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Dear Local Gourmands,

Whether you’re enjoying the perfectly marvelous ramps that have finally made their entrance at the market (for me this always feels like the curtain is up, the orchestra is poised, the show will now begin), or sipping on local wine at a backyard barbecue, the plug I really want to make this week is for the Brooklyn Food Conference. Come one, come all, the doors of John Jay High School will welcome the masses on Saturday morning. Meet local farmers, learn how to start a victory garden, hear Anna Lappé, Dan Barber, LaDonna Redmond and Raj Patel. Check out the list of workshops (free, free, free!) and buy a ticket (only $20!) for the evening after party replete with dancing and dining, of course. Hope to see you there!

Best,
Jeanne

Thursday, April 30, 7-9pm
Mushrooms: film screening and receptionHorticultural Society of New York
148 W. 37th St., 13th fl.

In conjunction with the Carol Bove Exhibition now on at the Horticultural Society of New York, this evening will feature a collection of films inspired by that versatile character, the mushroom. Screening includes the following works:
Bruce Conner (Looking for Mushrooms, 1967)
Jonas Mekas (Award Presentation to Andy Warhol, 1964)
Harry E. Smith (Early Abstractions #1-5, 7, 10, 1939)
Jud Yalkut (John Cage Mushroom Hunting in Stony Point, 1973)

Thursday, April 30, 7-9pm
NYC Beekeeper’s AssociationSeafarers & International House
123 East 15th Street

Host a beehive, share some bees, take a class and learn all about the business of bringing back these vital creatures to our city’s rooftops. This month’s meeting of the NYCBA is in a new location with more space for all the city’s burgeoning beekeepers who want to get in on the sweet action. The focus will be a Q&A about basic urban beekeeping, so come prepared with all your burning questions.

Friday, May 1, 7pm-midnight
May Day Celebration
Queens County Farm MuseumTickets $75

“Celebrate a pagan spring tradition with an outdoor dinner and discussion with Apple Pond Farm & Renewable Energy Education Center. At 7pm, tour the farm with Dick Riseling of Apple Pond and Michael Robertson of QCFM — free and open to the Public. A longtime farmer and renewable energy advocate, Dick Riesling discusses possible implementation of solar, wind, and geothermal systems. Afterward, taste four canapes and upstate wines beside the maypole and bonfire. Spring garland weaving and more celebration in the spirit of May Days past will ensue. Dinner begins at 8:30. Set in the farm’s orchard the five-course dinner features local lamb from Apple Pond Farm, local wines provided by New York Wine & Grape Foundation, very local vegetables from Queens Farm itself, and the far-flung flavors of The Hapa Kitchen supper club. (Full menu to be announced on www.noteatingoutinny.com soon!).”

Saturday, May 2, 9am-7pm
Brooklyn Food ConferenceJohn Jay High School
237 7th Ave., Park Slope

Calling all food lovers, local eaters, Williamsburgers, chefs, home cooks, policy wonks, farmers, and everyone in between to the Brooklyn Food Conference! It’s free, the doors will be flung wide open, and you can join in making edible history by being part of the first ever calling together of the many minds and organizations that put Brooklyn’s food issues on the map. “Food issues hit home for all of Brooklyn–from school lunches, the rise in diabetes, and escalating food costs to immigration, farmers markets and local food challenges and delights, food touches us all. Come join us for a day of workshops, food demos, and a kids’ food fair. Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase. Dance following dinner. The conference will be FREE to all participants.” Keynote speakers include Dan Barber, Anna Lappé, Raj Patel, and Ladonna Redmond. Register here.

Saturday, May 2, 7:30pm
The Greenhorns
Sackler Center at The Brooklyn Museum

You’re read about them in the papers, gushed about their stickers, maybe even ventured to a rabbit roast or a dinner fundraiser. After a full day at the Brooklyn Food Conference, why not trot over to the Brooklyn Museum and catch up on the latest with the Greenhorns at a screening of their latest footage.

