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Dear Local Gourmands,

Over the weekend I packed up my belongings and moved a whole 1.8 miles across Brooklyn to a beautiful new house on Clinton Ave. My pots and pans are in boxes, my clothes are in bags, but the rosemary plant and basil made the trip sans problem, and I plan to be back in action by Saturday for a party on the roof. Now, where did I pack the ice cream machine?

Pass the watermelon, please,
Jeanne

Wednesday, July 1, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club:
Dilly of a Death
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Your favorite local kitchen/housewares shop brings back its foodie book club in July with Dilly of a Death. “China Bayles is a former big-city attorney who now runs Thyme and Seasons Herbs, a small shop in quiet, touristy Pecan Springs, Tex. Dill is the featured herb in this installment of the high-concept series. As Pecan Springs gets ready for its annual Pickle-Fest, China and the other members of the Pretty Pickle Planners panic when Phoebe Morgan the Pickle Queen disappears right before the big event. There are plenty of suspects, false scents and surprises as China scrambles to keep Pickle-Fest alive-and solve a murder or two. The interplay of the author’s core characters, including China’s husband Mike McQuaid and her best friend Ruby Wilcox, keep the plot perking along. McQuaid, a former cop, is focused on becoming a PI, while Ruby’s daughter, Amy, seems bent on making the same mistake Ruby made as a young woman-becoming a single mother.”

Saturday, July 4, 5pm
Camp Out and Pig Roast at the Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway Floral Park, Queens
Tickets, $80

Spend the Fourth out on the farm where Tom Mylan will be roasting a pig, and Sweet Deliverance will be serving up pulled pork sandwiches, salad, and pies. Play capture the flag, kick the can, and flashlight tag; drink local brews, and dance, dance, dance until you fall into a slumber beneath the trees in the orchard– it is a camp out, after all. Wake up for farm fresh eggs and scones in the morning. Tents and transportation are up to you, but the crew will provide car services to the LIRR on Sunday morning. Profits from this event will benefit the Queens Farm.
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Tuesday, July 7, 7-8:30pm
The Joy of Cheese for Hard Times
10 Degrees
121 St. Mark’s Place (btwn. 1st Ave and Ave. A)
Tickets, $25

“The Joy of Cheese presents part two of Good Cheese for Hard Times, a primer on enjoying great cheese on a budget. In this installment of our three-part series we will focus mostly on softer cheeses. Expect cheeses from our local diaries, Cato Corner, Meco Bay, and Sprout Creek, as well as fine soft cheeses from places as far flung as California and Italy. As is true of every Joy of Cheese event, there will be fruit, dark chocolate, and two mystery cheeses.”

Wednesday, July 8, 7pm
Meet the Farmer Dinner at Applewood
with Lucky Dog Organic Farm
501 11th St., Park Slope
Reservations, $85

Applewood invites you to a family-style table for a four-course tasting menu paired with wine, featuring the produce from Lucky Dog Organic Farm in Hamden, NY. Meet the farmers and Chef David Shea who will be answering questions. Call 718.788.1810 to reserve your seat.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

A few weeks ago I polished off the last of my winter stash of buckwheat honey (a wonderful, dark, nutty honey that’s so thick like resin you can barely see through the jar) and switched to a light, springtime batch of basswood honey. When I asked my go-to honey guy from Nature’s Way Farm how the basswood tastes a smile spread across his face: “It’s like heaven,” he said. And I knew exactly what he meant. The flavor is a delicate high note and the honey itself is the color of sunshine.

From June 22-28 states across the country are celebrating Pollinator Week, and the local festivities in New York get off to a start tonight with the Beekeepers Ball at South Street Seaport (tickets are still available for $25). You can learn more about the movement to legalize beekeeping in our five boroughs, as well as the many benefits of housing these important pollinators from Just Food and the NY Beekeeper’s Association. To get you in the mood, here’s Every Third Bite by my friends at Meerkat Media.

All best,
Jeanne

Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26
NYC Pollinator Week

Participating restaurants serve New York honey-inspired dishes and drinks to celebrate those most vital pollinators who make our world go ’round. Check out a list of restos who have sweet, local honey on their mind and in their hearts here.

Monday, June 22, 6-11pm
The Beekeepers Ball
South Street Seaport Water Taxi Beach
Tickets, $25

NYC Pollinator Week begins with a ball for the bees– honey-infused hors d’oeuvres and local beers donated by Brooklyn Brewery, Kelso, and Long Island Meadery get you in the mood to buzz around the dance floor. Oh yes, and there are prizes for the best bee and beekeeper costumes. How sweet it is!

Tuesday, June 23, 12:30pm
Rally to Legalize NYC Beekeeping
City Hall

Join Councilman David Yassky and Majora Carter on Tuesday at a rally to legalize beekeeping in our fare city. The rally will coincide with a hearing for a Brooklyn beekeeper who was issued a notice of violation by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on May 20. “Let’s send a strong message of support for her and other brave beekeepers in NYC, and tell City Council and the Department of Health to take immediate action to end the illegality of beekeeping in NYC!”

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Art/Farm: An Evening with Dan Barber, Lisa M. Hamilton, and Matthew Moore
Astor Center (399 Lafayette St., @ E. 4th)
Tickets, $35

“A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. In her new book, writer/photographer Lisa M. Hamilton asks: why not look to the people who grow our food? Join us for an evening of stories and artwork by Hamilton, farmer/artist Matthew Moore, and chef/storyteller-extraordinaire Dan Barber of the restaurants Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Each will share pieces of their thoughtful, funny, and original work, which goes beyond policy and politics to celebrate the art of bringing food to the table. Following the program will be a reception with wine and light snacks. Lisa M. Hamilton will be signing copies of her new book Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness (Counterpoint, 2009).”

Wednesday, June 24,
Canning with Sweet Deliverance and the Brooklyn Kitchen
Tickets, $40

Every Wednesday this summer Sweet Deliverance will be teaching canning methods to preserve your local produce. Classes will be held in the Sweet Deliverance kitchen on Atlantic Ave. in Bedstuy. This week, learn to make cherry jam and pickled garlic scapes! Everyone will go home with treats to enjoy as well as suggestions for use.

Wednesday, June 24, 7-11pm
Back Yard Barbecue with Egg
Hope Lounge
Plate o’ grub $5, PBR $2

The kids that brought you Dinner with the Band play host to a back yard barbecue at Hope Lounge in Williamsburg, where your fave chefs from Egg bring on pulled pork and all the fixins. Settle dinner with a little dancing– Les Savy Fav. deejays.

Thursday, June 25
Hidden Hives Tour
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Suggested donation, $10
*Call for exact time: 212-982-3006

“Explore the incredible hidden world of urban beekeeping without leaving your bar-stool. Learn about the ancient art of mead-making, while indulging in a mead tasting – you’ll find out why this ancient beverage is known as the nectar of the gods. On this virtual tour, you’ll visit rooftop, backyard, and community garden hives and hear the tales of intrepid urban beekeepers. Come to Jimmy’s No. 43 and find out what all the buzz is about.”

Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm
Cinemakitchen
Union Docs
322 Union Ave., Williamsburg
Tickets, $25
*Just a few tickets remain!

The monthly dinner and a movie supper club Cinemakitchen returns to Union Docs with another food-film pairing to inspire friendly banter among good people gathered ’round the table. “Join gastronomes and film buffs as we enjoy an artfully-prepared, film-inspired dinner and then digest while viewing a bit of cinema. Discover the world of food and film with our non-formal and non-traditional approach to education. In other words – eat, drink, & see movies!” The film of the night is LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG (1964) / Directed by Jacques Demy. The menu is compiled by Lila Dobbs of Brooklyn Sour.

Friday, June 26, 11am-7pm
Honey Festival
Union Square Greenmarket

This is just one of the multiple events during NYC Pollinator week. Meet the local urban beekeepers you’ve been hearing about and taste the sweet honey from the blocks of New York City. Demos, hives, and honey for all!

Saturday, June 27
Edible Garden
New York Botanical Garden

The Edible Garden gets going on June 27 with a host of workshops and exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. “The Edible Garden is a summer-long celebration of growing great food. Through delectable exhibitions and mouth-watering programs, be inspired to grow, prepare, and eat garden-fresh produce, and understand how plants provide the food and drink essential to maintaining life and enhancing wellness.”

Sunday, June 28
The UnFancy Food Show
East River Bar
$5

Talk food and eat food with a solid crew of Brooklyn purveyors who kept up the party at last year’s UnFancy Food Show despite a wild rainstorm. McClure Pickles, Marlow and Sons, Rooftop Farms, Edible Brooklyn, Blue Marble, Nunu Chocolate, Salvatore Brooklyn, and a slew of other local foodie favorites all get together to kick it this Sunday afternoon.
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Monday, June 29,
Brooklyn Slur at the Clover Club
Slow Food NYC
210 Smith St., Carroll Gardens

“The Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour. It’s fun, social, and informal. But it’s also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let us know what you think. Got a great idea for an event? Looking for ways to get involved? Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just want to have a relaxing drink with other “Slow” minded people? The Slur is your opportunity. Clover Club uses seasonal ingredients to create traditional and updated versions of classic cocktails. Their attention to detail and commitment to quality has earned them the approval of cocktail lovers from all over the city. We hope you can join us there.”

Wednesday, July 1, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club:
Dilly of a Death
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Your favorite local kitchen/housewares shop brings back its foodie book club in July with Dilly of a Death. “China Bayles is a former big-city attorney who now runs Thyme and Seasons Herbs, a small shop in quiet, touristy Pecan Springs, Tex. Dill is the featured herb in this installment of the high-concept series. As Pecan Springs gets ready for its annual Pickle-Fest, China and the other members of the Pretty Pickle Planners panic when Phoebe Morgan the Pickle Queen disappears right before the big event. There are plenty of suspects, false scents and surprises as China scrambles to keep Pickle-Fest alive-and solve a murder or two. The interplay of the author’s core characters, including China’s husband Mike McQuaid and her best friend Ruby Wilcox, keep the plot perking along. McQuaid, a former cop, is focused on becoming a PI, while Ruby’s daughter, Amy, seems bent on making the same mistake Ruby made as a young woman-becoming a single mother.”

Saturday, July 4, 5pm
Camp Out and Pig Roast at the Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway Floral Park, Queens
Tickets, $80

Spend the Fourth out on the farm where Tom Mylan will be roasting a pig, and Sweet Deliverance will be serving up pulled pork sandwiches, salad, and pies. Play capture the flag, kick the can, and flashlight tag; drink local brews, and dance, dance, dance until you fall into a slumber beneath the trees in the orchard– it is a camp out, after all. Wake up for farm fresh eggs and scones in the morning. Tents and transportation are up to you, but the crew will provide car services to the LIRR on Sunday morning. Profits from this event will benefit the Queens Farm.

Tuesday, July 7, 7-8:30pm
The Joy of Cheese for Hard Times
10 Degrees
121 St. Mark’s Place (btwn. 1st Ave and Ave. A)
Tickets, $25

“The Joy of Cheese presents part two of Good Cheese for Hard Times, a primer on enjoying great cheese on a budget. In this installment of our three-part series we will focus mostly on softer cheeses. Expect cheeses from our local diaries, Cato Corner, Meco Bay, and Sprout Creek, as well as fine soft cheeses from places as far flung as California and Italy. As is true of every Joy of Cheese event, there will be fruit, dark chocolate, and two mystery cheeses.”

Wednesday, July 8, 7pm
Meet the Farmer Dinner at Applewood
with Lucky Dog Organic Farm
501 11th St., Park Slope
Reservations, $85

Applewood invites you to a family-style table for a four-course tasting menu paired with wine, featuring the produce from Lucky Dog Organic Farm in Hamden, NY. Meet the farmers and Chef David Shea who will be answering questions. Call 718.788.1810 to reserve your seat.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I’m gonna be a little self-righteous here and tell you that I gladly made it out of the Big Apple BBQ without a sandwich, but at least I had my faculties in tact. I went expecting terrible lines, but honestly nothing could have prepared me for that chaos! Luckily I sampled some awesome barbecued mutton with snappy coleslaw at the launch for the NYC Food Film Fest on Saturday night, and got my ‘cue fix taken care of. Then I came home to Brooklyn to my fridge which was stocked with a bottle of Long Island’s Shinn Estate Vineyard Coalescence and made some strawberry-rhubarb frozen yogurt made from that morning’s Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket expedition. For me, Brooklyn is home, and these local pleasures run as deep as a Kentukian’s taste for bourbon. Get a glimpse into the lives of locals in various parts of the country rhapsodizing about their own food heritage at the NYC Food Film Fest, on all week (for free!) at Water Taxi Beach. Taste and drink fare inspired by the films, and be glad you live in New York City where our own local food story always boils down to the melting pot. (BTW, Several New Yorkers share their own stories at a reading of Gastropolis on Sunday, June 21.)

As my grandmother says, ice cream (or fro-yo) tastes better when you eat it with a small spoon. Who knows why, but she’s always been right about this one.

Hope you’re tasting plenty of all our local flavors,
Jeanne

Monday, June 15-Friday, June 19, 7pm
3rd Annual NYC Food Film Festival
Water Taxi Beach (South Street Seaport and LIC locations)

All food films, all free, all at the beach, all week! Catch the likes of Mr. Okra, Buttermilk: It Can Help, and Come Have an Omelette With Me, among many other fine food-centric shorts and features (full schedule here). Enjoy cocktails inspired by and paired specifically with each film, by masterful mixologist, Marshall Altier. Food from the films will be served to all, so come get your summer outdoor movie on, and leave the buttered popcorn at the indoor theatres.

Monday, June 15, 6:30-8:30pm
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.”

Monday, June 15, 7pm
Alimentum– The Literature of Food
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.

Alimentum Journal which celebrates the literature of food, holds the launch of it’s 8th issue with special guests Mark Kurlansky (author, Salt: A World History, and Cod: A Biography of the Fisht That Changes the World, among others), Elizabeth Swados (award-winning author and composter of Trilogy), James Stur (author of the novel Sasso), and Michael Hearst (composer, writer, and producer, whose most recent solo work is the record, Songs For Ice Cream Trucks).

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Slow U: Drinking Local– Wines of the Finger Lakes
Astor Center
Tickets, $45

“The vine covered slopes above the deep, glacial Finger Lakes – Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca – offer winemakers a wide array of microclimates and terroir to work with. This cool growing region favors aromatic varieties such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer as well as delicious Chardonnays in the style of crisp Chablis. Complex methode champenoise style sparkling wines thrive in this environment too. Taste nine wines– three form each Lake area– that will include Herman Wiemer, Dr. Konstantin Frank, Anthony Road, Treleaven, Heart and Hands, Heron Hill, Hosmer, Wagner and Hunt Country Vineyards. ”

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Recipe, Replication, Innovation
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Fl

Anne McBride moderates “Recipe, Replication, Innovation,” a panel put on by The Institute for Public Knowledge featuring Amanda Hesser (author and New York Times Columnist), Zak Pelaccio (Chef-Owner, Fatty Crab), Laura Shapiro (writer), and Rica Allannic (Senior Editor, Clarkson Potter). “Recipes are ways of transmitting, translating and fixing practical cultural information. They embody the tension between standardization and improvisation, intimacy and popularity, proximity and distance, “my” culture and “other” cultures. At a time when recipes are broadcast what goals do they serve? How does technology change their form and content? What creative process does a chef, a writer or an editor follow when working on new recipes? How do we categorize recipes? The panelists will address these questions and more, looking at recipes as a practical knowledge system and mode of translation and examine the ways in which medium (oral, print and digital) and audience (size and distance) shape them.”

Wednesday, June 17, 6:30pm
The Connection between Food and Lifestyle with Erica Mather
Jena Wellness Center
1133 Broadway, Ste. 1107 (at 26th St.)
RSVP to Heidi heidi@tastebudsnyc.com
Tickets, $15

No matter what we’d like to believe, the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ rings as true as a nagging mother. This 90-minute workshop explores the “food-mood” connection, evaluates how we connect our eating habits with other areas of our lives, and offers tips on how to elevate those habits. Erica Mather, certified holistic health counselor, leads the session.

Thursday, June 18, 9pm
Food Security: An Interactive Workshop
Food Riot Project and Give Us Bread
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk St.

Held in conjunction with the Food Riot Project and the production, Give Us Bread, the Action Center to End World Hunger investigates our food security and the risk factors that threaten it. This conversation will highlight the link between hunger and food security, and identify ways in which you can take action to alleviate global hunger and poverty. **NB: tickets to Give Us Bread are discounted for Local Gourmands through Monday, June 15 only. Follow this link and type in the password LOCAL for $15 tix.

Friday, June 19, 7:30pm
Clean Your Plate! : Nosh & Network
Food Riot Project and Give Us Bread
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk St.

Before this Friday performance of Give Us Bread, enjoy a pre-show tasting of appetizers from local restaurants featured in the new restaurant guide, Clean Plates N.Y.C.
 **NB: tickets to Give Us Bread are discounted for Local Gourmands through Monday, June 15 only. Follow this link and type in the password LOCAL for $15 tix.

Saturday, June 20, 2-10pm
The Greenhorns Block Party
a benefit for The Greenhorns
Pharmacy
513 Henry at the corner of Sackett/Henry St.
Tickets, $30-$70

Gotta tell you this is the hottest ticket in town– on Saturday the bike-powered goat spit gets fired up for a fundraiser that will benefit continued work on the ever-evolving documentary The Greenhorns, which tells the story of America’s young farmers (we need them, and badly)! Rooftop movies, beer, sunshine, pedal-powered band, goat sandwiches, and of course “assorted acts and performances,” not to mention the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. More info: tucker@tuckerschwarz.com.

Sunday, June 21, 1pm
Gastropolis: Food and New York City
Governor’s Island

The wonderful collection of New York City food histories, Gastropolis (Columbia University Press, 2009), comes to life with a reading this Saturday, featuring editors Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch and contributors Anne Mendelson, Cara De Silva, Annie Lanzillotto and Mark Russ Federman of Russ and Daughters. Writers will read and discuss their appetizing, historic, and food voice perspectives on food and New York City, followed by a book signing.

Sunday, June 21, 10 am-5 pm
First Annual Herb Festival
Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Marcy & Lafayette Avenues
For more info: 718-638-3566 or hattiecarthangarden@yahoo.com

The Hattie Carthan garden is home to over 60 varieties of herbs and is lovingly tended by Raphaologist plant and sound medicine practitioner Yonnette Fleming. A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the herb garden will be accompanied by African drums, cooking demos, weed walks, an introduction to Chinese herbs, and tunes from the Soul Aces Blues Band. Freshly brewed home-made herbal beverages, herbal breads and other healthy cuisine will be for sale to benefit the start-up costs for the Garden’s market.
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Monday, June 22, 6-11pm
The Beekeeper’s Ball
South Street Seaport Water Taxi Beach
Tickets, $25

NYC Pollinator Week begins with a ball for the bees– honey-infused hors d’oeuvres and local beers donated by Brooklyn Brewery, Kelso, and Long Island Meadery get you in the mood to buzz around the dance floor. Oh yes, and there are prizes for the best bee and beekeeper costumes. How sweet it is!

Monday, June 22-Friday, June 26
NYC Pollinators Week

Participating restaurants serve New York nectar-infused dishes and drinks to celebrate those most vital pollinators who make our world go ’round. Check out a list of restos who have sweet, local honey on their mind and in their hearts here.

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Art/Farm: An Evening with Dan Barber, Lisa M. Hamilton, and Matthew Moore
Astor Center (399 Lafayette St., @ E. 4th)
Tickets, $35

“A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. In her new book, writer/photographer Lisa M. Hamilton asks: why not look to the people who grow our food? Join us for an evening of stories and artwork by Hamilton, farmer/artist Matthew Moore, and chef/storyteller-extraordinaire Dan Barber of the restaurants Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Each will share pieces of their thoughtful, funny, and original work, which goes beyond policy and politics to celebrate the art of bringing food to the table. Following the program will be a reception with wine and light snacks. Lisa M. Hamilton will be signing copies of her new book Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness (Counterpoint, 2009).”

Wednesday, June 24, 7-11pm
Back Yard Barbecue with Egg
Hope Lounge
Plate o’ grub $5, PBR $2

The folks behind Dinner with the Band play host to a back yard barbecue at Hope Lounge in Williamsburg, where your fave chefs from Egg bring on pulled pork and all the fixins. Settle dinner with a little dancing– Les Savy Fav. deejays.

Thursday, June 25, 7:30pm
Cinemakitchen
Union Docs
322 Union Ave., Williamsburg
Tickets, $25

The monthly dinner and a movie supper club Cinemakitchen returns to Union Docs with another food-film pairing to inspire friendly banter among good people gathered ’round the table. “Join gastronomes and film buffs as we enjoy an artfully-prepared, film-inspired dinner and then digest while viewing a bit of cinema. Discover the world of food and film with our non-formal and non-traditional approach to education. In other words – eat, drink, & see movies!” The film of the night is LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG (1964) / Directed by Jacques Demy. The menu is compiled by Lila Dobbs of Brooklyn Sour.

Friday, June 26, 11am-7pm
Honey Festival
Union Square Greenmarket

This is just one of the multiple events during NYC Pollinator week. Meet the local urban beekeepers you’ve been hearing about and taste the sweet honey from the blocks of New York City. Demos, hives, and honey for all!

Saturday, June 27
Edible Garden
New York Botanical Garden

The Edible Garden gets going on June 27 with a host of workshops and exhibitions at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. “The Edible Garden is a summer-long celebration of growing great food. Through delectable exhibitions and mouth-watering programs, be inspired to grow, prepare, and eat garden-fresh produce, and understand how plants provide the food and drink essential to maintaining life and enhancing wellness.”

Wednesday, July 1, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Kitchen Book Club:
Dilly of a Death
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Your favorite local kitchen/housewares shop brings back its foodie book club in July with Dilly of a Death. “China Bayles is a former big-city attorney who now runs Thyme and Seasons Herbs, a small shop in quiet, touristy Pecan Springs, Tex. Dill is the featured herb in this installment of the high-concept series. As Pecan Springs gets ready for its annual Pickle-Fest, China and the other members of the Pretty Pickle Planners panic when Phoebe Morgan the Pickle Queen disappears right before the big event. There are plenty of suspects, false scents and surprises as China scrambles to keep Pickle-Fest alive-and solve a murder or two. The interplay of the author’s core characters, including China’s husband Mike McQuaid and her best friend Ruby Wilcox, keep the plot perking along. McQuaid, a former cop, is focused on becoming a PI, while Ruby’s daughter, Amy, seems bent on making the same mistake Ruby made as a young woman-becoming a single mother.”

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I’m just home from the first picnic and outdoor concert of the summer– Brooklyn showed up in its finest for David Byrne, and the rain held off so the dance party could ensue. (After lazing and munching on strawberries and Patches of Star goat cheese we had plenty of energy to burn!) It seems to me that entertainment and food should always go hand in hand. This week, Brooklyn-Based holds a screening of Food, Inc. at the Bell House, and on Saturday, the NYC Food Film Fest kicks off with an opening event at the Astor Center, bringing new meaning to the tried and true dinner and a movie. Be sure that the organizers have planned to lure their food-conscious audience with more than just buttered popcorn.

Keep nodding to the beet,
Jeanne

June 5-21(Weds.&Thrs. 7:30pm; Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2 & 8pm; Sun. 3pm)
Give Us Bread
The Anthropologists
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk Street
Tickets, $17 with Local Gourmands discount (Code: LOCAL)

Give Us Bread, a current production by The Anthropologists, is inspired by the 1917 food riots that took place in New York City. The Food Riot Project has organized a number of discussions centering on hunger and the global benefits of eating locally, as well as other themes addressed in the play. The events are listed throughout this edition of Local Gourmands on various nights over the course of the next few weeks.

“In May 2008, director and playwright Melissa Fendell was listening to author Raj Patel being interviewed on NPR about his new book, Stuffed and Starved. When asked about examples of social actions related to price-gouging, he mentioned the 1917 food riots led by women in New York City. Armed with only this piece of information we have set off on a journey to explore this little-known but important moment in New York history, while simultaneously using it as a lens to explore current social, political and economic conditions.”

Tuesday, June 9, 12:30-2pm
Food Systems Network NYC Open Networking Meeting
La Plaza Cultural Community Garden
Southwest corner of East 9th street and Avenue C

This month’s FSNYC brown bag lunch convenes in La Plaza Cultural Community Garden with friends from GreenThumb and the Lower East Side Ecology Center. Arrive at noon for a brown bag lunch and tour of the garden, then stick around for a conversation with Mary Cleaver and LESEC about the cycle of food wast in our city.

Tuesday, June 9, 3:30pm
Reading / Reception for Libation: A Bitter Alchemy
Blue Ribbon Wine Bar
34 Downing Street

Author Deirdre Heekin reads from her book, Libation: A Bitter Alchemy, a travel narrative about a trip around Italy with her husband, Chef Caleb Barber, and their attempts to import the secrets they learned about Italian wine and spirits home to Pane e Salute, their acclaimed restaurant in Vermont.

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30-9:30pm
TasteBuds NYC
Habana Outpost
757 Fulton St. (at S. Portland), Fort Greene, Brooklyn

“For the first time ever, TastebudsNYC will hold happy hour in Brooklyn. Habana Outpost is Brooklyn’s first eco-eatery: they capture rainwater that feeds their plants and flushes the toilets; solar panels help energize the restaurant; and of course, the famous bike-powered blender to make you work for your frozen drinks. Don’t forget their grilled corn topped with cheese, mayonnaise, and lime. Recession-proof $2.50 Sixpoint Craft Ales will finish the evening.”

Wednesday, June 10, 7pm
Brooklyn Screening of Food, Inc.
The Bell House
149 7th St. btwn. 2nd & 3rd Aves., Gowanus, Brooklyn
Tickets, $24

In honor of Brooklyn’s “dozens of chefs, artisans, butchers and bakers who are committed to sustainable, collaborative efforts to improve the state of our food system,” Brooklyn Based hosts a screening of Food, Inc. at the Bell House this Wednesday. The Roebling Tea Room, Sweet Deliverance, McClure’s Pickles, and Nunu Chocolates provide Brooklyn bites, and Brooklyn Brewery’s Cuvee de Cardoz (bright summery ale) will be on tap at the open bar. A Q&A with director, Robert Kenner, will follow the screening.

Wednesday, June 10
Krishnendu Ray: Ethnicity and American Restaurants
Culinary Historians of New York
NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health
Steinhardt School
35 West 4th Street, 10th fl.
Tickets, $40

“America’s dining landscape is spangled with ethnic restaurants — Chinese, Indian, and Mexican for starters. But how is it that immigrants become restaurateurs? What are their motivations in designing their restaurants? Are they driven by economic need, innate habits, or conjectures about demand? And how has the popularity of various ethnic cuisines waxed and waned over the years? Join Krishnendu Ray for a lively and entertaining exploration of the history, habits, and hopes of immigrant restaurateurs, drawing on his research of documents dating back to 1850 and on his own interviews with dozens of current restaurant owners in New York City. Homemade versions of ethnic restaurant favorites will be served!”

Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30pm
In the Taverns of Lost Time: A Discussion and Tasting of Lost Liqueurs
Astor Center
Tickets, $35

“Join Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber as they walk you through the history of long lost liqueur recipes and show you how they’ve been able to rediscover them in their own kitchen. To kick off the evening, Deirdre will treat you to an excerpt from her new book Libation: A Bitter Alchemy, a collection of linked personal essays on wine and spirits. Caleb and Deirdre will demonstrate and prepare hors d’oevres from their collection of recipes to serve with a taste of one of Deirdre’s own rosolii (an intriguingly complex Sicilian spirit made from fresh vanilla bean and rose petals), as they discuss their numerous travels in search of these undiscovered gastronomic gems.”

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.”

Thursday, June 11, 9pm
“Is the Only Solution Revolution?: A Discussion with Raj Patel”
The Food Riot Project and Give Us Bread
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk Street

Author Raj Patel (Stuffed and Starved) leads a conversation on the world food system. “As history repeats itself, from 1917 to today, could now be the time for collective action? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to help create an agenda for social change!”

Saturday, June 13
Planting Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan
441 West 26th Street at 10th Ave.
Contact assistant-at-fritzhaeg.com to volunteer

E-mail the organizers for Manhattan’s Edible Estate if you’d like to lend your green thumbs to their garden this Saturday. “This garden landscape has been created to provide a view back to the lives of the native Lenape people, how they lived off the land 400 years ago on the island of Manhattan, from the native edible plants and their mounded plantings of beans, corn and squash, also know as “three sisters.” This garden is a meditation both on the historical facts and the future possibilities for our occupation of the island.”

Saturday, June 13, 6:30-9:30pm
NYC Food Film Festival
Astor Center
Tickets, $35

“The NYC Food Film Festival, in its third year, is a sort of ‘cinematic scratch and sniff’. It is a festival where films that celebrate food are screened then the food in those films is presented to the audience. Opening night of the festival features a pair of short films by Joe York, ‘Mutton: The Movie’ and ‘Buttermilk: It Can Help’ accompanied by BBQ mutton and a buttermilk tasting. Additional food stations (featuring a few items from the week-long festival) as well as beer and wine will be included; official festival mixologist Marshall Altier will be on hand to serve drinks influenced by this year’s film selections.”

Saturday, June 13, 9:30pm
Where’s My Food? : Urban Farming Today
Food Riot Project and Give Us Bread
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk St.

Life-long farmer Jack Algiere discusses locavorism, sustainability, and biodynamic farming. Join him to get down to the nitty gritty about where our food is coming from, and what it means to us and the greater community. Hosted by Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.

Sunday, June 14, 6pm
Perennial Vegetables with author Eric Toensmeier
Brecht Forum, West Street
Local Energy Solutions, 718.441.0246
info@localenergysolutions.org
Admission: $10 donation

“Perennial Vegetables Workshop – This workshop will feature an overview of perennial vegetable production, design ideas, and species suited to cold-climate gardens. Perennial vegetables can provide years of harvests
with very little care. Ideal for community gardens, small yards, and guerilla gardening.”
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Wednesday, June 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Recipe, Replication, Innovation
Institute for Public Knowledge
20 Cooper Square, 5th Fl

Anne McBride moderates “Recipe, Replication, Innovation,” a panel put on by The Institute for Public Knowledge featuring Amanda Hesser (author and New York Times Columnist), Zak Pelaccio (Chef-Owner, Fatty Crab), Laura Shapiro (writer), and Rica Allannic (Senior Editor, Clarkson Potter). “Recipes are ways of transmitting, translating and fixing practical cultural information. They embody the tension between standardization and improvisation, intimacy and popularity, proximity and distance, “my” culture and “other” cultures. At a time when recipes are broadcast what goals do they serve? How does technology change their form and content? What creative process does a chef, a writer or an editor follow when working on new recipes? How do we categorize recipes? The panelists will address these questions and more, looking at recipes as a practical knowledge system and mode of translation and examine the ways in which medium (oral, print and digital) and audience (size and distance) shape them.”

Thursday, June 18, 9pm
Food Security: An Interactive Workshop
Food Riot Project and Give Us Bread
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk St.

The Action Center to End World Hunger investigates the three main components of food security and the risk factors that threaten it. This conversation will highlight the link between hunger and food security, and identify ways in which you can take action to alleviate global hunger and poverty.

Friday, June 19, 7:30pm
Clean Your Plate! : Nosh & Network
Food Riot Project and Give Us Bread
Milagro Theater (CSV)
107 Suffolk St.

Before this Friday performance of Give Us Bread, enjoy a pre-show tasting of appetizers from local restaurants featured in the new restaurant guide, Clean Plates N.Y.C.

Saturday, June 20, 2-10pm
Goat Spit
a benefit for The Greenhorns
Pharmacy
513 Henry at the corner of Sackett/Henry St.

The bike-powered goat spit gets fired up for this young farmer film fundraiser. Rooftop movies, beer, sunshine, pedal-powered band, goat sandwiches, and of course “assorted acts and performances,” not to mention the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. More info: tucker@tuckerschwarz.com.

Monday, June 22, 6-11pm
The Beekeeper’s Ball
South Street Seaport Water Taxi Beach
Tickets, $25

NYC Pollinator Week begins with a ball for the bees– honey-infused hors d’oeuvres and local beers donated by Brooklyn Brewery, Kelso, and Long Island Meadery get you in the mood to buzz around the dance floor. Oh yes, and there are prizes for the best bee and beekeeper costumes. How sweet it is!

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Art/Farm: An Evening with Dan Barber, Lisa M. Hamilton, and Matthew Moore
Astor Center (399 Lafayette St., @ E. 4th)
Tickets, $35

“A century of industrialization has left our food system riddled with problems, yet for solutions we look to nutritionists and government agencies, scientists and chefs. In her new book, writer/photographer Lisa M. Hamilton asks: why not look to the people who grow our food? Join us for an evening of stories and artwork by Hamilton, farmer/artist Matthew Moore, and chef/storyteller-extraordinaire Dan Barber of the restaurants Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Each will share pieces of their thoughtful, funny, and original work, which goes beyond policy and politics to celebrate the art of bringing food to the table. Following the program will be a reception with wine and light snacks. Lisa M. Hamilton will be signing copies of her new book “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness” (Counterpoint, 2009).”

Friday, June 26, 11am-7pm
Honey Festival
Union Square Greenmarket

This is just one of the multiple events during NYC Pollinator week. Meet the local urban beekeepers you’ve been hearing about and taste the sweet honey from the blocks of New York City. Demos, hives, and honey for all!

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Last night, as a pot of rhubarb simmered on my stove, I read about the Obamas dining at Blue Hill on Saturday. Much has been blogged about regarding their choice of resto, Bruni’s alternate suggestions, and Michelle’s recent quote about happily handing over her cooking responsibilities to the White House staff. In all the back and forth I’d like to say that I was treated to a meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns last weekend, and it was one to remember. I hope the pres and his lady got a taste of the troutlings, the lettuce soup, the rhubarb marmalade, the soft boiled, breaded egg breaking onto a bed of perfect asparagus tips, because it all felt very special, and local, and good to me.

Later last night, when I went out in search of frozen yogurt to go with my homemade rhubarb sauce, I discovered that the neighbors were throwing out quality cookbooks, including a dusty old copy of The Art of Cooking Omelettes, a true gem. One friend needs help lugging soil to her rooftop garden, another couple of friends have just moved into a place with a back yard plot for an urban garden– suddenly compost, chickens, maybe even a fruit tree, all seem amazingly possible. I’m drinking Red Jacket Orchards’ cherry juice for breakfast and looking forward to strawberries for lunch. June, you are a wonder.

Best,
Jeanne

Tuesday, June 2, 6-10pm
Aperitivo
1 Dominick St. at 145 6th Ave., near Broome

1 Dominick launches its new aperitivo and wine cocktail menu in style with a little Tuesday night fete on the house. Expect Italian aperitivos like Punt E Mes and soda and Chinato to go along with Jimmy Carbone’s signature local, seasonally-inspired appetizers and farmstead cheese plate.

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.

