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.
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
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
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
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
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
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
“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
224 Franklin St.
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, August 17
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
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.