Sunday, May 3, 3-6pm
2009 Hot Dog Hootennany Astor Center
Tickets $25

Local legends, deep friend New Jersey Rippers and New York City grilled frankfurters, get a shout out at this Sunday’s Hot Dog Hootenanny. Expect to see representation from Chicago-style and fusion dogs as well as surprises sure to come. “You can taste a dog from each of the participating hot dog shops and wash them down with beer or prosecco before heading into a hot dog seminar and guided tasting, should you want to take your hot dog appreciation to the next level. The man who wrote the book on hot dogs, Bruce Kraig, and Serious Eats’ Top Dog Ed Levine will talk through the history and culture of the dog as well as where to find the best dogs in America. You’re even invited to submit a “hot dog haiku”; the winning entry (as judged by the world’s foremost hot dog haiku experts) will be posted on Serious Eats the next day!”

Sunday, May 3, 5-7pm
Local Feed ‘n Seed with Eating LiberallyThe Tank
354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Aves.

“Join us for an agri-cultural exchange featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area, and Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Sarah will discuss the art and the heart of eating seasonally, followed by a crash course from Ken on growing and saving heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds that are uniquely suited to our region. No charge to attend but donations are always welcomed. Sustainable snacks will be served!”
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Saturday, May 9, 10am-3pm
Greenmarket to TableCENYC and Saveur
Tickets $125

Saveur mag has partnered up with CENYC to offer a series of market to table dining experiences featuring local New York finds at the Greenmarket. Tickets for May’s installment of the series are still available for purchase. “Michael Hurwitz, Director of Greenmarket and June Russell, Greenmarkets Farm Inspector, will co-host our first event in the series, which will turn the spotlight on the farmer and highlight the pleasures and challenges of cooking with seasonal ingredients. Along with extensive insight into the products and methods of Greenmarket’s vendors, Michael & June will highlight several farms and their peak seasonal product, including: spinach, radishes, ramps, asparagus, and rhubarb.”

Wednesday, May 13, 4-8pm
Brooklyn Uncorked BAM
Tickets $40

Sip the finest of your favorite local wines, and learn a thing or two about what Long Island vines bring to the table. Winemakers will be on hand to offer pairing suggestions, local restaurants will ply your palate with nibbles, and all the while enjoy good-hearted chatter while raising a glass with your neighbors. Chin-chin in the halls of BAM, and celebrate the summer ahead.

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30-9:30pm
Tastebuds
Jimmy’s No. 4343 E. 7th St.

This month’s gathering of Tastebuds NYC convenes at Jimmy’s No. 43 to pay homage to local cheese and local beer. Chitchat with others who are gastronomically-inclined, and revel in the glow of this warm East Village pub.

Monday, May 18, 7-8:30pm
Sixpoint Craft Ales Tasting
Beer Table427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
Tickets $35

Local favorite Shane Welch from Sixpoint Craft Ales will discuss fermentation as it relates to kombucha, beer, and vinegar.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Maybe it was just the optimism of an outstanding spring day, but the carrots I spotted at the market on Saturday seemed lighter, golden even, compared to those I’ve been making soup out of since November– these carrots were downright sprightly. Lately I’ve been thinking about the city’s fixation on banh mi, and since I don’t cook pork too often for just myself, my thoughts turned to a secondary (though no less important) element of the sandwich: the pickles. With those golden carrots in mind I dug up a recipe for quick pickles, substituted the daikon radish with the apple I had on hand and added some fresh parsley and cayenne pepper. I used local maple syrup instead of granulated sugar, and I quite liked the result: a snappy, salty-sweet accompaniment to my spinach salad. While I wait for more spring greens to arrive, I’ll take my kicks any way they come– punch, vinegar, and all.

May your sweet have just the right amount of sour too,
Jeanne

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm
From Farm to Table: New York City’s Local Food Movement
Museum of the City of New York

Tickets: $12 general admission, $6 museum member, students, seniors, partnering organizations Gabrielle Langholtz, Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, moderates a discussion on what it means to eat locally in a metropolis of skyscrapers and concrete. Panelists include Dan Barber (Executive Chef, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns), Michael Hurwitz (Director of Greenmarket), and Ian Marvy (Director of Added Value), who represent the varied and important roles that restaurants, organizations, community gardens, and farmers’ markets play in promoting locavorism in the city. Presented in conjunction with Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City.

