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Dear Local Gourmands,

Here are the staples of fall cooking that I look forward to each year: butternut squash, apples (of course), braised purple cabbage and Brussels sprouts. There is nothing cozier to me than returning to old favorites (friends and food) who have dispersed for a frantic summer only to return to the table when the weather turns and we begin to burrow. It’s dinner party season again, and I’m dreaming of chestnuts and stuffing like I do every fall. But as the last of the summer produce trails the end of the parade, I’ve been training my eyes on the gems that stand out at the market amidst the predictable vats of hot cider and sweet potatoes. Last year my discovery of the fall was buckwheat honey which has a color so dark you can barely see through it even when the jar is held against the light. The flavor is equally robust– the culmination of a full season in the sun is packed into the final harvest for the bees. Like my other fall favorites, this honey is rich with a deep flavor– qualities that make food feel comforting when it’s cold outside. My discovery this year hit about two weeks ago. Delicata squash: a revelation. Look for the oblong bright yellow squash streaked with green stripes. Simply steam and see for yourself.

Jeanne

Through October 31, 11pm-3pm
Bon Appétit Supper Club and Café

221 W.57th St
Give your fave bodega a break this week and stop by the Bon Appétit Café for a star-studded lunch menu that will blow lettuce off your regular BLT. Feast on Mario Batali’s empanadas, Michael Psilakis’ lamb burger with fries, or Charlie Trotter’s curried chicken and potato tart. Francoise Payard’s flourless chocolate cake or Pichet Ong’s strawberry rhubarb coconut cupcake will handle your afternoon sweet tooth. See a full menu here.

Tuesday, October 28, 6:30-8:30pm
The Gastronomica Forum:
The Taste of Fame – Chefs, Diners, Celebrity, Class

The Astor Center
Tickets $25
The Gastronomica Forums bring the pages of this influential food journal to life and deepen the discussion around key topics in food, culture, and society. For this quarter’s Forum, moderated by Editor-in-Chief Darra Goldstein, author Gwen Hyman, along with a few important New York City chefs (including Andrew Carmellini, Café Boulud and A Voce alum), will discuss the phenomenon of celebrity chefs and explore the roles played by consumers and producers in restaurant culture.

Wednesday, October 29, 12pm
A Baker’s Odyssey by Greg Patent
Beard on Books
James Beard Foundation

A Baker’s Odyssey is a rich collection of recipes and culinary history, all gleaned from Greg Patent’s exhaustive research in the American home kitchens of immigrants from around the world. Through his travels across the country, Patent learned the secrets to traditional baked goods originating from thirty-two different nations. From Scotland and Austria to India and Thailand to Mexico, Norway, and West Africa, the recipes represent the best of each culture’s beloved culinary traditions. Patent provides detailed information on the origin of each recipe and its ingredients, and gives a real sense of the cultural heritage behind each dish.

Wednesday, October 29, 7pm
Local Ricotta Tasting
Jimmy’s No. 43

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.

Friday, October 31, 7pm-11pm
Saturday, November 1, 12pm-4pm; 5pm-9pm
Brewtopia

Brewtopia: the Great World Beer Festival is one of the world’s largest beer events and New York City’s longest running beer festival . The Great World Beer Festival features breweries and beer companies from around the world. Purchase tickets .

Saturday, November 1, 9pm
Night Shift NYC Launch
Housing Works Bookstore Café hosts the book launch of Nightshift NYC. The authors will be joined by contributing night shift workers for a reading and presentation, Followed by book signing and reception. Nightshift NYC presents the narratives of those who sleep too little and work too much, revealing the soul of a city hidden in the graveyard shift of 24-hour commerce—when the sun goes down and the lights come up. Russell Leigh Sharman and Cheryl Harris Sharman spent a year interviewing and shadowing fry cooks and coffee jockeys, train conductors, cab hacks, and dozens of others who keep the city running when the sun goes down. The book also features the photography of Corey Hayes.
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Wednesday, November 5, 6pm
The Greenmarket Revolution: From Farm to City
CENYC at Arsenal Gallery

CENYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen will moderate The Greenmarket Revolution: From Farm to City – An Uncommon Ground panel discussion at the Arsenal Gallery on November 5, 2008 at 6:00 PM. Panelists include renowned chef Dan Barber, farmers market expert Bob Lewis, and co-founder of the Added Value sustainable development project Ian Marvy. The Arsenal Gallery is inside Central Park at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue. Please note that seating is limited and that RSVP is required. Call 212.360.1296, e-mail rsvp@parks.nyc.gov or view the flyer below for more details.

