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!!
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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, email@example.com
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, January 27, 6pm
Gael Greene Speaks with the Three Tomatoes
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
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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