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Dear Local Gourmands,

This week I’ll be heading west to join the masses of chefs, purveyors, farmers, activists, and food lovers to celebrate Slow Food Nation. I’m looking forward to seeing the Victory Garden on the front lawn of San Francisco’s City Hall, watching cooking demonstrations, and tasting tid bits from cooks who have traveled from near and far to take part in the Taste Pavilions. But as I looked around for events in New York for the coming week I came up short…perhaps my fellow organizers are making the migration west as well, or maybe people are just on vacation. If you are in town next weekend, hop over to Brooklyn for the West Indian American Day Festival for food, music and dancing. This weekend the Times travel section features a piece all about where to go to get the best West Indian grub in my favorite borough.

All best,
Jeanne

Saturday, August 30, 12:30pm
Sustainable Cities Town Hall: An open forum for New Yorkers
Moderated by Bill Solecki, Director CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities

University faculty experts will discuss topics ranging from utilizing algae for fuel, to wind power and making the city friendlier for cyclists and pedestrians. All lectures are free and begin at 12:30 PM in Pershing Hall, a two-minute walk from the ferry terminal on Governors Island. The free ferry leaves from Battery Maritime Building, Slip 7 directly east of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. There are a number of subway stops near the Maritime Building (#1, 4, 5, R, W). Please visit www.govisland.com for further directions.

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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, September 2, tickets go on sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Saturday 10/4/2008
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rain or Shine

Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Wednesday, September 3, 6:30-9:30
Tastebuds NYC 1st Anniversary Party
Murray’s Cheese and Vol de Nuit

The festivities will start at Murray’s Cheese, the famous cheese shop of the West Village, where they stock over 300 different varieties of fromage. There, the knowledgeable Chris Munsey will lead us through an informative hour-long tour of their temperature-controlled cheese “caves,” including a tasting of two differently aged goat cheeses. Then we’ll head to Vol de Nuit, for Belgian beers and birthday cake! If you’ve never been to this bar, plan on enjoying some of the city’s best Belgian beers on tap and in bottle. Save room for fries too.

Cost of the Murray’s tour is $10. Happy hour at Vol de Nuit is free of charge; just the cost of beer you buy. Please be sure to RSVP: Murray’s can accommodate only a limited number of people. You will receive a confirmation email to let you know if you are on the list. If you can’t attend the Murray’s tour, just join us at the bar! See you on the 3rd!

6:30 – 7:30 pm: Murray’s Cheese cave tour and tasting
Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleeker Street, between 6th and 7th Avenue
7:30 – 9:30 pm: Enjoy birthday cake and Belgian beer at Vol de Nuit
Vol de Nuit, 148 West 4th Street between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street
RSVP: heidi@tastebudsnyc.com

Sunday, September 7, 3-7pm
Tomato Festival
Food Systems Network Fundraiser
Tickets: $30 each; 2 for $50. Visit Brown Paper Tickets
Hilary Baum’s Garden
Directions provided upon ticket purchase

NYC members and friends are invited to Hilary’s Riverdale garden to support the Network by celebrating the season’s most sumptuous fruit: Tomatoes! Festivities will include a tomato tasting guided by grower Michael Grady Robertson of The Queens County Farm Museum, a spread of tomato dishes and beverages prepared by FSNYC members, and an heirloom tomato auction! Signed copies of the just-published “Heirloom Tomatoes: Garden to Table”, by Amy Goldman, will be available for purchase. Everyone is asked to bring along ready to serve tomato antidotes: bread, cheese, fruit or tums!

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City
www.justfood.org

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 local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

September 10, 6-10pm
Sixth Annual Taste of the Village
Benefit for Washington Square Park
General Admission $40

Three and four star restaurants from the neighborhood join the Village Alliance for a tasting event to raise funds for the completion of the park. Sample fare from the likes of Blue Hill, Café Spice, Elletaria, and many others.

Week of September 12-21
NY Craft Beer Week

September 12-21 is your chance to experience a wide range of breweries, beers and activities during NY Craft Beer Week! Opening and closing Craft Beer Week are the 3rd Annual NY Brewfest and the 2nd Annual Manhattan Cask Ale Festival featuring a selection of beers that is rarely equaled in a similar context anywhere else in the country.

