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
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
**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 (Directions)
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!