Tuesday, November 10
Casserole Party

http://casserolecrazy.com/the-casserole-party/

Thursday, November 13, 6-9pm
Appetizing Arts: an exploration of food as fuel for artistic expression
The Rising Arts Gallery
35 Claver Place #1, Brooklyn, NY
shuttle or C train to Franklin Ave

www.tragallery.net
Brought to you by Conscious Craverswww.consciouscravers.com
Appetizing Arts is a hand selected exhibition of several artists’ interpretation of Conscious Cravers’ mission. Included in the show are images of food and eating utensils, evocative representations of where our food is grown and harvested, the people who prepare the food we eat and what it’s like to be a farmer. We look forward to seeing you–artists, chefs, educators, farmers, foodies, friends– at this event. We believe Appetizing Arts is a unique opportunity to discover new ideas about food, art and life!

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Dear Local Gourmands,

This weekend I was lucky to land in the middle of the Old Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO to sample the fine foods served up from some of the city’s best street cart vendors at the Vendy Awards. While the Vendley Brothers of Calexico took home the trophy, I have to say all the food was truly outstanding. I sampled Banana pudding and Jamaican curried lentils from Fauzia’s Heavenly Delights in the Bronx, El Salvadorian pupusas from Rafael Soler representing the Red Hook Ball Park, and of course the wonders of Mid town treasures Quick Meal and Biriyani Cart. Between the courses and the jam band, I was beyond well fed, and beaming with city pride. You can (and should) take lunch or take a little detour from your daily routine and visit all of them for some food and city street love. On that note, this coming weekend marks the close of the season for the Red Hook Ball Park– get some while you can!

Jeanne

“Fauzia’s Delights”
161st Street and Sheridan Avenue, Bronx

“Biriyani Cart”
46th Street & Sixth Avenue, Manhattan

“Kwik Meal”
45th Street & Sixth Avenue, Manhattan

“Soler Dominican”
Clinton Street & Bay Street, Brooklyn (weekends only)

“Calexico Carne Asada”
Wooster & Prince Streets, Manhattan

Monday, October 20, 5:30-8pm
NYC Nutrition Educators Network General Meeting
Meeting Topic: Networking Night
Marshall Stack
66 Rivington St (at Allan)

This is an opportunity to hang out with old friends and meet other NYCNEN professionals, so please help us to kick-off our 2008-2009 Membership Drive, and join us in conversation about the positions that our local, state and presidential candidates are taking on food and nutrition. Light Appetizers Provided. Drinks for Purchase (beer and wine/cash only)

Monday, October 20, 6:30pm
“Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee” with Bee Wilson
Astor Center
399 Lafayette Street, 2nd Floor (at East 4th St.)

Today’s headlines are filled with distressing stories about the melamine contamination of baby formula in China that has led to death and serious illness in the vulnerable young. But the Chinese story is not new: foods have been manipulated for thousands of years by producers, distributors, and retailers in the interest of easy profit. While some cases are mere deceptions without health risks, others have had tragic consequences. Award-winning British journalist Bee Wilson has examined the history of food frauds in her new book, “Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee,” and will address this important and timely topic in a thought-provoking discussion.

Bee Wilson is the author of “The Hive: The Story of the Honeybee and Us” and writes a weekly food column for London’s “Sunday Telegraph.” Her work has appeared in “The New Yorker,” “The New York Times, ” “The Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery,” and “The New Statesman.” Wilson’s accolades include Food Journalist of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers and Food Writer of the Year by BBC Radio 4.

Tickets: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members

Tuesday, October 21, 7–9:00pm
Brooklyn Slur– Slow Food NYC Convivium
Beer Table
427 B 7th Avenue
(btwn. 14th and 15th streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn

The Slur is an opportunity to meet, chat, discuss, and share a happy-hour with Slow Food members and other Slow-minded folks. Join us as we sample rare and special beers as well as the selection of locally sourced and produced foods at Snail of Approval winning Beer Table.