Wednesday, April 22, 7-9pm
Brooklyn Slur at Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand Street at Lorimer, Williamsburg

A social group of Slow Food NYC, the The Slur is a monthly gathering for folks to meet, greet, and discuss over local food and drink while appreciating the Slow pleasures of life. Join the group this month in celebration of Earth Day at Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg where a love for inventive seasonal and classic cocktails keeps the evenings lively. A special Earth Day cocktail, “Queen of Hungary’s Water”, will be served for $8– rosemary-infused bourbon with fresh lemon, house made pear syrup and a splash of pear brandy, served on the rocks with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Thursday, April 23, 6-9pm
Rainforest Alliance Earth Day Celebration at the Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

$40 gets you in the door to this open bar local beer Earth Day hoe down, and keeps you in hors d’ouevres all night. Besides tipsy, sustainability-minded fodder with your fellow bar mates, enjoy local entertainment, and learn more about the important work Rainforest Alliance is doing with farmers and the eco-tourism industry. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, April 25, 9:30am-3:30pm
Hands on New York at Added Value
Red Hook Community Farm

“Throughout the City thousands of new Yorkers will be pitching in and lending a hand beautifying parks, painting schools, and improving their neighborhoods. Join us on Red Hook Community Farm as we build our education garden, install our irrigation system, and develop new planting space.”

Sunday, April 26, 1-3pm
Harvest Time in Schools
Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
Tickets $12

“New York City teachers, parents, and school supporters are invited to a Slow Food NYC open networking meeting to learn about how to start edible “victory” gardens and good food education programs in NYC schools. Speakers will include representatives of: The New York City Department of Education, Office of School Food, The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Garden to Cafeteria Program, and The Greenmarket Education Program. Discussion, Q&A, Networking, and Resource Information will follow our discussion.”
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Of note a few weeks down the road…


Monday, April 27, 7-8:30pm
Beer and cheese tasting
Beer Table
Tickets $35

Mateo Kehler from Jasper Hill Farm will present his artisanal cheeses, and for every morsel of carefully aged goodness, the folks at Beer Table will have just as carefully select a beer to pair.

Thursday, April 30, 7-9pm
Mushrooms: film screening and reception
Horticultural Society of New York
148 W. 37th St., 13th fl.

In conjunction with the Carol Bove Exhibition now on at the Horticultural Society of New York, this evening will feature a collection of films inspired by that versatile character, the mushroom. Screening includes the following works:
Bruce Conner (Looking for Mushrooms, 1967)
Jonas Mekas (Award Presentation to Andy Warhol, 1964)
Harry E. Smith (Early Abstractions #1-5, 7, 10, 1939)
Jud Yalkut (John Cage Mushroom Hunting in Stony Point, 1973)

Thursday, April 30, 7-9pm
NYC Beekeeper’s Association
Seafarers & International House
123 East 15th Street

Host a beehive, share some bees, take a class and learn all about the business of bringing back these vital creatures to our city’s rooftops. This month’s meeting of the NYCBA is in a new location with more space for all the city’s beurgeoning beekeepers who want to get in on the sweet action.

Friday, May 1, 7pm-midnight
May Day Celebration
Queens County Farm Museum
Tickets $75

“Celebrate a pagan spring tradition with an outdoor dinner and discussion with Apple Pond Farm & Renewable Energy Education Center. At 7pm, tour the farm with Dick Riseling of Apple Pond and Michael Robertson of QCFM — free and open to the Public. A longtime farmer and renewable energy advocate, Dick Riesling discusses possible implementation of solar, wind, and geothermal systems. Afterward, taste four canapes and upstate wines beside the maypole and bonfire. Spring garland weaving and more celebration in the spirit of May Days past will ensue. Dinner begins at 8:30. Set in the farm’s orchard the five-course dinner features local lamb from Apple Pond Farm, local wines provided by New York Wine & Grape Foundation, very local vegetables from Queens Farm itself, and the far-flung flavors of The Hapa Kitchen supper club. (Full menu to be announced on www.noteatingoutinny.com soon!).”

