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,
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
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
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
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road
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
Saturday, October 25, 12-4pm
2nd Annual Organic Beer Bash
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.