Dear Local Gourmands,
I was green with envy when my friend Jessy, a farmer in Santa Cruz, revealed the contents of her cupboard: rows of pickles, jams, and preserves all made from the produce she’s been growing this season. Little city darling that I am, I got plenty of funny looks riding a mountain bike around Santa Cruz in the only shoes I brought on vacation– a nice pair of stacked pumps. But we biked out to the farm anyway to pick the last of the season’s peaches and then brought them home to bake a pie.
Back in New York two days later, I was still longing after Jessy’s wealth in preserved summer fruit. I’ve hardly been home enough in August to cook meals, let alone put up preserves for the winter. I will also say that it can be financially trying to fund serious jam making projects when one hasn’t grown the fruit herself. Trying, but not impossible. On Friday afternoon I hit the market late in the day to capitalize on the $1 bags of peaches and tomatoes. I bought enough to satisfy my own urban dreams of canning, though the peach jam and tomato sauce I made is so good, it’s hard to wait and save the results for a winter day. Trading peaches for my tip money isn’t quite the same as picking them from the tree myself, but when I told the farmer I was going to make peach ice cream he said I’d better watch out ’cause there was someone who wanted to follow me home. I don’t get much dirt under my nails shopping at Greenmarket, but at least I get to make some friends in the city along the way. After all, we are living in a city, and luckily one with a very vocal appetite. Edible Manhattan launches this week– don’t wait to pick up a free copy at Whole Foods.
To the turning of the seasons,
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30PM
Edible Manhattan Launch Party
Eating Manhattan at Back40
James Beard Foundation Greens
Edible Manhattan, a seasonal publication celebrating all things gastronomic in Gotham, debuts on magazine racks this fall. What better occasion to feast on local fare? Peter Hoffman and Shanna Pacifico of Back Forty will prepare a dinner inspired by foods that grace the pages of Edible Manhattan’s premier issue.
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30pm
Food Writing: Gastronomica
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$5; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID
The Writing Program and the Food Studies Department at New School are pleased to host a reading and discussion on the leading publication Gastronomica, the Journal of Food and Culture, which seeks to encourage thoughtful reflection on the history, literature, and cultural impact of food. Featuring Darra Goldstein, founding editor of Gastronomica, cookbook author, and the Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian at Williams College; with magazine contributors Sarah A. Odisheo, writer and professor of English at Columbia College in Chicago, and Arlo Crawford, whose work has appeared in the New York Times magazine and is currently working on a project about his family’s farm in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, September 9, 12:30-2pm
Open Networking Meeting hosted by CENYC
brown bag lunch at noon
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E 34th Street, 8th floor
Join us Tues, September 9th for an Open Networking Meeting hosted by Council on the Environment of NYC dedicated to discussing the development of YouthMarkets as an opportunity for skill development, environmental education, and community building. David Saphire with Greenmarket’s “Grow It, Learn It, Eat It” campaign will join us to discuss the innovations, successes, and challenges Greenmarket has faced with expanding the educational scope of their YouthMarket program, now wrapping up its third season. David will also share with us a short CBS feature on the program and accept questions. For more information on Greenmarket’s YouthMarket program, click here.
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.
Wednesday, 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.
Friday, September 12, 5-10pm
3rd Annual NY Brewfest
South Street Seaport
The 3rd annual NY Brewfest presented by Heartland Brewery will be held at South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 & 17. The festival is a celebration of Craft Beer and will showcase samplings from New York State’s outstanding breweries. Participating craft breweries have expanded this year beyond NYS’s borders to pay homage to outstanding breweries thorough the US with emphasis in the Northeast region.
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.
Saturday, September 13, 7:30pm
Lazy Housewife Supper Club
e-mail email@example.com for directions
Knock-your-socks-off dinner by Violeta Paltchick, featuring corn and yucca soup with pickled cactus, stuffed summer squash, and blueberry plum empanadas for dessert. If that article in the Times about secret diningrooms made you jealous, here’s your opportunity to be let in on the news.
Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14, 1-4pm
Harvest Days in Prospect Park: Apples, Apples, Apples!
Lefferts Historic House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (map)
Nearly every farm in old Flatbush had apple trees and each fall, the harvest went on for many weeks. This weekend, join us and celebrate the 2008 harvest the same way Brooklynites did years ago. Work the cider press and help cook tasty apple fritters over the open fire. Lefferts Historic House. Free.
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!”
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Wednesday, September 17, 12pm
Beard on Books:
The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken: A Search for Food and Family
The Beard House
167 West 12th Street
JBF Award-winning author Laura Schenone undertakes a quest to retrieve her great grandmother’s ravioli recipe, reuniting with relatives as she goes. In lyrical prose and delicious recipes, Schenone takes the reader on an unforgettable journey from the grit of New Jersey’s industrial wastelands and the fast-paced disposable culture of its suburbs to the dramatically beautiful coast of Liguria—the family’s homeland—with its pesto, smoked chestnuts, torte, and, most beloved of all, ravioli, the food of celebration and happiness. Schenone discovers the persistent importance of place, while offering a perceptive voice on immigration and ethnicity in its twilight. Along the way, she gives us the comedies and foibles of family life, a story of love and loss, a deeper understanding of the bonds between parents and children, and the mysteries of pasta, rolled into a perfect circle of gossamer dough.
September 20 and 21 11am-6pm
26th Annual Queens County Fair
Queens County Farm Museum
A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, Big Apple Circus Variety Acts, make-your-own-scarecrow, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival rides, and midway. Visit our Bavarian Garden , Irish and German bands, craft and food vendors. Fun for the entire family!
Admission: Adults $6.00; children (12 and under) $3.00
To enter the blue ribbon competitions in: Arts, Crafts, Vegetables, Baking, Canning,
Floral Arrangements, Junior Arts and crafts please e-mail your mailing address and request a fair entry journal or access the journal through this link: County Fair Competition Entry Journal. The journal will list specific categories and entry information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 22, 6pm
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
$8; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate the life of Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, and discusses her relationships with other American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; Judith Jones, author of The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food; Joan Reardon, author of M. F. K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table; Poet of the Appetites: The Lives and Loves of M. F. K. Fisher, and M. F. K. Fisher Among the Pots and Pans: Celebrating Her Kitchens; and Kennedy Golden, Associate Dean, Mills College, and the daughter of M.F.K. Fisher. Andrew F. Smith, editor of the Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink, moderates. This event is offered in conjunction with a short course, MFK Fisher: Poet of the Appetites, beginning September 15; please visit the food studies for more information. Sponsored by The New School Food Studies Program.
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.
Tickets are for 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
Saturday, October 18
Added-Value Harvest Festival
Annual festival featuring foods from local restaurants, live music and performances, kids’ activities, pumpkin patch, raffle & contests, Farmers’ Market, Farm tours.
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.