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Dear Local Gourmands,

A little over a month ago the New York Times Magazine listed kimchi as one of the “new staples” of the season. I laughed at the magazine’s high-gloss photo of the Korean pickled cabbage ($4 for 15oz. at Whole Foods, the mention notes), recalling a seminar I attended on how to brew your own kimchi while I was at the GreenhornsRabbit Roast this past summer. I left with the distinct impression that my fellow classmates (young urban farm lovers all) were going to start whipping up burping batches of the stuff in their East Village apartments and Williamsburg lofts as soon as they got home.

Cabbage is a great, cheap, locally-grown vegetable that will keep you getting your daily vitamin dose through the winter. With the addition of hot peppers and garlic in your mix, kimchi will even keep you warm! A perfect food to burrow with through the coming months. Find two classes on how to make your own below.

May your pickles be very crunchy in 2009,
Jeanne

Wednesday, December 31, 7pm & 10pm
Dark Dining at Camaje
85 MacDougal St. (btwn Bleeker and W. Houston Sts)
call for reservations 212-673-8184 ($145)

Trust your taste buds to ring in the new year at this blindfolded dinner. The menu remains a mystery and the rest is left up to your senses as you take a blind leap of faith and head into 2009.

Wednesday, December 31, midnight
Fireworks!
Prospect Park

Start the celebrations off around 11 p.m. with entertainment and hot refreshments at Grand Army Plaza. We can’t help you keep your resolutions, but we can get you off to a dazzling start. Best locations for viewing the fireworks include: anywhere in Grand Army Plaza, inside the Park on the West Drive, and along Prospect Park West between grand Army Plaza and 9th Street.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Thursday, January 8, 6:30PM
Kimchi and Lacto-fermentation
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Sign up here, $50

Led by Chris Rayman (former chef at RebootNYC) with Natalie Ariella this class will cover the basic technique and logic of vegetable lacto-fermentation, a natural process of pickling, exemplified in the production of a batch of Kimchi. It will also teach brining, a form of pickling, and students will take home a batch of vegetables they prepare in class.

Sunday, January 11, noon-3pm
Eating Local in the Big Apple with Leda Meredith
Herbs, Health, and Cooking
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sign up for course here

Have you made a resolution to live a greener life in 2009? Wondering how to eat local foods in the urban jungle? Join our expert locavore Leda Meredith for tips and insights from her 250-Mile Diet Plan (eating only foods grown or raised within a 250-mile radius of her Brooklyn apartment). In this course, learn how to eat local on a budget, how to eat local in the city through the winter, and how to manage time and space restrictions, and benefit from cooking demos from Leda’s new book, Botany, Ballet, and Dinner from Scratch: a Memoir with Recipes.

Sunday, January 11, 3pm-6pm
Just Food presents:
An Afternoon of Wild Fermentation with Sandor Ellix Katz
33 Flatbush Ave at Livingston St. (Greenspaces)

Experience how simple it is to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kefir, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in you home. Be part of the fermentation revival! Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist and author, who travels widely teaching and sharing fermentation skills. His passion for fermentation developed out of his overlapping interests in food, nutrition, and gardening. His books are Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Revolution. For more information visit www.wildfermentation.com. Note: This is a demonstration class. To register, go to: https://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=3342

Monday, January 12, 6pm-8pm
Talking About CSA
Just Food
210 East 51st Street, 2nd Floor

Provides city groups with an in-depth explanation of the different options for setting up a CSA project, its benefits, and a framework for discussing CSA with potential members. After attending the workshop a city group should be ready to begin the recruitment process.

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30pm
“America’s Kitchens”
Speaker: Nancy Carlisle
Culinary Historians of New York
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street
Fee: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY and MVHM Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members
Please reserve by Jan. 15th. For reservations to be paid at the door, contact us here (select “Events/Programs”)

Nancy Carlisle will talk about the way people have used and understood kitchens as a part of home life from the seventeenth century to the present and suggest why, for so many of us, the room continues to symbolize warmth and comfort.

The kitchen has been the heart of the American home since our earliest times—the place where everyone gathers, the source of warmth, nourishment, and comfort, everyone’s favorite room. Nancy Carlisle will discuss the American kitchen and how it has evolved from the seventeenth century to the present. Drawing on her new book co-authored with Melinda Nasardinov, “America’s Kitchens,” she will tell the story of the nation’s kitchens from New England hearths to Spanish colonial kitchens, and from detached kitchens on plantations in the South to open plans of the 1950s suburbs. “America’s Kitchens” provides new insights into the technological and social changes that have taken place in this room.

