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.
Tickets on sale now!
Greenmarket to Table
May 9, 10am-3pm
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
113 N. 7th St., Williamsburg
Wednesday, April 8, 6:30-9:30pm
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
Happy Ending Lounge
302 Broome St.
RSVP to participate/volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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
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!
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: email@example.com
“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.
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.