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,
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30-9pm
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
Traditional Indian dance performance with Sudha; Seetharaman and students of Trilok Fusion, 12pm; cooking demonstration by Sarida Nasrin, 12 pm
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
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.