Dear Local Gourmands,
I was not alone last night in line at Sahadi’s, stocking up on dried goods like toasted almonds and golden raisins. By the time my number was called a good idea had spread through the store: “oatmeal.” One person had the sense to stock up, and then pretty soon all the customers were filling their baskets with paper bags of rolled oats– the perfect fall breakfast. In Sahadi’s I find it hard to restrain myself, and I liberally knocked cool weather comforts like Earl Grey tea, anchovies (for pasta sauce), and sticky dates from the shelves, straight into my shopping cart. It was in front of the dried fruit, as I was salivating over the plump apricots, that I remembered fresh ones are still in season at the market! Even though I rode my bike home and threw on a sweater, the latest days of summer are still ahead, and sometimes they’re the sweetest.
Sunday, September 6th from 1pm – 7pm
Sixpoint Labor Day Weekend Cookout
618 St. John’s Place, Prospect Heights
Sixpoint Labor Day Weekend cookout in Franklin Park’s awesome outdoor beer garden. Jeremy Schaller will be manning the Schaller and Weber cart. Free brats for all! While supplies last, but there will be plenty. Beers too numerous to mention.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, September 7, 1pm
Eating Liberally Eat-In
Campos Community Garden
640-644 East 12th Street between Aves B & C
Take “Time for Lunch” this Labor Day with the Eating Liberally team as different tables are set up around the country for a national Eat In. Slow Food USA’s nationwide Eat-In campaign will send a message to Congress that it’s time to feed America’s children real food at school. Bring a blanket, a home-cooked dish along with your friends and family to share it with. Some of our favorite local folks will be pitching in on the food front, too, including The Grange Food Company and Jimmy’s No. 43. Special guests include author/activist Anna Lappé, whole grains goddess/pressure cooker expert Lorna Sass, and other real food revolutionaries. For more information on the Time for Lunch campaign please click here.
Tuesday, September 8, 7-9pm
Gerald Jerkey Demo and Tasting at Whole Foods
95 E. Houston St.
Rachel Graville of Gerald Jerkey brings her dehydration know-how to a class at Whole Foods on September 8. Learn how to make beef jerky and preserve your excess CSA vegetables using a food dehydrator. On the menu: Grass-fed Peppered Beef Jerky; Fruit Leathers; Dried Apples; Dried Watermelon; Herb spice blend.
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.
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 pired 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.
Thursday, September 10, 6:30-8:30pm
What’s the Catch? A Lively Discussion on Sustainable SeafoodTeacher’s College, Columbia University
Zankel Hall 125 (Milbank Chapel)
525 W. 120th St.
GNYDA members $35 ($25 for student members)
Non-GNYDA members $55
Is there even such a thing as sustainable seafood out there anymore? Teachers College welcomes a panel of experts to address local, organic, wild and farm-raised seafood, over fishing and fisheries management, product labeling, environmental impact, contamination, and the best seafood choices from a health and sustainability perspective. The panel will be followed by a reception and tasting. For inquiries contact Rachel Bikoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moderated by Philip J. Cragg, Culinary Educator, Academy of Culinary Arts, Atlantic Cape Community College, panelists include: Timothy Fitzgerald, M.S. (Marine Scientist, Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund), Gef Flimlin, Ph.D. (Marine Extension Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension), Kate McLaughlin, M.S. (Seafood Program Director; Blue Ocean Institute), and Chris Moore, Ph.D. (Chief of Partnerships and Communication, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service).
Presented by GNYDA’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Special Interest Group; Co-sponsored by GNYDA; East Coast Shellfish Growers Association; Teacher’s College, Columbia University; and Whole Foods Market.
Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13
The Edible Global Garden: Buy Local, Cook Global
New York Botanical Garden
Take a journey around the Garden and around the world with a Festival of food and culture. Discover new recipes, take part in cooking demonstrations with world renowned chefs, find out about the work of Garden scientists around the world, discover how to grow edibles during Home Gardening demonstrations. Visit the Cookbook Collective – a gathering of cookbook authors, taste food, wine and beer from around the world, and more.
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 Beer 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.
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.
September 26, 4-8pm
Edible Manhattan Fall Fête
South Street Seaport
To celebrate its first year of publication, Edible Manhattan will take over Southstreet Seaport, serving up the city and state’s best food along the cobblestone streets of old Manhattan. Spend the evening strolling amidst the brewers and slow-braisers, the winemakers and doughnut bakers, and the pickle men and cheese women chronicled in the pages of your fave local food ‘zine. Buy your tickets here.