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Dear Local Gourmands,

Just on the heels of June, AKA Dairy Month, July 1 is National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. How’s this for inspiration: yesterday at the Bent Spoon stand at the New Amsterdam Public I tasted blueberry maple ice cream that sent me into a whirling dervish kind of euphoria. Then I tasted their sweet basil and goat cheese ice cream. I thought I’d surely transcended some earthly boundary and passed to the other side. Marlow and Sons also offered up scoops of anise ice cream…I only stole a lick of my friend’s scoop, but it was just enough to clear my mind, and make me forget where I was for a moment…not that I will forget (nor would I want to!) the amazing turnout and good energy that was buzzing around the old Fulton Fish Market stalls yesterday. I ran into old friends and new, sampled honey from three seasons, munched on bread from Queens, cheese from the finger lakes, and rich nuggets of nearly pure cocoa truffles. There was a cured pork sandwich with pickle from Marlow and Sons that left me longing only for more, more, more. Across the river in Williamsburg, the Unfancy Food Show was a pulse of activity that wouldn’t quit even after two summer rainstorms. How we made room for cannoli, more cheese, more chocolate, more wonderful, I’ll never know. Today I’m catching my breath and thinking about what to bring to the 4th of July cookout.

May your watermelons be full of seeds, your teeth purple from blueberries, and your grills very smokey.

Here’s to summer,
Jeanne

Wednesday, July 2, 7pm
Bluestockings
Reading: Kellogg & Pettigrew “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living”
172 Allen St (btwn Stanton and Rivington)

Please join co-founders of the Rhizome Collective for a reading from their book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide,” and in a discussion of the design of autonomous urban communities utilizing simple techniques such as rainwater harvesting, bioremediation, and worm composting.

Thursday, July 3 7pm-9pm
Free Urban Gardening Class, Optional Fee of up to $5
Open Road, 420 East 12th Street
SPONSORS: Green Sacs, Tri-State Food Not Lawns

In this class we will go over the details of planting several varieties of Summer season Vegetables. Additionally, we’ll be going into detail on harvesting, watering, and vegetable maintenance techniques during hot summer days. Adam Horwitch (Rooftop Gardener) and Ke Xu (Suburban Backyard Gardener).

Saturday, July 5
Bio-intensive Growing Talk
Open Road
11th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, behind the mosque

Bio-intensive, organic vegetable growing – building deep rich soil in inner-city garden plots with hand tools and people power, without fossil fuels or animals. We will discuss composting and soil-building techniques, compost teas, materials for raised beds, and green manure crops and cover cropping. Andrew Faust (andrew@homebiome.com, www.homebiome.com) has studied and gardened extensively with some of the most productive biodynamic and organic farms and communities in the Northeast. He brings a wealth of experience to these workshops on how to grow a range of food, native and perennial plants in a cold climate. sponsored by: Tristate Food Not Lawns – Open Road – Sierra Club NYC Group www.tristatefoodnotlawns.orgwww.openroadny.orghttp://www.nyc.sierraclub.org
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, July 8 6-10pm
Green Drinks NYC “Summer Garden Party”
Tavern on the Green

The professional environmental networking event is one of the few monthly events in New York City that provides a platform for developing and exchanging ideas, connecting employers and employees, promoting green products and services, and forming lasting partnerships and friendships. Wear your greenest summer attire to compliment the light jazz at Tavern on the Green’s majestic, lantern-laden garden overlooking Central Park. Attendees will include architects, lawyers, journalists, designers, health specialists, financiers, consultants, and many more professionals. David Bach, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of “Go Green, Live Rich” and “The Automatic Millionaire,” commented, “Any business that wants to reach ‘green connectors’ would be wise to join this community, its changing the world and having fun at the same time.” For additional information, contact Sarah Butsch at nycgreendrinks@gmail.comor visit http://www.greendrinks.org

Tuesday, July 8 12:30-2
Open Networking Meeting at SchoolFood
*RSVP Required
44-36 Vernon Boulevard, 4th floor
Brown bag lunch
ID required to enter government building

