Dear Local Gourmands,
What’s the saying…”many hands make light work”? With the election looming, and tomatoes falling off the vine, my in-box indicates that there are more than enough ways to lend your carpal tunneled wrists and key-pad bound fingers to the community. Give your thumbs a rest. Organizing on the web is great, but sometimes we need to get off the computer and out to the field to get in on the action. In the words of a favorite food activist of mine “We’re non-partisan, but we are young farmers for young presidents.” Same goes here. If you’re not raising funds for presidential candidates at bake sales or going door to door registering voters, maybe you want to help out at the upcoming Added Value Harvest fest on October 18. If you’re interested please see below.
Harvest Festival volunteers needed! We’re looking for folks to help in the week leading up to the event, and that day (Oct 18th). If you’re interested in lending a hand with outreach, kids activities, setup and cleanup, photography pumpkin patch, or general preparation, please email Andy at:email@example.com (with the subject heading: “harvest festival volunteer”).
Monday, September 22, 1-6pm
Fifth Annual “Sagra del Maiale”
or “Swine and Dine”
47 Bond St. btwn Bowery and Lafayette
Il Buco celebrates its 14th anniversary today with their traditional birthday pig roast. $20 will buy you a piece of pork from the 200-pound Ossabaw pig that will be roasting over a wood fire on Bond Street. Ticket also covers porchetta panino from Flying pigs Farm, an apple-and-hot-pepper sausage, an array of salads, dessert, and iced tea or lemonade. Beer and wine will be for sale separately.
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.
Wednesday, September 24, 6-8pm
Town Hall Meeting on Supermarkets
TAG school on E. 109th St.
An Environmental Justice Interagency Task Force established by Governor Patterson has organized a Food Working Group that will produce a report out lining policy recommendations for integrating environmental justice into the policies, programs, and regulations of all state agencies that have anything do to with food. The purpose of this event is to both inform community members about these current initiatives and to gather ideas and recommendations from the community for new supermarkets.
Wednesday, September 24, 7pm
Jae Steele author of Get It Ripe
172 Allen St.
Vegan meals should be the most delicious, simple and healthful. Come meet Jae Steele, the author “Get It Ripe: A Fresh Take on Vegan Cooking and Living” and hear her take on health, good eating and seasonal cleansing – all gained from her day-to-day experiences working as a nutritionist, farmer and baker.
Thursday, September 25, 6pm
NY Food Museum Fundraiser
Seaman’s Church Institute
241 Water Street
A cocktail party to raise money for the NY Food Museum, which does not yet have a headquarters, and the Gotham Center for New York City History, a division of the graduate center of CUNY, will be held on Sept. 25 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Seamen’s Church Institute, 241 Water Street (Peck Slip). Directors of the organizations, historians and other food figures will speak. Reservations, $100: (212) 817-8471.
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.
Friday, September 26, 4-6pm
Education of a Chef: What does French training mean for chefs today?
NYU Maison Francaise
16 Washington Mews (at University Place)
New York, NY 10003
A round table discussion with Olivier Muller (DB Bistro Moderne), Alexandra Guarnaschelli (Butter Restaurant), Peter Hoffman (Savoy Restaurant), Cynthia Billeaud (HR Director for the Restaurants of Daniel Boulud), Mitchell Davis (Vice President, The James Beard Foundation), Marvin Taylor, (moderator; Director, Fales Library and Special Collections NYU).
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 Caroline 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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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!
Wednesday, October 1, 6pm
Soybean Wars: Militarization, Agribusiness Exploitation, and Community Resistance in Paraguay
CUNY Graduate Center, Room 9204
365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
In the midst of a global food, energy and climate crisis more and more people are challenging the destructive industrialized agricultural model by constructing local and regional alternatives with a vision for food sovereignty worldwide. Come hear directly from Leticia Galeano, an inspiring young leader from the Movimiento Agrario y Popular (a peasant organization in the department of Caaguazú) and university student in Asuncion, Paraguay. Leticia will speak about militarization in Paraguay, criminalization of social movements, local resistance to soy expansion and about the role of U.S. agribusiness giants like ADM, Bunge and Cargill in the soybean wars. Leticia will be joined by additional speakers.
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
Sunday, October 5, 6-9pm
Green Edge Collaborative Autumn Supper Club
Working Vacation on Organic Farms
126 Crosby St.
Summer vacation just ended, but you’re already in need of another break from the city? Founding and current board member of WWOOF-USA (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), Ryan ‘Leo’ Goldsmith, is coming to inspire and inform us on how to spend anywhere from 3 days to 3 months (or more) living and volunteering on an organic farm in exchange for 1/2 days labor and accommodation, and experienced organic farm volunteer, Rebecca Bullene, will be giving her first hand account of working in exchange for food and accommodations in both Panama and Costa Rica. Sounds like the type of escape from the city that is too good to be true? You can do it too – anywhere in the world, even without having to leave the state. Come find out how. Bring a seasonal, local dish to share for dinner at 6, or join us at 7:15 for speakers.
Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-9:30
Taste Buds NYC
Drop Off Service
211 Avenue A between 13th and 14th Street
Drink, talk, and be merry! Taste Buds NYC 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.
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.
Saturday, October 18, 3-7pm
The 2008 Vendy Awards
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO
The Vendys are:
- An intense cook-off between the best sidewalks chefs in New York City.
- A festival of respect and gratitude for all vendors and everything they provide us-from your morning coffee (half-and-half, two sugars) to the $2 umbrella when you get caught in the thunderstorm.
- A fundraiser for the Street Vendor Project, a membership-based non-profit organization that stands up for vendors’ rights.
The Vendy Awards is a fundraiser to support the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a voice for the thousands of people who sell food and merchandise on the streets of our city.
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.