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Dear Local Gourmands,

I ate fiddle heads for the first time this weekend, discovered bamboo shoots at the Sag Harbor farmers market, and indulged in some tangy strawberry fro-yo. Memorial day brought mint lamb burgers and pork butt sandwiches, and at the end of the night Georgia sent me home with a watermelon that’s waiting to be turned into a salad. It’s back to work on Tuesday, a rainy forecast for the days ahead, but I’ve got high hopes that the melon will keep my weeknight dinners lively til the weekend barbecues get going again.

Have a good week!
Jeanne

Tuesday, May 26, 6:30pm
Marshmallow Fluff: A Gastronomica Forum
Astor Center
Tickets, $25

“Fluff Marshmallow Crème is one of those foods that elicit strong emotional responses and its enjoyment calls upon nostalgia as much as the five senses. Where did Marshmallow Fluff come from? What exactly is it? Why do we romanticize its sweet, sticky nature? How is it that it makes the World’s Best Candy? And how did it set of a powder keg around nutrition in schools? Our fifth Gastronomica Forum is inspired by the “Marshmallow Fluff” article found in the Spring 2009 issue of the important scholarly food journal. We’ll use it as a jumping off point for our conversation about Fluff: the history and production of the stuff, as well as the anti- and pro-fluff legislation that sparked the article, and the Fluff festival that brought it enough attention to have “The Fluffernutter” named the official state sandwich of Massachusetts. A fluff cocktail will be served, as well as fluffernutter sandwiches and other fluff-inspired snacks.”

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm & 9:15pm
New York Premiere of FRESH
Florence Gould Hall
55 E. 59th St. (btwn. Park and Madison)
Tickets, $15

“FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, the Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.” A panel discussion will follow both screenings, with guests including Jacquie Berger (Just Food), Dan Barber (Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns), Joan Gussow (professor, Columbia University), Joel Salatin (Polyface Farms), Will Allen (Growing Power), Josh Viertel (Slow Food International), and Ana Joanes (Director and Producer of FRESH).

Thursday, May 28, 7pm
New York City Beekeepers Association monthly meeting
Seafarers & International House
123 East 15th Street
Meeting room, Second Floor

“The New York City Beekeepers Association is proud to present our latest speaker for our monthly meeting, Frederique Keller, President of the American Apitherapy Society. Frederique will give a presentation on Rx for Health on honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, and bee venom. She is a beekeeper on Long Island and also a licensed acupuncturist who has been practicing bee venom therapy for more than two decades.”

Saturday, May 30, 7-11pm
Annual Living Liberally Celebration
The DCTV Firehouse
87 Lafayette, between Walker & White

Join your liberally-minded friends and neighbors at this annual party/fundraiser to celebrate and support the Living Liberally family of websites (BIG nod to Kerry Truman, champion of the cause, and devout Eating Liberally food blogger). The event will honor Media Matters for America, the Honorable Scott Stringer, and Jack and Jill Politics.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, June 3
Beer and Cheese Tasting at Beer Table
Food for Thought Tours
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
Ticket, $35

The latest installment of the Food for Thought local dinner series brings Anne Saxelby, champion of American-made artisanal cheeses, to Beer Table where she and Justin Phillips (owner of Beer Table) will set you up with plenty of beer ‘n cheese tastings to provoke your thoughts.

Wednesday, June 3, 7pm
Meet-the-farmer Dinner at Applewood
Call for reservations (718.788.1810), $85

Applewood puts on a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings to showcase the products from Hardwick Beef Cooperative. Chat it up with farmer Ridge Shinn, “the nation’s foremost authority on grass-fed and grass-finished beef,” over a lovely meal. Also meet chef David Shea, who will expound on the farmer-restaurant connection, and why he chooses to partner with small, local farms.

Saturday, June 6, 10am-1:30pm
Greenmarket Chef Tours and Tastes with Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern
Tickets, $125

Follow Chef Anthony on his route through the Union Square Greenmarket, then head back to Gramercy Tavern for a private four-course lunch with wine pairings. Proceeds from the day’s excursion benefit Greenmarket’s mission to “promote regional agriculture, preserve farmland, and ensure a continuing supply of fresh, local produce for all New Yorkers.”

Saturday, June 6, 6pm
Free BBQ at The Yard

Mosey over to the The Yard, the best party goin’ on the Gowanus, and meet new friends ’round the pit while you await your *free* ‘cue!

Monday, June 8, 7-8:30pm
The Story of Schmaltz
Beer Table
427 B 7th Avenue (Btwn 14th & 15th Sts), Park Slope

Matthew Polacheck comes to the table to share the story of a Coney Island gem, the Schmaltz Brewing Company. Pull up a seat and nurse a pint while a sudsy story hour ensues.