Please join us for a special Open Networking Meeting at SchoolFood headquarters in Long Island City hosted by Governing Board Member Jorge Collazo, Executive Chef, NYC Department of Education.We’ll be joined by the following special guests:
*Stephen O’ Brien – Manhattan District Coordinator, SchoolFood in the field, http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=0017mzwHzbtpou2lB0Uff2rZfJqQwXDoULJUPx_8-GUGj6RZyJ3iIVKXzhDomxM8ZWc5vev-zR_vLQwyUBaahDwjBV9YSDtGlJyZZzzCdA2FLloWZgWjpeNtda34gf1Wutt>
working with advocacy groups, parents and school administration
*Paul Uffer – general procurement process
*Billy Doherty – local procurement initiatives; Garden to Cafeteria pilot
NOTE: You must RSVP by Thursday July 3rd to be placed on the guest list. Email info@foodsystemsnyc.org with “RSVP” in the subject line.

July 11, 2008
Sweet Deliverance at The Yard
Details are on the way!


Sunday, July 13 11am-7:30pm
Day Trip to Valley Shepherd Creamery
Saxelby Cheesemongers
120 Essex Street
http://www.saxelbycheese.com/

If your curiosity about American farmstead cheese extends beyond the reaches of the cheese counter, we have the antidote! Say bye-bye to hot sweltering New York and hello to the country with Saxelby Cheesemongers as we take you on a delicious day trip to the Valley Shepherd Creamery in Long Valley, New Jersey. We’ll see some sheep, soak up some sun, and have a grand old picnic on the farm! Valley Shepherd Creamery is a sustainable family farm producing farmstead cheese, yogurt, and gelato from their flock of East Fresian sheep. Our day trip will begin with a tour of the creamery guided by Eran, head honcho, reformed engineer, and cheese maker at Valley Shepherd. He’ll give us the skinny on the cheese making process from sheep to finished product, revealing what it takes to make great farmstead cheese. Next, we’ll take a little stroll through the pastures to hobnob with the sheep and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. In early summer, the sheep will be out a-grazing, and their lambs will be getting into plenty of mischief in the barn. After spending some quality time with the sheep, we’ll be treated to a private tour of Valley Shepherd’s aging cave, where their award-winning cheeses are matured to perfection. Well finish up our farm tour by hiking down the hill to the barn to catch a glimpse of the afternoon milking, the first (but most important!) step of the laborious cheese making process. As the afternoon begins to wane, we’ll picnic on the farm’s back porch, noshing on delectable farmstead cheese, freshly baked bread, along with salad and fruit culled from the Union Square Greenmarket. We’ll provide all the munchables… just bring a bottle of wine to round out the picnic, and get ready to enjoy a glorious summers eve!

July 26-27
Midsummer Rabbit Roast
Shelter Island (off North Shore of Long Island)
Brought to you by The Greenhorns

**more to come**
Predicted to be the “young agrarian event of the summer” I have no doubts these revelers will inspire anything short of magic.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Personally, I’m more excited about the fact that I found peaches at the market this weekend (tiny, but so sweet and juicy!)– but in terms of curiosity, garlic scapes have piqued my interest as the other latest, greatest addition to the local bounty. If you didn’t catch the lovely ode to garlic in the Times last week, you may fall in love (again) with garlic here. I had the white bean and garlic scape dip from the article at a party over the weekend and was practically eating it by the spoonful. On Saturday I was at a solstice barbecue where the chef threw the scapes on the grill– delicious!

Jeanne’s pick for the coming week? Make sure you make some time to hang out at the New Amsterdam Public on Sunday. The market drew thousands at its winter opening, so you won’t want to miss its long-awaited reprise this time around.

Also, two of my favorite food authors are at it again. Alissa Smith and James MacKinnon, authors of Plenty, have rounded up a crew in B.C. to go local for 100 days. You can follow their journey on their blog, and if you feel so inclined, even join their pledge from wherever you may be eating.

See you soon,
Jeanne

Tuesday, June 24 6-10pm
City Harvest Presents: Summer in the City
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street

City Harvest
Harvest, City Harvest’s young professionals group, invites you to Summer in the City, our annual restaurant tasting and cocktail party, to be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion 6-10pm. See some of the hottest chefs and cocktail artists in the city in action and support City Harvest’s work feeding hungry men, women, and children in New York.

