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,
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.
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
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
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
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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 email@example.com 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.