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,
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.
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
399 Lafayette St.
“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.”
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, April 27, 7-8:30pm
Beer and cheese tasting
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
“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
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
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.