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Dear Local Gourmands,

Last night I was invited to a dinner party with a “taste the rainbow” theme– we were supposed to bring food that matched the hue of our outfits. As I was covered in a sunburn and wearing a pink dress, I decided the best dish to contribute would be watermelon salad. I bought a red seedless melon from Maxwell’s Farmstand on my way home from work, and then took a lazy stroll down through the West Village, passing bars and shops that will always remind me of my first summer in the city. In late August the fountain in Washington Square Park was catching the setting sun, and the streets were nearly empty of cars. Eventually I made my way home to the kitchen, and as I carved into the dark green skin and opened up the fruit I may as well have been wearing rose-colored glasses– the flesh tasted as sweet as the best days of summer.

All best,
Jeanne

Thursday, August 27, 7-8pm
GreenItYourself Green Roof Workshop
Toyota Children’s Learning Garden
603 E 11th Street between avenues B and C

Lori Gibbs and Atom Cianfarani, believe that living a healthy and environmentally responsible lifestyle should be accessible to everyone! They will teach about green roofing and prove tips and techniques for gardening in small spaces. Following the discussions we invite everyone to join us for hor’dourves and giveaways in the garden generously donated by Sustainable NYC, Angelica’s Kitchen, Quintessence, Hummus Place, Spino, and more.Space is limited, to RSVP and for more information about New York Restoration Project please contact Rachael Brody, 212-333-2552 or rbrody@nyrp.org.

Friday, August 28, 6-9pm
Hapa Kitchen Luau with Finger on the Pulse
The Yard
388-400 Carroll St., Gowanus
$10/plate (includes one free Sixpoint beer)

“Finger On the Pulse and MeanRed are teaming up again with The Hapa Kitchen for another backyard barbecue by the Gowanus. We’re taking it home with a Hawaiian-themed menu and pig roast! Hawaiian favorites like macaroni salad will be given a seasonal and local twist with food from Garden of Eve Farm and Tamarack Hollow Farm, and Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint Craft Ales will be pouring their latest brews. DJ Never Forget and Terry Diabolik will be spinning on the platters that matter, playing everyone’s favorite BBQ jams.”

Saturday, August 29, 3pm-Sunday, August 30
Watermelon Moonshine: a nighttime ripening party
Smithereen Farm
286 Pleasantvale Rd. Nevis, NY

Beat the night with the Greenhorns and Smithereen Farm at an end of summer “ripening party.” Field party starts at 3pm, and the barbecue gets going at 6pm with Smithereen muscovy ducks, rabbits, and chicken; squash, greens, and *hopefully* some green tomatoes. Bread donated by Wild Hive Bakery with Smithereen farm mayonnaise. Spirits will be donated by Tuthilltown Distillery, and beer from Keegan’s Ales. Music provided by The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and DJs Shan K and Kokle Doodle Dews. Sunday starts with breakfast for all, followed by workshops at 11am on beekeeping, wool spinning, ricotta cheese making and more. BRING: a plate, a fork, a cup, a blanket, a towel, sleeping gear, potluck cheese/ dessert /meat items of impeccable provenance, work gloves/hat/strong shoes, bathing suit, shiny friends, lovers and colleagues. RSVP to anya.kamenskaya@gmail.com for directions and orientation sheet. And tell your friends to RSVP, too! There will be merchandise for sale, but all who participate in the workday can expect to eat for free, guiltlessly. Co-hosted by the Greenhorns and Smithereen Farm.

Saturday, August 29, 6-9pm
Brooklyn Domestic Labor Dinner
26×3 Artspace
26 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe, Williamsburg

This supper fundraiser promises a farm feast inspired by the Food Files and films of the WPA. The menu will spark conversations about “labor, value, and alternative economies of means.” Drinks feature rhubarb infused vodka and produce from Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint. “Ambrosial appetizers, and multi-course creative Supper will be served up by Food Artist Lila Dobbs, of Brooklyn Sour and co-host of CinemaKitchen.” Come for dinner, stay for the hoedown with music by Ian Beck, Dorie Colangelo, and DJ Selector Honeyknuckles, along with multi-media sound and video projection performances by Ryan Brennan.

Saturday, August 29, 10am-3pm
HARLEM GREEN: A Tour of Harlem Gardens
Starting point: JD Wilson Garden at 219 West 122nd Street (btw 7th & 8th Aves.)

