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,
July 28-August 1
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.
Wednesday, July 30 8pm-midnight
Burlesque & Dance Party
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
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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 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.