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,
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
“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
“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 email@example.com
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
513 Henry at the corner of Sackett/Henry St.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 21, 1pm
Gastropolis: Food and New York City
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 email@example.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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, June 22, 6-11pm
The Beekeeper’s Ball
South Street Seaport Water Taxi Beach
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)
“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
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
322 Union Ave., Williamsburg
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
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
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.”