This Harlem garden tour starts with breakfast in the Joseph Daniel Wilson memorial Garden, then proceeds on to no less than nine other gardens in the neighborhood, ending up in the Harris Garden at with153rd and St.Nicholas Ave. where a barbecue will be served. For further info, please call 212.662.2878, or e-mail haja216@aol.com. The full line-up follows:
1.The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden– 219 West 122nd Street–10:00am
2. Little Green Acres –122nd & 8th Avenue–10:45am
3. The West 124th Street Garden –11:15am
4. The Clayton Williams Garden — 8th Ave at 126th St. –11:45am
5. The PBC’s William B. Washington Garden –12:15pm
6. Harlem Rose Garden — 4 East 129th Street — 12:45pm
1:15-1:30 water break
7. Community Leaders of West 146th Street– 226-234 West 146th Street –1:30pm
8. Edgecomb Avenue Garden Park Sanctuary — 339-341 Edgecomb Ave at 149th Street — 2:00pm
9. The Convent Avenue Garden — 151st and St.Nicholas — 2:30pm
10.The William A. Harris Garden — 153rd and St. Nicholas — 3:00pm

Sunday, August 30, 1pm
Gastropolis Panel at Governors Island
Pershing Hall
Governors Island

If you haven’t made a trip to Governor’s Island yet this summer, make your way over on the ferry this Sunday and catch Annie Hauk Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch, co-authors of Gastropolis, who will be speaking about New York’s food history and the many food memories it has inspired. Contributing authors will join the panel, followed by a book signing. Gastropolis is a great read whether or not you ever finished your summer book list!
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Thursday, September 10, 7-9pm
Celebrate Henry Hudson with Oysters
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street
$5 donation encouraged

In celebration of Henry Hudson’s sail up his namesake river in 1609, Slow Food NYC, Slow Food Amsterdam, and Jimmy’s No. 43 invite you to a feast of oysters on the half shell. $4 buys a plat of shucked to order oysters (local beauties Peconic Pearls, from the Peconic Estuary of the East End of Long Island, and Mystics, from the Mystic River Estuary of Connecticut will be provided by Aeros Cultured Oyster Company and Shellfisher Preserve) paired with New York’s Ommegang beer. Proceeds benefit the Peconic Land Trust, which works to help preserve the worked farms and waters of the East End of Long Island. Speakers will include Karen Rivara, of Aeros Cultured Oyster Company and Shellfisher Preserve, and Rowan Jacobson, author of A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Oyster Eating in North America, and other special guests.

Wednesday, September 9, 10:30am-2:30pm
Greenmarket Chef Tours and Tastes
CENYC
Union Square Greenmarket
Tickets, $125

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter leads guests to her favorite farmstands at the Union Square Greenmarket. Shop for produce and follow her back to the restaurant for a private lunch inspired by the morning’s market finds. Proceeds will benefit Greenmarket’s Youth Education Project, which enables nearly 5000 New York City school kids to learn about local agriculture and the importance of eating fresh, seasonal foods through fun, interactive learning experiences like School Tours, Seed-to-Plate Cooking Classes, Meet Your Farmer classroom visits, and On the Farm trips. For more information and tickets, visit www.cenyc.org.

Sunday, September 13
New Amsterdam Market
South Street, by the Old Fulton Fish Market

The New Amsterdam Market will make its début as a monthly institution at South Street by the Old Fulton Fish Market on Sunday September 13. Because this year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to the New World, New Amsterdam Market will join the Harbor Day festivities by representing the agricultural bounty of the lands visited by Hudson in 1609. Farmers, producers, and purveyors will sell fresh seasonal produce, meats and dairy, wild-gathered greens, breads, cheeses and cured meats, fruits, wine, and cider all from the Northeast, and with a special emphasis on the Hudson Valley.

Sunday, September 13, 1-5pm
Brooklyn Cheese Experiment
Cheese Cook-off and Homebrew competition

The Bell House
149 7th St, Brooklyn
Advance Tickets: $20 (includes a beer from Sixpoint Brewery)
Tickets at the door: $25

In the latest installment of Brooklyn cook-offs, amateur chefs show what they’re made of in a cooking competition that features dishes made with cheese. Rank your favorites from sweet to savory, then take a breath and get ready for round two: local homebrewers go tit for tat in a “brew-off.” Channel your inner Gael Greene and join guest judges Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appétit magazine and the brewers of Sixpoint brewery to appoint the best of both round. Prizes and cash will ceremoniously be given away to those who strive for cook-off glory, and then an after party will ensue in the front lounge for the true epi-curious cheese and beer lovers.