Thursday, June 11, 6pm
Craig Claiborne and the Invention of Food Journalism
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnold Hall
55 W. 13th St., 2nd floor
Admission, $5

Panelists include: Molly O’Neill, Betty Fussell, Anne Mendelson, David Leite, John T. Edge, and Andrew F. Smith. “Called the nation’s preeminent food journalist, Mississippi-born Craig Claiborne trained in Switzerland as a chef on the GI bill after World War II. On his return to the United States, he began writing articles for Gourmet and became an editor at the magazine. His career skyrocketed when The New York Times hired him as its first food columnist in 1957. Claiborne’s columns, reviews and cookbooks introduced Americans to a wide range of international and ethnic food. Other newspapers followed The New York Times’s lead, and soon a cadre of authoritative newspaper food writers helped attune millions of Americans to the finer points of good food and cooking. Our panel explores Claiborne’s life, work, and his seminal influence on food journalism in America.”

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Dear Local Gourmands,

On Saturday I had the treat of sampling my way around Taste of Tribeca where Terrance Brennan was plating watermelon salad, and Chanterelle served up ramp risotto. The fundraiser for the neighborhood’s two public schools celebrated its fifteenth year with gusto– at one end of the fest Drew Nierporent conducted a cooking competition that promoted American lamb, at the other the neighborhood farmer’s market sold piles of rhubarb. We’ll have to wait another year for the fair to roll around again, but I was definitely inspired to give my own ramp risotto recipe another shot. And speaking of risotto, make sure to block out some time this Saturday for the Risotto Challenge at Jimmy’s No. 43! Proceeds benefit Just Food.

Keep stirring,
Jeanne

Monday, May 18, 7-8:30pm
Sixpoint Craft Ales Tasting
Beer Table
427 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.

Monday, May 18, 6:30pm
The Bartender’s Garden: Cocktails from the Greenmarket
Astor Center
Tickets $65

“Learn to concoct cocktails with ingredients that are in season – whether juiced, muddled, mixed or infused (and sometimes even pickled!) This hands-on workshop is one part instruction (you’ll be reminded of bartending basics such as how to shake, stir, balance and muddle your drinks), one part inspiration (what we make is dictated by what’s available), one part innovation (after rolling up your sleeves with our seasonal samples, you’ll be set loose on a table full of spirits, mixers, garnishes and more from which you can build your own) and all delicious.”

Tuesday, May 19,
Beer Pairing
Food for Thought Tours
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Food for Thought Tours swings by Jimmy’s to learn all about beer pairings from the man himself.

Wednesday, May 20, 7:00
Food, Inc. Film Screening
Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Film Center at NYU
36 East 8th St., Manhattan

Food, Inc. will hit theaters on June 12th, but for those of you involved in the good food movement– in theory and in practice– get a sneak peak at this preview screening.

Wednesday, May 20, 7:30
Beer-bacon-chutney tasting with Josh Ozersky
Jimmy’s No. 43
Tickets $35

Food blogger and fanatical carnivore Josh Ozersky introduces five local bacons (expect to see cuts from Tamarack Farm, Violet Hills Farm, Flying Pig Farm, and Mountain View Farm– all based in New York state) to be paired with mustards and chutney from School House Kitchen (based in Brooklyn’s Old American Can Factory) and sudsy selections by Jon Lundbon.

Wednesday, May 20, 6:30
A History of Television Cooking Shows with Kathleen Collins
Culinary Historians of New York
Astor Center
Tickets $40 non-members and guests | $25 CHNY members

“What do more than fifty years of television cooking shows reveal about how we eat—and how we live? And why are audiences still riveted? These are the questions Kathleen Collins kept in mind as she researched and wrote her new book, Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum Books, 2008). Since the 1940s, when television sets were becoming a standard feature in American homes, cooking shows have appeared on the air, their quality ranging from erudite and instructional to purely entertaining. The speaker will lead us through that history, from Dione Lucas to the Iron Chef, and will show us how these programs have ‘both reflected and shaped significant changes in American culture.'”

Friday, May 22, 10am-6pm
Fulton Stall Market opens!
Open all summer long, Fridays and Saturdays
South Street between Fulton and Beekman

The old Fulton Market gets a new business, and lower Manhattan residents have a new place to buy fresh, local produce. Come with plenty of empty bags to carry home the bounty of produce, artisanal cheese, organic bread, and fresh fish.

