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Dear Local Gourmands,

I’m foggy with a head cold, can’t believe it’s still January, but but plan to nurse myself back to health and on to the next phase by ducking in and out of noodle shops and dumpling houses. Yesterday rang in the Year of the Ox, and everyone showed up with long lists of where to get the best of the city’s Chinese snacks. If you didn’t already, may I suggest checking out: 20 Great Things to Eat in Flushing, Queens, Ed Schoenfeld’s tour through Brooklyn’s Chinatown, Brooklyn Based has its own additions, and some other fun, cheap eats tips from chefs in New York mag.

My own little round up is short and sweet this week– frankly, my mind is on soup dumplings.

May your noodle slurping be completely unabashed,
Jeanne

Tuesday, January 27, 6pm
Gael Greene Speaks with the Three Tomatoes
Etcetera Etcetera
352 W. 44th St.

Meet New York’s late, great Insatiable Critic when she speaks at a meeting of The Three Tomatoes later this month. I’m wondering whether or not she’ll be wearing a fabulous chapeau.

January 30, January 31 and February 1, noon
Tasting Tours of Chinatown

Another opportunity to eat your way through Chinatown in celebration of the Year of the Ox! Reserve a space for $35 at nycchinatowntours.com. The Shanghai Soup Dumpling tour will be held on Jan. 31 only. Expect to make 5-6 stops along the way, and to wield your chopstick skills in the street.

Saturday, January 31, 3-5pm
Local Cheese Class at Artisanal
The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center
500 W. 37th Street
Tickets: $85

Celebrate the rich bounty of the New York region as Greenmarket partners with Artisanal to bring you the delicious flavors of local cheeses and wines. We will be joined by local cheese makers who will talk about their hand-crafted regional cheeses, and we will explore the rich tastes our region produces. Please save the date, bring a “locavore” friend and celebrate the new year with local cheeses and wines at Artisanal.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

It was so cold on Saturday that some of the most dedicated farmers I know decided to call off marketing. That’s a big deal. On WNYC last week Brian Lehrer had a call-in for people to riff on “How cold is it?” So cold I opened the fridge to warm up, so cold Al Gore is redoing his power point presentation, so cold that Bernie Madoff is mailing icicle necklaces to his relatives and telling them they’re jewels. Well, on Saturday it was so cold the cheese at Cato Corner Farm was almost frozen…I didn’t even know cheese could freeze! Ever the optimist, I have to say the temperature outside is all the more reason to stay warm in the kitchen and cook for your friends. Maybe you’d like to bake a Hope cake (both to celebrate the inauguration and to hope that spring will come one day). This Tuesday if you need to liquor up a little bit before dancing in the streets, options to imbibe abound. See below to find out where you can get your drink on with some Hop Obama or a Hawaiian Mai Tai. The cold won’t keep us down. Yes we can!!

Chin-chin,
Jeanne

January 18-23, January 25-30
New York Winter Restaurant Week
Lunch $24.07, dinner $35
Go crazy, it’s restaurant week!


Tuesday, January 20
Hop Obama
Vintage Irving and d.b.a

Celebrate this long-awaited date with vintage stock of Six Point’s Hop Obama, the brewery’s fastest-selling beer ever. Raise a glass to our new prez and a new day.

Tuesday, January 20, 6-9pm
Chicago-syle hors d’oeuvres
Savoy

Nosh on Chi-town specialties in celebration of our new administration! Mini deep-dish pizzas, barbecued pork ribs and Chicago-style hot dogs with cucumber relish. There’s an open bar, but you’d better call to save a seat. $75, 212.219.8570. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Brennan Center for Justice.

Tuesday, January 20
Inaugural Luau at the General Greene
229 Dekalb at Clermont
718.222.1510

Who doesn’t love a luau? And we could all love a little on Hawaii, home state of our new President. Dekalb Ave. may have snow instead of sand, but the General Greene’s menu of suckling pig, sweet potato mash, grilled pineapple and coconut banana cream pie will transport you on this night of national revelry. $5 Mai Tais, $20.09 prix fixe luau menu.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30pm
Fundamentals of Basic Sauces
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Sign up here

Basic foundation sauces for better cooking! Chef Brendan McDermott will lead an interactive demo on the simple steps to consistent sauces, including a review of mother sauces, and a demonstration of some quick pan sauces. Participants will make a basic roux and bechamel, and a simple red wine pan sauce. Class starts at 6:30, bring your own whisk!

Wednesday, January 21, 7-10pm
Bourbon Tasting
Sycamore
118 Cortelyou Rd. at 11th St., Ditmas Park

Taste test your way through a collection of rye and bourbon whiskeys at Sycamore in Ditmas Park. In between sips sample nibbles from the Farm on Adderley. Tickets are $40, reservations: 347.240.5850.

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.”

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30pm
TastebudsNYC
at Drop Off Service
211 Ave. A between 13th and 14th Sts.

TastebudsNYC is a community for those of us who work 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.