Wednesday, September 16, 6-10pm
Let Us Eat Local
Just Food
Prince George Hotel Ballroom
15 East 27th Street

More than 30 of the city’s most celebrated chefs will be preparing 100% local food for Just Food’s annual benefit. Marlow and Sons, Telepan, Gramercy Tavern, Aureole, Blue Hill and many more will set the tone for a night of delicious revelry. Early Bird tickets available now.

Friday and Saturday, September 25-26
Le Fooding d’Amour
P.S. 1

French food comes to Queens for Le Fooding d’Amour, an event that brings prominent French and New York chefs together for a culinary festival that will take place at P.S. 1 in late September.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Who knew freezing chunks of cantaloupe then blending them in the food processor with a little water would yield such amazing results? This is what I was privy to when I stopped by my friend Sarah’s house last week. After pulsing the frozen fruit into an icy mixture, she threw the melon sorbet in the freezer and left it just long enough to reconstitute itself as a marvelous frozen treat. No sugar added! That’s how sweet our CSA share is. We snuck the homemade delicacy into the movie theatre an hour later to catch a very air conditioned screening of Julie and Julia, and honestly I couldn’t imagine a better movie snack. Far superior to Coke and popcorn, and just as good as Meryl Streep’s pitch and tone as the unstoppable Julia Child.

Bon appetite,
Jeanne

Wednesday, August 19, 7-11pm
Summer Barbecue with Finger on the Pulse and Prime Meats
Hope Lounge
Plates, $5

In the last of a wildly successful line-up of summer barbecues featuring chefs and foodies from around the borough of Brooklyn, the kids at Finger on the Pulse team up with the good folks at Cobble Hill’s Prime Meats to put on one last show. The $5 menu includes Grilled Heritage Pork Belly, Pretzels, Market Cabbage Salad, Peach Compote, German Potato Salad, Market Vegetables, and Apple Cobbler. Spinning tunes, DJ Gabriel Roth from the Dap-Kings, The Honeydripper of Daptone, Records and I Say Mikey keep the party going strong.

Thursday, August 20 6pm
The Welcome Table
on the Red Hook Community Farm
Free and open to all

To commemorate the culmination of the Summer Youth Leadership Program, come down to the Red Hook Community Farm to see what the farm interns have been up to this season. Teen participants of the program have worked with chefs and food professionals to design the site layout, menu, and activities for the evening, not the least of which is an interactive culinary lesson. “Experience first hand what your meal looks like from soil to salad and break bread with all hands who have helped prepare our food. On August 20th, teens will be presenting how they have grown as individuals in the food movement and creating dialogue with guests about sustainability, growing and cooking your own food, and the mission of Added Value.”
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Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-10pm
Edible Pursuit
Roberta’s
Tickets, $50

“The food-trivia game that started in San Francisco is coming to Brooklyn, with Edible Pursuit at Roberta’s Pizza. For $50 enjoy dinner and the chance to win cases of wine, bottles of beer, kitchen knives and several more prizes. Reserve a table for your team today.”

Thursday, September 10, 7-9pm
Celebrate Henry Hudson with Oysters
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 East 7th Street
$5 donation encouraged

“Slow Food NYC, Slow Food Amsterdam, and Jimmy’s No. 43 will indulge in their respective locally harvested oysters and regional beer – culinary loves of both Old and New Amsterdam – just in time for Hudson 400, the celebration of Henry Hudson sailing the Half Moon up NYC’s Hudson River in 1609. Also represented will be www.exploreny400.org and http://www.jobswap.org, organizations honoring the historic relationship between Amsterdam and New York. (And, the Prince and Princess of the Netherlands, who will be in town for the Quadricentennial celebration, may, or may not, be there!) A $5 donation, at the door, will benefit the programs and activities of Slow Food NYC, including the Harvest Time program of good food education in schools. $4 plates of three oysters, shucked before your eyes, will be offered and $5 Omegang beers will be poured. The oysters served will be Peconic Pearls, from the Peconic Estuary of the East End of Long Island, and Mystics, from the Mystic River Estuary of Connecticut. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the oysters will benefit the work of the Peconic Land Trust, helping to preserve the worked farms and waters of the East End of Long Island. Local, sustainable oyster farming is also supported by the National Grid. Speakers will include Karen Rivara, of the Aeros Cultured Oyster Company and Shellfisher Preserve, who is providing the oysters, Rowan Jacobson, author of A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Oyster Eating in North America, and other special guests.”