Friday, May 22, 8pm
CinemaKitchen with Brooklyn Sour
Union Docs
322 Union Ave., Williamsburg
Tickets, $25

Lila Dobbs (Brooklyn Sour) and Gina Telaroli (Project Film School) have teamed up to take dinner and a movie to the next level. Save yourself a seat at the table to dine on asparagus salad and venison pheasant pot pie. After you’ve licked your lips from your helping of Schlitz Beer Float with Buttermilk Ice Cream and Rhubarb Compot (yeah!!) cuddle up with your dining companions for a screening of God’s Country.

Saturday, May 23, noon-7pm
Parked!
The Yard
388-400 Carroll St., Brooklyn

The Yard, a favorite outdoor ramshackle hang by the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, re-opens this weekend, and calls together some of our favorite street cart vendors to celebrate. VanLeeuwan Ice Cream, Pizzamoto, Red Hook Huarache Vendors, and the Community Juice Truck will be hanging out and serving up some serious grub, so park it here for the afternoon.

Saturday, May 23, 1-5pm
Risotto Challenge
Benefit for Just Food
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
$20 at the door

Kathy Erway (Not Eating out in New York) and Karol Lu invite you to the 2nd Annual Risotto Challenge! Prepare yourself for some imaginative takes on this comfort food staple. Proceeds will benefit Just Food, and the dishes the contestants serve up will benefit all who show up to taste test.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm
Fresh
Screening and panel discussion to follow
French Institute Alliance
Florence Gould Hall E. 59th St., btwn. Park and Madison
Tickets, $15

Catch an early screening of the movie Fresh, a new film about re-creating America’s food system.
Panel to follow screening:
Jacquie Berger (Moderator), Executive Director, Just Food
Dan Barber, Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Blue Hills, Stone Barn (Dan Barber will only be at the 6:30pm panel.)
Joan Gussow, Founding member of Just Food, Professor at Columbia University
Joel Salatin, Founder, Polyface Farms
Will Allen, Founder, Growing Power
Josh Viertel, President, Slow Food International
Ana Joanes, Director & Producer of FRESH

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I have been very, very well fed lately, and not because I’ve had time to cook for myself. From inspired samplings at yesterday’s Tofu Takedown to Winnie’s supper club dinner of buttermilk fried chicken and grilled asparagus– not to mention the sausages at Saturday’s birthday party (bought from the Greenmarket, bien sur, and cooked to perfection by our grill master du jour, Jesse)– it’s all I can do to pace myself! At the market Wilklow Orchards has magnificent rhubarb for sale, and I’ve been munching on spinach from Maxwell Farmstand like a happy bunny. Quick before the sun goes down, I’m gonna try and sneak in a bike ride to Williamsburg to try and catch up with cupcakes at the Brooklyn Kitchen’s cook-off. Best of all, there are the friends, neighbors, farmers, organizations, and fellow food writers I meet along the way and am always happy to share a meal with.

Yours in the spirit of delicious community building,
Jeanne

Monday, May 11, 7pm
Third Annual Brooklyn Kitchen Cupcake Cook-off!
Union Pool, Williamsburg
*Benefits the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen

For all the sweet tooths out there, the Brooklyn Kitchen’s gotch’ya covered this Monday with their third annual cupcake cook-off. Show up at 7 to sample the goods, and cast your vote for the meilleur de meilleur.

Tuesday, May 12, 12:30-2pm
Food Systems Network New York Open Networking Meeting
Citizens Committee for NewYork
305 7th Ave., 15th fl., Manhattan

This month’s networking meeting hosts a panel discussion on food policy initiatives that are being advanced in partnership with both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Borough Presidents’ offices. “Policy makers and citizens’ groups with professionals are joining together to create lasting change. This session is dedicated to providing the opportunity for you to learn more about becoming involved in changing the nyc food policy landscape, and posing your questions about the directions and strategies of the borough based initiatives. Discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Nevin Cohen, The New School.”
Special guests:
Honorable Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Manhattan Deputy Borough President
Jenifer Clapp, Policy Analyst, Manhattan Borough President’s Office
Italia Guerrero, Policy Analyst, Brooklyn Borough President’s Office
Lorrie Clevenger, Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign and Brooklyn’s Bounty

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. 43
43 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.

Saturday, May 16, 12-4pm
Victory Gardening at Two Coves Community Garden
Located at the triangle where Astoria Blvd., 30th Ave., and 8th St. meet, Queens
718-512-8649

Join the members of Two Coves Community Garden in Queens for urban gardening and workshops on canning, pickling, composting, and container gardening.