Sunday, September 14 11:30-6pm
8th Annual New York City International Pickle Day
Orchard Street (btwn. Grand and Broome)
New York Food Museum

Get in on the goodness: “pickles from around the world and around the corner– music, exhibitions, demonstrations and FUN!”

Saturday, September 27 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket

Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

This weekend I was out of the city on picturesque Block Island where the local fare is a taste of childhood (not to be missed: lemonade stands, the ice cream place, and gift stores selling fudge and salt water taffy) rather than farm fresh produce. After a morning of waves and sunburns and a long walk back from the beach, we parked ourselves on picnic benches in town and dove into lobster rolls: a generous pile of meaty lobster salad with fresh celery and crunchy lettuce heaped on a white bread bun. I have a hunch that those lobsters came from pots far from the little inlet of the Atlantic that we were swimming in, but I will tell you that this taste of summer is a guilty pleasure of mine, and it was deeply satisfied.

Enjoy the dog days of August,
Jeanne

Monday, August 18, 8-11pm
Live Broadcast of Sound and Safe in the Miracle Garden
Join CENYC and WFMU for a live broadcast of Sound and Safe with Trent in the Miracle Garden. The event will feature garden music, presentations on rainwater harvesting by Lars Chellberg and the history of community gardens by Mike Rezny of CENYC and on indoor/outdoor composting by Carey Pulverman of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, tiki torches, smores, and much more. The Miracle Garden is located next to Mama’s Food Shop at 194-196 E. 3rd Street between Avenues A and B. WFMU is a freeform radio station available at 91.1 FM in New York and at 90.1 FM in the Hudson Valley.

Wednesday, August 20 10:30am-2:30pm
Market Tour and Dinner with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter
Union Square Greenmarket, meet at Managers Table

Tickets $125: Brown Paper Tickets
Discover how Greenmarket ingredients influence these chefs’ menus, what they love most about the farmers markets, and, back at the restaurant, feast on a unique meal featuring Greenmarket’s bounty.

Wednesday, August 20, 12pm
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Reading at the
James Beard Foundation
The Beard House
167 W. 12th Street

Jennifer 8. Lee, traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.

Wednesday, August 20, 7-9pm
Green Drinks Brooklyn at Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street 718-858-9500

www.greendrinks.org www.ecoeatery.com
Every month, people who work in the environmental field, or simply have an interest in it, meet up for a beer at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. It’s your chance to mix with other like-minded folks, network, share info and make friends. Attendees have found employment, developed new ideas and even done deals! So join us-many report making great contacts every time! The Outpost is an ecologically oriented space, and serves the same delicious Latin-inspired cuisine found at Manhattan’s Habana. As the first Eco-Eatery in New York, the Outpost aims to push the envelope of ecological design while bringing neighbors, environmentalists, artists and families together into one courtyard. Eco-friendly designs and materials, a community market, kid’s events, movie nights, educational programs, and local artist exhibitions. Oscar Teco, Nephew of Alfredo Teco (Habana’s chef) works his magic from the outdoor food truck while crafting a mouthwatering, Latin-inspired menu including the renowned grilled corn.

Friday, August 22
Solar-Powered Film Series presents:

Gimme Green, City of Water, and Invisible Creek
Solar One and Green Edge Collaborative
**free**
The Solar-Powered Film Series is the first in New York City to use the power of the sun to construct an outdoor “eco-theater” like no other. Solar One’s independent film venue integrates natural and human-made components of our urban environment creating the city’s “greenest” motion picture showcase.

Gimme Green– 28 mins: Lawns are undeniably an American symbol. But what do they really symbolize? Pride and prosperity? Or waste and conformity? Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life.

City of Water – 33 mins: City of Water explores the aspirations of public officials, environmentalists, academics, community activists, recreational boaters and everyday New Yorkers for a diverse, vibrant waterfront at a time when the shoreline is changing faster than at any other time in New York’s history.

Invisible Creek – 8 mins: Travel down the most polluted waterway in America, Newtown Creek, located on the border between Brooklyn and Queens in New York City, a small 3 _ mile creek with 12 toxic waste sites along its shores, Newtown Creek’s been largely forgotten. But a small group of local kids are trying to save it: through boat building. Speaker: Cortney Worrall, Executive Director of the Coastal Marine Resource Council, will discuss the conservation of the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary and the use of CSO system (Combined Sewer Overflow).