Sunday, September 13
New Amsterdam Market
South Street, by the Old Fulton Fish Market

The New Amsterdam Market will make its début as a monthly institution at South Street by the Old Fulton Fish Market on Sunday September 13. Because this year marks the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage to the New World, New Amsterdam Market will join the Harbor Day festivities by representing the agricultural bounty of the lands visited by Hudson in 1609. Farmers, producers, and purveyors will sell fresh seasonal produce, meats and dairy, wild-gathered greens, breads, cheeses and cured meats, fruits, wine, and cider all from the Northeast, and with a special emphasis on the Hudson Valley.

Friday and Saturday, September 25-26
Le Fooding
P.S. 1

French food comes to Queens for Le Fooding, and event that will take place at P.S. 1 in late September. This week Tasting Table offered a line-up of chefs to watch for, and where to buy your $30 tickets before all the plates are sold out in advance!

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Dear Local Gourmands,

The summer heat seems to have finally found its legs, and lazy August is in full effect. I know I don’t have to tell you this is great weather for beer drinking. Tonight Beer Table hosts an ice cream and beer tasting (Call it dinner, why not? Aren’t you supposed to be on vacation anyway?), and tomorrow the Bar Great Harry features Brooklyn suds from Kelso Brewery. By Thursday you might just be ready to switch to something like Lillet, which you can sip if you’re quick enough to snag a ticket to the Linnaean Libation Society’s garden party at the BBG.

Chin-chin,
Jeanne

Monday, August 10, 6:30-8:00 pm
In Recipe for America
The Tank (354 West 45th St. btwn 8th &9th Avenues)

“Join writer and sustainable food activist Jill Richardson as she discusses our troubled food system and offers solutions for how we can change it. Signed books will be available for sale, and sustainable snacks will be served. In Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It Jill Richardson shows how sustainable agriculture where local farms raise food that is healthy for consumers and animals and does not damage the environment offers the only solution to Americas food crisis. A call to action for those who are concerned about what they eat and the health of the planet, Recipe for America shows how sustainable eating nourishes our bodies, our economy, and our environment, and how it is the best hope for the future of food in America.”

Monday, August 10, 7-8:30pm
Beer and Ice Cream
Beer Table
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
Tickets, $35

To me, summer in the city comes down to cold beer and ice cream (especially on a day like today). Pair them up tonight at Beer Table where folks from Van Leeuwen will be scooping up their signature flavors, served alongside five thoughtfully selected beers. Beer Table’s Monday night series in August will continue on August 24 with Rooftop Farms on August 24th, followed by a talk from McClure’s Pickles on August 31st. Tickets for both events are $35. Purchase tickets for Rooftop Farms here and McClure’s Pickles here.

Tuesday, August 11, 12:00-2pm
Food Systems Network Brown Bag Lunch
NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene
2 Lafayette Ave
20th floor, large conference room

“Join FSNYC members at the offices of the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene. We’ll begin the program with the introduction of new Americorps VISTA member Kristin Pederson, and farewell to member Jane Shuput! Additional announcements include FSNYC’s open search for a chairperson, and the implementation phase of our completed Strategic Plan. Come catch up!”

Tuesday, Augst 11, 6-10pm
Kelso Brewery Night at the Bar Great Harry
280 Smith Street, Carroll Gardens

“Take one NY brewery and add additional NY ingredients and you get those oddballs on the list. Kelly from Kelso pulled out the stops and asked family and friends for their local goodies for several of these beers. The New Town Kriek is made with NY cherries. The dry-hopped St. Gowanus? NY grown hops. The Hudson Bourbon Barrel-Aged Porter? Barrels from Tuthilltown Spirits. And, on top of the hill, a special brew that we’re working on with Kelly. We’re waiting for the event to announce it, but it will be something interesting. As usual, prices will be nices and the meat and cheese will be free.”

Wednesday, August 12, 11am-1:30pm
*Free* Japanese Knife Skills Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen
616 Lorimer St.

Kikuichi Knives is sponsoring a visit from Mr. Ohe, Master Craftsman, to the U.S. to demonstrate water stone sharpening techniques, hand-engraving of knives, and provide background and cultural information. Don’t miss him when he’s in Brooklyn, visiting our local kitchen supply shop. Buy a Kikuichi knife that day and The Master Craftsman will personalize it by employing his unique chisel and hammer technique to sharpen the blade. Or just wait to see if you get lucky and win one of two knives in the raffle. While you’re at it, catch a sushi demonstration, and learn all you ever wanted to know about making your own. Of course this will be followed by a taste test. Make sure to RSVP to this event, so the Brooklyn Kitchen knows to save you a seat!