Tuesday June 24 10pm – Wed Jun 25 1am
Food, Body, Planet: A sustainable food and wine tasting event
CUE Art Foundation, 511 West 25th St.
www.play4lifeonline.org

On the evening of June 26, Park Slope locavores will be mingling with Wall Street bankers, while learning about local wines, tasting organic food fresh from the farmer’s market, and interacting with local food experts Joan Gussow and Slow Food’s executive director Erika Lesser. The benefit event will take place at the CUE Art Foundation. During the event, renowned chefs such as Top Chef’s Andrea Beaman, will be presenting local food entrees to donors and attendees and local wine vineyards will be providing the wine. Remarks will be given by Joan Gussow on the nutritional, environmental and societal benefits of supporting local farms. Ms. Gussow is a professor emeritus for nutrition at Columbia University Teachers College, a director of Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and member of the National Organic Standards Board. Play 4 Life, Inc. seeks to transform underprivileged communities’ ideas about nutrition and lifestyle by teaching both kids and parents about affordable healthy food. Play 4 Life, Inc. provides nutrition, cooking, gardening and yoga programs, teaching kids in a fun, playful way how to live a healthy life.

Wednesday, June 25
Greenmarket Dairy Day!

Union Square Greenmarket
Join us for a free cheese and dairy tasting featuring all dairies that participate in the Greenmarket program — never before seen together on one day! Meet local dairy farmers and sample an incredible variety of farmstead cheeses, sheep ricotta, goat yogurt, handmade mozzarella, and fresh probiotic farmer cheese. Cool off with hand-crafted gelato, ice cream and creamy chocolate milk. Learn how Heifer International projects around the world help families achieve self-reliance through the gift of livestock.

Wednesday, June 25 6:30 pm
The James Beard Foundation Greens
The Spices of North Africa
Nomad
78 Second Ave (Between 4th and 5th Street)
$50 for members and $65 for Guests
For reservations call 212.627.2308 or 1.800.36.BEARD
http://www.jamesbeard.org/

All reservations are non-refundable and must be made in advance
Join the Greens when Chef Mohamed Sissakho of Nomad and Chef/owner Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez of Lassi navigate a journey to taste the enticing spices of North Africa. En route we will learn about the rich history and cuisine of the spice route. Carlucci-Rodriquez has created and sourced amazing house-blended masalas and spices for the event, while Sissakho, an Ivory Coast native, will create menu of North African classics to highlight each spice’s unique characteristics. Creative wine pairing will accompany each course.

Thursday, June 26 6:30-8:30
The Astor Center
Russ & Daughters: A Taste of Appetizig
with Mark Russ Federman
$45
BUY TICKETS

Mark Russ Federman, representing the third of the four generations of famed Russ & Daughters, will guide you on a tasting of his extraordinary wares. From humble Herring to luscious Lox, Mark will be explain all—accompanied by a generous side order of the stories behind this New York culinary landmark, judged by the Smithsonian Institute as “part of New York’s cultural heritage.” Joining Mark will be Russ & Daughters’ long-time manager, Herman “The Artistic Slicer” Vargas. Join us in the Gallery at Astor Center, and pull up a chair for an experience you won’t forget.

Saturday, June 28 10:30-2:30
Meet Your Greenmarket Goat Herders and 2 Baby Goats!
Union Square Greenmarket

10:30-11:30 AM Lynn Fleming of Lynnhaven Dairy discusses raising her purebred goats and the famously fresh chevre she crafts from their milk. 12:30-1:30 PM Elly Hushour from Patches of Star Dairy shares her 20 years of experience making artisanal goat cheeses and yogurt.

Sunday, June 29
Green Edge Collaborative Supper Club with
Urban Forager and Committed Locavore, Leda Meredith
$5 on-line, $8 at the door

Leda Meredith, educator, activist and savvy local food expert, will be inspiring us with her experience of “The 250” (she has been subsiding on a diet sourced from within a 250 mile radius of Park Slope, Brooklyn since August 2007), educating us on how we can do it too and sharing from her new memoir, Botany, Ballet and Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes. Leda will also be leading Green Edgers on an urban foraging tour on July 19. For time and location details and to pre-pay at the discounted rate, please visit our website: www.GreenEdgeNYC.org

