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Dear Local Gourmands,

Forget holiday shopping, there’s a dinner to prepare! I was so excited about getting to the market on Saturday that I woke up at 4am! A little overzealous? Yes, definitely. By 8am I was at my trusty Greenmarket where the first true cold of winter had transformed our once-sweltering summer vegetable scene into a coalition of tightly bundled local produce die hards. As I filled my market basket with feast day staples (cream, squash, potatoes) and strung the handles of my bike with unwieldy bags of near-frozen celery and parsley, I couldn’t help my nostalgia for the first day the seasonal farmstands made their reappearance, back in early April. I remember customers rejoicing at Maxwell Farmstand, so glad to see the return of their favorite farmer.

Now, on the last day of the season, even in the November chill, a heaping pile of broccoli, a full color spectrum of squash, and the little paper notes demarcating different varieties of potatoes continued to inspire a swell of happiness in the crowd of shoppers. This Saturday Bill Maxwell was the only person I saw at the market who didn’t have his gloves on. His face was bright pink, eyes glowing, as he clapped his hands together to stay warm. Next week he’ll start his four-month vacation, and he looked gleeful at the prospect of taking some time off. Those vendors who will be here through the winter had set up their heaters and were prepared for the long haul ahead.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Jeanne

Monday, November 24, 6:30pm
Thanksgiving Pie
The Brooklyn Kitchen
with co-owner Harry Rosenblum

Harry will take the class through what it takes to make some killer pie. The crust is the key and this hands on class will cover how to make a foolproof fresh crust for Sweet and Savory pies. The filling will depend on what is fresh at the farmer’s market (probably Apples this time of year). Every participant will receive a small pie to take home.

Friday, November 28, 3pm-5:30pm
Buy Nothing Day 2008: Dance Your Debt Away!
The Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping
Union Square

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Friday, December 5, 2008
The Moth presents:
Uncorked: Stories About Wine
at The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park South
(between Irving Place and Park Avenue South)

6:30pm: Doors
7:30pm: Stories on Stage

Friday, December 5, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Gastropolis
The Astor Center

An evening of New York City food history, delicious savories, and good wine. Contributors of the newly published Gastropolis, a deliciously fun sampling of New York City’s rich food heritage, will read from their varied chapters and some will prepare food inspired by their essays. Co-editor Annie Hauck-Lawson on “food voice” narrative; Mark Russ Federman, 3rd generation owner of Russ and Daughters, on the soul of a store; Ramona Lee Perez and Babette Audant savor Latino NY; Andrew Smith gives a brief history of food and drink in New York City; Suzanne Wasserman presents a history of pushcart cuisine and markets; Harley Spiller weighs in on Chinese cuisine and prepares Garlic Steamed Shrimp; Performance artist Annie Lanzillotto prepares Rachele’s Pocketbook Frittata.

Tuesday, December 9, noon-2pm
Second Annual FSNYC Holiday Networking Gathering & Member Gift Fair
Join us in supporting alternative gift-giving…
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E 34th Street, 8th floor

Support the work and innovation of Network members this Holiday season by purchasing unique, mission and values-centered gifts and contributing to seasonal drives. Last year fourteen FSNYC Member organizations displayed and sold their wares and causes at our Fair over warm soup, breads, cheese and apples. Mark your calendar and join us for another successful event. Interested in helping out? Email info@foodsystemsnyc.org!

To Participate as a vendor in the Fair:
If you would like to participate as a vendor at the 2008 Fair, please email info@foodsystemsnyc.org to request a set of guidelines and registration instructions.

Tuesday, December 9, 7pm
Spread the Cheer With Beer (and wine and cheese)
529 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
ph: 718-398-2731
info@kelsoofbrooklyn.com

What better way to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season than exploring fine local beers, wine and cheese while doing good at the same time? Join a Brewmaster (Kelly from Kelso), a Cheesemonger (Ben from Bierkraft), and a Vinter (Alie from Brooklyn Oenology)as they lead you through a tasting of five beers and five wines paired with five cheeses. Tasting will be held at Kelso Brewery. Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, December 10, 7pm-10pm
Small Planet Fund Annual Benefit
Colors Restaurant 417 Lafayette St.
Tickets: here

December 13, 6pm
Announcing a new Meetup for The New York City Beekeeping Meetup Group!
Holiday Honey Potluck Supper