Tuesday, October 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Mercy Corps and the Food Bank for New York City invite you to Food Fight:
Cleaning up the Mess
Center to End World Hunger
6 River Terrace in Battery Park City

Mercy Corps and the Food Bank for New York City co-host a panel discussion exploring the root causes of, and possible solutions to, the current global food crisis. Confirmed participants include New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, World Food Prize winner Catherine Bertini and President and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, Dr. Lucy Cabrera.

Wednesday, October 22, 6:30pm
Artisan Ice Cream with Van Leeuwen (Wednesday)
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Ben will go over the basics of making custard, and will talk about overrun, eggs, butterfat and stabilizers. He’ll cover the chemistry involved in ice cream making, and go over different styles of ice cream. Visit The Brooklyn Kitchen to book your seat at the front of the class immediately! $40

Friday, October 24
Supper Club: The Butter Machine
http://www.thebuttermachine.wordpress.com

E-mail Lila, the mind (and cook) behind The Butter Machine, to RSVP for this Friday’s supper club: thirstyonthursday@gmail.com. You can view the menu online, though the rest of the evening remains a mystery. Grab a date and buy a plate, this is the secret dining scene you’ve been waiting to be let in on! And I promise, Lila will not disappoint.

Saturday, October 25, 12-4pm
2nd Annual Organic Beer Bash
Counter

Counter Restaurant will host NYC’s second annual Organic Beer Bash on October 25, 2008 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Sample over 30 organic beers and ciders from around the world. Savor a Wolaver’s Wit beer spiced apple purse or a Peak Nut Brown Ale pecan pie; swig a Grizzly Beer (organic whiskey, lemonade and brown ale) or Bloody Beer (spiced tomato juice and pale ale). Admission is $30.00; all beer samples and appetizers are included.
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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.

Thursday, November 13, 6-9pm
Appetizing Arts: an exploration of food as fuel for artistic expression
The Rising Arts Gallery
35 Claver Place #1, Brooklyn, NY
shuttle or C train to Franklin Ave
www.tragallery.net

Brought to you by Conscious Cravers
www.consciouscravers.com

Appetizing Arts is a hand selected exhibition of several artists’ interpretation of Conscious Cravers’ mission. Included in the show are images of food and eating utensils, evocative representations of where our food is grown and harvested, the people who prepare the food we eat and what it’s like to be a farmer. We look forward to seeing you–artists, chefs, educators, farmers, foodies, friends– at this event. We believe Appetizing Arts is a unique opportunity to discover new ideas about food, art and life!

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Dear Local Gourmands,

This weekend the Times Magazine blew apart an ear of corn and blew up some favorite names of mine in their Food Issue. Read Michael Pollan’s letter to the next president, or click to the link on-line to listen and look inside the refrigerators of a few famous local gourmands. The magazine leads us right into a week of activity centered around World Food Day, October 16th. On this day The Action Center to End World Hunger opens, Alice Waters, Frances Moore Lappé and many others will speak out at Cooper Union (sponsored by World Hunger Year), and NYU is hosting a panel on immigrant foodways. And we wouldn’t want to overlook the apple festival, the farm festivals, and the film festival too…read on, and enjoy your week.

Jeanne

Tuesday, October 14, 12:30pm-2pm
Food Systems NYC Open Networking Session
Cornell Small Farms Work Team on Local Markets
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E 34th St., 8th Fl

October’s meeting, hosted by Council on the Environment of NYC, will educate members on the efforts of the Cornell Small Farms Work Team on Local Markets over the last year to identify strategies to strengthen local and regional food markets in New York State. Challey Comer, with the Watershed Agricultural Council, and representing the Cornell Small Farms Work Team on Local Markets, will provide history about the process and steps taken so far and lead discussion on the ways in which members of FSNYC, individually and as a Network, can contribute to the future of this effort. For more information about the Cornell Small Farms Work Team on Local Markets, click here.

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Start a CSA in 2009!
Just Food
Chelsea CSA
Elliot Center
441 W. 26th Street

Please RSVP to paula@justfood.org to help us plan but feel free to come if you find that you can at the last minute.