Nancy Carlisle is the longtime curator of Historic New England, where she is responsible for some of the nation’s most important surviving historical kitchens. She is also the author of “Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy.”

Thursday, January 22, 6pm-7:30pm
Reading Between the Lines Discussion Group:
New York City’s Place in the Food Chain

Stone Barns

Once a month, starting on January 22, Stone Barns’ open discussion group will incorporate readings and lectures with group discussion to explore and share knowledge about New York City’s food routes. Increase your growing knowledge of where your food comes from by adding a historic perspective. Stone Barns and New York City for the Humanities are teaming up, with the help of interested public participants, like yourself, to form a Reading Between the Lines series that will use food as a lense to examine New York City. The five-session, interactive, discussion-based series will be moderated by food system expert and author of This Organic Life, Joan Dye Gussow, of Columbia University.

Saturday, January 24, 2pm
Harvest Honey, Cheese, Chocolate and Wine Tasting
St. Augustine Church Rectory
1183 Franklin Ave. at E. 167th St., Bronx
RSVP to Roger Repohl, repohl@att.net

Sample local and specialty honeys paired with an array of cheeses and wines, topped off with a taste of chocolates and honeys guided by pastry chef Jennifer Shelbo of Gramercy Tavern. Tickets are $50, will all proceeds to benefit Just Food, a New York City organization that works to ensure New Yorkers’ access to fresh, local, and sustainably-grown food.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Whether you’ll be eating latkes and apple sauce, or Christmas goose, or Peking duck, or just many, many cookies with a side of gilt, I’m writing to wish you a happy holiday. Enjoy the season of feasting and the company who crowd the kitchen and squeeze in around the table wherever you may be.

All the best for a happy and healthy new year,
Jeanne

Wednesday, December 31, 7pm & 10pm
Dark Dining at Camaje
85 MacDougal St. (btwn Bleeker and W. Houston Sts)
call for reservations 212-673-8184 ($145)

Trust your taste buds to ring in the new year at this blindfolded dinner. The menu remains a mystery and the rest is left up to your senses as you take a blind leap of faith and head into 2009.

Sunday, January 11, noon-3pm
Eating Local in the Big Apple with Leda Meredith
Herbs, Health, and Cooking
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sign up for course here

Have you made a resolution to live a greener life in 2009? Wondering how to eat local foods in the urban jungle? Join our expert locavore Leda Meredith for tips and insights from her 250-Mile Diet Plan (eating only foods grown or raised within a 250-mile radius of her Brooklyn apartment). In this course, learn how to eat local on a budget, how to eat local in the city through the winter, and how to manage time and space restrictions, and benefit from cooking demos from Leda’s new book, Botany, Ballet, and Dinner from Scratch: a Memoir with Recipes.

Sunday, January 11, 3pm-6pm
Just Food presents:
An Afternoon of Wild Fermentation with Sandor Ellix Katz
33 Flatbush Ave at Livingston St. (Greenspaces)

Experience how simple it is to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kefir, and other fermented delicacies. Learn about the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Empower yourself with simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in you home. Be part of the fermentation revival! Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist and author, who travels widely teaching and sharing fermentation skills. His passion for fermentation developed out of his overlapping interests in food, nutrition, and gardening. His books are Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Revolution. For more information visit www.wildfermentation.com. Note: This is a demonstration class. To register, go to: http://www.nycharities.org/event/event.asp?CE_ID=3342

Monday, January 12, 6pm-8pm
Talking About CSA
Just Food
210 East 51st Street, 2nd Floor

Provides city groups with an in-depth explanation of the different options for setting up a CSA project, its benefits, and a framework for discussing CSA with potential members. After attending the workshop a city group should be ready to begin the recruitment process.

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30pm
“America’s Kitchens”
Speaker: Nancy Carlisle
Culinary Historians of New York
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street
Fee: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY and MVHM Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members

Please reserve by Jan. 15th. For reservations to be paid at the door, contact us here (select “Events/Programs”).
Nancy Carlisle will talk about the way people have used and understood kitchens as a part of home life from the seventeenth century to the present and suggest why, for so many of us, the room continues to symbolize warmth and comfort.