Sunday, June 29 10am-4pm
New Amsterdam Public
South Street Seaport

The June market has galvanized interest from over 50 farmers, food producers, purveyors, distributors, bread bakers, caterers, and chefs, as well as photographers, filmmakers, food systems advocates and other pioneers of a regional, sustainable food economy from diverse locales extending to Quebec, the Finger Lakes, and southern Virginia. By gathering these proponents in one setting, New Amsterdam Market will join our thriving Greenmarkets to help place New York CIty at the forefront of this emerging and evolving movement.
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Of Note a Few Weeks Down the Road…

Wednesday, July 2 7pm
Bluestockings Reading: Kellogg & Pettigrew “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living”
172 Allen St (btwn Stanton and Rivington)

Please join co-founders of the Rhizome Collective for a reading from their book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide,” and in a discussion of the design of autonomous urban communities utilizing simple techniques such as rainwater harvesting, bioremediation, and worm composting.

Tuesday, July 8, 6-10pm
Green Drinks NYC “Summer Garden Party”
Tavern on the Green

The professional environmental networking event is one of the few monthly events in New York City that provides a platform for developing and exchanging ideas, connecting employers and employees, promoting green products and services, and forming lasting partnerships and friendships. Wear your greenest summer attire to compliment the light jazz at Tavern on the Green’s majestic, lantern-laden garden overlooking Central Park. Attendees will include architects, lawyers, journalists, designers, health specialists, financiers, consultants, and many more professionals. David Bach, # 1 New York Times bestselling author of “Go Green, Live Rich” and “The Automatic Millionaire,” commented, “Any business that wants to reach ‘green connectors’ would be wise to join this community, its changing the world and having fun at the same time.” For additional information, contact Sarah Butsch at nycgreendrinks@gmail.comor visit http://www.greendrinks.org

July 11, 2008
Sweet Deliverance at The Yard
Details are on the way!

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To all the Local Gourmands out there:

A word to the wise: get yourself to a market quickly and eat as many strawberries as you can. In my humble opinion, you can never have too many.

Keep it sweet and simple,
Jeanne

Tuesday, June 17 6pm
Slow Drinks
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th St (btwn 1st and 2nd Aves.)
http://www.jimmysno43.com

Meet and mingle with your fellow Slow Food members at Snail of Approval winning Jimmy’s No. 43. Just show up, buy your own from Jimmy’s extensive beer list (and wine list), and meet others who care about the fight for good food.

Tuesday, June 17 6:30 p.m.
The Bubble Lounge
228 W Broadway (at White St.)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-3433
www.newyork.bubblelounge.com

From Manhattan to Maranhão, Brazil, farmers and consumers are joining together to transform the way we think about what we eat. Please join us for a conversation about how to build a global movement for a fair food system; one where small farmers can sustainably grow for local markets and consumers can eat local healthy foods. Come learn how groups of small farmers supported by Grassroots International are experimenting with the latest agro-ecology techniques and pressing for trade policies that allow families the option to choose where to live and work. We’ll look at photos of our global food system and talk about what we can all do to support a new agriculture that solves the world food crisis and cools down our planet. Special drinks . . . . cash bar. We hope to inspire your financial support, so please bring your checkbook! All gifts will be matched 1:1 and help us grow our special 25th anniversary fund. Photographer Andy Lin and others will be exhibiting dramatic photos of rural development around the world. Co-hosts: The Bubble Lounge, Emmanuelle Chiche, Global Goods Partners, Steve Fahrer and Monona Yin, Colin Greer, Ellen Gurzinsky, Hugh Hogan, Anna Lappé, Andy Lin, Jamie Wellford. For the past 25 years, Grassroots International has partnered with dynamic movements and organizations around the world advancing rights to land, water and food through grantmaking, education and advocacy. Please RSVP to Daniel at dmoss@grassrootsonline.org, or 617.524.1400.

Wednesday, June 18 8:55pm
Eating Liberally/NY Kossack Progressive Potluck
The Tank @ C:U
279 Church Street (between Franklin & White, below Canal)
http://livingliberally.org/eating/chapters/NY/nyc

Join your friends from DailyKos and Eating Liberally to catch up, eat and celebrate the end of the primaries! Eating Liberally will be providing tasty treats, and you are all invited to contribute your favorite dish. If you do plan to bring something, please coordinate with Kerry Trueman at eatingliberally.org.

