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.
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
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 email@example.com or view the flyer below for more details.
Thursday, November 6, 12pm
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*
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, November 10, 7pm
Local, Sustainable, Delicious: a culinary celebration!
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.