Bring something special with honey as a component– a main course, appetizer, side dish or dessert– drink provided, mead and hot spiced cider with or without alcohol. Enjoy the buzz of holiday bee cheer! Join the cluster. Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/beekeeping-128/calendar/9218111/

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Dear Local Gourmands,

For the last five years or so, I’ve spent Thanksgiving bouncing around between different families and different countries, tasting side dishes that tell stories from the region of each guest and each table I have been invited to. This is why I love Thanksgiving– the stories come out in the food more than any other dinner on any other night of the year. The point of the celebration is to cook and eat and talk and eat some more– obviously, it’s my favorite holiday. But this year, rather than soak up the family dramas and dressing and traditions of others, I’m coming home to roost: this year I’ll throw my first Thanksgiving.

As I try to perfect the menu (you just can’t cook everything you’d like to, and then there’s the matter of arranging oven time, etc.) there’s inspiration flying at me from all directions. Ruth Reichl was on the Leonard Lopate show last week to talk about her favorite side dishes, the New York Times ran a great piece on the locavore’s Thanksgiving, and my friends at Eat Well Guide have partnered up with the Consumers Union to institute the Local Thanksgiving Challenge to encourage us to bring it all back to the local food we love. Swing by the Ft. Greene Greenmarket on Saturday for a lesson on how to make the perfect pie crust, and wherever you are, enjoy what will be the last Saturday at market for many farm stands before we officially pass into a winter of apples and potatoes.

Warm wishes and extra gravy,
Jeanne

Monday, November 17
Tickets go on sale for BAM’s
Eat, Drink, and Be Literary

Mark your 2009 calendar with dinner dates at BAM’s Eat, Drink and Be Literary series– tickets go on sale today. Each evening will begin with a seasonal menu and paired wines from Pine Ridge, followed by a reading with that night’s featured author. Visiting authors include Louise Erdrich, A.M. Homes, Art Spiegelman, and Ha Jin. Tickets are $50.

Tuesday, November 18, 7pm
Meet the farmer dinner at Applewood with
Ridge Shinn of Hardwick Beef
**Call 718.788.1810 or 718.788.1014 for reservations

Join us for another amazingly informative evening with Ridge Shinn of Hardwick Beef “Listening to Ridge speak about raising beef cattle and grass farming, the audience is captivated, regardless of the level of their interest on the subject previous to the lecture. He’s like the one college professor whose lecture you never wanted to miss.”

Wednesday, November 19, 8:30am-2:30pm
The Politics of Food—A Conference on New York’s Next Policy Challenge
Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Featured speakers Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, Father Miquel d’Escoto Brockman, President, United Nations General Assembly, and Maya Wiley, Esq., Director, Center for Social Inclusion will deliver remarks and draw together attendees of the conference that will address a host of policy issues related to food in New York City. Topics will mass energy, sustainability, affordability, public health, jobs, neighborhood preservation, and the pressures of globalization. For more information contact Office of the Manhattan Borough President by e-mailing sm2440@columbia.edu or calling 212-669-8300. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Columbia University: The Earth Institute, Office of Environmental Stewardship and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Wednesday, November 19, 7:30pm
Just Food Benefit Concert with System Noise and friends at the Delancey
$10 at the door

The Brooklyn based band System Noise and friends will team up on November 19th to throw a harvest party benefiting local non-profit Just Food. Representatives from Just Food, the leading local non-profit supporting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and community gardens/farms, will be on hand with a diverse group of local musicians at The Delancey to raise awareness about the local agriculture movement.

Friday, November 20, 6:30pm
Casserole and Beer Tasting
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Emily Farris, Greenpoint resident and author of Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff for your Oven, will demonstrate and sample out two of her delicious casseroles straight from the book. And to complement, Spuytin Duyvil Grocery in the Bedford MiniMall will sample out some crazy pumpkin beer that you are going to have to get for Thanksgiving! Join us at 6:30, and be sure to pick up a copy of Emily’s book for her to sign. Makes a great gift!