Thursday, October 16, 10:30am-5:00pm
Action Center to End World Hunger Opening Ceremony
6 River Terrace in Battery Park City

This year on World Food Day, Mercy Corps will officially open the new Action Center to End World Hunger and kick-off “Hunger Action Week.” This week of events will raise awareness about global hunger and the steps we can all take to make a difference. The Action Center is a first-of-its-kind interactive public space that educates and empowers visitors to tackle the global challenges posed by hunger and poverty. The week commences with a ribbon cutting ceremony, press conference and public tours at the Action Center. We will host a continental breakfast for our partners, supporters, donors, friends in government and media as well as all of the people who contributed to the creation of the Center.

Thursday, October 16, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Start a CSA in 2009!
Just Food
Prince George CSA
14 E. 28th Street
btwn 5th and Madison

Please RSVP to paula@justfood.org to help us plan but feel free to come if you find that you can at the last minute.

Thursday, October 16, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Emerging & Disappearing Immigrant Foodways
Fales Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Third Floor
70 Washington Square South

The New York University Fales Library; Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; and Clark Wolf cordially invite you to Emerging & Disappearing Immigrant Foodways.

Panelists:
Jennifer Berg, PhD Director, Graduate Program in Food Studies
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Brian Halweil Editor, Edible East End, Brooklyn and Manhattan
Mark Federman Third Generation Owner of Russ & Daughters
Anya Von Bremzen Award-winning Food Writer
Moderator: Clark Wolf, Food and Restaurant Consultant

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm-8:30pm
He Said Beer, She Said Wine: The Ultimate Taste Off!
with Marnie Old, Sam Calagione
The Astor Center
$65.00

Cheese, chocolate, olives, meat; reds, whites, stouts and ales: join a professional wine educator and Dogfish Head’s master brewer for a walk-around taste-off to settle the age-old debate of which pairs better. Five stations will be set with foods – including homemade pizza and cheese and charcuterie from local faves Murray’s Cheese, and chocolate from Divine Chocolate, a farmer owned Fair Trade chocolate company – and you’ll get to vote for whether the wine or the beer chosen for that table results in a more palate-pleasing pairing. Marnie and Sam will guide you along in the process, giving you tips and pointers for proper tasting technique, as well as the principles behind a truly great pairing. Grab a friend (or eight!) and head on over for a night of good food, great drinks, and even better debates!

Thursday, October 16, 7pm
Step up to the Plate: Ending the Food Crisis
Great Hall of Cooper Union
7 E. 7th Street
New York, NY
RSVP Now: whyevents@whyhunger.org

Join World Hunger Year and our partners at the historic Great Hall of Cooper Union for the national launch of an urgent Call to Action to end the food crisis. Speakers include chef Alice Waters, authors Frances Moore Lappé and Raj Patel. As U.S. food pantries face long lines and empty shelves while food riots rock the globe, it is clear that we are in the midst of a food crisis at home and abroad. The crisis is long in the making, yet even as it hits both headlines and wallets, it has been largely ignored by the current administration and the presidential candidates. In response, food, farm, labor, and justice organizations from across the US are joining together to call on our leaders to address the roots of the problem. More>>

Thursday, October 16, 6:30pm
Edible Manhattan Reading at New School
Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, room 510
Admission:
$5; free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

The New School’s Writing Program and Food Studies department present a reading from the inaugural issue of Edible Manhattan, a new quarterly magazine that investigates the diverse food culture of Manhattan. The reading features Brian Halweil, Executive Editor of Edible Manhattan and senior researcher and John Gardner Public Service Fellow at Worldwatch Institute; Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, faculty in NYU’s Food Studies program, and publicity manager for Greenmarket; and Michael Harlan Turkell, photo editor for Edible Manhattan. Turkell has been selected for the upcoming 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers and has received a Photo District News Photo Annual Award. The forum will be moderated by Luis Jaramillo, associate chair of The New School Writing Program.

Friday, October 17, 2:00pm-5:00pm
Malcolm X Farmers Market Harvest Fair
Malcolm X Blvd. between Chauncey and Marion St., Brooklyn

Come visit one of the newest City Farms Markets and celebrate at their Harvest Fair! Live music, face painting, cooking demonstrations, home-made facial scrub demo, food stamp pre-screenings, and more!

Friday, October 17, 6:00pm- 7:30pm
Start a CSA in 2009!
Just Food
Just Food Office
210 E. 51st Street
btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Please RSVP to paula@justfood.org to help us plan but feel free to come if you find that you can at the last minute.

