Dear Local Gourmands,
I never cease to be amazed who you bump into when it gets warm again in New York. Spring brings the return of old friends, acquaintances come out of the woodwork. Blue Moon Fish showed up at the market this weekend, and just like that, one year has flowed right into the next. The rest of the returning farmstands are soon to follow, and the forsythia is paving our way to April. I feel like I haven’t seen those buds (yes, pun intended) in ages.
I recently wrote a blog post for the Eat Well Guide’s Green Fork blog and mention in the last paragraph that I heard Jimmy’s No. 43 would be hosting a CSA pick up. See below if you’re still looking for a share!
Wishing you many sightings of promising buds,
Get it while the gettin’s good!
With the help of some neighborhood friends (in three very different neighborhoods, I might add) Paisley Farm is building one more bridge between the city and upstate soil. Sign up now to join Paisley Farm’s new CSA! In addition to being experienced organic farmers, the folks at the Tivoli-based farm also run a regional distribution company called Upstate Farms that has been serving New York City’s best chefs for nearly 20 years. CSA members who commit to a season of produce from Paisley will be able to add weekly additions of fruits, dairy, eggs, and poultry from the other local farms in their network. Sign up now via the website, or attend one of three upcoming seed parties at the various pick-up sites where you can meet your farmer in the city.
April 8, 7:30-9pm: East Village, Manhattan: Jimmy’s 43, 43 East 7th St bet. 2nd and 3rd Ave.
April 7, 7:30-9pm: Williamsburg, Brooklyn: d.b.a., 113 N. 7th St., bet. Berry and Wythe
April 8, 6-7pm: Ft. Greene / Fulton Mall, Brooklyn: Metropolitan Exchange, 33 Flatbush Ave. (near BAM)
Monday, March 30, 6:30pm
Bread Salon at
The Brooklyn Kitchen
Follow the crumbs to a bread potluck at the Brooklyn Kitchen! Expert baker Nathan Leamy will be on hand to sample your homemade loaves and offer tips on how to hone your technique. Bring a loaf to share and enjoy the company of fellow yeast mongers.
Monday, March 30, 7pm
Reading: Randy Shaw “Beyond the Fields”
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington
“Please join Randy Shaw, the author of the new book “Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW, and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century,” for a telling of the story of the spirit of “Si Se Puede”. Beginning with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the 1960s, this spirit still sets the course for our social justice movements. Shaw’s is also the author of “The Activist’s Handbook” and “Reclaiming America.””
Tuesday, March 31, 9-11am
The New York City Summit on Race and Gender in the Restaurant Industry 2009
85 10th Ave at 15th St
RSVP with Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
212-343-1771 or email@example.com
The New York City Restaurant Industry Coalition & the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) has extended an invitation to its 2009 New York City Summit on Race and Gender in the Restaurant Industry. The conference begins with a complimentary breakfast at Craftsteak and speakers include the following:
* Rosie Mendez, New York City Council Member
* John Liu, New York City Council Member
* Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and Publisher of ColorLines Magazine
* Ed Ott, Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council
* Katie Grieco, Vice President of Operations and New Developments of Craft Restaurants
* Dr. Marc Bendick, Jr., Employment Economist with Bendick and Egan Economic Consultants, Inc.
* Shailesh Srestha, Restaurant Worker
* Chantal Georges, Restaurant Worker
Tuesday, March 31, 10am-3pm
Volunteer with CENYC
270 E. 4th St. btwn. Aves B & C
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Generation X Garden in the East Villag is ready for prep work! Hook up with CENYC and help build a retaining wall, get the ground ready, and even do some digging. Gloves and tools will be provided, so all you need to bring is yourself and some close-toed shoes. If you’re coming, RSVP to Mike Rezny at email@example.com. It’s supposed to be 57 and sunny on Tuesday!
Thursday, April 2, 7pm
Gastronomic Stimulation– Matzoh Madness
Bowery Poetry Club
Part pre-Passover celebration, part art party, part dinner party, there’s no telling what to expect from Gastronomic Stimulation, except that it’s sure to be a raucous night for artsy foodies to make good on their best party tricks.
“Your ears are serenaded with virtuosic outlandish riffs from songs your elementary school choir used to sing. It is a holiday through the looking glass. It is a Celebration. It tastes amazing. It sounds like heaven. It is…Gastrophonic Stimulation.”
Friday, April 3, 10am-3pm
Volunteer with CENYC
270 E. 4th St. btwn. Aves B & C
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make it on Tuesday, your second chance to join CENYC at Generation X Garden in the East Village is on Friday. Lend a hand to help build a retaining wall, get the ground ready for planting, and even do some digging. Gloves and tools will be provided, so all you need to bring is yourself and some close-toed shoes. If you’re coming, RSVP to Mike Rezny at email@example.com.
Saturday, April 4, 6-9pm
Grillin’ on the Bay
Corner of E. 18th St. and Ave. Z, Sheepshead Bay
It’s the people’s choice chili contest– free to enter, $100 cash prize– your chance to show the world what you’re made of, or at least what your chili is made of. For the spectators, $10 gets you all the chili you can eat. If you’d rather flaunt your grill skills, protect your turf in one of four categories: chicken breast, fish, pork and Chefs Choice. This contest is $75-$125 to enter (“cash and fabulous prizes” are promised) and all proceeds benefit St. Mark School in Sheepshead Bay. Brought to you by The New England BBQ Society, Rub BBQ, and Butternuts Beer and Ale.
Saturday, April 4, 8am-5pm
Restoring Balance: New Visions for Food and Activity
This conference will be held on the 100th anniversary of the nutrition education program at Teachers College (the oldest in the country), and call for an overhaul of the system that will favor meals with a balance of fresh, whole foods. Speakers will include Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, whose office produced the landmark report “Food in the Public Interest” this past fall, and Joan Dye Gussow, who is the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emeritus of Nutrition Education at Teachers College.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
April 11 & 18
Food Film Fest
Action Center to End World Hunger (April 11)
Columbia University Medical Center Office of Government and Community Affairs Alumni Auditorium (April 18)
*please visit website for screening times
This year’s Food Film Fest feature films include Asparagus: Stalking the American Life, Eating Alaska, and FLOW. And some local favorites will be given their due time on the silver screen in a great showing of shorts:Farm to Cafeteria: A Red Hook Lunch, New Amsterdam Market, Hotbread Kitchen.
Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm
Betty Fussell: “When Aging Is Good: The History and Art of Great Beef”
Culinary Historians of New York
DeBragga and Spitler
826-D Washington Street (Enter through the doorway in the far corner of the courtyard and climb the stairs one flight to the main office area.)
Fee: $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members |$22 CHNY Student & Senior Members
Nothing better illustrates how food gets to our tables than the complex process by which cattle are transformed into the beef. Betty Fussell, author of Raising Steaks: The Life & Times of American Beef (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2008), will provide the history of this transformation in the commerce of New York City, from the founding of New Amsterdam four centuries ago to the present day Gansevoort Meat Market. The talk will be accompanied by George Faison and Marc Sarrazin of DeBragga.com who will lead a tasting of steak aged two ways, wet and dry. Talk, tasting, and discussion will be followed by a rare tour of the on-site aging room of DeBragga and Spitler. DeBragga and Spitler is one of the last and best purveyors of fine meat within the Market; DeBragga.com is their online consumer store. Please note: The beef tasting will begin promptly at 6:30.