Saturday, November 22, 9:30am
Apple Pie Demonstration with Nick Morgenstern of the General Greene and
Albert Wilklow of Wilklow Farms
Ft. Greene Greenmarket

Acclaimed pastry chef and owner of General Greene, Nick Morgenstern, will join Albert Wilklow, a sixth generation farmer from Wilklow farms, to demonstrate the process of baking the perfect apple pie. Wilklow provides Morgenstern with Empire apples and fat back from the farm’s hogs which is then rendered and used as lard for the pie crust. Learn to let your pie dough rest the proper amount of time, observe the method, meet the farmer, and taste the result. Then, go home and get crackin’ on your own!

Saturday, November 22, 9am-3pm
Added Value Red Hook Farmer’s Market
The Red Hook Farm, Columbia and Beard Street

Last market of the season! Come get some while it’s good.

Saturday, November 22, 2pm-3pm
The Educated Eater
Greenmarket Series on Good Food and the Environment
Purchase $5 tickets here

Did you know that a chicken who lived in a tiny cage, pumped with anti-biotics and steroids, can be labeled natural? Greenmarket is
sponsoring an expert panel discussion / Q&A that asks what natural really means (not much!), whether uncertified organic or beyond organic are claims you can trust (that depends), and how to navigate the proliferation of terms from cage-free to grass-fed (and who controls the language). This first seminar in the Greenmarket Series on Good Food and the Environment is $5 and includes New York State wine and light Greenmarket snacks.

Saturday, November 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Under Pressure: An Evening with Thomas Keller with Michael Ruhlman, Thomas Keller
Astor Center Gallery
Tickets: $125.00

To celebrate his new cookbook, Under Pressure, Thomas Keller will meet up with his friend and co-author Michael Ruhlman for an intimate conversation about innovative techniques used in the kitchens of French Laundry and per se. Sous vide is the use of vacuum sealing and temperature controlled water baths for precision cooking. It can result in flavors and textures that transcend more conventional cooking techniques. Under Pressure is Keller’s visually striking collection of recipes and a review of the ways sous vide cooking can be applied and is essential for serious cooks. Guests at this event with one of America’s most important chefs will receive a personalized copy of his book ($75 cover price). Wines from per se and tastes from Bouchon Bakery will be served as part of the cocktail reception.

Sunday, November 23, 6pm
GradyWood Supper Club presents
the Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign

Please join us for a lively dinner presenting the Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaignan initiative of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Brooklyn’s Bounty. Dinner will be held Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 6 PM in Downtown Brooklyn, and will feature a delicious multi-course meal sourced largely from within Brooklyn and served by the GradyWood supper club team. Dinner will be accompanied by brief words from Borough President Marty Markowitz, Campaign organizers, and participating Brooklyn producers who will describe initiatives to develop sustainable food in Brooklyn. We look forward to sharing good food and good conversation with food policy advocates, urban planners, and Brooklyn residents! The cost of this dinner is sliding scale, with a recommended donation of $25 to cover the cost of food.

Reservations are necessary: to reserve a seat, please email info@saragrady.net indicating the number in your party. We will confirm your reservation and send further details.

Organized by the Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign and GradyWood
Hosted by the Metropolitan Exchange and Green Spaces

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Tuesday, December 9, 7pm
Spread the Cheer With Beer (and wine and cheese)
529 Waverly Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
ph: 718-398-2731
info@kelsoofbrooklyn.com

What better way to enjoy the festivities of the holiday season than exploring fine local beers, wine and cheese while doing good at the same time? Join a Brewmaster (Kelly from Kelso), a Cheesemonger (Ben from Bierkraft), and a Vinter (Alie from Brooklyn Oenology)as they lead you through a tasting of five beers and five wines paired with five cheeses. Tasting will be held at Kelso Brewery. Purchase tickets here.

Wednesday, December 10, 7pm-10pm
Small Planet Fund Annual Benefit
Colors Restaurant 417 Lafayette St.
Tickets: here

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Dear Local Gourmands,

From the election night cake the Senior Vice President brought in the next day to our office (she got so nervous watching the return she resovled to baking to calm her down) to the cabbage and broccoli cheese rice that was prepared by volunteers to feed the masses of phone bankers and canvassers in the North East Philly Obama campaign headquarters, this is what democracy tastes like! Food tends to help move a celebration along, and move we did. As my dad wrote to me at the end of last week “Obama was born to be President.” If January 20th is Day One, then I don’t know what November 4th was, but the President-elect was already at work by the time he took to the podium in Grant Park. When people ask me what now, I say I think it’s time to pick your issue and run with it.

