Dear Local Gourmands,
Just a little sweet, simple, good news this week when we could all use it– our President likes arugula, and he likes it grown in the garden by his house. Finally, a president we can agree with! But if you don’t have the time or space to grow your own vegetable plot here in the city, there are still openings in CSAs for this coming season. Check out Just Food’s list to find a community share in your neighborhood and support a farmer who will do the digging for you.
Monday, March 23-Thursday, April 2
Dine In Brooklyn!
Marty Markovitz and a whole slew of fabulous local joints invite you to dine in Brooklyn. Dinner deals are $23 for three courses! Make sure to make your reservations lickety split.
Tuesday, March 24, 6pm
Belgian-style Brews from Ommegang BreweryThe Bar Great Harry
Cobble Hill’s Bar Great Harry centers its focus on the Belgian-style brews from Brewery Ommegang this Tuesday night. Chocolaty, dark Belgian-style ales mask as imports from across the pond, but are really brewed in Cooperstown, New York. Local suds, local bar, and local drinking buddies make Tuesday a lovely night to raise a mug.
Thursday, March 26, 11am
Groundbreaking Ceremony at Phoenix GardenCENYC
2037 Fulton St. (btwin Somers St. and Rockaway Ave.), Brooklyn
Another day, another urban garden– just the news we’ve been craving– it’ll never get old. If Michelle got ya thinking about turning soil to turn up a veggie plot, join CENYC, for the groundbreaking ceremony at the Phoenix Garden this Thursday. “This 19,000 square foot urban farm serves over 45 community gardeners who grow food crops such as beans, collards, cabbage, corn, tomatoes and zucchini. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilmember Darlene Mealy and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe will join community farmers and gardeners to mark this official first day of construction.”
Saturday, March 28, 10am-1pm
James Beard Foundation Biannual Cookbook Sale167 W. 12th St., btwn. 6th and 7th Aves.
Get ready for the James Beard Foundation to serve it forth…cookbooks, that is, of the slightly used and easy-on-your pocket variety. Bring an empty satchel to the sale and expect it to go home stuffed full of $5 and $10 finds, pages brimming with potential and the occasional batter splatter from the previous owner.
Sunday, March 29, 5pm
Radegast Hall & Biergarten113 North 3rd St at Berry St, Williamsburg
Hogs in heaven? Or heavenly hogs…depends on how you look at it. Either way, this Sunday you might put brunch on hold and get your locally-made bacon fix at Radegast Hall & Biergarten where 30 entrants will go snout to snout in what Time Out has deemed the great “Bacon Takedown.” $10 gets you in the door, and the audience choice garners the top piggie producer a $100 grand prize.
Sunday, March 29, 2-4pm
Passover Around the WorldZabar’s
Broadway at 80th St
2nd Floor Housewares Mezzanine
In my humble opinion, the best holidays are the ones centered around food. If you can squeeze into Zabar’s this Sunday, chef and author Jennifer Abadi will be leading a demo on Passover Seder sweets from around the world. “Learn to create mouthwatering Moroccan Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, delicious Flourless Persian Pistachio Cake with Cardamom Syrup and scrumptious flourless Italian Almond and Pine Nut Macaroons.”
Of note a few weeks down the road
March 30, 6:30pm
Bread Salon at
The Brooklyn Kitchen*free!
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 BayCorner 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.