Dear Local Gourmands,
Chocolate is lovely (and NY mag has a very solid round up of local chocolatiers to pay a visit to this week, and every week if you were to ask me) but libraries don’t melt in your mouth– they’re built to last. As I was looking around for food events happening in the coming weeks, I was floored by how many great lectures and library series are in the pipeline. In discouraging times, it’s very hopeful to see some of the city’s most looked-to institutions acting as platforms where we can gather to carry on this important discussion about food, and where we’re headed as a society who will always be ready to eat.
Many chocolate-covered salty caramels to you all,
Tuesday, February 10, 6-8pm
The Roundtable of Food Professionals–NYC
The Fales Library
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Third Floor
70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012
RSVP to 212.992.9018 or email@example.com
The Roundtable of Food Professionals (Formerly the Roundtable for Women in Food Service, Inc. ) and The Fales Library at New York University cordially invite you to a reception celebrating the donation of the Roundtable’s Archive to the Food Studies Collection at NYU.
Wednesday, February 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Slow U: Chocolates, Bean to Bar…Locally?
Slow Food NYC with Kathy Moskal
Kathy Moskal, the founder and owner of Vere (pronounced very) Chocolate, started making chocolate when a good friend, ill as a consequence of diabetes, craved chocolates. “The ‘diabetic’ kinds are awful,” Kathy says, “so, I decided to make my own.” Kathy’s chocolates are always dark, low in sugar, and high in taste and antioxidants. She acquires sustainably produced cocoa beans at the source in Ecuador. Her chocolate bars are made there, at the source, enabling money to stay in the local economy. Partially processed cocoa is shipped to her plant in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan where she produces artisanal chocolates. With comparatively few food miles logged on her chocolates, they are a small carbon footprint alternative for chocolate lovers. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Kathy will explain her philosophy, walk us through her production processes, and lead us through a tasting of her extraordinary chocolates.
Wednesday, February 11, 6:30-9:30pm
Drop Off Service
211 Ave. A btwn. 13th and 14th Streets
It’s been a while since we have had one of our Happy Food Hours (aka potlucks). With the teeth-chattering weather out there, it seems like the perfect time to enjoy some conviviality around food. This time of year I think of roasted root veggies, warm bread pudding, chicken pot pie…Tastebuds is a community for those 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. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month. For more information visit our website: http://www.tastebudsnyc.com/.
Thursday, February 12, 2:15-6:30pm
Organic Food in the US & Europe: Comparative Perspectives, Practices, and Flavors
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo
24 W. 12th St.
An afternoon of comparisons between European and American organic certification, distribution, and an Italian chef’s point of view offer insight into how different “organic” can be from one continent to the next.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30-8:30pm
Gastronomica Forum: Feast for the Eyes
What happens when food and marketing collide? And what happens when an artist turns her critical gaze onto this collision? In the cheeky installation piece Genealogy of the Supermarket, artist Nina Katchadourian identifies relationships between mass-market brands, connecting characters (such as the Quaker Oats Man and Aunt Jemima) who stand in for common products from the grocery store. Each iconic face is treated to its own frame and all are laid out in a large family tree. In creating these relationships she raises questions about heritage, lineage and how ethnicity equates authenticity in the way we interact with both food and packaging; she also delights us with playful combinations and juxtaposition of some of our most “beloved” brands.
Wednesday, February 18, 7:30-9:30pm
Public Forum on the Global Food Crisis: Food, Fuel, and Finance
NYU at Rudin Family Forum
295 Lafayette Street (Second Floor), in the Puck Building,
at the corner of Lafayette and Houston
Speakers Frances Moore Lappé (author of Diet for a Small Planet and co-founder of Small Planet Institute), Walden Bello (Focus on the Global South), and Barry Gills (editor, Journal of Peasant Studies) converge to address the global food crisis.