The kitchen has been the heart of the American home since our earliest times—the place where everyone gathers, the source of warmth, nourishment, and comfort, everyone’s favorite room. Nancy Carlisle will discuss the American kitchen and how it has evolved from the seventeenth century to the present. Drawing on her new book co-authored with Melinda Nasardinov, “America’s Kitchens,” she will tell the story of the nation’s kitchens from New England hearths to Spanish colonial kitchens, and from detached kitchens on plantations in the South to open plans of the 1950s suburbs. “America’s Kitchens” provides new insights into the technological and social changes that have taken place in this room.

Nancy Carlisle is the longtime curator of Historic New England, where she is responsible for some of the nation’s most important surviving historical kitchens. She is also the author of “Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy.”

Saturday, January 24, 2pm
Harvest Honey, Cheese, Chocolate and Wine Tasting
St. Augustine Church Rectory
1183 Franklin Ave. at E. 167th St., Bronx
RSVP to Roger Repohl, repohl@att.net

Sample local and specialty honeys paired with an array of cheeses and wines, topped off with a taste of chocolates and honeys guided by pastry chef Jennifer Shelbo of Gramercy Tavern. Tickets are $50, will all proceeds to benefit Just Food, a New York City organization that works to ensure New Yorkers’ access to fresh, local, and sustainably-grown food.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I just woke up on Monday morning to the Takeaway where the question du jour posed to listeners is “Do you care where your food comes from?” One caller said she hated buying apples that come from New Zealand when she lives in New York where we’re rich in apples. I’m amazed again and again by how sweet and crisp the apples I buy each week from the market are. And luckily, apples endure through the winter– these Empires, Cortlands, and Jonagolds will keep me in plenty of applesauce (which goes with any and everything– if you need suggestions, let me know) through the months to come. Besides applesauce, I love apples in soup, apple ice cream, apple pie, apples with pork, apple butter, apples in oatmeal, apples in yogurt, apple bread…I realize I’m preaching to the choir here, but our soil is special, those trees are close by, and local farmers need our market dollars to help make it through the winter. Of course I care where my food comes from, and I care how it tastes. How do ya like them apples?

Seeds, core, and all,
Jeanne

Monday, December 8, 6-8pm
Getting Started with CSA in NYC (first in series)
Just Food

Introduces all new CSA sites to the program, and provides basic information about CSA start-up and the next steps that need to be taken. All workshops take place at Just Food’s office: 210 East 51st Street, 2nd Floor.

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, 6pm-10pm
Captain Lawrence Night with Scott Vaccaro
The Bar Great Harry
280 Smith St., Brooklyn

Help us welcome brewmaster Scott Vaccaro, voted the fifth best American brewmaster last year by Beer Advocate, as he makes a stop at our little corner in Brooklyn. As usual, prices will be nices and the meat and cheese will be free. Beers: Brown Bird Brown Ale, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, Liquid Gold Belgian-style Pale Ale, Nor’ Easter Winter Warmer, Pale Ale, Smoked Porter, Sour Ale (CASK)

Tuesday, December 9 & 10, 6:30pm
Knife Skills Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Register: $25

Join Chef Brendan McDermott as he explains the finer points of knife use, care, and SAFETY! This hands-on class for up to 8 people will help students gain comfort and keep fingers!
BYOK (Bring Your Own Knife)

Tuesday, December 9, 7:30pm
“The Raw Milk Wars” by Anne Mendelson
Culinary Historians of New York City
The National Arts Club
$40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 Student & Senior Members

Milk pasteurization is one of the great life-saving public health initiatives of all time—or is it? Most of us were so taught in school. What we weren’t taught is that many people have begged to differ for the past hundred-plus years. From the dawn of the American milk pasteurization movement in the 1890s, a vocal party of opponents attacked the measure as an interference with a healthful substance’s natural properties and a means of camouflaging dirty milk. Though this viewpoint had become marginalized by the mid-twentieth century, it never completely died out. Today a grass-roots raw milk movement is rekindling the debate with both old and new arguments.

Join us as Anne Mendelson, author of the newly published “Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages,” takes on the milk wars. A longtime CHNY member, Anne is the author of the acclaimed “Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking” and a frequent contributor to Gourmet, Saveur, and The New York Times. She also received the Sophie Coe Prize for Food History awarded by the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cooking for her study of the diet of the Lenape Indians.

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, noon
Beard on Books:
Kim Sunee, Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home
The Beard House
167 West 12th Street

A gourmand and world traveler, Kim Sunee recounts her dogged search for identity in her memoir, Trail of Crumbs: Hunger, Love, and the Search for Home. Punctuated with recipes of Provence and New Orleans, her story describes her adoptive family, a troubled marriage, and her quest to find her parents in South Korea, as well as how she has found solace and security in the kitchen.