Saturday, August 23, 9am-3pm
East New York Farms
New Lots & Schenck Ave.

www.eastnewyorkfarms.org
Celebrate African-American culture with East New York farms– stepping by the Gowanus Wildcats (12pm) and cooking demonstration by Constance Hinds (12pm). Dance, hip-hop and R&B performances throughout the market day. Homegrown fruits and veggies including organic and Caribbean specialties, fresh fish and crabs, cooking and nutrition info, story hour in the garden (11am), handmade arts and crafts, home cooked food and baked goods, tours of UCC Youth Farm.

Sunday, August 24, 2-5pm
Feasting for Free in Brooklyn!
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens with
Leda Meredith
$29 member, $34 nonmember
Registration Information
No need to travel far or seek out so-called “exotic” cultures; there’s a long and rich tradition of gathering wild plants for food right here in Brooklyn! Leda will guide the class through the history of wild food gathering in the eastern U.S. and will show you edible wild plants found right here in Prospect Park! From fresh dandelion greens to savory wild garlic to juicy blackberries, there’s plenty to eat right within arm’s reach! Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.

Sunday, August 24, 11am-12:30pm
Amy Goldman: The Heirloom Tomato

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (map)
Come listen to seed-saving expert Amy Goldman, author of The Complete Squash and Melons for the Passionate Grower, as she speaks to the beauty, history, and importance of one of everyone’s favorite August crops and the subject of her new book, The Heirloom Tomato. A tasting of heirlooms to follow the talk!

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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, September 2, tickets go on sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Saturday 10/4/2008
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Rain or Shine
Our 5th annual Harvest Fest will feature music & entertainment by Jay & Molly & Friends, a large farmer’s market full of goodies to satisfy every appetite, hay rides, workshops & farm demonstrations for children & adults & much, much more! Tickets: Stone Barns Center members have access to pre-sale tickets beginning on August 18. As always, members receive a 10% discount. General ticket sales begin on September 2. Tickets may be purchased online only. Stone Barns Center members will receive an email with ticketing information on August 18. On September 2, ticketing information will also be posted on the Stone Barns Center website. Tickets purchased by September 24 will be mailed; tickets purchased after September 24 will be held at will-call.

Adults $30 ($27 members)
Youth ages 6-14 $20 ($18 members)
Children ages 2-5 $10 ($9 members)
Children under 2 FREE

Sunday, September 7, 3-7pm
Tomato Festival

Food Systems Network Fundraiser
Tickets: $30 each; 2 for $50. Visit Brown Paper Tickets
Hilary Baum’s Garden
Directions provided upon ticket purchase

NYC members and friends are invited to Hilary’s Riverdale garden to support the Network by celebrating the season’s most sumptuous fruit: Tomatoes! Festivities will include a tomato tasting guided by grower Michael Grady Robertson of The Queens County Farm Museum, a spread of tomato dishes and beverages prepared by FSNYC members, and an heirloom tomato auction! Signed copies of the just-published “Heirloom Tomatoes: Garden to Table”, by Amy Goldman, will be available for purchase. Everyone is asked to bring along ready to serve tomato antidotes: bread, cheese, fruit or tums!

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City

www.justfood.org
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 local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

Sunday, September 14 11:30-6pm
8th Annual New York City International Pickle Day
Orchard Street (btwn. Grand and Broome)

New York Food Museum
Get in on the goodness: “pickles from around the world and around the corner– music, exhibitions, demonstrations and FUN!”

Saturday, September 27 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

Wednesday, October 29, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
Enjoy Greenmarket-inspired fare presented by NYC’s finest chefs, celebrate the leaders who are making farm fresh, locally grown food available to all New Yorkers, and bid on fabulous silent auction prizes. All proceeds from ticket sales and auction items will benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket program in its efforts to preserve family farms, bring fresh produce to all five boroughs and educate children about our food systems. Chefs presenting tastings of signature dishes from their favorite Greenmarket ingredients include: Dan Barber of Blue Hill, Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Marco Canora of Hearth and Insieme, Peter Hoffman of Savoy, Bill Telepan of Telepan, Mary Cleaver of The Green Table, Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and many more. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I was talking recently with a friend who was about to head home to the Midwest for his annual family reunion in northern Minnesota. This is the same friend who once brought a show-stopping traditional Norwegian dish called Gifta (a very deep bowl layered with crushed saltines, whipped cream, and jellied cranberries) to a Thanksgiving potluck. In our circle of friends, Gifta has gone down in a collective family-away-from-family culinary history, so I was naturally curious about what other regional specialties he might be looking forward to, home on the great Minnesota range. The answer? Corn. Oceans of it. This kid can’t get enough– his eyes lit up as he described driving through the fields with the windows down, farm stands along the way with piles and piles of promising green corn husks just waiting to be peeled back to reveal perfect, sweet kernels beneath. Boiled and slathered with butter and salt or grilled and drizzled with lime juice, chili, and parmesan– this is just the peak of the season for this truly original American summer standard.

