Dear Local Gourmands,
It’s been an especially newsie Monday, what with catching up on internet streams of Alice Waters and Ben Bernanke on 60 Minutes and holding my breath while Nick Kristof tells it like it is. Besides the headlines, my in-box was inundated with all kinds of juicy local gossip: The Brooklyn Kitchen celebrates the wonders and simple perfection of the egg and announces it’s April line-up of classes (home made brunch techniques taught by the masters at Egg in Williamsburg), Tasting Table lists good old fashioned local food delivery services (Hot Bread Kitchen at your doorstep!), and Bridge Vineyards of the North Fork sends word of a wine share to go hand in hand with Southside CSA. Despite the economic doom and gloom, little birds keep telling me this is going to be a very delicious season.
Happy Vernal Equinox,
Tuesday, March 17, 6-8pm
Starting Seeds Indoors
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
*Free to attend, but registration is required: 718.623.7220
“Feeling limited by the small selection of veggie starts available in local nurseries? Start your garden on the right foot this year by discovering the best methods to propagate tasty, beautiful varieties of plants from seeds. Learn what skills, equipment, and techniques are needed to start your own seeds at home while getting some hands-on practice right here at BBG.”
Thursday, March 19, 7-9pm
Volunteer Meeting for the Brooklyn Food Conference
Congregation Beth Elohim
Garfield Pl. btwn 8th Ave. and Prospect Park, Park Slope
The Brooklyn Food Conference will take place on May 2 at John Jay High School, and the doors are open to all. Already 2000 people are expected to attend lectures, workshops, and panel discussion. Get on board and join the volunteer staff to make the largest gathering for food in Brooklyn– ever– possible.
Friday, March 20
Community Chef applications due
Become a community chef and share your knowledge of local food and your love for cooking through demonstrations in markets and schools around the city. Friday is the deadline to turn in your application– learn more here.
Saturday, March 21, 9am
GreenThumb Grow Together
Hostos Community College
149th St. in the Bronx
Sign up here
This year marks the 25th anniversary of GreenThumb’s Annual Grow together Conference. Join hundreds of New Yorkers who are working to grow a little more (or a lot more!) greenery in the city. Over 50 workshops and training sessions as well as plenty of opportunities to connect with others who could use your green thumbs to help out with their various gardening initiatives this growing season.
Saturday, March 21, noon-5pm
First Annual NYC Chowder Slam
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street, Manhattan
New Amsterdam Public is on its way, and it feels like the whole foodie community is pulling together to see the project through. Jimmy’s No. 43 (your local hotbed of activity for all projects sustainably food-minded) is hosting a chowda’ cook off on March 21 in effort to raise funds for the little market that could (and will)! Plus, the bar will have a smattering of good New England brews on tap to make the party just that much more merry. $20 at the door gets you in and shows your support for this organization that aims to bring sustainable, local food to lower Manhattan.
Sunday, March 22, 2-4pm
New York City Beekeepers Association monthly meeting
Gotham loves its honey! At this month’s meeting city Parks Department Forester, James Kaechele, will guide a virtual tour through the urban forest that is New York City. Learn what’s blooming forth from our seas of cement for the bees to feast on. What kind of honey will you get out of your neighborhood? From lectures to workshops to equipment and the girls themselves, NYCBA will hook you up for the profits of a very sweet summer. Also learn how to request a free tree from the Parks Department and make your contribution to greening this jungle of a city.
Sunday, March 22, 4-8pm
The Great Greenpoint Mac-off
A s’mac down mac-off in the wilds of Greenpoint puts any recent bar crawl you’ve been on to shame. Did they feed you free mac’n cheese along the way? Probably not. This Sunday, join the happy ranks of those who follow their bellies as you wind your way around northern Brooklyn for a mac-off competition set to take place at four of Greenpoint’s finest watering holes. Celebrity judges will call the final shots– order a pint and taste test with the best of ’em.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, March 23, 6pm
“From the Garden onto the Plate: One Writer’s Path”
Columbia University Low Rotunda
116th St. and Broadway
“He has been called a “post-wilderness nature writer” for his articles and books about the messy places where the natural and human worlds intersect – places like the garden, buildings, domesticated plants and agriculture. In his talk, he will trace the path of his writing from his graduate school encounters (here at Columbia) with Thoreau and Emerson through his work on the ecology and politics of eating.”
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.
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.