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,
Tuesday, June 24 6-10pm
City Harvest Presents: Summer in the City
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 email@example.com visit http://www.greendrinks.org
July 11, 2008
Sweet Deliverance at The Yard
Details are on the way!