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!
161st Street and Sheridan Avenue, Bronx
46th Street & Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
45th Street & Sixth Avenue, Manhattan
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
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
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
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
E-mail Lila, the mind (and cook) behind The Butter Machine, to RSVP for this Friday’s supper club: email@example.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 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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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
Brought to you by Conscious Cravers
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!