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7/27/09-8/2/09

Dear Local Gourmands,

Yesterday morning I rode my bike over to Roberta’s in Bushwick to have some pizza for brunch and to join Patrick Martins and Katy Keiffer on their Heritage Radio Network show, The Main Course. The Network’s shows are hosted by young farmers, cheesemongers, and wine enthusiasts, among others. On Sundays Keiffer and Martins speak with New York City chefs. I was invited to plug this here little newsletter, and was thrilled to join Gabe McMackin of Roberta’s and Jennifer Klepper of the downtown Fatty Crab in the restaurant’s back yard studio for a conversation that sprawled from how to make your own chili paste, to the popularity of snout to tail cooking. Up on the studio’s rooftop garden the tomatoes were coming in with force and a green bean rang with earthy flavor that had been concentrated into its mere two and a half inches. I’ll remember it just as much as the fantastic Corteze pizza, topped with radishes, pickled onions, cilantro, Heritage pork and fennel sausage, and creme that was charred to perfection in the wood burning oven. This Wednesday (and it does seem this week that Wednesday is the day to be out and about) you can join a conversation at the Bushwick Public Library on how the neighborhood is thinking about food and acting around local food issues. And any day of the week you can visit Roberta’s to experience how the team is using an old space to create something new that is sparking talk about all sorts of ways to build community through food– both growing it, and telling stories through recipes, and of course kicking back and chatting around the table.

Enjoy the peaches of late July and I’ll see you at BAM on Wednesday to raise a glass to local suds (*see below) for the final celebration of Good Beer month!

All the best,
Jeanne

Call for canning interns!
http://www.sweetdeliverancenyc.com

Kelly Geary, chef/owner of Sweet Deliverance, is at work on a book about canning and needs your help! If you’re interested in learning about canning, or just curious about trying out some new recipes, e-mail Kelly at kelly@sweetdeliverancenyc.com to help recipe test for her latest project.

Wednesday, July 29, 4-8pm
Good Beer at BAM
The Good Beer Seal
Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan
Tickets, $45

“On Wednesday, July 29, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, in partnership with the just-launched Good Beer Seal, July Good Beer Month and GreatBrewers.com, will throw a sudsy soiree at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, complete with Gramercy Tavern homebrew and weiners, beer cocktails and the marriage of Brooklyn-brewed beer and Queens-raised pork (who knew?). Driven by the conviction that our great beer town deserves an annual bang-up beer bash, well serve up the best brews and, of course, top eats, too. Join us for this evening of beer and food and get to know your food community. Because everyone deserves good beer.”

Wednesday, July 29, 6pm
Food in Bushwick: a Conversation
Brooklyn Public Library Dekalb Branch Auditorium
790 Bushwick Ave

“A meeting bringing together community leaders, churches and organizations working on food issues in the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Come join us to share what you are working on, learn what your neighbors are doing, exchange ideas and discuss how we can work together to increase access to healthy and affordable food for all Bushwick residents.”

Wednesday, July 29, 7-11pm
Summer BBQ Blow Out # 3 w/ Sam Mason & Harlem Shakes
Hope Lounge
10 Hope St., Williamsburg

$5 plates of good summer barbecue with free beer is a tough act to beat, so give into the heat and join the team behind Dinner with the Band who are throwing their third summer blow-out this Wednesday with guest Sam Mason, executive chef of Tailor. The Harlem Shakes (ironically a Brooklyn band) will mix up tunes to get you on the dance floor post pig dinner.

Wednesday, July 29, 7:30-9:30pm
Chocolate from Bean to Bar
Isack Art Gallery
561 Broadway, #4B
Tickets, $35 (benefits Shafron Hawkins Medical Fund)

Dr. Kristy Leissel regales attendees at this bean to bar tasting with tales of her travels around the world, following the trail of the cocoa trade route. Lear about the history of the bean, and how it is turned into the bars we know and love. Taste test chocolate from all corners of the globe.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

August 5-8 7pm
Connie’s Avant Garde RestaurantOhio Theatre
66 Wooster St.
212-868-4444 or www.Smarttix.com for tickets

