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!
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: 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.
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
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
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.
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
79 North 11th Street (between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue)
$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.