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,
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.
Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-9:30pm
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, July 12, 7-8:30pm
Mast Brothers Chocolate and Beer Tasting
Tickets, $35 call to reserve a seat
“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
529 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn
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
The Good Beer Seal
Water Taxi Beach, LIC
“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
“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.”