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,
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
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
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.
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
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!