Local Gourmands 8/11/08-8/17/08
August 13, 2008 by Jeanne
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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.
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
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
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.
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.