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.
Wednesday, December 3, noon
Chef’s Chat: Eating and Cooking Green
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
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, 6:30pm-8:30pm
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, December 8, 6-8pm
Getting Started with CSA in NYC (first in series)
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 email@example.com!
To Participate as a vendor in the Fair:
If you would like to participate as a vendor at the 2008 Fair, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a set of guidelines and registration instructions.
Tuesday, December 9 & 10, 6:30pm
Knife Skills Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen
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
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.
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: