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.
Monday, May 18, 7-8:30pm
Sixpoint Craft Ales Tasting
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
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
“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,
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
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
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
322 Union Ave., Williamsburg
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
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
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Wednesday, May 27, 6:30pm
Screening and panel discussion to follow
French Institute Alliance
Florence Gould Hall E. 59th St., btwn. Park and Madison
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