Wednesday, August 12, 6:30-9:30pm
August TastebudsNYC
Back Forty
190 Avenue B at 12th Street

Meet up with fellow food enthusiasts and people who work in the food biz for lighthearted epicurean banter at Back Forty. For this month’s cocktail session, bring a recipe to share. Then tuck into chef Peter Hoffman’s local bar food and excellent cocktails.

Thursday, August 13, 6-9pm
Linnaean Libation League
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tickets, $15

Tipple through the Osborn Garden at the BBG on Thursday evening with the Linnaean Libation League. Tickets have already sold out, but if you’re early to rise on the morning of, click on-line to purchase last-minute entry to a high summer garden party you mustn’t be denied.

Thursday, August 13, 6-9pm
Edible Evenings: Tropical Treats and Tempos
New York Botanical Garden

The Edible Garden has been growing strong all summer up in the Bronx at the New York Botanical Garden. This week’s “edible presentation” features Maricel Presilla, chef, cookbook author, and Latin American food historian. Make your way to the Edible Garden to check in on the summer’s bounty, sample Chef Presilla’s fare, and enjoy the Waterlily Concert with Ray Martinez Legacy.

Thursday, August 13, 8pm
Author Liz Thorpe at Beer Table
Beer Table
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope

“Liz Thorpe, author of The Cheese Chronicles, will be at Beer Table after 8 pm. She’s helping us put together a cheese and beer pairing that will be available all evening for $15. Come nibble some cheese and chat with Liz!”

Saturday, August 15, 10am-2pm
Mas Masumoto and Chef Jacques Gautier at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Author Mas Masumoto (Epitaph for a Peach) is coming to town to promote his new work, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, and lucky for us, he’ll be stopping by Grand Army Plaza to sign books and do a demo with chef Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo at the market on Saturday. Put your bags of produce down to take a minute and mingle with these fellows who will surely be spinning some great food stories, and serving up something small, spicy, and memorable for market-goers to sample.

Saturday, August 15, 9:45am-12:30pm
Urban Foraging with Leda Meredith
Prospect Park, meet at the Grand Army Entrance
Tickets, $15

“Food from the park? What!? Yes, indeed you can find food right in the city’s playground. Take a guided tour of the urban forest, also known as Prospect Park, with forager, committed locavore and botanist, Leda Meredith. Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching us how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, we will spend some time sitting in the shade while Leda takes Q& A and we taste treats made with wild edible ingredients.”

Saturday, August 15, 1-4pm
Super-Duper Soup ‘n Sandwich Special
*Benefit for the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen
TBD Beergarden
224 Franklin St.
$10

Spend Saturday afternoon lunching for a good cause with Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in New York and all the chefs she’s wrangled to serve up soup and sandwich on a special order to benefit the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen. Ride your bike and take advantage of the free bike valet.
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Monday, August 17
www.theBrooklynKitchen.com

September means back to school, or at the very least back to class at the Brooklyn Kitchen. On Monday, August 17th your favorite local hub for culinary tricks will put up its list for September classes. Get your fingers ready by the keyboard and your credit card at your side to sign up fast! These courses always sell out lickety-split.

Tuesday, August 18, 12-2pm
Wisdom of the Last Farmer
CENYC
92Y Tribeca
Tickets, $10

Reknowned organic California peach farmer Mas Masumoto visits New York to read from his new book, WISDOM OF THE LAST FARMER. Make your way to the 92Y to hear him and a panel of some of Greenmarket’s long-time farmers (including Fred Wilklow and Cheryl Rogowski) on Tuesday, August 18th from 12 – 2pm at the 92Y Tribeca. The discussion will explore the connections between families and farming, fathers and their children, and the pleasures and challenges they face as multi-generational farmers.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

I’m writing from a cafe in downtown Astoria, OR where I’ve been on vacation for the past week visiting my long-time travel buddy, Stephanie. Over the weekend we camped along the Nehalem River where we fished for crawdads (just like little lobsters) and then took them back to our campsite to cook on an open fire. Back in town, trips to the Rogue and Fort George breweries have reminded me yet again of my passion for craft beer– always such a great reflection of local flavor. Almost as soon as I landed I found a copy of Edible Portland, and it seems nearly every story has worked its way into my trip– from canning the peaches we bought at the Sunday market, to imagining the local hero, James Beard, happily munching away on razor clams and sipping Oregon brews. In between meals we’ve been dangling our toes in the river, watching the boats come and go from the harbor, and gathering vegetables from Steph’s garden. Last night’s harvest dinner featured gigantic zucchinis and squash blossoms, potatoes, tomatoes, new onions, and sweet little carrots with mint dressing. Best of all, of course, is getting to see this place with a good old friend who I’ve shared meals with in India, Morocco, Brooklyn, and now her new home on this stunning left coast.