Happy munching,
Jeanne

August 11-17
Aquavit Crayfish Week
66 E 55th Street (near Park Ave.)

In the spirit of Scandinavian tradition, venture to Aquavit’s café this week to celebrate the beginning of crayfish season. Crayfish delicacies abound– a la carte or $48 prix fixe dinner.

Monday, August 11, 5-8pm
Recipe Slam and Community Cookbook Craft Night
325 Gold Street, Brooklyn (3rd Floor)
Etsy Labs and Sweet Tooth of the Tiger team up to host a craft night devoted to cookbook makin’. Join in on the fun of this recipe-share cookbook crafting party– make friends, share food. Admission is free, and supplies are provided. Shamelessly indulge your sweet tooth with treats sold by Sweet Tooth of the Tiger from 5 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, August 12 9:00-12pm

FSNYC Open Networking Meeting
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E 34th Street, 8th floor

RSVP to info@foodsystemsnyc.org.
On August 12th FSNYC is devoting its regularly scheduled Open Networking meeting to a community visioning session in the tradition of the Village Square from 9am-12:30pm. This meeting is critical to our strategic planning process. Stakeholders of all kinds in FSNYC’s mission are invited to participate in envisioning what our vibrant Network — organizations actively engaged in New York City’s food systems work — can achieve by 2012. The meeting will be led by Alison Cohen with assistance from Aley Kent, both of Heifer International. A complete agenda will be included in the FSNYC Strategic Planning Bulletin #2 on August 8th. Coffee and tea will be available. Please “brown bag” your breakfast.

Friday, August 15 2-8pm
Community Garden Cook-off
Broadway & Linden Street, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (map)
Join the amazing Green Guerillas summer AmeriCorps team as they cap off a bountiful summer of helping central Brooklyn community gardeners recruit new members, increase their harvest, and strengthen food-growing community gardens through our Harvest for Neighborhoods Campaign. They have organized a cook-off with teams of community gardeners vying for prizes (and worldwide acclaim) using a secret ingredient. And check out this unique, vibrant community garden located at Broadway and Linden Street. To RSVP or to get more info, please email cookoff@nycgreen.org.

Saturday, August 16 12-4pm
Go Green Washington Heights and Inwood Kick-off Event
351 Fort Washington Ave, New York, NY
(Map)

Saturday, August 16, 2-10pm
4th Annual International Food and Film Festival at
Hattie Carthan Community Garden

Lafayette and Marcy Avenues, BedStuy, Brooklyn
The Hattie Carthan Community Garden cordially invites you to attend the 4th annual International Food and Film Festival, which will be held in the garden (located on the corner of Lafayette and Marcy Avenues). You can reach the garden by taking the G to Bedford-Nostrand (use the Nostrand Ave. exit and walk one block east along Lafayette to Marcy) or take the B38 bus to Marcy & Lafayette or the B43 to Tompkins and Lafayette. Come groove to international music, share international food recipes, meet local gardeners & community cooks, learn about healthy fast foods for kids at a cooking demo, meet food justice activists, learn about home made beverages as an alternative to carbonated beverages, learn about preserving foods from the harvest, join in the rhythm circle, and find out about food issues which affect our community. All foods are prepared by our garden members and some foods have been harvested from our garden. Remember to bring your blanket for the movie! Our theme: Many cultures working as one community. Questions? Please call Yonnette 718-638-3566 or e-mail hattiecarthangarden@yahoo.com

EXPERIENCE THE FRESH TASTES AND CULTURE OF BROOKLYN!
Vegetarian plate: $6
Meat plate $7
Roast Corn $1
Home made Cake $1
Home made Beverages $1
Home made pies $1.50

Donations are welcome to help continue food education and cultural programs in the garden.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, August 20 10:30am-2:30pm
Market Tour and Dinner with Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter
Union Square Greenmarket, meet at Managers Table
Tickets $125:
Brown Paper Tickets
Discover how Greenmarket ingredients influence these chefs’ menus, what they love most about the farmers markets, and, back at the restaurant, feast on a unique meal featuring Greenmarket’s bounty.