Friday, June 20
P.S. 1 Farm Opens
http://www.ps1.org/ps1_site/content/view/337/337/

Summer on the farm begins at P.S. 1 this Friday, June 20! Have you ever been to a P.S. 1 Warm Up Party? If it’s one of your fave summer in the city events, or if it’s your first time ever, you better dig out your short shorts and head out to Long Island any Saturday this summer for one of the best parties the city has to offer. Dance and drink and make new friends in the courtyard, then dip into the cool of the indoors to catch the art. Come back outside to dance some more. You get the drift. Oh yeah, there’s beer and barbecue on offer too. This year the museum’s winner of the Young Architect’s Program came up with a plan for an interactive sustainable farm to take over the courtyard/dance hall. The 2008 season of Warm Up Parties begins on July 5. Come get your veggie on. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/07/arts/design/07cour.html?_r=1&ref=arts&oref=slogin
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/clubs/30404/public-farm-at-ps1s-warm-up

Saturday, June 21 all day, all over
Make Music New York Festival
Tribeca, Murray Hill, Tucker Square, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and Greenpoint Greenmarkets
http://www.cenyc.org/node/545

On June 21, all over the world, musicians take to the streets to pluck strings and serrenade the summer on the longest day of the year. Celebrate in New York with food and neighbors at your local greenmarket. Amateur and professional musicians alike will be singin’ their hearts out by the vegetable crates. That’s about as blissful as a Saturday in June can get. http://www.makemusicny.org/home.php

Saturday, June 21 4pm-7pm
Mermaid Day Parade BBQ
Flatbush Farm
76 St. Marks @ 6th Ave. in Park Slope
http://www.flatbushfarm.com

The next installment of Flatbush Farm’s monthly BBQs will be held Saturday, June 21st, Mermaid Parade Day (last year’s most raucous patio party!), 4PM to 7PM, featuring hot dogs, lobster rolls, vegetable shishkebabs, gazpacho, grilled shrimp skewers, baby octopus, calamari, and seaweed salad!
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On the rise:

Tuesday, June 24 6-10pm
City Harvest Presents: Summer in the City
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
City Harvest

Harvest, City Harvest’s young professionals group, invites you to Summer in the City, our annual restaurant tasting and cocktail party, to be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion between 6 and 10pm. See some of the hottest chefs and cocktail artists in the city in action and support City Harvest’s work feeding hungry men, women, and children in New York.

Tuesday, June 24, 10pm – Wednesday, June 25, 1am
Food, Body, Planet: A sustainable food and wine tasting event
CUE Art Foundation, 511 West 25th St.
www.play4lifeonline.org

On the evening of June 26, Park Slope locavores will be mingling with Wall Street bankers, while learning about local wines, tasting organic food fresh from the farmer’s market, and interacting with local food experts Joan Gussow and Slow Food’s executive director Erika Lesser. The benefit event will take place at the CUE Art Foundation. During the event, renowned chefs such as Top Chef’s Andrea Beaman, will be presenting local food entrees to donors and attendees and local wine vineyards will be providing the wine. Remarks will be given by Joan Gussow on the nutritional, environmental and societal benefits of supporting local farms. Ms. Gussow is a professor emeritus for nutrition at Columbia University Teachers College, a director of Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation and member of the National Organic Standards Board. Play 4 Life, Inc. seeks to transform underprivileged communities’ ideas about nutrition and lifestyle by teaching both kids and parents about affordable healthy food. Play 4 Life, Inc. provides nutrition, cooking, gardening and yoga programs, teaching kids in a fun, playful way how to live a healthy life.

Wednesday, June 25, 6:30 pm
The James Beard Foundation Greens
The Spices of North Africa
Nomad
78 Second Ave
(Between 4th and 5th Street)
$50 for members and $65 for Guests
For reservations call 212.627.2308 or 1.800.36.BEARD
http://www.jamesbeard.org/

All reservations are non-refundable and must be made in advance
Join the Greens when Chef Mohamed Sissakho of Nomad and Chef/owner Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez of Lassi navigate a journey to taste the enticing spices of North Africa. En route we will learn about the rich history and cuisine of the spice route. Carlucci-Rodriquez has created and sourced amazing house-blended masalas and spices for the event, while Sissakho, an Ivory Coast native, will create menu of North African classics to highlight each spice’s unique characteristics. Creative wine pairing will accompany each course.