A few weeks back, Terry Gross invited Michael Pollan on the air to discuss his letter to the next “Farmer in Chief” that had recently appeared in the New York Times Magazine. She laughed when she brought up his proposal to turn the White House lawn into an organic vegetable garden, deeming it an outlandish idea. ‘Well, not really…’ he countered. I am a huge fan of Terry Gross, but I couldn’t believe she was laughing down the idea. I’ve written before about the WHO Farm, but now that the election has been signed, sealed, delivered, I wanted to pass along the info once again. Let’s bring back the Victory Gardens (post-election we have much to feel victorious about) and feed the first family from their own soil. And while we scheme ways to make the progress actually happen under our new administration, I’m also day dreaming of Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, and compiling a long list big moments to be thankful for this year.

Vive the delicious revolution,

Jeanne

Monday, November 10, 7pm
Local, Sustainable, Delicious: a culinary celebration!
Astor Center

Enjoy a seasonal multi-course seated dinner with wine pairings prepared by acclaimed Chefs Collaborative chefs: Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago; Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Company and The Green Table in New York; Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant and Bar in Portland, Oregon; Peter Hoffman of Savoy and Back Forty restaurants in New York; Michel Nischan of Dressing Room and Wholesome Wave Foundation, in Westport, Connecticut. Tickets are $250 and are available online. The evening will feature a live auction, including a 10-day voyage for two to the Galapagos by Lindblad Expeditions, the pioneering expedition company with a strong commitment to the environment. Click here to learn about auction items and for information about how to place your bid in advance. Auction will conclude at event.

Tuesday, November 11, 12:30-2pm, brown bag lunch at noon
Food Systems Network NYC Open Networking Session:
Women, Infants & Children Supplemental Nutrition Program– The New Package
Cornell Cooperative Extension
16 E. 34th St., 8th fl

Geri Henchy, of Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) in D.C., will visit this month’s open networking session to present an overview of the Women, Infants & Children Supplemental Nutrition Program package (WIC). In January, New York State will be the first to implement the new WIC package. Bob Lewis, of NYS Department of Agriculture, will join Henchy to lead a discussion on the impact the changes to the package will have on our local farmer’s markets. Stacey Flanagan from Public Health Solutions will host the meeting.

Wednesday, November 12, 12pm
Beard on Books:
The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh
by Barbara Fairchild
The Beard House
167 W. 12th St.

Straight from the pages Bon Appetit magazine’s Fast, Easy, Fresh column, editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild has assembled a broad collection of recipes for those of us who are big on food but short on time. These lively dishes are straightforward and vary by cuisine, without the exhaustive grocery lists and cooking times. With an introduction that includes an indispensable guide to ingredient seasonality and shopping tips, The Bon Appetit Cookbook will surely inspire a new legion of confident home cooks.

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30-9:30
Tastebuds NYC
Drop Off Service
211 Avenue A between 13th Street and 14th Street

Tastebuds NYC is a community for those of us 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. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Thursday, November 13, 7pm
Nightshift NYC
Bluestockings

Join authors Cheryl and Russell Sharman and photographer Corey Hayes for reading of “Nightshift NYC.” In the city that never sleeps, the authors trekked little-seen corners of the night, interviewing and shadowing fry cooks, coffee jockeys, train conductors, cabbies, and others who keep the city running after the sun has set. With beauty and grace, Nightshift NYC weaves together cultural critique, vivid reportage, and arresting photographs to trace the inverted logic of the city at night.

Thursday, November 13, 5-7:30pm
Season Extension in the Backyard Garden
Just Food’s Eric Thomann, Backyard Garden, NYCHA and the New School
Hamilton and Van Brunt St. in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Do you want to eat fresh from your garden in December? Come learn how to grow food early in the spring and late into the fall by using simple hoops and row covers to keep your crops warm. This method is being used by farmers and gardeners to grow leafy greens all year round! Directions: Take the A, C or F to Jay St/Borough Hall in Brooklyn. Take the B61 (direction Red Hook) to Hamilton Ave. (approx 15 minutes) The Backyard Garden is diagonally across intersection at Hamilton and Van Brunt St.

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!