Thursday, January 22, 8-11pm
Italian Winemaker Dinner
The Farm on Adderley

The Farm on Adderley will be serving a five-course dinner paired with the wines of Piedmont producer Noceto Michelotti. The winery is a family estate personally managed and owned by Graham Kresfelder. Graham has assembled a world class wine team headed by oenologist Giuseppe Caviola who is a recent Gambero Rosso Winemaker of the Year winner. Graham and Chef Tom Kearney will be on hand to talk about food and wine. Call for reservations. Dinner and wine pairing will be $65 per person.

Saturday, January 24, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Adventure on a Shoestring Chinatown Walking Tour

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with an eating and walking tour through Chinatown on January 24. $10 plus the cost of food. Call to reserve, 212.265.2663.

Saturday, January 24, 4pm
Amanda Hesser reads from Eat, Memory
Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center

New York Times Magazine food editor Amanda Hesser and authors John Burnham Schwartz and Patricia Marx read from their essays in Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table. Schwartz wrote The Commoner, Marx wrote Him Her Him Again The End of Him.

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.

Saturday, January 24, 1pm
Nancy Carlisle America’s Kitchens
The Brooklyn Kitchen

If you missed her on Wednesday at the Culinary Historians of New York event, catch Nancy Carlisle at the Brooklyn Kitchen where she’ll be talking about hew new book, America’s Kitchens.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, January 27, 6pm
Gael Greene Speaks with the Three Tomatoes
Etcetera Etcetera
352 W. 44th St.

Meet New York’s late, great Insatiable Critic when she speaks at a meeting of The Three Tomatoes later this month. I’m wondering whether or not she’ll be wearing a fabulous chapeau.

January 30, January 31 and February 1, noon
Tasting Tours of Chinatown

Another opportunity to eat your way through Chinatown in celebration of the Year of the Ox! Reserve a space for $35 at nycchinatowntours.com. The Shanghai Soup Dumpling tour will be held on Jan. 31 only. Expect to make 5-6 stops along the way, and to wield your chopstick skills in the street.

Saturday, January 31, 3-5pm
Local Cheese Class at Artisanal
The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center
500 W. 37th Street
Tickets: $85

Celebrate the rich bounty of the New York region as Greenmarket partners with Artisanal to bring you the delicious flavors of local cheeses and wines. We will be joined by local cheese makers who will talk about their hand-crafted regional cheeses, and we will explore the rich tastes our region produces. Please save the date, bring a “locavore” friend and celebrate the new year with local cheeses and wines at Artisanal.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Nothing screams January-pick-me-up like a little cassoulet cook-off. Leave it to Jimmy’s No. 43 and Greenmarket to keep the festivities interesting even when the markets are cold and the days are dark. Local beer and local sausage, plus plenty of local friends from noon-5pm on Saturday. Let’s eat!

Stay warm,
Jeanne

Tuesday, January 13, noon-2:00pm
Food Systems Network NYC Open Networking Meeting
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
Church of St Paul & St Andrew
Basement Level
263 W 86th Street

Join FSNYC members at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger for a tour of the nation’s most innovative pantry and a discussion with Joel Berg, Executive Director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger, about his recent book publication, All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America?

Featuring lunch prepared by WSCAH chef from healthful pantry products. $5 Lunch Donation encouraged.

Wednesday, January 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Slow U: Local Pastured Meats, Good for You, Good for the Planet
The Astor Center
with Slow Food NYC, Dan Gibson, Flying Pigs Farm, Caroline Fidanza
**Limited seating left!
Slow Food members $20, non-members $30

Humanely raised, pastured animals not only make for good eats, they are good for you and the planet. Shake the hands that feed you, join Greenmarket farmers Dan Gibson, of Grazin’ Angus Acres in Ghent, NY, and Mike Yezzi, of Flying Pigs Farm in Shushan, NY, to learn about the animals they raise, their production practices, and the health and environmental reasons to eat sustainably and humanely raised pork and beef. Mike and Dan will be joined by Executive Chef Caroline Fidanza, of Diner and Marlow and Sons in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Caroline will explain the culinary advantages of pastured meats and provide some tasty samples to make the point.

Saturday, January 17, noon-5pm
Cassoulet Cook off and Greenmarket Fundraiser
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Through the week of January 13-17, Jimmy’s No. 43 will serve up treasured winter favorites: mid-winter Greenmarket sausage and German beer. The “sausage and wheat fest” leads up to a star-studded Cassoulet showdown on January 17, when a $20 donation at the door will get you in to a cassoulet cook-off. Proceeds benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket. See Jimmy’s No. 43 for a list of participating chefs.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

January 18-23, January 25-30
New York Winter Restaurant Week
Lunch $24.07, dinner $35

Go crazy, it’s restaurant week!

Tuesday, January 20
Hop Obama
Vintage Irving and d.b.a

Celebrate this long-awaited date with vintage stock of Six Point’s Hop Obama, the brewery’s fastest-selling beer ever. Raise a glass to our new prez and a new day.