Thursday, June 4, 4-6pm
New York Farm Connections:
Five Boroughs as Farmland and Marketplace
Fales Library Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, third Floor
70 Washington Square South

Moderated by Clark Wolf (food and restaurant consultant), with panelists: Louise Calderwood (agricultural producer, former Vermont Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Lecturer, Sterling College), Bob Lewis (New York Department of Agriculture and Markets), Gabriella Petrick (Assistant Professor, NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health), Gus Schumacher (Former Undersecretary for Farm & Foreign Agriculture Service, USDA)Saturday, June 6, 10am-1:30pm

Thursday, June 4, 7:30pm
New York Premiere: Food, Inc.
With Eric Schlosser, Robert Kenner, Alice Waters, and others
The Times Center, 242 W. 41st Street, Manhattan
Tickets, $15

“2008, 94 mins. Magnolia Pictures. Directed by Robert Kenner. With Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser. The Museum of the Moving Image is proud to present the New York premiere of this riveting documentary about the preparation and selling of food in today’s world. The film includes interviews with Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), and explores the way our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Owen Gleiberman, film critic for Entertainment Weekly, wrote “I’m not generally in the habit of praising documentaries for being good for you, but Food, Inc. is more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works (or, in this case, has started not to work).”

Saturday, June 6, 10am
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, 3-5pm
Local Cheese and Wine Tasting
Artisanal Cheese Center
500 W. 37th St.
Tickets, $90

“Celebrate the rich bounty of our region with a guided tasting of great farmstead and artisan cheeses accompanied by specially selected New York State wines. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Harvest Time good food educational school programs of Slow Food NYC.”

Saturday, June 6, 6-9pm
Hapa Kitchen ‘Cue at The Yard
388-400 Carroll St.
$7/plate of BBQ

Ladies of the Hapa Kitchen, Kathy Erway and Akiko Moorman, serve up local produce from Tamarack Hollow Farms at an epic barbecue at The Yard, on the bank of the Gowanus. Desserts from the Treat Truck to follow main course, just like the friends who will surely follow your trail when they get a whiff of how delicious this party will be.

Sunday, June 7, 4-6pm
Seed Saving: True Food Security with Ken Greene
LGBT Center 208 E 13th St
(For room assignment check calendar in lobby for Easton Mountain)
Local Energy Solutions, 718.441.0246
Tickets, $10

“Every seed has a story. Whether grown by native peoples or brought from abroad by immigrants, heirloom vegetables, herbs and flowers that we eat, savor, and enjoy come with unique genetic and social histories. Through slides and hands-on activities we will discover the stories behind New York heirlooms and discuss the modern day importance of preserving the genetic diversity they hold. Our discussion will take us from the dawn of agriculture to modern food politics. Ken Green is co-founder of Hudson Valley Seed Library, a small seed company that produces organically grown seed and fosters a regional seed-saving community.”

Sunday, June 7, 1-5pm
The Brooklyn Beer Experiment
The Bell House
149 7th St.
Tickets, $18

Brooklyn brews! In the latest installment of taste test parties, self-starter home brewers bring their best batches to the Bell House this Sunday for the Brooklyn Beer Experiment. Sample over 25 beers along with local snacks.
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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.

Tuesday, June 9, 3:30
Reading / Reception for Libation: A Bitter Alchemy
Blue Ribbon Wine Bar
34 Downing Street

Author Deirdre Heekin reads from her book, Libation: A Bitter Alchemy, a travel narrative about a trip around Italy with her husband, Chef Caleb Barber, and their attempts to import the secrets they learned about Italian wine and spirits home to Pane e Salute, their acclaimed restaurant in Vermont.

Wednesday, June 10
Krishnendu Ray: Ethnicity and American Restaurants
Culinary Historians of New York
NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies & Public Health
Steinhardt School
35 West 4th Street, 10th fl.
Tickets, $40

“America’s dining landscape is spangled with ethnic restaurants — Chinese, Indian, and Mexican for starters. But how is it that immigrants become restaurateurs? What are their motivations in designing their restaurants? Are they driven by economic need, innate habits, or conjectures about demand? And how has the popularity of various ethnic cuisines waxed and waned over the years? Join Krishnendu Ray for a lively and entertaining exploration of the history, habits, and hopes of immigrant restaurateurs, drawing on his research of documents dating back to 1850 and on his own interviews with dozens of current restaurant owners in New York City. Homemade versions of ethnic restaurant favorites will be served!”

Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30pm
In the Taverns of Lost Time: A Discussion and Tasting of Lost Liqueurs
Astor Center
Tickets, $35

“Join Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber as they walk you through the history of long lost liqueur recipes and show you how they’ve been able to rediscover them in their own kitchen. To kick off the evening, Deirdre will treat you to an excerpt from her new book Libation: A Bitter Alchemy, a collection of linked personal essays on wine and spirits. Caleb and Deirdre will demonstrate and prepare hors d’oevres from their collection of recipes to serve with a taste of one of Deirdre’s own rosolii (an intriguingly complex Sicilian spirit made from fresh vanilla bean and rose petals), as they discuss their numerous travels in search of these undiscovered gastronomic gems.”

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.”

June 20, 2-10pm
Goat Spit
a benefit for The Greenhorns
Pharmacy
513 Henry at the corner of Sackett/Henry St.

The bike-powered goat spit gets fired up for this young farmer film fundraiser. Rooftop movies, beer, sunshine, pedal-powered band, goat sandwiches, and of course “assorted acts and performances,” not to mention the Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. More info: tucker@tuckerschwarz.com.

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