Friday, November 14, 8pm-the beer’s all gone and your plate is licked clean
The Butter Machine Supper Club

Back in fine form, e-mail Lila Dobbs (thirstyonthursday@gmail.com) if you would like to save yourself a seat at this four-course supper in a magical gallery in a pocket of Brooklyn known as Williamsburg.
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Wednesday, November 19, 8:30am-2:30pm
The Politics of Food—A Conference on New York’s Next Policy Challenge
Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Featured speakers Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, Father Miquel d’Escoto Brockman, President, United Nations General Assembly, and Maya Wiley, Esq., Director, Center for Social Inclusion will deliver remarks and draw together attendees of the conference that will address a host of policy issues related to food in New York City. Topics will mass energy, sustainability, affordability, public health, jobs, neighborhood preservation, and the pressures of globalization. For more information contact Office of the Manhattan Borough President by e-mailing sm2440@columbia.edu or calling 212-669-8300. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Columbia University: The Earth Institute, Office of Environmental Stewardship and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Friday, November 20, 6:30pm
Casserole and Beer Tasting
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Emily Farris, Greenpoint resident and author of Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff for your Oven, will demonstrate and sample out two of her delicious casseroles straight from the book. And to complement, Spuytin Duyvil Grocery in the Bedford MiniMall will sample out some crazy pumpkin beerthat you are going to have to get for Thanksgiving! Join us at 6:30, and be sure to pick up a copy of Emily’s book for her to sign. Makes a great gift!

Saturday, November 22, 9:30am
Apple Pie Demonstration with Nick Morgenstern of General Greene and
Albert Wilklow of Wilklow Farms
Ft. Greene Greenmarket

Acclaimed pastry chef and owner of General Greene, Nick Morgenstern, will join Albert Wilklow, a sixth generation farmer from Wilklow farms, to demonstrate the process of baking the perfect apple pie. Wilklow provides Morgenstern with Empire apples and fat back from the farm’s hogs which is then rendered and used as lard for the pie crust. Learn to let your pie dough rest the proper amount of time, observe the method, meet the farmer, and taste the result. Then, go home and get crackin’ on your own!

Wednesday, December 10, 7pm-10pm
Small Planet Fund Annual Benefit
Colors Restaurant 417 Lafayette St.

Tickets: here

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Dear Local Gourmands,

The first batch of fudge I ever made, I gave to Teddy Kennedy. He was staying at my parent’s bed and breakfast in Maine, and one morning, while he and his wife were reading the paper and having breakfast I went over and gave them a plate of what my parents later (years later) confessed was a terrible concoction. He ate the whole plateful, and told me it was delicious. I don’t know what that says about politicians, or that fudge recipe, but it was one of my first cooking triumphs (or so I thought), as well as my first understanding of the political scene. I was thrilled when someone recently told me about Yes We Cake, a blog devoted to people sending in pictures of homemade cakes decorated for and devoted to the change we need. Naturally they’re frosted in the red, white, and Obama that’s been painting this blue, blue state ever more vibrantly. “I looked into the oven and I saw the future rising,” writes Nora Leah Sherman, of the blog The Great American Cooking Project.

Vote always with your forks, and this Tuesday, at the polls.

Jeanne


Monday, November 3, 2008, 8-11pm
WFMU and CENYC at the Miracle Garden with
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir

Join CENYC, WFMU, Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Choir (www.revbilly.com) and the viBe SongMakers
(www.myspace.com/vibesongmakers) for what promises to be a chilly and fun night of beautiful music, fire, food, drink, and inspiration as America closes in on election day. Reverend Billy will deliver a soft sermon and the teenage women of the viBe SongMakers will delight with their original acapella hip-hop numbers. S’mores materials (including fire pit and tiki torches) will be provided, but bring your own drinks. Bundle up and head over to the Miracle Garden in the East Village – East 3rd Street between Avenues A and B. In honor of the cold, WFMU will be awarding the keenest of garden-goers some warm and very special
WFMU Love Gloves. 8pm-11pm

Monday, November 3, 8:30pm
R.N. Goswami and A. Ramchandra Pandit of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
at Bridge Urban Winery

Enjoy music from far, far away and wine and cheese plus local produce from just outside Brooklyn’s back door. Indian classical musicians from Varanasi– R.N. Goswami, sitar player and A. Ramchandra “Ramu” Pandit, tabla player– will be at Williamsburg’s Bridge Urban Winery. Goswami-ji and Ramu-ji are known as some of the best classical musicians in Varanasi and will be playing a concert at Bridge Urban Winery at 8:30pm. To read more about Goswami-ji and Ramu-ji, and to listen to samples of their music, please visit: http://ramuandgoswami.wikispaces.com.

