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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, August 28, 6-9pm
Hapa Kitchen Luau with Finger on the Pulse
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
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 email@example.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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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!
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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
Union Square Greenmarket
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
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
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.