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.
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.
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
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
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 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.