Saturday, May 2, 9am-7pm
Brooklyn Food Conference
John Jay High School
237 7th Ave., Park Slope

Calling all food lovers, local eaters, Williamsburgers, chefs, home cooks, policy wonks, farmers, and everyone in between to the Brooklyn Food Conference! It’s free, the doors will be flung wide open, and you can join in making edible history by being part of the first ever calling together of the many minds and organizations that put Brooklyn’s food issues on the map. “Food issues hit home for all of Brooklyn–from school lunches, the rise in diabetes, and escalating food costs to immigration, farmers markets and local food challenges and delights, food touches us all. Come join us for a day of workshops, food demos, and a kids’ food fair. Lunch and dinner will be available for purchase. Dance following dinner. The conference will be FREE to all participants.” Keynote speakers include Dan Barber, Anna Lappé, Raj Patel, and Ladonna Redmond. Register here.

Sunday, May 3, 5-7pm
Local Feed ‘n Seed with Eating Liberally
The Tank
354 W. 45th Street between 8th and 9th Aves.

“Join us for an agri-cultural exchange featuring Sarah Klein, co-designer of Chelsea Green’s Local Foods Wheel for the New York metro area, and Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Sarah will discuss the art and the heart of eating seasonally, followed by a crash course from Ken on growing and saving heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and flower seeds that are uniquely suited to our region. No charge to attend but donations are always welcomed. Sustainable snacks will be served!

Wednesday, May 13, 4-8pm
Brooklyn Uncorked
BAM
Tickets $40

Sip the finest of your favorite local wines, and learn a thing or two about what Long Island vines bring to the table. Winemakers will be on hand to offer pairing suggestions, local restaurants will ply your palate with nibbles, and all the while enjoy good-hearted chatter while raising a glass with your neighbors. Chin-chin in the halls of BAM, and celebrate the summer ahead.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

A few weekends ago, a friend recently returned from a four-month stint in California looked around our farmers’ market and said she was glad to be back in Brooklyn, but oh how she missed the local Cara Cara oranges! I carried home a bunch of spring onions from Union Square last night, and their smell was so absolutely pungent and earthy– certainly not the exotic sweetness of citrus– but fresh out of the Hudson Valley ground, they carried with them all the promise of spring in New York, and there’s nothing like spring in New York. Welcome home, Anna– you’re here just in time for the magnolias! And welcome back, spring onions!

Best,
Jeanne

Wednesday, April 15, 10am
Brooklyn Kitchen May Classes Go up!

The Brooklyn Kitchen’s cake decorating, knife sharpening, and pig butchering classes (just to name a few) have become so popular, we need to make an announcement just to let you know when the list of offerings goes live! It’s this Wednesday at 10am, folks. Get your fingers poised and your credit card out, and be prepared to weasel your way into the class of your choice. Sign up on-line, or call 718.389.2982 to save a seat.

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8pm
Food Books for Every Booklover’s Palate
New York City Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association
Jefferson Market Library
Event is free, but please RSVP: programs@wnba-nyc.org

“Cookbooks, culinary memoirs, food travel guides, food histories, and food fiction present a veritable smorgasbord of food on the page for our food-obsessed culture. The expanding market for this proliferation of food writing has attracted writers and readers to its various genres.” Panelists include novelists, food historians, and cook book editors, publishers, and authors.

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.

Thursday, April 16, 6-8pm
GreenBridge Workshop: Container Gardening
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Class is free, but registration is required

Lis Thomas leads this workshop on how to make the most of every inch of soil an urban gardener can get her hands on. “Window boxes and containers are the perfect solution when you’re short on growing space. Learn the design elements for an attractive container or window box, soil mixtures that work well, suggestions for edible and ornamental plants, and tips for planting and maintaining containers year-round. Also learn about the annual GreenBridge Window-Box Kit Sale.”

Saturday, April 18, 1-8:30pm
Food for Thought Film Fest
Columbia University Medical Center Alumni Auditorium
650 West 168th St.
Between Broadway and Ft. Washington Ave

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer gives the welcome address to the second leg of the 2009 Food for Thought Film Fest, held this weekend at Columbia University Medical Center’s Alumni Auditorium. Screenings of Farm to Cafeteria: A Red Hook Lunch, Asparagus: Stalking the American Life, and New Amsterdam Market, Hotbread Kitchen, and Eating Alaska will be followed by trailors for Fresh and FLOW. A list of speakers who will lead post-screening discussions is available along with a full schedule at www.foodfilmfest.com.

Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, noon-6pm
Earth Day Expo
Habana Outpost

Kick it in Fort Greene at the ever-popular Habana Outpost, whose re-opening for the season coincides with Earth Day. Kiddie fun and eco-eats all day long. Let the block party begin!

Saturday, April 18, 2pm
Greenspaces Rooftop Farm launch and BBQ
33 Flatbush Ave., Downtown Brooklyn
RSVP: jennie@greenspacesny.com

In Brooklyn we’ve got rooftops, not barns– no doubt we could call this weekend’s farm launch a “roof raising” of sorts. Help get the Greenspaces green roof going for the summer, and meet some fun-loving, green thumbed neighbors for grilling, gardening, and drinking.

Sunday, April 19, 9:30am-1pm
Bike Tour: Chickens of the South Bronx Community Gardens
Taqwa Community Farm
90 W. 164 St at Ogden Avenue
(endpoint: Garden of Happiness, Prospect Avenue between 181st and 182nd Street)

“Get on your bicycle and take a gander at the coops of the South Bronx community gardens. Learn about raising chickens, building coops, and see how well chickens fit into community gardens – providing eggs and manure, eating pests, weeds and kitchen scraps, tilling the soil, and providing education for all who visit. This tour is offered in partnership with GreenThumb. Just Food Trainers: Eric Thomann, Backyard Garden and Owen Taylor, Just Food Directions: Ride your bike! Or take your bike on the D or 4 train to 161st St.”

Sunday, April 19, 4-5:30pm
Nina Plank on Real Food
Get Fresh Table and Market
370 5th Ave., Park Slope
$10 per person
Reservations recommended (718) 360-8469

This Sunday Get Fresh Market and Table, a sustainable restaurant in Park Slope, hosts Nina Plank, author of Real Food for Mother and Baby. Plank, a self-proclaimed nutrition geek, local foodie, and vocal farmers’ market patron, will speak about the importance of eating “real food” from fertility to baby’s first foods. Books will be available for purchase, and small bites from chefs Avila and Simmons will be available for noshing.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm
From Farm to Table: New York City’s Local Food Movement
Museum of the City of New York
Tickets: $12 general admission, $6 museum member, students, seniors, partnering organizations

Gabrielle Langholtz, Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, moderates a discussion on what it means to eat locally in a metropolis of skyscrapers and concrete. Panelists include Dan Barber (Executive Chef, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns), Michael Hurwitz (Director of Greenmarket), and Ian Marvy (Director of Added Value), who represent the varied and important roles that restaurants, organizations, community gardens, and farmers’ markets play in promoting locavorism in the city. Presented in conjunction with Growing and Greening New York: PlaNYC and the Future of the City.

Wednesday, April 22, 7-9pm
Brooklyn Slur at Huckleberry Bar
588 Grand Street at Lorimer, Williamsburg

A social group of Slow Food NYC, the The Slur is a monthly gathering for folks to meet, greet, and discuss over local food and drink while appreciating the Slow pleasures of life. Join the group this month in celebration of Earth Day at Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg where a love for inventive seasonal and classic cocktails keeps the evenings lively. A special Earth Day cocktail, “Queen of Hungary’s Water”, will be served for $8– rosemary-infused bourbon with fresh lemon, house made pear syrup and a splash of pear brandy, served on the rocks with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

Thursday, April 23, 6-9pm
Rainforest Alliance Earth Day Celebration at the Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

$40 gets you in the door to this open bar local beer Earth Day hoe down, and keeps you in hors d’ouevres all night. Besides tipsy, sustainability-minded fodder with your fellow bar mates, enjoy local entertainment, and learn more about the important work Rainforest Alliance is doing with farmers and the eco-tourism industry. Buy tickets here.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

This weekend I caught a whiff of the Pickle Guys grinding horseradish out on the sidewalk in front of their shop on Essex and Grand. No doubt, the guy doing the dirty work was wearing a radish-splattered gas mask! The unmistakable smell of those bitter herbs can have quite an effect on the senses, but he looked downright pleased to be delivering the home-cured specialty to the throngs of Passover shoppers who were stocking up on seder items all over the Lower East Side.

