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
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
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.
Green Edge NYC Eco-Eatery Tour @ Counter
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
**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
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
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!