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.
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
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
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)
“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
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
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
322 Union Ave., Williamsburg
*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
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.”
Sunday, June 28
The UnFancy Food Show
East River Bar
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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
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
121 St. Mark’s Place (btwn. 1st Ave and Ave. A)
“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
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.