Saturday, May 16, 10:30am
Ramp Foraging Excursion to Paisly Farm
Paisly Farm, Tivoli, NY
Tickets $85

“Arrive by 10:30am, when we will chat briefly over coffee and danishes. You will then be taken to a secret ramp location. We will provide all the tools you need. Expert forager Mike Kokas will give a brief tutorial on ramp habitat, and we will spend a couple hours gathering
ramps. Then we’ll return to the main house for a tutorial on cooking ramps and an outdoor lunch.”

Saturday, May 16, 11am-5pm
Leek Planting Party
Hearty Roots Farm
Red Hook, NY
*Rain date, May 17

Join members of the Bay Ridge CSA at their farm, Hearty Roots, in Red Hook this Saturday for their annual planting party. Last year was the year for onions, this year, the crowd will be transplanting leeks from their greenhouse trays to the soil. Stop by for a few hours or the whole day, and feel free to bring a picnic! Check out what Craig McCord wrote about the party last year on the HuffPo.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Monday, May 18, 7-8:30pm
Sixpoint Craft Ales Tasting
Beer Table
427 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.

Monday, May 18, 6:30pm
The Bartender’s Garden: Cocktails from the Greenmarket
Astor Center
Tickets $65

“Learn to concoct cocktails with ingredients that are in season – whether juiced, muddled, mixed or infused (and sometimes even pickled!) This hands-on workshop is one part instruction (you’ll be reminded of bartending basics such as how to shake, stir, balance and muddle your drinks), one part inspiration (what we make is dictated by what’s available), one part innovation (after rolling up your sleeves with our seasonal samples, you’ll be set loose on a table full of spirits, mixers, garnishes and more from which you can build your own) and all delicious.”

Wednesday, May 20, 7:30
Beer-bacon-chutney tasting with Josh Ozersky
Jimmy’s No. 43
Tickets $35

Food blogger and fanatical carnivore Josh Ozersky introduces five local bacons (expect to see cuts from Tamarack Farm, Violet Hills Farm, Flying Pig Farm, and Mountain View Farm– all based in New York state) to be paired with mustards and chutney from School House Kitchen (based in Brooklyn’s Old American Can Factory) and sudsy selections by Jon Lundbon.

Wednesday, May 20, 6:30
A History of Television Cooking Shows with Kathleen Collins
Culinary Historians of New York
Astor Center
Tickets $40 non-members and guests | $25 CHNY members

“What do more than fifty years of television cooking shows reveal about how we eat—and how we live? And why are audiences still riveted? These are the questions Kathleen Collins kept in mind as she researched and wrote her new book, Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum Books, 2008). Since the 1940s, when television sets were becoming a standard feature in American homes, cooking shows have appeared on the air, their quality ranging from erudite and instructional to purely entertaining. The speaker will lead us through that history, from Dione Lucas to the Iron Chef, and will show us how these programs have ‘both reflected and shaped significant changes in American culture.'”

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Dear Local Gourmands,

After a winter of hiding inside by the stove, there is nothing like getting out in the world and meeting up with friends for cocktail hour on a spring evening. The weather, the flowers– pretty much everything about this season turns me on to the spirits that spill forth from the bottle. I’ve been particularly curious about herbal cocktails and local wine lately. Several delicious bottles from the East End (especially Shinn Estate Vineyards) have made their way to my ice box (they didn’t last long), and I am shamelessly tauting Edible Brooklyn’s upcoming Brooklyn Uncorked on May 13. For those of you sprouting all kinds of herbs on the windowsill, think about a lesson in mixology at the Astor Center with Jenn Smith to inspire some very locally-themed elixirs.

Yours in Bacchanalian mischief,
Jeanne

CSA Shares Still available!
Paisley Farm CSA has four pick up spots around the city, with an ever-expanding list of add on items– now you can opt in for a share of Crop to Cup coffee. Keep it comin’ and sign up now!

Tuesday, May 5, 7pm
Leda Meredith
Community Bookstore
Park Slope

Botany, Ballet, and Dinner from Scratch chronicles the hurdles, delights, and rationale to the year Meredith, a professional dancer and botanist, lived as a Brooklyn-based locavore (eating only foods grown within 250 miles of her home). Although local at the core, Meredith’s journey extends beyond New York to include anecdotes and recipes from her world travels and European heritage, and she also addresses the ecological impact of international food transport. But at the end of the day, she writes, “Why eat local? Because saving the world tastes good.” Leda Meredith is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden specializing in edible and medicinal plants, and has been a professional dancer for over 30 years.”