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

Saturday, December 13, 10:30am-2:30pm
Chicken Tractor: Chicken Coops That Move
Just Food at
St. Augustine’s School
1176 Franklin Avenue (between 167th and 168th St.), Bronx

Come to this hands-on workshop to learn about how to build and use a chicken tractor. A chicken tractor is a small chicken coop without a floor. You can move it around the garden to give your chickens new areas to peck and scratch. We will build a chicken tractor that is 4 feet wide, 8 feet long and 3 feet tall – a perfect size to fit over most garden beds. Let your chickens clean up your old plants for you and fertilize at the same time!

Saturday, 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.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

In a city where people seem to constantly be plugged in (to headphones, iPhones, Blackberries, etc.), I have to say, it pays to keep your ears open. As I dashed around town making last-minute purchases on Wednesday, I found myself at a fish market in Chinatown behind a punky teenage girl who demanded a dozen crabs from the fishmonger. “And I only want females,” she barked. The woman next to me dared to ask her why only females, and just like that, the story rolled out: her mother likes the way the eggs taste. A few days later, lounging at my favorite new coffee spot, the woman next to me at the bar slipped from Thanksgiving hangover laments to her plans for Saturday morning: she’d heard Russ and Daughters has a special kind of lox in for the holidays and she was off to investigate. And then, just this morning, as I was getting settled back in at work, my boss all but burst into poetic verse about a place he discovered on Arthur Avenue, Casa della Mozzarella, that makes fresh mozzarella and roasted mushrooms whose mere mention nearly sent him into a food coma.

This week the Astor Center hosts a reading of Gastropolis, a new collection of personal histories that read like love letters to the food and food traditions of New York City. Open your ears and enjoy.

Jeanne

Wednesday, December 3, noon
Chef’s Chat: Eating and Cooking Green
92Y Tribeca
Tickets: $16

Eating non-endangered fish species like arctic char and tilapia; choosing tap water over bottled; insisting there be no disposables or non-recyclables when serving—all are easy ways to make a difference. Chef Jay Weinstein, an environmentalist and the author of The Ethical Gourmet: How to Enjoy Great Food that is Humanely Raised, Sustainable, Nonendangered, and That Replenishes the Earth, shows you how to make tasty ethically and environmentally responsible food choices. Reservations recommended.

Thursday, December 4, 8pm
The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones
Bluestockings

Come out for a reading and discussion with Van Jones about his book “The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems” in which he provides substantive and viable plan fixing our economy and our devastated environment. Jones is a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress and co-founder of the Ella Baker Center.

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
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 Fritatta.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Monday, December 8, 6-8pm
Getting Started with CSA in NYC (first in series)
Just Food

Introduces all new CSA sites to the program, and provides basic information about CSA start-up and the next steps that need to be taken. All workshops take place at Just Food’s office: 210 East 51st Street, 2nd Floor.

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 & 10, 6:30pm
Knife Skills Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Register: $25

Join Chef Brendan McDermott as he explains the finer points of knife use, care, and SAFETY! This hands-on class for up to 8 people will help students gain comfort and keep fingers!
BYOK (Bring Your Own Knife)

Tuesday, December 9, 7:30pm
“The Raw Milk Wars” by Anne Mendelson
Culinary Historians of New York City
The National Arts Club
$40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 Student & Senior Members

Milk pasteurization is one of the great life-saving public health initiatives of all time—or is it? Most of us were so taught in school. What we weren’t taught is that many people have begged to differ for the past hundred-plus years. From the dawn of the American milk pasteurization movement in the 1890s, a vocal party of opponents attacked the measure as an interference with a healthful substance’s natural properties and a means of camouflaging dirty milk. Though this viewpoint had become marginalized by the mid-twentieth century, it never completely died out. Today a grass-roots raw milk movement is rekindling the debate with both old and new arguments.

Join us as Anne Mendelson, author of the newly published “Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages,” takes on the milk wars. A longtime CHNY member, Anne is the author of the acclaimed “Stand Facing the Stove: The Story of the Women Who Gave America The Joy of Cooking” and a frequent contributor to Gourmet, Saveur, and The New York Times. She also received the Sophie Coe Prize for Food History awarded by the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cooking for her study of the diet of the Lenape Indians.

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/nyc-beekeeping-meetup/

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