Saturday, June 29
Green Edge Collaborative Supper Club with
Urban Forager and Committed Locavore, Leda Meredith
$5 on-line, $8 at the door

Leda Meredith, educator, activist and savvy local food expert, will be inspiring us with her experience of “The 250” (she has been subsiding on a diet sourced from within a 250 mile radius of Park Slope, Brooklyn since August 2007), educating us on how we can do it too and sharing from her new memoir, Botany, Ballet and Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipes. Leda will also be leading Green Edgers on an urban foraging tour on July 19. For time and location details and to pre-pay at the discounted rate, please visit our website: www.GreenEdgeNYC.org

Sunday, June 29 10am-4pm
New Amsterdam Public
South Street Seaport

The June market has galvanized interest from over 50 farmers, food producers, purveyors, distributors, bread bakers, caterers, and chefs, as well as photographers, filmmakers, food systems advocates and other pioneers of a regional, sustainable food economy from diverse locales extending to Quebec, the Finger Lakes, and southern Virginia. By gathering these proponents in one setting, New Amsterdam Market will join our thriving Greenmarkets to help place New York CIty at the forefront of this emerging and evolving movement.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Despite the heat, there’s plenty going on this week when it comes to local food, urban ag, and gatherings of good people who like to nosh and talk, talk and nosh.  Also, my friends at Meerkat Media have hit it big with their film Every Third Bite!  Their 9-minute movie about colony collapse disorder is featured in the Media That Matters festival and has been hailed by New York magazine and Eating Liberally!

Stay cool,
Jeanne

Wednesday, June 11 6:30pm
good friends + good food + good wine: a benefit dinner for Heifer China
iCi Restaurant
Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
$75 to $250 donation
sliding scale
www.heifer.org www.icirestaurant.com
Author Anna Lappé, filmmaker Chris Talbott, and Added Value co-founder and Executive Director Ian Marvy invite you to join us for a delicious meal to support Heifer China’s community rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake.  Three-course dinner, wine included. All proceeds benefit Heifer China, addressing the roots of hunger through sustainable agriculture and community development. RSVP today, space is extremely limited: rsvp@silentfive.com and indicate vegetarian or chicken entrée. Can’t join us, but want to make a tax-deductible donation? Visit www.heifer.org/helpchina

Wednesday, June 11
Barney Greengrass
541 Amsterdam Avenue at 86th Street
Open 8:30 am
On June 11, Barney, that great shrine to smoked fish and the father of all lox shops, turns 100 years old. To celebrate, the restaurant will roll prices back to what they were on opening day—so a sandwich that normally costs $15 will be 90 cents.

Wednesday, June 11 6:30-9:30 pm
Tastebuds NYC
Drop Off Service, 211 Avenue A between 13th and 14th Street

www.tastebudsnyc.com

Join us at Drop Off Service, where there are nearly a dozen $3 and $4 beers available till 8 pm.  Socializing, networking, and drinking while enjoying epicurean banter.

Wednesday, June 11 6–8 pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Composting Indoors: Worm Bin Basics
Luke Halligan

No charge, but registration is required:

Registration Information

Worms will eat your kitchen scraps and make them into compost for your indoor and outdoor plants. You will learn all about vermicomposting, or composting with worms, including how to make a home for these hungry red wiggler worms and how to maintain the worm bin. Participants will receive a copy of the book Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof, and may purchase a $10 voucher for a pound of worms and a plastic worm bin.

Thursday, June 12 6-9pm
NYCNEN Fundraiser & 10th Anniversary Celebration
Theme: You say you want a revolution? You say you got a solution? School Food
Meeting Location in Private Downtown Loft–Address upon RSVP
Admission: $30
Volunteer opportunities available!

http://foodsystemsnyc.org/node/177
Please join us for our annual fundraiser AND 10th anniversarycelebration, featuring Special Guests, a Silent Auction, Refreshments, and More!  For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kerri-Ann Jennings at nycnenadmin@gmail.com.