Whether you call it avant garde theatre, dinner spectacle, or downtown performance art, Connie’s Restaurant, a production at the Ohio Theatre in Soho, will bring you, the audience, into the mix by serving dinner or “complete works in five courses.” A range of acts will take the stage while you sip on pitchers of sangria, and take in the menu: watermelon-mint-feta salad, gazpacho, shaved ice, sandwiches served on locally-made bread, and berries topped with mascarpone whipped cream. This production is part of the Ice Factory Festival and tickets ($40) get you theatre, dinner, plus admission to the rest of the festival.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Even from the looks of the FDR I could tell the ride to the farm was going to take longer than expected. I’ve blocked out the gridlocked details, and by the time we arrived at Bloominghill Organic Farms in Blooming Grove, we had at least worked up a fantastic appetite. Brunch at the farmstand had just closed down, but we got the last few jars of lemonade and leftover pastries, bought a carton of blueberries, some local cheese, a pile of greens and stole the plate the samples of roasted potatoes had been served on. Under an umbrella in the garden we marveled at how much it all felt like California– the weathered wooden barn converted into a CSA pick-up/market/cafĂ© where neighbors milled about filling baskets with bushy carrots (nearly black on the outside, and peach-colored when you bit into them), beets, and the greens and garlic the farm is famous for. By the time we polished off our mid-day feast the staff were taking down the garlic that had been hung to dry, and methodically draping the next harvest from the rafters. Mason jars with bouquets of allium decked every windowsill and side table, out in the garden you could pick your own raspberries. Guy Jones has been farming for the last 27 years, and when we got around to introductions and shaking hands he insisted that we drive up the road to his house and take a walk through the woods. He sent us on our way with a hand drawn map and a jug of lemonade. We counted Daddy Long Legs and deer, told stories of travels, talked about learning to identify trees, and let our lunch digest. When we found a creak, we hopped in, marveling all the while at the pleasures of summer and just how sweet it really is. After all that rain, it seems we’ve finally arrived.

I hope you’re taking summer in full-force, and for goodness sake, don’t skimp on the cherries!!
Jeanne

Wednesday, July 15, 10am
Brooklyn Kitchen August Classes Announced
http://www.thebrooklynkitchen.com

Have your fingers poised to sign up– these classes sell out fast! The Brooklyn Kitchen brings you knife sharpening, pickling, canning, baking, ice cream making, etc. courses to improve your skill behind the cutting board. Check in on the morning of to see what will be revealed for the August line-up.

Wednesday, July 15, 12:30-1:45pm
Gotham Goes Green
Bryant Park Reading Room

Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edilble Manhattan, Vanessa Farquharson, author of Sleeping Naked Is Green, Tom Szaky, Revolution in a Bottle and author Novella Carpenter, Farm City: the Education of an Urban Farmer, pay a visit to the Bryant Park Reading Room to chat up the many ways our city is transforming with the green revolution.

Wednesday, July 15, 7:30pm
The New Deal: a Progressive Supper Club
Bridget Tasting Room
20 Broadway at Kent, Williamsburg
Tickets, $22 in advance ($25 cash only at the door)

Come to Bridget for a three course Mexican dinner prepared by Rabbit Mafia (a project that works with arts organizations and local food) and Sweet Potato Bakery (supplier of sweet nothings to the V-Spot, Tiny Cup, and Organic Heights). The menu boasts lime soup, fresh corn tacos, nut chili, and spiced chocolate mousse. Bridget Wine Bar pours flights from Long Island vineyards paired with your oh-so-New York State supper.

Saturday, July 18, 1-6pm
4th Annual Hot Dog Cook-off
Benefit for City Harvest
Kelso Brewery
529 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets, $25

The 4th Annual Hot Dog Cook-off, sponsored by Brooklyn’s Kelso Brewery, benefits City Harvest and expands past a backyard affair so all can enjoy this iconic NY food. $25 buys you a taste of no less than 19 gourmet ‘dogs fashioned by amateur cooks who know their place is by the grill.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Tuesday, July 21, 4-8pm
Local Grill-off
The Good Beer Seal
Water Taxi Beach, LIC
Tickets, $35

“The great “Local Grill-off” will be the signature event of the first annual NYC Good Beer Month. The “Local Grill-off”, at Water Taxi Beach, will benefit the Slow Food NYC Harvest Time and Snail Buck programs. At the Grill-off, determined, aspiring chefs will battle it out for the title, “Good Beer Month Grill-off Champion”, preparing traditional, and not so traditional, takes on grill fare..burgers, hot dogs, and sausages..produced from sustainably and humanely raised animals. The contestant chefs will be joined by ringers from local restaurants. And, Six Point Brewery will offer their stellar brews.”

