Dear Local Gourmands,
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in blueberry bliss lately. Blueberries in yogurt, blueberries with creme anglaise, blueberry pie, blueberry crisp, or just by the fistful.
I bought my first summer corn at the market yesterday, and am so curious about those perfect little cucumbers for pickling. More experiments in the kitchen to follow…
Did you see the nice little list in the Times about resources for eating locally? If not, check it out here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.greendrinks.org.
Tuesday, July 8 12:30-2
Open Networking Meeting at SchoolFood
44-36 Vernon Boulevard, 4th floor
Brown bag lunch
ID required to enter government building
Please join us for a special Open Networking Meeting Tuesday, July 8th at the NYC Department of Education’s SchoolFood headquarters in Long Island City. This is a great chance to learn more about the cafeteria component of SchoolFood’s Garden to Cafeteria pilot program and to meet the Department of Education’s Executive Chef Jorge Collazo and colleagues. Click here for directions, lunch suggestions, and to learn more about the pilot program, food purchasing initiatives and how to RSVP for this special opportunity.
Wednesday, July 9 6:30-9:30pm
Drop Off Service
211 Avenue A between 13th and 14th Street
Next Wednesday we’re mixing it up a bit. Some of you are interested in having FOOD at one of our monthly happy hours. After all, we are a bunch of foodies! So, in response to that, and since I know many of you are handy in the kitchen, let’s put our culinary talents together for next week’s gathering and bring something to share with the group. We are a low-key bunch, so no slaving over a hot stove necessary, especially this time of year.
Thursday, July 10 9-11:30am
The Building Blocks Project Food Policy Conference
United Food and Commercial Workers Union 1500 is responding to the loss of supermarkets and increasing health disparities by calling for a broad coalition of advocates to guarantee that all communities have the basic building blocks of good food, good jobs and good health.The union’s upcoming symposium, The Building Blocks Project Food Policy Conference, is taking place Thursday, July 10th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and hopes to draw representatives from all factions of the food system. 1500 guiding food policy principles (http://www.ufcw1500.org/files/shared/PolicyPrinciplesVersion2.pdf) will serve as a starting point for the discussion. “The conference”, says Kinberg, “is about the need for a collaborative effort in order to address the serious food security issues facing everyday New Yorkers.” To attend the conference, contact Mo Kinberg, UFCW 1500 Food Policy Coordinator at 1-800-522-0456 ext. 274 or mkinberg@UFCW1500.org
Thursday, July 10 6-8pm
Food Grows in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
*no charge, but registration is required
Taught by Sarita Daftary and Susan Fields, this workshop will explore the many faces of urban agriculture in Brooklyn—from culinary and medicinal herbs in window boxes to farms to creating sustainable food systems. Learn about the growing relationship between city dwellers and regional farmers. Celebrate the many benefits of greening your neighborhood while growing healthy food.
Friday, July 11-13 9am-6pm
3-Day Intensive Introduction to Marxism
“Them belly full, but we hungry”
The Global Food Crisis & What Capitalism Has to Do With It
$75-$125 sliding scale
As global warming, soaring food prices, war and racism wrack the planet, resistance movements from Nepal to the Niger Delta to Chiapas are linking the looming global crisis to one source: capitalism. But questions remain: Why is the most productive social system humanity has ever created also so destructive? What are the alternatives to capitalism? How do we get there from here?
Using the global food crisis as a starting point, “Them Belly Full, But We Hungry” is a three-day introduction to marxism that seeks to unpack how capitalism works—to get behind surface appearances and see why capitalism must put profit before basic human needs. It will also examine the intersections of revolutionary movements and people’s struggles against the ravages of capitalism and its three pillars, homophobia, racism, and sexism. The intensive is designed for workers, students, artists and activists who are interested in not only understanding the world, but changing it.
Saturday, July 12 9am-3pm
Celebrate Dominican Culture
East New York Farms
New Lots and Schenck Ave.
#3 train to Van Siclen; B15, B83, B6
The East New York Farms market is open! This Saturday form 9-3, celebrate Dominican culture and check out the fresh produce. Merengue music with Francisco Martinez, 12 pm; cooking demonstration by Joselin Cordero, 12 pm; storytelling in English and Spanish 11 am
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sweet Deliverance at The Yard
388-400 Carroll St., Brooklyn
Gussie up to get down. It’s an easy-going, late afternoon, barbecue cum dance party. Sunday Best! is once again taking over The Yard, a leafy waterside lot on the Gowanus Canal for a nice, mid-afternoon barbecue. It’s no ordinary weenie roast, though. The bar-b’s organic (provided by Kelly Geary of Sweet Deliverance) and resident DJs Justin Carter, Eamon Harkin and Doug Singer are playing alongside Riton. The Englishman, whose releases on Berlin’s Get Physical imprint, is a master producer and remixer–having taken on everyone from Hercules and Love Affair to Robbie Williams. Guaranteed he’s going to drop some yet-to-be-released or never-to-be-released gems. get a spot on the dancefloor early to catch ’em all.
Sunday, July 13 11am-7:30pm
Day Trip to Valley Shepherd Creamery
120 Essex Street
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!
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, July 15 6-8pm
FSNYC Summer Wine Tasting & Networking Event
*Fundraising event, please see ticket information below
Please join FSNYC members and friends for a delightful evening of networking hosted by Greg Moore at Moore Brothers Wine Company. Greg will pour estate-bottled wines selected for their compatibility with the evening’s artisan snacks, a particularly enjoyable pairing in support of the work of Food Systems Network NYC. Don’t forget those business cards! To view the full menu and ticket information, click here.
July 21-25 & July 28-August1
Restaurant Week NYC
Eat famously. Prix-fixe menus at participating restaurants: $24.07 lunches, $35.00 diners; prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity.
Midsummer Rabbit Roast
Brought to you by The Greenhorns
Predicted to be the “young agrarian event of the summer” I have no doubts these revelers will inspire anything short of magic. Bicycle-powered rotisserie! Watercress sandwiches! Seed swapping! Trellis-building! And other agrarian amusements! Please note the date and location of the midsummer rabbit roast have been changed to 16 and 17 August at Glynwood in Cold Spring, NY. Get directions here.
Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City
Join us for an unforgettable evening of savoring a diverse sampling of all that is local, picked at the peak of harvest, and skillfully prepared by our region’s most sought-after chefs. This year Just Food inaugurates Let Us Eat Local, a tasting event and awards ceremony dedicated to the pursuit of our delicious mission: supporting family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.