Monday and Tuesday, November 3 and 4, 5pm-12am
Campaign Cocktails at Counter
105 First Ave. (btwn 6th and 7th Streets)

Leave it to Couner’s Tonia Guffey to bring in the results: special edition election-themed cocktails include the Palin Whine Spritzer (white wine, soda, grenadine), the Maver-Ricky (gin, lime ‘n soda), the Obama Mama (white and spiced rums, coconut milk, muddled blueberries), and the Joe the Plummer (plum-infused vodka and lemonade). Swill away the specials and watch the return.

Tuesday, November 4,
Living Liberally (of Drinking and Eating Liberally) Election Night Watch Party
at Comix
353 West 14th Street (east of 9th Avenue)

THERE IS NO COVER CHARGE! DRINK & FOOD SPECIALS!
Hosted by Living Liberally, Planned Parenthood of NYC Activist Council & The New York Civil Liberties Union Young Professionals.

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.

Thursday, November 6, 12pm
Deadline!
WNYC Leonard Lopate Show

Turkey might be considered the main event at your family’s Thanksgiving dinner table, but side dishes make the meal really special. Everyone has a favorite side dish – what’s yours? We want YOUR most treasured side dish recipes! What would you serve with turkey? What fabulous family recipe will you share with us, and what’s the story behind it? Send WNYC your recipe by leaving a comment here; the deadline for submissions is Thurs. Nov. 6 at noon. We’ll choose a few listeners to talk about their side dishes on air with Leonard and Gourmet Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl on Tues. Nov. 11!

Sunday, November 9, 6pm
GradyWood Supper Club
$50 *suggested donation*
Reservations: info@saragrady.net

For the third installment in the Gradywood supperclub, please join us for a very special dinner and tasting in downtown Brooklyn. We are pleased to feature some of our favorite guest purveyors and producers, many of whom will be in attendance! A rustic meal by GradyWood, followed by: A guided cheese tasting with Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers!
Delicious condiments from Wendy W. Smith of SchoolHouse Kitchen! Breads from Hot Bread Kitchen! Wine poured by Justin Chearno of Uva Wines! Coffee brewed by Taylor Mork from Crop to Cup! Hosted by Green Spaces, with support from the Metropolitan Exchange.
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Monday, November 10, 7pm
Local, Sustainable, Delicious: a culinary celebration!
Astor Center

Enjoy a seasonal multi-course seated dinner with wine pairings prepared by acclaimed Chefs Collaborative chefs: Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in Chicago; Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Company and The Green Table in New York; Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant and Bar in Portland, Oregon; Peter Hoffman of Savoy and Back Forty restaurants in New York; Michel Nischan of Dressing Room and Wholesome Wave Foundation, in Westport, Connecticut. Tickets are $250 and are available online.

The evening will feature a live auction, including a 10-day voyage for two to the Galapagos by Lindblad Expeditions, the pioneering expedition company with a strong commitment to the environment. Click here to learn about auction items and for information about how to place your bid in advance. Auction will conclude at event.

Monday, November 10
Annual Casserole Crazy 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 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!

Wednesday, November 19 8:30am-2:30pm
The Politics of Food—A Conference on New York’s Next Policy Challenge
Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Featured speakers Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, Father Miquel d’Escoto Brockman, President, United Nations General Assembly, and Maya Wiley, Esq., Director, Center for Social Inclusion will deliver remarks and draw together attendees of the conference that will address a host of policy issues related to food in New York City. Topics will mass energy, sustainability, affordability, public health, jobs, neighborhood preservation, and the pressures of globalization.
For more information contact Office of the Manhattan Borough President by e-mailing sm2440@columbia.edu or calling 212-669-8300.
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Columbia University: The Earth Institute, Office of Environmental Stewardship and the School of International and Public Affairs.

Wednesday, December 10, 7pm-10pm
Small Planet Fund Annual Benefit
Colors Restaurant 417 Lafayette St.
Tickets: here

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