Wednesday, July 29
Good Beer at BAM
The Good Beer Seal
Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan
Tickets, $45

“On Wednesday, July 29, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, in partnership with the just-launched Good Beer Seal, July Good Beer Month and GreatBrewers.com, will throw a sudsy soiree at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, complete with Gramercy Tavern homebrew and weiners, beer cocktails and the marriage of Brooklyn-brewed beer and Queens-raised pork (who knew?). Driven by the conviction that our great beer town deserves an annual bang-up beer bash, well serve up the best brews and, of course, top eats, too. Join us for this evening of beer and food and get to know your food community. Because everyone deserves good beer.”

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Forgive my tardiness with this mid-week note– I’d forgotten just how much moving throws everything up in the air. My systems are off, and so too is the belated Monday newsletter.

Settling into the new house quite naturally begins by making my way around the kitchen. On Saturday friends came over to break in the pad– we grilled pork patties on the roof, stained our fingers with beets and berries. Tonight I rode my bike home, down the long slope of Vanderbilt with the summer night lapping at my arms, my handle bars strung with tote bags full of CSA produce. I’m experimenting with making an entirely basil-themed dinner– from a raw zucchini and basil salad (inspired by my roommate, Erin) to a basil ice cream recipe from Gourmet. The blankets I spread on the roof for Saturday’s barbecue are still stained with cherry juice, but summer eating is far too good to make me care.

Let the juice drip down your chin,
Jeanne

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.

Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-9:30pm
Tastebuds
Habana Outpost
757 Fulton Street (S. Portland Street), Brooklyn

Drop by Habana Outpost for grilled corn and cheap beer and hang out with some good food lovers to chat about policy, trends, foodie books, news, what Obama cooked at his Fourth of July BBQ, and what you cooked at yours.

Sunday, July 12, 11am-1pm
Make Your Own Veggie Dumplings
with Kathy Erway of Not Eating Out in NY
Garden of Eve

If you love her blog, Not Eating Out in NY, you’ll love Cathy Erway even more in person when she walks you through a lesson in making your own vegetable dumplings.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Monday, July 12, 7-8:30pm
Mast Brothers Chocolate and Beer Tasting
Beer Table
Tickets, $35 call to reserve a seat
718.965.1196

“Rick and Michael Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate in Williamsburg will be gracing our three tables with their chocolaty presence. They’ll tell us about the treats that they make and we’ll be pouring some tasty beers alongside their creations.”

Saturday, July 18, 1-6pm
4th Annual Hot Dog Cook-off
Benefit for City Harvest
Kelso Brewery

529 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets, $25

The 4th Annual Hot Dog Cook-off, sponsored by Brooklyn’s Kelso Brewery, benefits City Harvest and expands past a backyard affair so all can enjoy this iconic NY food. $25 buys you a taste of no less than 19 gourmet ‘dogs fashioned by amateur cooks who know their place is by the grill.

Tuesday, July 21, 4-8pm
Local Grill-off
The Good Beer Seal
Water Taxi Beach, LIC
Tickets, $35

“The great “Local Grill-off” will be the signature event of the first annual NYC Good Beer Month. The “Local Grill-off”, at Water Taxi Beach, will benefit the Slow Food NYC Harvest Time and Snail Buck programs. At the Grill-off, determined, aspiring chefs will battle it out for the title, “Good Beer Month Grill-off Champion”, preparing traditional, and not so traditional, takes on grill fare..burgers, hot dogs, and sausages..produced from sustainably and humanely raised animals. The contestant chefs will be joined by ringers from local restaurants. And, Six Point Brewery will offer their stellar brews.”

Wednesday, July 29
Good Beer at BAM
The Good Beer Seal
Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan
Tickets, $45

“On Wednesday, July 29, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, in partnership with the just-launched Good Beer Seal, July Good Beer Month and GreatBrewers.com, will throw a sudsy soiree at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, complete with Gramercy Tavern homebrew and weiners, beer cocktails and the marriage of Brooklyn-brewed beer and Queens-raised pork (who knew?). Driven by the conviction that our great beer town deserves an annual bang-up beer bash, well serve up the best brews and, of course, top eats, too. Join us for this evening of beer and food and get to know your food community. Because everyone deserves good beer.”

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