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.
Wednesday, August 19, 7-11pm
Summer Barbecue with Finger on the Pulse and Prime Meats
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.”
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Wednesday, August 26, 6:30-10pm
“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
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!