Whether it’s matzoh or chocolate bunnies you’ll be eating this week, save some room for cupcakes on Friday night when CupcakeCamp NYC holds court at Happy Ending Lounge. If you’d like to bake a batch to share, sign up today! I’m sure inventive uses for local ingredients (chocolate beet cakes, anyone?) will wow the crowd.

Best,
Jeanne

Tickets on sale now!
Greenmarket to Table
May 9, 10am-3pm
$125
CENYC and Saveur have partnered up to bring the best of the Union Square Greenmarket to the table in a series of hands-on classes. Learn how to incorporate spring’s precious offerings in a celebratory meal that features lamb, ramps, spinach and radishes. CENYC’s Michael Hurwitz and June Russell will co-host the event. Tickets will be gobbled up quickly– get yours now.

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30-9pm
Paisly Farm CSA Sign up and Seed Party
d.b.a.
113 N. 7th St., Williamsburg

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 a seed party at one of the various pick-up sites where you can meet your farmer in the city.


Wednesday, April 8, 6:30-9:30pm
TastebudsNYC
Back Forty
190 Ave. B at 12th St.
Link up with the Tastebuddies at Peter Hoffman’s (a true local food champion!) bar/resto, Back Forty, and enjoy epicurean banter over house cocktails like the Penn 75: gin, ginger, lemon and Pilsner. Prime yourself for local foodie party talk by taking a peak at Hoffman’s piece on shad in the latest issue of Edible Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 8, 6pm and 7:30pm
Paisly Farm CSA Seed Party Encore!

Two more chances to meet the farmer and sign up for a summer of CSA vegetables from Paisly Farm:
6-7pm: Ft. Greene / Fulton Mall, Brooklyn: Metropolitan Exchange, 33 Flatbush Ave. (near BAM)
7:30-9pm: East Village, Manhattan: Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th St bet. 2nd and 3rd Ave.

Friday, April 10, 7:30-9:30pm
CupcakeCamp NYC
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome St.
RSVP to participate/volunteer: cupcakecampnyc@gmail.com
Forget the lines at Magnolia and the hype about Butter Lane– we are partial to home baked goods for many reasons, not the least of which being that the one wearing the apron gets to lick the beaters. That said, if the bacon cupcakes at the Bacon Takedown got you thinking, share what you’re made of at CupcakeCamp NYC this Friday. Note bene: if you’d like to bake a signature batch of ‘cakes for the party, you must register by April 7. Or simply RSVP yourself and your sweet tooth to taste test with the best of ’em.

Saturday, April 11 & Saturday, April 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,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.

Saturday, April 11, 11am-1pm
Easter Chocolate Crawl
Slow Food NYC
Tickets $50

Virginie Delavaud leads this chocoholic dream walk from MarieBelle to Bespoke to the Mast Brothers. She’ll introduce participants to the remarkable confections and chocolatiers at each location, as well as educate eaters about sustainable chocolate production.

Saturday, April 11, noon-4pm
Barnyard Egg Hunt
Queens County Farm Museum
$5 admission

Take a picture with Whiskers the bunny and partake in the annual egg hunt at the Queens County Farm Museum. Visit the farm’s animals, take a hayride, dance the bunny hop, and play egg toss on the farmhouse lawn!
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30-8pm
Food Books for Every Booklover’s Palate
New York City Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association
Jefferson Market Library

Event is free, but please RSVP:
programs@wnba-nyc.org
Cookbooks, culinary memoirs, food travel guides, food histories, and food fiction present a veritable smorgasbord of food on the page for our food-obsessed culture. The expanding market for this proliferation of food writing has attracted writers and readers to its various genres.” Panelists include novelists, food historians, and cook book editors, publishers, and authors.

Wednesday, April 15, 6:30pm
Betty Fussell: “When Aging Is Good: The History and Art of Great Beef”

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.

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