June 12, 6 – 7:30pm
Weekly Herb Walks in Prospect Park

(meet at the Lincoln Rd and Ocean Ave entrance to the park (Prospect Park stop on the Q and B trains)

Do plants get your goat? Join Brooklyn herbalist Jacoby Ballard, resident herbalist at Clinton Hill’s Hollenback CommunityGarden, for weekly guided herb walks. We will walk through the trails of the park and find what wild foods and medicines grow around us! You will learn how to identify, prepare and use these plants as they have been for millennium!  We will meet at the Lincoln Rd and Ocean Ave entrance to the park on the benches just inside the park (Prospect Park stop on the Q and B trains) every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 8:30 am and 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6pm.

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On the rise:

Tuesday, June 24 6-10pm
City Harvest Presents: Summer in the City
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street

City Harvest
See some of the hottest chefs and cocktail artists in the city in action and support City Harvest’s work feeding hungry men, women, and children in New York.

Sunday, June 29 10am-4pm
New Amsterdam Public

South Street Seaport
The June market has galvanized interest from over 50 farmers, food producers, purveyors, distributors, bread bakers, caterers, and chefs, as well as photographers, filmmakers, food systems advocates and other pioneers of a regional, sustainable food economy from diverse locales extending to Quebec, the Finger Lakes, and southern Virginia. By gathering these proponents in one setting, New Amsterdam Market will join our thriving Greenmarkets to help place New York CIty at the forefront of this emerging and evolving movement.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Radishes and rhubarb are at the markets, and there are heaps of events to keep you busy between meals.

Have a great week!
Jeanne

Tuesday, May 6 7pm
Green Edge Films KING CORN with Director Aaron Woolf
279 Church Street (btwn Franklin and White)
http://www.greenedgenyc.org/
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
Added Value
http://www.added-value.org/announce/
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 10am-3pm
6/15 Green community garden
Spring Celebration
6th Ave. at 15th St. South Park Slope

Dig the plant sale, the bake sale, and the chance to connect with neighbors in this very special community garden– they’ll probably even let you pull some weeds if you feel so inclined.  If you can’t make the commitment to a community garden, come out and buy some herbs and vegetables at the plant sale to keep your window box full of food.  Also, there will be music by the Accordion Angels and Bargain Land: The Men’s Department!

Saturday, May 10 2:50pm-3:15pm
CELEBRATE WORLD FAIR TRADE
Applewood
501 11th street between 7th and 8th in Park Slope

Join us in celebrating Fair Trade on May 10, 2008! Fair Trade means a fair price for farmers and artisans, a better future for our planet, and a tastier, higher quality product for you. On Saturday, May 10, Organic Consumers will join with people from 70 countries worldwide to celebrate World Fair Trade Day and highlight the importance and benefits of Fair Trade. We’re trying to set the World Record for the World’s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break: At 3pm Eastern/Noon Pacific, Fair Trade supporters around the world will take a break to enjoy a cup of Fair Trade coffee.
Come by Applewood, where we will be giving out delicious cups of Dean’s Beans, fairly traded and organic coffee from 2:50 until 3:15. The coffee’s on us, but we hope you’ll donate to the Organic Consumers Association while you’re there!  Click here for more information: http://www.organicconsumers.org/fairtrade.cfm

Saturday, May 10 1pm ’til the cows come home
Wassail 2008
Breezy Hill Orchard
www.hudsonvalleycider.com
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 artisans 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: ciderdraft@aol.com, 845-266-3979.

*Register now!
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.
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A few weeks down the road….

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
Greendrinks
Chelsea Brewery Company
Chelsea Piers, Pier 59
www.chelseabrewingco.com
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, 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!
BAMcafé

http://www.ediblebrooklyn.net
631-537-4637
“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

Saturday, May 17 10 am
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.

Tuesday, May 20 7pm
Meet-the-Cheesemaker dinner featuring
Mark Gillman and Elizabeth MacAlister of Cato Corner Farm
Applewood, $85 per person
www.applewoodny.com
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

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Welcome to June! At the market this Saturday I was completely surprised to find a sea of precious little local strawberries. I washed them and started nibbling as soon as I got back to my kitchen, and before I had a chance to think about cooking them with rhubarb to make a pie, or simply cutting them up over a bowl of yogurt, I’d reached the bottom of my little box. Luckily, something tells me there’s more on the way.

