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,
Call for canning interns!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
“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
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.
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.