Tuesday, January 20, 6:30pm
Fundamentals of Basic Sauces
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Sign up here

Basic foundation sauces for better cooking! Chef Brendan McDermott will lead an interactive demo on the simple steps to consistent sauces, including a review of mother sauces, and a demonstration of some quick pan sauces. Participants will make a basic roux and bechamel, and a simple red wine pan sauce. Class starts at 6:30, bring your own whisk!

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.”

Wednesday, January 21, 6:30pm
TastebudsNYC
at Drop Off Service
211 Ave. A between 13th and 14th Sts.

TastebudsNYC is a community for those of us who work 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.

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.

Saturday, January 24, 1pm
Nancy Carlisle America’s Kitchens
The Brooklyn Kitchen

If you missed her on Wednesday at the Culinary Historians of New York event, catch Nancy Carlisle at the Brooklyn Kitchen where she’ll be talking about hew new book, America’s Kitchens.

Tuesday, January 27, 6pm
Gael Greene Speaks with the Three Tomatoes
Etcetera Etcetera
352 W. 44th St.

Meet New York’s late, great Insatiable Critic when she speaks at a meeting of the Three Tomatoes later this month. I’m wondering whether or not she’ll be wearing a fabulous chapeau.

Saturday, January 31, 3-5pm
Local Cheese Class at Artisanal
The Artisanal Premium Cheese Center
500 W. 37th Street
Tickets: $85

Celebrate the rich bounty of the New York region as Greenmarket partners with Artisanal to bring you the delicious flavors of local cheeses and wines. We will be joined by local cheese makers who will talk about their hand-crafted regional cheeses, and we will explore the rich tastes our region produces. Please save the date, bring a “locavore” friend and celebrate the new year with local cheeses and wines at Artisanal.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

All I have to say is that it may be January 5, but it’s not too late for your annual helping of Hoppin’ John and collard greens. With the black-eyed peas representing coins, and the greens standing in for dolla’ bills, this traditional southern New Year’s dish is meant to bring you good fortune in the year to come. I wish that for all of us…I also wish you a bite of this really delicious winter meal. And even though I’m not so sure it really goes together, tomorrow happens to be Twelfth Night which is celebrated with a Galette des Rois (Kings Cake)– a pastry cake with almond frangipane in the middle, and a little feve (a small ceramic figureine) hidden inside one lucky slice. The person who discovers the feve is crowned king– though I have to say the crown pales in comparison to the almond cake.

Bon appetit,
Jeanne

Saturday, January 10, 7:30pm
Screening of The Garden
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street (corner of Laight)

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times writes “An excellent documentary…its lessons about the levers of power and politics, about rebels becoming the establishment and how easy it is to get co-opted, are relevant everywhere. A potent human drama, THE GARDEN is a case study in how hardball politics is played and why it is so difficult to take on the system.”
*Q/A with filmmaker Hamilton Kennedy to following screeningTickets are $8, $5 for members of the Guilds, members of BAFTA East Coast, DocuClub, IDA, IFP, and/or Shooting People, and full-time students with current I.D.; free for Academy Members

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

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Of note a few weeks down the road…

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.

Tuesday, January 13
Slow Food NYC Presents:
The Pre-Industrial Pig (A Dinner)
at The Astor Center
with Slow Food NYC, Morren Fruits and Vegetables, Underground Food Collective

As the dark and cold of winter sets in, and eating locally seems near impossible, Underground Food Collective (Madison, WI) and Slow Food New York City invite you to celebrate the bounty of winter with a Pre-Industrial Pig dinner. As you feast on 8 courses of succulent heritage breed pork you will hear from farmer Henry Morren about raising the Red Wattle pigs under Sumac and Apple trees on his family farm. Listen to Underground Food Collective members, Jonny and Ben Hunter and Kris Noren speak about their dedication to serving good, clean and fair food to all as you enjoy their delicious transformations of rich, earthy vegetables. Besides the pigs raised at Morren Fruits and Vegetables, Jonny and Ben will be bringing along a few Wisconsin delights including award-winning Wisconsin cheese and sweet winter spinach from Snug Haven Farm. Produce from local, sustainable farms will round out the meal.

This dinner will be a fundraiser for Harvest Time in Schools projects in New York City. Funds raised will support garden and cooking programs at the Children’s Storefront School in Harlem; the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and the Automotive High School, also in Williamsburg.

The dinner will feature eight courses, served family style, with wine pairings.

Saturday, January 17, noon-5pm
Cassoulet Cookoff and Greenmarket Fundraiser
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Through the week of January 13-17, Jimmy’s No. 43 will serve up treasured winter favorites: mid-winter Greenmarket sausage and German beer. The “sausage and wheat fest” leads up to a star-studded Cassoulet showdown on January 17, when a $20 donation at the door will get you in to a cassoulet cook-off. Proceeds benefit CENYC’s Greenmarket. See Jimmy’s No. 43 for a list of participating chefs.

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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