Friday, October 17, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Words for Action by the Moth
The Action Center To End World Hunger
6 River Terrace in Battery Park City
(North End Ave and Vessey St.)
*Free

CARE and Mercy Corps present Words in Action featuring stories from the MothShop Community Program. Andy Borowitz hosts an evening of spoken word and storytelling with Poets House and The Moth. This event will feature poetry by Regie Cabico, Suzanne Gardinier and Tahani Salah and stories from Andrew Solomon and graduates of The MothSHOP Community Outreach Program. Please RSVP at http://ac1017.eventbrite.com/

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, and see saving workshop! Hop on our bike and ride to Red Hook!

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.

Sunday, October 19, noon
AppLES: Apples on Orchard
Orchard Street between Broome and Grand

Back before boutiques, tenements, and its claim to fame as the pickle district, Orchard St. was the apple orchard on Delancey Farm. This Sunday enjoy a bite of New York history and celebrate our city’s namesake fruit with vendors, neighbors, and of course plenty of New York apples.

Sunday, October 19, 4:30pm
Rural Route Film Festivalat Anthology Film Archives
“Go Organic!” shorts program

You are what you eat…so you’d better start paying attention to what exactly that is! These short selections from RR’s popular new wave agricultural program provide a refreshing education on the current state of farming, and point out positive sustainable and organic practices from the Midwest to Cuba that you can take part in.

The Rural Route Film Festival has been created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. While the term “rural” is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as: 1) Of or relating to the country: RUSTIC 2) Of or relating to people who live in the country 3) Of or relating to farming: AGRICULTURAL, the creators of Rural Route Film Festival leave it up to you, the film and video artists, to explain your own definition of “rural.” Whether it be a documentary about an organic turnip farm in West Virginia, a fictional backpacking drama set in Peru, or a personal/experimental work about life in a small town in Wisconsin, we want to see and hear what you have to say. Works that include alternative country, country western, and folk music are encouraged, as are those that play loud rock in cornfields.

Sunday, October 19, 6:30pm
Rural Route Film Festival at Anthology Film Archives

“Rural Kiwi” –Films From the New Zealand Film Archive
Rural Route also has a scheduled stop in Wellington, NZ in March of 2009. This program of films has been co-curated by Mark Williams of the New Zealand Film Archive. This program features a fun, campy farm education film from the 50s, a short about a hunter who is haunted by dead animals, and a modern Maori race car demolition derby!
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Saturday, October 25, 12-4pm
2nd Annual Organic Beer Bash
Counter

Counter Restaurant will host NYC’s second annual Organic Beer Bash on October 25, 2008 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Sample over 30 organic beers and ciders from around the world. Savor a Wolaver’s Wit beer spiced apple purse or a Peak Nut Brown Ale pecan pie; swig a Grizzly Beer (organic whiskey, lemonade and brown ale) or Bloody Beer (spiced tomato juice and pale ale). Admission is $30.00; all beer samples and appetizers are included.

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.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

It’s October…apple crisp and beer, sweater weather, the first batches of soup…If you ask me, love is in the air, and if you’re on the hunt, now’s your chance to date a chef: Time Out New York has posted some very eligible cooks who might just have the ingredients you’ve been looking for.

In other news, I was just wondering the other week about Diwali festivities in New York. When I was on study abroad in Rajasthan Diwali was described to me as “Indian Christmas.” I’d say Indian Christmas on a sugar high. Luckily I did a little sleuthing around and it turns out Diwali is this Sunday, October 12! See the note below and meet me in Queens for a samosa and some fireworks.

May your apples be local and very crunchy,
Jeanne

Tuesday-Thursday, October 7-9, 10am-4pm
The Big Apple Bog at Rockefeller Center
30 Rockefeller Center

Ocean Spray’s cranberry bog comes to New York city this week, and takes up residence smack dab in the middle of town. Ocean Spray says “Good thing Fashion Week’s not in October, because when we bring our “Big Apple Bog” to Rockefeller Center hip-high waders will be all the rage.” Think of it as an art installation with food, or a food installation with a hidden agenda…or just come visit the bog yourself and hear farmers talk about the cranberry harvest before the 1,500 square-foot bog.

