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,
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, 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
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, 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.