Dear Local Gourmands,
I’m still reveling in the success of yesterday’s New Amsterdam Market– the sun came out and so did the neighbors. I rode my bike over the Brooklyn Bridge, with an empty basket that was begging to be filled with provisions. The stalls were buzzing with a roving, happy crowd, and right away I was greeted by Nena from Stone Barns who was selling bouquets of flowers. Next to her stand was a teeming pile of local oysters, not far away Sara Jenkins’ staff was serving porcetta sandwiches. About every three feet I bumped into someone else I knew who had just bitten into a remarkably juicy sausage with garlic sauce (Jake Dickson’s Farmstand Meats), or a sublime spoonful of nectarine sorbet (the Bent Spoon). Blissed out on good vibes, sunshine, and incredible flavors, everyone wanted to share. Bites of chocolate-covered honey nougat, bacon caramel, caraway challah, cilantro pesto, and concord grape shaved ice were passed around like introductions and handshakes. In my bike basket I took home a jar of local orange blossom honey, the sweetest summer corn I’ve had yet from Marlow and Sons, and local cornmeal from Cayuga Pure Organics. I can’t wait for next month’s installment of New Amsterdam Market, and in the mean time, I’ll be enjoying my locally-sourced homemade corn muffins.
2nd Annual NYC Craft Beer Week
$35 gets you a “passport” to jugs of suds all this week, at bars around the city.
Monday, September 14, 6-8:30pm
Opening Harvest Reception
Edible Estates Regional Prototype Garden #8:
Lenape Edible Estate: Manhattan
Hudson Guild at Elliott-Chelsea Houses
At 441 West 26th Street
New York Restoration Project and Friends of the High Line present the opening harvest reception for Edible Estates Regional Prototype Garden #8. Interpretive garden tours, native foods, cooking demos, CSA stands and the premiere screening of a video about the garden and the history of eating on the island of Manhattan as told by Eric Sanderson, The Mannahatta Project.
Tuesday, September 15, 7pm
Pierre Tham presents
Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal
143 7th Ave., Park Slope
Author Pierre Tham presents his new Senegalese cookbook, Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal. Wine and cheese to follow this free neighborhood reading.
1) A Fulani word meaning “let the good times roll”
2) A finalist for the coveted Julia Child award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Its 75 Senegalese recipes include favorite street foods as well as African foods that became staples of American Southern cuisine.”
Wednesday, September 16, 12:30-2pm
Food Systems Network NYC
Open Networking Lunch
Fund for the City of New York
121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Fl
Please RSVP to email@example.com
The topic of conversation at this month’s open networking brown bag lunch will focus on current thinking in food and healthcare. “The nation is engaged in an ongoing debate about health care reform and the importance of prevention, while groups all over the country are gearing up to fight for changes to the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization. At such a dynamic time, we are fortunate to have Toni Liquori of School Food FOCUS and Joan Gussow, nutritionist and author of This Organic Life, with us this month to discuss their work and the current state of food, as well as what the changes brought by reform might mean.”
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.
Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-9:30pm
TastebudsNYC Turns Anniversary Party
Celebrate two years of TastebudsNYC at a rooftop potluck anniversary party. Join fellow foodies to chitchat about your favorite seasonal finds at the market, the best wine you sipped this summer, the Eat In you attended on Labor Day, or the supper club you’re thinking about launching this winter. Bring a dish to share (Don’t worry, if you can’t cook, just stop by your favorite provisions store and pick up something yummy) and something to drink. There will be birthday cake! Please RSVP and Heidi will send you the exact location. RSVP is required for this event: firstname.lastname@example.org. Party will take place in Tribeca– please RSVP for exact address.
Saturday, September 19, 4:00pm
Gastropolis: Russian Brighton Beach
As part of NYC Craft Week, Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch, co-editors of Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Columbia University Press, 2009) will lead a tour along the Coney Island & Brighton Beach boardwalk. Tag along for a discussion about the food history of the area from native times, through settlement and mass immigration, and its relation to the arrival of the lagering process when Brooklyn was the brewing capitol of the US. The group will explore present day foods and kvas and concludes with a meal at a Russian restaurant. The tour is limited to 20 people, so you’d best sign up now. $50/person includes a light meal and a signed copy of Gastropolis. Contact: email@example.com for more information.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30-8:30pm
Culinary Historians of NY Season Opener:
A Celebration of Our Members III
Park Avenue Methodist Church
The Culinary Historians of New York kick off a season of lectures with an evening of presentations by three of their own members. The theme of the evening will be entertaining throughout history. Free to CHNY members, or $40 for non-members and guests. Visit the website for a full list of the evening’s presentations.
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 South Street 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.
September 27-October 4
Edible Eat, Drink, Local Week
Edible East End, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens have teamed up with CENYC and chefs and restaurants who love the local food movement as much as we do for a big ol’ edible celebration of what’s good around town. Participating restaurants will serve prix fixe meals featuring the best of the local bounty, and donate a portion of the proceeds to CENYC’s all-important Greenmarket program. Fall in the city is tasting mighty fine this year.