Wednesday, August 20, 12pm
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Reading at the
James Beard Foundation
The Beard House
167 W. 12th Street

Jennifer 8. Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.

Sunday, September 7, 3-7pm
Tomato Festival

Food Systems Network Fundraiser
Tickets: $30 each; 2 for $50. Visit Brown Paper Tickets
Hilary Baum’s Garden
Directions provided upon ticket purchase

NYC members and friends are invited to Hilary’s Riverdale garden to support the Network by celebrating the season’s most sumptuous fruit: Tomatoes! Festivities will include a tomato tasting guided by grower Michael Grady Robertson of The Queens County Farm Museum, a spread of tomato dishes and beverages prepared by FSNYC members, and an heirloom tomato auction! Signed copies of the just-published “Heirloom Tomatoes: Garden to Table”, by Amy Goldman, will be available for purchase. Everyone is asked to bring along ready to serve tomato antidotes: bread, cheese, fruit or tums!

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City

www.justfood.org
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 local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

September 13-14 **new date**

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 13 and 14 August at Glynwood in Cold Spring, NY. Get directions here.

Sunday, September 14 11:30am-6pm
8th Annual New York City International Pickle Day
Orchard Street (btwn. Grand and Broome)

New York Food Museum
Get in on the goodness: “pickles from around the world and around the corner– music, exhibitions, demonstrations and FUN!”

Saturday, September 27 12-6pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

Be a part of music history with a rare public performance by Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Guy Davis together in a Special Family Concert. Brooklyn’s young steel drum champs, the Sesame Flyers Steel Pan Orchestra, get the party sizzling amid a whirl of feathered dancers and fast and furious Caribbean rhythms. The Sauce Boss brings it to a boil with his famous gumbo spiced with foot-stomping Florida swamp blues and blistering slide guitar. Bombay songstress Falu blends her own “indie Hindi” sounds into a spicy masala of classical Indian music and alt rock. Throughout the afternoon, MCs Robbins & Ringold fire up audiences with flame eating, fire juggling, and other daring deeds. Plus, enjoy Indian chutney making, piquant pickle classes, and other spicy cooking demonstrations and tastings, chile pepper tattoos, red hot kids’ activities, and a visit with renowned garden expert the Chile Goddess. You can also pick up organically grown plants and chile-inspired gifts and tingle your taste buds with spicy food and cold beer.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I ate my first pupusa last week in the in a pause between rainstorms, soaking wet, and very happy among fellow cyclists who had joined the Tastebuds bike tour of Red Hook. If you’ve never been (this was my first visit), you’ve probably at least heard of the fried delicacies that crowds line up for on Saturdays down by the Red Hook Ball Park— either way, you must make it your mission to go enjoy some spicy goodness. My pupusa had cheese and jalapeño in it, fellow noshers ate syrupy fried plantains with sour cream, tamales, and buttered up corn on the cob. When the rain picked back up the crowds squeezed in beneath tents, fingers sticky, bellies full.

To many more eating adventures,
Jeanne

Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-9pm
TastebudsNYC
at Drop Off Service
211 Avenue A (at 13th St)

TastebudsNYC is a community for those of us who work in the food biz and those of us who just love food. Whether you work behind the scenes on food security issues, toil at the sauce station, are planning the next Farm to Table, or regularly use “grassy” and other snobby adjectives to describe your favorite cheese, this is your opportunity to expand your network and community.

Wednesday, August 6, 2pm
I Scream for Ice Cream
Van Cortlandt House Museum
Van Cortlandt Park
Broadway at 246th St (718-543-3344) $10

Visit the Van Cortlandt House Museum and find out how New Yorkers made ice cream before refrigeration. You’ll learn the history of everyone’s favorite dessert while hand-cranking your own. Handouts will include a copy of Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe, and scoops of the just-made real deal. Reservations are recommended.

Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-8:30pm
Slow U.– Slow Spirits, Greenmarket Inspired Mixology
The Astor Center
399 Lafayette St. (@ East 4th st.)

SLOW U takes a summer break and needs a cool summer drink. Join Allen Katz, master mixologist and Slow Food USA Board Chair, for a tasty and enlightening exploration of sustainable spirits and cocktails – the new wave of responsible drinking! Allen will discuss sustainability in terms of both distillation and the exciting use of local, seasonal ingredients in the creation of mouth-watering cocktails. He will compare local food and drink to their industrial, commodity counterparts and illustrate how, in the campaign for a good, clean, and fair food chain, what we choose to sip is as important as what we choose to eat. Accompanying Allen’s deliciously “slow” libations, you will enjoy tasty tidbits from Greenmarket and other “slow” markets. Slow Food Members: $35 Non-member Friends: $45 When ordering, remember to use discount codes Slow Food Members – SFMEM Non-member Friends – SFNON

Saturday, August 9, 9am-3pm
Celebrate Indian Culture
East New York Farms
New Lots & Schenck Ave
#3 train to Van Siclen
www.eastnewyorkfarms.org

Traditional Indian dance performance with Sudha; Seetharaman and students of Trilok Fusion, 12pm; cooking demonstration by Sarida Nasrin, 12 pm
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, August 20, 12pm
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Reading at the James Beard Foundation
The Beard House
167 W. 12th Street

Jennifer 8. Lee traces the history of Chinese-American experience through the lens of the food. In a compelling blend of sociology and history, Lee exposes the indentured servitude Chinese restaurants expect from illegal immigrant chefs, investigates the relationship between Jews and Chinese food, and weaves a personal narrative about her own relationship with Chinese food. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles speaks to the immigrant experience as a whole, and the way it has shaped our country.

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City
www.justfood.org

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 local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

September 13-14 **new date**
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 13 and 14 August at Glynwood in Cold Spring, NY. Get directions here.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I deviated from my market-going last week because a friend of mine is out of town and left me with his CSA share. I walked away with no less than four pounds of cucumbers, making this the nicest gift a friend has ever given me, hands down. One night I just ate green beans with a little butter and salt for dinner. Another night I turned the summer squash into a cold soup I learned from my homestay mother in France years ago. Inspired by the abundance of produce bursting from my refrigerator door, I dreamed up a recipe for apricot ice cream. In fact the eating is so good here, I’m hardly jealous of that friend who is far away in the land of Switzerland, known for its mountains of chocolate and rivers of wine. Keeping local keeps me happy at home.

Be well, eat well,
Jeanne

July 28-August 1
Restaurant Week NYC
http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=8&ref=412&pid=69

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.

Wednesday, July 30 8pm-midnight
Burlesque & Dance Party
Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street Brooklyn

Featuring Runaround Sue & Friends, you tell me where there’s something more happening on a Brooklyn corner on a Wednesday in late July. This is the party kids– come and churn out your margaritas with bicycle-operated power. Come dance with your neighbors. Oh yeah, and eat Cuban and Central-Mexican food. Habana Outpost is NYC’s first eco-eatery. Eco-Eateries are restaurants that use earth-friendly practices in their design, construction, and day-to-day operations. Habana Outpost aims to reduce wasteful consumption and promote sustainable solutions.

Wednesday, July 30
Buy a Burrito for Just Food
Chipotle 320 Park Ave. location

$5 gets you some gourmet grub and 100% of the proceeds go to support Just Food’s programs.

Saturday, August 2, 6-11pm
Slideluck Potshow
McCarren Park Pool
RSVP (potluck at 8:30)

Slideluck Potshow is a slideshow and potluck for members of arts, photography, and media communities. Participants bring food, drink, and up to five minutes worth of slides. The evening begins with a couple hours of dining on the home-cooked delights of participants, while drinking and mingling. It is not uncommon to arrive with, for example, a full-bodied bottle of wine, some vegetable samosas, Thai green curry, pumpkin ravioli, or some rosemary lamb chops. All guests are asked to contribute as the event is entirely dependent on participation. Following the potluck, the lights are dimmed, the crowd is hushed, and a spectacular slideshow commences.

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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, September 9
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City
www.justfood.org

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 local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

September 13-14 **new date**
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 13 and 14 August at Glynwood in Cold Spring, NY. Get directions here.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

The folks at Gourmet must have read my mind. A few weeks ago I was raving about sweet basil and goat cheese ice cream that I bought from the Bent Spoon at New Amsterdam Public. You can only imagine how pleased I was to find a whole section of Gourmet.com devoted to ice cream recipes this week. The markets are selling basil by the bunch these days, and the cream from Ronnybrook Farm is heavenly as ever at the peak of summer. Don’t wait to click here and make some basil ice cream of your own.

Be well,
Jeanne

July 21-25 & July 28-August 1
Restaurant Week NYC
http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=8&ref=412&pid=69

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.

Tuesday, July 22 7:30pm
What’s Organic About “Organic”? Fundraiser
http://whatsorganicmovie.org/
Patagonia Upper West Side. 426 Columbus Ave @ 81st st.

Come out to support an important documentary highlighting the importance of Local, Sustainable, and Organic living. Hear Shelly Rogers share her vision and see a clip of the forthcoming documentary. Guest speaker: Anna Lappé.

Wednesday, July 23, 10am-2pm
Greening East Harlem: Your Health, Your Planet
at the George Washington Carver Garden for Living (100th & Madison)
& Mt. Sinai Greenmarket (99th at Madison)

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Take the Recycling Challenge with CENYC’s Office Recycling Outreach and Education. Win special prizes! At the information booth on 99th & Madison. Also, learn how Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can trim your electric bill and sign up to get these bulbs in your home for FREE! Sponsored by the Manhattan Free Lighting Project. At the info booth on 99th& Madison.
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM & 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Learn how to keep NYC green by recycling and reducing waste at home with CENYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education. Participants will receive a free set of recycling totes. In the Garden for Living.
11:00 AM: Beautify the grounds of GWC Houses with plants! Meet in the Garden for Living on 100th & Madison.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Cooking Demonstrations with Greenmarket at 99thStreet. Local nutritionists and chefs prepare healthy foods—free sampling!
1:00 PM: Learn to repot plants in your apartment. Under the tent in the Garden for Living.

Thursday, July 24, 7:30pm
Free Screening Our Daily Bread
Make the Road New York’s community meeting room
301 Grove St.
(L or M ro Myrtle Wyckoff)
www.maketheroad.org

Friday, July 25, 7:00pm
Free Screening Our Daily Bread
Make the Road New York courtyard
301 Grove St.
(L or M ro Myrtle Wyckoff)
www.maketheroad.org

If you can’t make the Thursday screening, join the Bushwick CSA for an outdoor screening in the courtyard of Make the Road! Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, July 26 9am-3pm
East New York Farms Health and Wellness Day
Farmers Market
New Lots & Schenck Ave.
#3 train to Van Siclen; B15, B83, B6
www.eastnewyorkfarms.org

FREE seeds to start your own garden, workshop on Medicinal Herbs (10 am), workshop on Benefits of Massage, by Nayda Mami, followed by FREE massages, at 10 am and 12 pm, health info with nutritionist and personal trainer, Persis Flor, cookbooks for the first 50 customers, and more!

Saturday, July 26 10am
Green With Envy Community Garden: Tour Two

Flatbush Gardener
On Saturday, July 26, visit Community Gardens in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Prospect Heights. On both guided tours, you can join us for a 10am breakfast at the Pacific Street Bear’s Garden on Flatbush Ave, then walk, bike, or drive the routes below. More info: 718-636-4273.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, July 30 8pm
Burlesque Party
Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street Brooklyn

Featuring Runaround Sue & Friends, you tell me where there’s something more happening on a Brooklyn corner on a Wednesday in late July. This is the party kids– come and churn out your margaritas with bicycle-operated power. Come dance with your neighbors. Oh yeah, and eat Cuban and Central-Mexican food. Habana Outpost is NYC’s first eco-eatery. Eco-Eateries are restaurants that use earth-friendly practices in their design, construction, and day-to-day operations. Habana Outpost aims to reduce wasteful consumption and promote sustainable solutions.

August 16-17
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
Just Food
NYC Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City

www.justfood.org
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 local family farmers and ensuring that all city residents can find and afford to eat sustainable, seasonal food.

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