to Gramercy Tavern to see how Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern incorporates local food into his cuisine.

Saturday, May 17 8am- 2pm
Tree Giveaway
Inwood Greenmarket


NY Restoration and Million Trees are sponsoring “Adopt a Tree” at the Inwood Greenmarket Farmers Market.

Through the generous sponsorship of BNP Paribas – presenting sponsor of MillionTreesNYC Month – 1,200 FREE trees will be available for adoption throughout the City’s five boroughs this May. Trees will be distributed by New York Restoration Project (NYRP) at four Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC) Greenmarkets and the Riverdale, Bronx YM-YWHA’s Environmental Fair – with 250 trees being given away to homeowners and families at each tree-distribution site. Note – individuals and families are limited to adopting one tree per household and required to register their new tree at www.milliontreesnyc.org.

NYRP horticulture specialists will be on hand to provide instruction on proper tree planting and maintenance techniques. For CENYC Greenmarket and Environmental Fair participants who do not have their own yard to plant a tree, information on volunteering, educational programming and contributing to MillionTreesNYC will also be available.

Adopt your FREE tree in May at the following locations, and be one in a million!

Sunday, May 17 – 8 am to 2 pm, Inwood CENYC Greenmarket – Upper Manhattan, Isham St between Seaman & Cooper

Saturday, May 17 – 8 am to 2 pm, Sunnyside CENYC Greenmarket – Queens, Skillman between 42nd and 43rd Streets

Sunday, May 18 – 8 am to 2 pm, Riverdale YM-YWHA Environmental Fair – Bronx, 5625 Arlington Avenue at 256th Street

Limited quantities of the following species of trees will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis: Red Bud, Dogwood, Cherry, Crabapple, Service Berry, Linden, Sweetgum, Oak, Tulip Poplar and Buckeye.

Led by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project (NYRP), MillionTreesNYC is a citywide, public-private initiative with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs by 2017.

Of note a few weeks down the road:

Tuesday, May 20 7pm
Meet-the-Cheesemaker dinner featuring
Mark Gillman and Elizabeth MacAlister of Cato Corner Farm
Applewood, $85 per person
Cato Corner is a small family farm in Colchester, Connecticut where mother and son team Elizabeth and Mark raise 40 free-range Jersey cows without the use of hormones or subtherapeutic antibiotics.  Chef David will create a 4-course tasting menu featuring several of Cato Corner’s aged farmhouse cheeses.  This is a communally-seated dinner. Reservations are necessary.  Call soon to reserve your spot. Reservations do fill quickly, so call today!

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