Dear Local Gourmands,
Hot diggity, it’s harvest season! Canning efforts are in full effect, marvelous displays of produce abound at the market, and as the weather turns, folks seem to be headed back to the kitchen to cook up some grub and invite the friends who had dispersed for the summer back to the table. Likewise there are plenty of harvest festivities in the city. Meet your neighbors on Tuesday at the restaurant walk down 7th Ave. in Park Slope. Everything but apple pie? Sing the praises of the fall fruit on Saturday night at The Brooklyn Kitchen. And if you’ve been hankering for a good old fashioned county fair you’ve got options– the East New York Farms! fest is on Saturday and the Queens County Fair is all weekend. Dig out your boots and get ready for cider season– it’s time to celebrate!
May your beans be snappy,
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.
Thursday, September 18, 7-10pm
7th Ave. Restaurant Tour
From Flatbush all the way to 16th St. in Park Slope, Brooklyn
Join a stroll along 7th Avenue, between 16th and Flatbush where your favorite restaurants (and maybe a few you haven’t yet discovered) will be sampling some of their signature dishes. The samples are free, so bring your friends and your appetite. For a list of participating restaurants ( and growing fast every day) and more info contact Buy in Brooklyn or call 718-303-4364.
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
*Free with student ID
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.
Wednesday, September 17, 6:15pm
Epicurious’ Third Annual Dine, Wine, Donate
116 East 16th St.
with Chef Ryan Skeen and Fatty Crab’s Zak Pelaccio
Join Tanya Steel, editor-in-chief of Epicurious.com, celebrated chefs, and select local farmers and purveyors for an evening of fine wine, delicious farm-fresh creations, and the company of your fellow foodies. Your ticket price will help feed the hungry, as proceeds from these events benefit America’s Second Harvest, the nation’s largest network of food banks.
Saturday, September 20, 9am-5pm
East New York Farms Greenthumb Harvest Festival
New Lots Avenue
(between Hendrix and Barbey Streets) Brooklyn
take the #3 train to Van Siclen, the B15 bus, or the B83
Join East New York Farms in celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the East New York Farmers Market. East New York Farms will hold its Anniversary party in conjunction with the Greenthumb HarvestFestival. There will be musical performances, a vegetable competition, games for kids, garden tours, a cooking competition, free ice cream and other give-aways and the freshest local produce at the best prices. East New York Farms has a lot to celebrate! The market began in 1998 with one dedicated gardener, Johanna Willins, selling some surplus produce from a table on the sidewalk. Building on the commitment of vision of community members, the farm has grown to operate the one of the largest community-run farmers markets in the country. More than 50 local gardeners have grown over 60,000 pounds of fresh organic food right in East New York. Over 100 young people have participated in paid internships offering agricultural training, leadership development, and social justice education.
Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21, 1-4pm
The Big Potato Dig!
Lefferts Historic House in Prospect Park
Come to Lefferts Historic House to harvest, cook, and eat the potatoes that visitors planted back in May! Churn butter, run potato sack races, and see how flax is spun into linen thread.
Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 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: email@example.com
Saturday, September 20, 5pm
First Annual Apples: Anything But the Pie Cook off
The Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St.
Hey there cook-off-ers, we are ready to announce our newest brilliant cook-off idea. In the spirit of the season, we are hosting our First Annual Apples: Anything but Pie cooking contest!
Entries can be sweet or savory, baked, fried, raw, or freeze-dried (bring it!). We only have two rules:
1) Must contain apples
2) Must not be Pie
All entries must arrive ready to serve, there will be no heating or cooling available at all. We recommend you bring enough to provide the three judges, and enough to impress lots of people and win the popular vote!!
We are doing this to rise money for the Greenpoint Reform Church’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, so the entry fee is $10. You can sign up by going here. LINK UPDATED!!
As always, it promises to be interesting, if not delicious! Lay tasters always welcome, to help judge the popular prize!
Sunday, September 21, 12:45pm-3pm
Green Boroughs Walking Tour: Lower East Side
Green Edge NYC
Adult $25 pre-payment, $30 day of Pay Now.
Student $15 pre-payment, $20 day of Pay Now.
The Green Boroughs Walking Tour of the East Village and Lower East Side will show you the newest, coolest, greenest retail stores, restaurants, green affordable apartment buildings, community gardens, and other places that are green and sustainable in New York City. We will start our tour at Birdbath Bakery, 223 First Avenue near East 13th Street at 1 pm. This bakery not only uses organic and locally grown ingredients in its products but it was completely constructed from sustainable and recycled materials. For example, the insulation under the counter is made from recycled denim, the paint is non-toxic milk paint, and the floor is made from reclaimed cork. Another stop on the tour is the 6BC Botanical Garden. It is one of many wonderful community gardens operated by volunteers in the East Village. We will also see an example of green affordable housing, visit fantastic green retail stores, and learn some history along the way. You don’t want to miss this tour!
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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.
Thursday, September 25, 6:30pm
Foodie Book Club
The Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St.
This month’s pick is Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Please join in to discuss the book and share some food. Please bring a dish to share that was inspired by the book.
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.
Saturday, September 27, 12-4pm
Wyckoff House & Association Annual Apple Festival
Celebrating fall and everything apple! Enjoy apple cider fresh from the press, watch a performance by Caoline Copeland of the New York Baroque Dance Company, and celebrate fall, apples and the Wycoff Farmhouse Museum, New York City’s oldest structure. Apple fritters, jug bands, and more.
Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
“About as Local as Local Gets!”
Meet the Farmer Dinner with Ian Marvy of Red Hook’s Added Value Farm
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity*
We are really excited to be hosting this four-course tasting menu featuring varied and delicious produce grown right here in Brooklyn, with wine pairings to complement each course. This is a unique opportunity to meet the people who devote their lives to growing sustainable, organic produce. Learn about how they decide what to plant, how they care for their crops, and what it’s like to be a small, organic farmer, not only in Brooklyn, but in a world of commercially-produced and marketed foods. Also, meet Chef David Shea and learn all about the farm-restaurant connection. Find out why applewood chooses to work almost exclusively with small, local farms, and what you can do to shop, eat, and live more sustainably! As always, there will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A during, and after, the meal. These events are seated communally and tend to sell out quickly. Be sure to call us soon (718.768.2044) to reserve your spot!
Saturday, October 4, 9am-3pm
Tickets are for sale on-line
Harvest Fest 2008!
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
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.