Tuesday, October 7
The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

Visionary thinker and founder of Oakland’s Green for All releases his new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, today. Jones was recently named a TIME Magazine 2008 Hero of the Environment. I first heard him speak in California on a panel about Edible Education and was immediately blown away by his articulation of both the problems and the truly innovative solutions for the crazy time we’re living through. In order for The Green Economy to have the biggest impact, the best time for folks to buy the book is now, or any time before the Tuesday, October 7th on-sale date. Best seller lists treat every book that is sold before the on-sale date as if it was sold on its release date. Green for All’s goal is to sell 5,000 copies of The Green Economy by October 8th. In terms of back-to-school reading, I give this one my highest recommendation for the top of your list.

Tuesday, October 7 12:30-1:30pm
StarChefs.com Career Series: Mixologists, Beyond the Bar
Astor Center
$15

Looking for some career guidance? Astor Center is proud to team up with StarChefs.com to bring you this insightful series of panels and lectures exploring alternative career paths in the food and beverage industry. Whether you’re a recent culinary school grad looking to find your way, or a seasoned bartender in search of more reasonable hours, or even a corporate attorney contemplating a jump into this exciting industry – we’ve put together some all-star line-ups of industry leaders, pioneers, and entrepreneurs who have parlayed their talents into some very interesting and decidedly unique careers.

Tuesday, October 7, 6:30-8:30pm
An Evening with Jacques Pepin
Astor Center
$55

Celebrated French-American chef, cookbook writer, and star of many PBS TV cooking series, Jacques Pépin will talk about his tumultuous and successful life as one of America’s most admired culinary artists in conversation with Sara Moulton, host of her own PBS cooking series, and Executive Chef of Gourmet Magazine. Jacques will talk about his life as chef for three French Presidents, his formative years in the U.S. cooking in great French restaurants, his tenure at Howard Johnson’s, his work as a cooking teacher, his many cooking shows on PBS, as well as his memories of a great friendship with Julia Child and other culinary luminaries.

Wednesday, October 8, 6:30-9:30
Taste Buds NYC
Drop Off Service

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.

Friday, October 10 ACTION ALERT
Last day to register to vote in New York state! If you think you’re registered, don’t remember where you’re registered, or want to request an absentee ballot, please visit Vote for Change and sign up ASAP.

Friday, October 10, 6:30pm
Natural Gourmet Institute Friday Night Dinner
$30

If you’ve been waiting for your invitation to a private, excruciatingly secret supper club to arrive, you could always let your breath out and make a reservation at the Natural Gourmet Institute instead. Each Friday a meal is prepared and served by NGI culinary students who are training in the methods of making exceptional vegetarian food. BYOB, call ahead to make reservation: 212-645-5170 (ext. 0)

Saturday, October 11, 11am-9pm
The Gowanus Harvest Festival at The Yard
388-400 Carroll St., Brooklyn
Advanced tickets $10
Day of show $12

Brooklyn! Fall! Brews! Bounty! Yes, it’s that time of year again. The Yard is once again hosting a fall-themed celebration of Gowanus proportions. Come to the banks of the canal to enjoy farm fresh food, live music, local vendors, pumpkin carving contests, pony rides, delicious brews and other triumphs of sustainable urban living. Enjoy the wonders of Autumn on Brooklyn’s most charismatic waterfront. A percentage of the proceeds benefit Just Food! Buy tickets Here.

Sunday, October 12, 1pm-6pm
Diwali Mela 2008 Festival of Lights
Jackson Heights Merchants Association
74th St. Kalpana Chawla Way btwn. Roosevelt Ave. & 37th Ave., Jackson Heights, Queens

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated each fall with loads of gifts, weeks of fire crackers leading up to and following the actual holiday, and, of course, plenty of ladoos for all. Fireworks, food, and 10,000 visitors are expected to make the Jackson Heights New York-ified version of the raucous and glittering Indian celebration a truly memorable October fest. Read a little more here.

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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.

Sunday, October 19
Apple Day: AppLES

Orchard Street between Broome and Grand
More soon…

Saturday, October 25, 12-4pm
2nd Annual Organic Beer Bash
Counter

Counter Restaurant will host NYC’s second annual Organic Beer Bash on October 25, 2008 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Sample over 30 organic beers and ciders from around the world. Savor a Wolaver’s Wit beer spiced apple purse or a Peak Nut Brown Ale pecan pie; swig a Grizzly Beer (organic whiskey, lemonade and brown ale) or Bloody Beer (spiced tomato juice and pale ale). Admission is $30.00; all beer samples and appetizers are included.

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.

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