Wednesday, May 6, 8pm
Added Value Benefit Dinner at iCi
iCi’s Upstairs Dining Room
246 Dekalb Avenue (at Vanderbilt Avenue)
Tickets $45, please call 212.789.2778 to reserve

Sing the praises of the very first Added Value harvest from 2009 at this special three-course meal at iCi in Fort Greene. Savio Wines will be paired with each course and ticket sales will benefit the farm for what is sure to be a bountiful season ahead.

Friday, May 8, 7-9pm
The Wild Sid: Cooking with Native Spring Plants
Demo and tasting
Whole Foods Culinary Center
95 East Houston Street
Tickets $25

In celebration of NYC Wildflower Week (May 2-9), chef Ori Cosentino from The Green Table at Chelsea Market leads a class on cooking with seasonal native plants. The featured ingredients appear on the Green Table’s menue when in season, and with chef’s instruction, learn how to incorporate these delicate spring specialties in your own home cooking. On the menu: Wild Herb Pate Crostini; Creamy Spring Onion and Sorrel Soup with Ramp Oil; Foraged Spring Salad with Wild Garlic Vinaigrette; Sassafras and Spice Blackened Bass with Green Pea Puree.

Saturday, May 9, 10:30am
Ramp Foraging at Paisley Farm
Tickets $85

“In addition to growing a great variety of vegetables, Paisley Farm is known for foraging wild edibles.
In springtime, Paisley Farm gathers ramps, fiddlehead ferns, and nettles. These foraging excursions will show you how to find and cook spring’s most delicious (and ephemeral!) treat. Arrive at Paisley Farm by 10:30am for coffee and danishes. You will then be taken to a secret ramp location. Expert forager Mike Kokas will give a brief tutorial on ramp habitat, and you will spend a couple hours gathering ramps. Then, return to the main house for a tutorial on cooking ramps and an outdoor lunch.” Paisley Farm is located in Tivoli, NY, a hop, skip, and a ride away from the city.

Saturday, May 9, noon-’til the cows come home
Habana Outpost Block Party
Corner of Fulton St. and S. Portland, Fort Greene

“May 9th from noon to midnight – South Portland Ave. between Fulton and Lafayette will be off the hook with local vendors, live music, djs, kids activities, a fashion show by local designer Lexx Perry, and of course, yours truly — HABANA OUTPOST serving up our famous corn, food and drinks ALL DAY!!!”

Saturday, May 9, 1pm
Woodland Cooking Series – Ferns
The Wave Hill House, Wave Hill, Bronx
Free with admission to Wave Hill House

“Fiddleheads from the native ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) are a traditional delicacy available for a short time only in April and May. Enjoy these tasty woodland treats in a simple but elegant dish prepared by Chef Marc Spooner. Learn about other garden-worthy native ferns from Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day; select ferns available for purchase in the Wave Hill Shop.”

Saturday, May 9, 10am-3pm
Greenmarket to Table
CENYC 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.”
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

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. 43
43 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 Table
427 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.

Monday, May 18, 6:30pm
The Bartender’s Garden: Cocktails from the Greenmarket
Astor Center
Tickets $65

“Learn to concoct cocktails with ingredients that are in season – whether juiced, muddled, mixed or infused (and sometimes even pickled!) This hands-on workshop is one part instruction (you’ll be reminded of bartending basics such as how to shake, stir, balance and muddle your drinks), one part inspiration (what we make is dictated by what’s available), one part innovation (after rolling up your sleeves with our seasonal samples, you’ll be set loose on a table full of spirits, mixers, garnishes and more from which you can build your own) and all delicious.”

Wednesday, May 20, 7:30
Beer-bacon-chutney tasting with Josh Ozersky
Jimmy’s No. 43
Tickets $35

Food blogger and fanatical carnivore Josh Ozersky introduces five local bacons (expect to see cuts from Tamarack Farm, Violet Hills Farm, Flying Pig Farm, and Mountain View Farm– all based in New York state) to be paired with mustards and chutney from School House Kitchen (based in Brooklyn’s Old American Can Factory) and sudsy selections by Jon Lundbon.

Wednesday, May 20, 6:30
A History of Television Cooking Shows with Kathleen Collins
Culinary Historians of New York
Astor Center
Tickets $40 non-members and guests | $25 CHNY members

“What do more than fifty years of television cooking shows reveal about how we eat—and how we live? And why are audiences still riveted? These are the question sKathleen Collins kept in mind as she researched and wrote her new book, Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum Books, 2008). Since the 1940s, when television sets were becoming a standard feature in American homes, cooking shows have appeared on the air, their quality ranging from erudite and instructional to purely entertaining. The speaker will lead us through that history, from Dione Lucas to the Iron Chef, and will show us how these programs have ‘both reflected and shaped significant changes in American culture.'”

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