Jeanne

Wednesday, August 5, 4pm
Sixpoint Tiger Event
Blind Tiger Ale House
281 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village

Get feisty at Sixpoint’s annual “Tiger event” where some twenty beers will be on offer at the Blind Tiger including: Sweet Action (draft and dry-hopped cask-conditioned), Brownstone (draft and cask-conditioned), Righteous Ale (draft and cask—conditioned), Apollo, Bengali Tiger, Blind Bengali Tiger (cask-conditioned and a little somthin’-somethin’), Otis, Express, Northern Lights, Belgian Rye, Belgian Double IPA, Emasculator, Gemini, Carob Porter, Gorilla Warfare, Righteous Ale 2005 Vintage (the original recipe), Tripel. Along with all that beer comes cheese, courtesy of the neighborly crew at Murray’s Cheese.

August 5-8 7pm
Connie’s Avant Garde Restaurant
Ohio 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.

Wednesday, August 5, 6-9pm
Cheap/Urban/Sustainable
The Tank
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th)

Eating Liberally hosts this event to offer attendees a “blue print” for how to live sustainably in an urban environment. Local activists, experts, and sustainable business owners will talk about where to find organically grown and fairly traded products, and how taking these points into consideration in our day-to-day routines contributes to a healthier conscience and local economy.
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Wednesday, August 12, 11am-1:30pm
*Free* Japanese Knife Skills Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen

Kikuichi Knives is sponsoring a visit from Mr. Ohe, Master Craftsman, to the U.S. to demonstrate water stone sharpening techniques, hand-engraving of knives, and provide background and cultural information. Don’t miss him when he’s in Brooklyn, visiting our local kitchen supply shop. Buy a Kikuichi knife that day and The Master Craftsman will personalize it by employing his unique chisel and hammer technique to sharpen the blade. Or just wait to see if you get lucky and win one of two knives in the raffle. While you’re at it, catch a sushi demonstration, and learn all you ever wanted to know about making your own. Of course this will be followed by a taste test. Make sure to RSVP to this event, so the Brooklyn Kitchen knows to save you a seat!

Saturday, August 15, 10am-2pm
Mas Masumoto and Chef Jacques Gautier at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Author Mas Masumoto (Epitaph for a Peach) is coming to town to promote his new work, Wisdom of the Last Farmer, and lucky for us, he’ll be stopping by Grand Army Plaza to sign books and do a demo with chef Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo at the market on Saturday. Put your bags of produce down to take a minute and mingle with these fellows who will surely be spinning some great food stories, and serving up something small, spicy, and memorable for market-goers to sample.

Saturday, August 15, 9:45am-12:30pm
Urban Foraging with Leda Meredith
Prospect Park, meet at the Grand Army Entrance
Tickets, $15

“Food from the park? What!? Yes, indeed you can find food right in the city’s playground. Take a guided tour of the urban forest, also known as Prospect Park, with forager, committed locavore and botanist, Leda Meredith. Leda will be sharing her wisdom and teaching us how to identify edibles in the urban terrain. At the end of the foraging walk, we will spend some time sitting in the shade while Leda takes Q& A and we taste treats made with wild edible ingredients.”

Monday, August 17
www.theBrooklynKitchen.com

September means back to school, or at the very least back to class at the Brooklyn Kitchen. On Monday, August 17th your favorite local hub for culinary tricks will put up its list for September classes. Get your fingers ready by the keyboard and your credit card at your side to sign up fast! These courses always sell out lickety-split.

Tuesday, August 18, 12-2pm
Wisdom of the Last Farmer
CENYC
92Y Tribeca

Renoned organic California peach farmer Mas Masumoto visits New York to read from his new book, WISDOM OF THE LAST FARMER. Make your way to the 92Y to hear him and a panel of some of Greenmarket’s long-time farmers on Tuesday, August 18th from 12 – 2pm at the 92Y Tribeca, which will explore the connections between families and farming, fathers and their children, and the pleasures and challenges they face as multi-generational farmers.

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