Friday, February 20, 7-9pm
The Oiling of America
Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th St
(between Park and Madison Avenues)
Tickets: $20, pre-registration is suggested
For more information, contact Claudia Keel firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Fallon is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit nutrition education foundation that provides science based information on nutrition, cholesterol and dietary fats. She is the author of the best selling cookbook, ‘Nourishing Traditions’ and ‘Eat Fat, Lose Fat,’ both with Mary G. Enig, PhD, the first scientist to warn the public about the dangers of trans fatty acids. In this lecture she will dispel myths and feed facts on heart disease, get at the nitty-gritty behind-the-scenes of the veggie power industry, and clue us in on why traditional foods not only taste just right to us, but why they are also “critical to our health.”
Saturday, February 21, 2pm
Beekeepers Meet Up Honey Tasting
466 Broome Street 2nd floor (Another Anomaly)
Come for the Second Annual Honey-Tasting and hear a speaker from East New York Farms tell about the good work they’re doing, including beekeeping! Bring a jar of your own or your favorite honey to share
Saturday, February 21, 5-8pm
Founded on Oyster Shells
New Amsterdam Public
f/ocus Rental Gallery
599 11th Avenue
“In this year 2009 New Amsterdam Market will begin meeting every month, thus laying the foundation for a permanent institution. By holding these markets in a civic venue, we seek to revive New York’s rich and storied legacy of public market halls, where the city established food policy while furthering economic development.” The project to return this public market space to its original purpose– an open place of commerce where New Yorkers flocked to buy food– is well underway. Purchase tickets now for a dinner of fish and chips and winter ‘kraut.
Wednesday, February 25, 6:30pm
“Pork Bellies: The Secret Financial Life of Your Food” lecture by Kara Newman
Culinary Historians of New York
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street, Downstairs (betw 2nd/3rd Aves)
Note: this venue is NOT handicap-accessible; it’s down a steep flight of stairs.
Fee: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members
**MUST reserve in advance
Join the Culinary Historians of New York at Jimmy’s No. 43 Kara Newman’s lecture “Pork Bellies: The Secret Financial Life of Your Food.” It seems hard to find a menu in this city that doesn’t feature pork belly these days, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s not a bad thing at all. Newman, who has written on both food and the economy for the last decade, will shed a light on how the cut got its name and saved the Chicago Merchantile Exchange from near-extinction. From curbside trading in the late 1800s to heritage pig breeds that are all the rage, Newman will examine the history of this favored piggy product.
Friday, February 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Chefs and Their Publics
Dan Barber, Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez, Bret Thorn, and Frederick Kaufman
Menus in the Media Working Group
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, Institute for Public Knowledge
“This event is part of Menus in the Media, a 2008-2009 working group that aims to study the culture of cooking by bridging the traditional barriers between serious scholarship and purveyors of popular culture, while recognizing the limits of both. Menus in the Media is directed by Krishnendu Ray, assistant professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at NYU, and it is sponsored by the Institute for Public Knowledge.”
March 4, 7-9:30pm
Mari Fujii Visits Counter
105 1st Ave
Chef Mari Fujii is one of the foremost practitioners of Shojin-Ryouri, the traditional vegetarian cooking in Japan’s Buddhist temples. Mari runs a cooking school with her husband, a Buddist monk, where she teaches classic dishes created with wild greens, seaweed, tofu, and produce from local farmers. She is also an expert in Chinese-style temple food and yakuzen, a type of Chinese cooking which uses ingredients with medicinal properties. Counter is proud to host Mari’s first appearance in New York City on Wednesday March 4th from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. The four-course meal is $50, with an additional $15 for a drink pairing; telephone 212-982-5870 for reservations. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Japanese Culinary and Cultural Association of America (JCCA-AMERICA), exempt under section 501 (c) (3).
Sunday, March 8, 10am-6pm
CSA in NYC Annual Conference
The Just Food Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in NYC Conference is an opportunity for CSA members from around the city and farmers to come together for a day of workshops and discussion. This year’s guest speaker is black-dirt farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” Winner Cheryl Rogowski as our Keynote Speaker. Rogowski is, as cited by the MacArthur officials, “an entrepreneur who has revitalized the character of family farming as a commercial enterprise and as an engine of community development.” For more, visit THE BLACK DIRT BLOG, or tune in to her radio program on WTBQ.