My best and many berries,
Jeanne

Tuesday, June 3 68 PM
Edible Landscaping with Elisabeth Thomas
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
No charge, but registration is required:
Registration Information

Edible landscaping is an eye-catching and practical way to make the most of limited urban garden space. Learn about the many edible species that flourish right here in Brooklyn, and plan a garden that will be attractive and tasty through spring, summer, and fall. Edible vines, ground covers, shrubs, trees, flowers, and plants that do well in containers will be covered.

Tuesday, June 3 4-7pm
Small Farm Equipment (Part 1): Seeders and Seeding
Peacework Organic Farm, 2218 Welcher Rd, Newark, NY (Wayne Co.)
http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M9946

This hands-on workshop will focus on seeding equipment selected for small farming operations. From hand seeders to tractor mounted units, you will get a better feel for equipment and learn directly from experienced farmers. There will be examples and demonstrations of several tractor-powered cultivation tools. This workshop is co-sponsored by Cornell Vegetable Program’s “Getting More Out of Growing Organic Vegetables” and NOFA-NY. For further information, contact Robert Hadad (585-739-4065). $5 NOFA members, $10 non-members. DIRECTIONS: From East on Thruway: Exit 42 -Rte14 Lyons/Geneva (0.7 mi), turn left at Rte14 (7.7 mi), turn left at Water St (0.5 mi), at the fork, stay right onto Layton St (1.3 mi), at the fork, bear left onto Bauer Van Wickle Rd (2.4 mi), turn left at Arcadia Zurich Norris Rd (0.3 mi), continue on Welcher Rd (0.2 mi) farm is on your right. From West on Thruway: Exit 43 for RT-21S (0.7 mi), bear right onto RT-21, turn left at Rte 96 (2.4 mi), turn left at CR-7 (5.0 mi), turn right at RT-31 and follow for 3.4 mi, in downtown Newark turn left onto RT 88 (1.2 mi), turn right at Welcher Rd in 2.8 mi. farm will be on left.

June 5, 2008 6:30 – 10:00
SuperVegan 2nd Anniversary Birthday Party
S’Nice, Fifth Avenue and 3rd Street, Brooklyn

www.supervegan.com

Come celebrate with us! ‘sNice will be offering a special all-vegan menu, and we’ll have free birthday cake and some free beer (though you true drunkards might wanna BYOB). The event is free, but SuperVegan happily accepts birthday donations. If you missed our awesome party last year, this is your chance to make up for it!
And don’t forget, SuperVegan is also sponsoring Vegan Drinks on Thursday, May 29. (To keep up with all the upcoming vegan events, watch our NYC events calendar–and if we’re missing anything, let us know!)

Saturday, June 7 5-10pm
Choose GOOD Farmers Fair
Solar One 23rd St & the East River (2420 FDR Drive)
Click here for a map of Solar One

Food. Drinks. Music. Community. Live bees, mozzarella making, local farmers, bamboo t-shirts, edible seedlings, a photobooth and much more! GOOD, Greenmarket, Solar One and JetBlue team up for a day of local farmers market foods and Greenmarket inspired cocktails. Performances by Jacques Renault, These New Puritans, and David Prince “The Daily Swarm”. This is a 21+ event and for subscribers only, so please subscribe before you RSVP! Bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives. And bring your old cell phones, pagers, and PDAS to recycle with the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Sunday, June 8 1pm
Eco-Tour Scavenger Hunt (This was postponed from last weekend due to rain)
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

$10

www.greenedgenyc.org

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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Mark your calendar now:

Wednesday, June 11th, 6:30pm
good friends + good food + good wine
a benefit dinner for Heifer China Headquartered in Chengdu

iCi Restaurant
Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
$75 to $250 donation sliding scale
www.icirestaurant.com www.heifer.org

T
hree-course dinner, wine included. Author Anna Lappé, filmmaker Chris Talbott, and Added Value co-founder and Executive Director Ian Marvy invite you to join us for a delicious meal to support Heifer China’s community rebuilding efforts in the wake of the devastating earthquake. All proceeds benefit Heifer China, addressing the roots of hunger through sustainable agriculture and community development. RSVP today, space is extremely limited rsvp@silentfive.com and indicate vegetarian or chicken. Can’t join us, but want to make a tax-deductible donation? Visit www.heifer.org/helpchina

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