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!
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 10am-3pm
6/15 Green community garden
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
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
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 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: email@example.com, 845-266-3979.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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!