Dear Local Gourmands,
Last week I (along with a packed ballroom of other local food supporters) raised a glass to this year’s McKinley Hightower Beyah awardees– Brian Halweil editor and publisher of the Edible magazines, Karen Washington dedicated urban community gardener of La Familia Verde, and the folks at East New York Farms. Just Food, the non-profit that this year brought over eighty CSAs into neighborhoods the city over, took a moment at their annual Let Us Eat Local gala to applaud these soil movers and food world shakers for the work they’re doing to raise awareness about the importance, the pleasure, and the sweat it takes to sustain and grow the local agricultural community in New York City. Not only are we all profiting from the efforts of the luminaries that were celebrated, the room was lined with some of the city’s most highly regarded chefs who were showing their praise for the region’s farmers by serving up dishes that featured local ingredients. Between pretzels from Grammercy Tavern paired with a memorable home-brewed porter, to the strawberry salad with wasabi sorbet from Jean Georges, to the fresh corn that was being ground and then pressed into tortillas and served with an organ stew and rooftop chilies from Palo Santo, the dance floor was charged with sticky fingers, business cards, and so many good reasons to get back out there and keep spreading the word about the numerous programs that are making the local food movement in New York thrive, shimmy, and shake.
Keep on keepin’ on,
Tuesday, September 22, 5-6pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Fragrance Terrace
1000 Washington Ave, Prospect Heights
Learn the basics of canning– just mason jars and hot water, plus fruits and veggies– to put up foods you can eat in the winter months ahead. Free and open to the public.
Tuesday, September 22, 6-9pm
Third Annual Taste of Red Hook
Tickets, $100 in advance
Neighborhood restaurants team up to support the Red Hook Initiative at the Third Annual Taste of Red Hook this Tuesday. Fort Defiance, Defontes, Steve’s Key Lime Pies, Fairway, the Red Hook Lobster Pound and many more invite you to make your way through the ‘hood one taste at a time.
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.
Tuesday, September 22, 7:30pm
Toast to Bacon
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets at the door, $45
New York’s most loved meat head Josh Ozersky returns to the back room at Jimmy’s No. 43 to raise a glass to the goodness that is bacon. Shelton Brothers beer will be on tap, and mountain view bacon from New York State farmer John Ubaldo, Josh’s fave local cut, plus plenty of others that will be sure to send you into euphoria brought on by bacon (the very best kind).
Tuesday, September 22, 7-9pm
NYC Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Seafarers & International House
123 East 15th Street
Bring your bee queries to the monthly meeting of the NYC Beekeepers Association, and learn how to keep your hives happy through the winter. Also, pick up instructions to build a solar-powered was extractor!
Wednesday, September 23, 9am
CENYC Launches Wholesale Market
New Fulton Fish Market at Hunts Point
800 Food Center Drive, Bronx
Please RSVP to Lindsay at 212-513-0311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“New York City once boasted several wholesale farmers markets enabling local farmers to directly supply food stores with locally grown produce. In 2007, the New Fulton Fish Market Cooperative and the Bronx Terminal Market Growers, with assistance from the Governor of New York along with the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets, established a new Wholesale Farmers Market in the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center in the Bronx. Now to be managed and developed by CENYC, this market will provide small retailers, food service professionals and the public with opportunities to buy fresh, healthy, local produce directly from the farmer at wholesale prices. The Wholesale Greenmarket is located in the waterfront parking lot of the New Fulton Fish Market. Open Monday through Saturday from 2:00am – 8:00am, the market features fruits, vegetables, plants and herbs and welcomes buyers from corner stores, restaurants, florists, green grocers, and distributors as well as the general public to buy directly from the farmer. Beginning September 26, Saturdays will feature extended hours of 2:00am through 12:00 noon to provide convenient access for individuals and families.”
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30-8:30pm
Slow U Bees
399 Lafayette St.
Norm Cote and his sons, Andrew and Michael, third and fourth generation beekeepers, discuss their Bees Without Borders initiative which aims to teach safe and sustainable beekeeping practices the world over. Here in the city they have founded the NYC Beekeeper’s Association, bringing sweet honey to our skyward bound city blocks. Learn what’s afoot for urban beekeeping and sample some local honey and mead.
Wednesday, September 23, 7-9pm
Wine & Local Dessert Tasting
15 W. 28th St., Suite 10B
Local favorite sweet tooth crutches Liddabit Sweets, Roni-Sue, Gotham Cookies, Sweet Muse and others get together to throw a wine and dessert tasting to satisfy your mid-week sugar and alcohol craving.
Thursday, September 24
The 5th Annual Green Brooklyn
Borough Hall Greenmarket, Downtown Brooklyn
“Green City Fair and Symposium will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Brooklyn Borough Hall and Columbus Park. Alongside our Greenmarket farmers’ market, visit interactive booths, make art from recycled products, attend a free workshop, drop unwanted textiles, and more for the whole family!”
Thursday, September 24, 7-8pm
The Legacy of Julia Child
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St. (btwn Lafayette & Mulberry Streets)
Cheryl Pearl Sucher moderates a panel of notable if not legendary present-day food writers– Amanda Hesser (Eat, Memory), Judith Jones (The Pleasures of Cooking for One), and Julie Powell (Julie and Julia)– who will discuss the lasting influence of Julia Child.
Thursday, September 24, 6:30-8pm
Tomatoes: The Late Blight Catastrophe, the Controversies, the Culinary Joys
Food Systems Network NYC
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture
53 Prospect Park West, Park Slope
Suggested donation, $7
FSNYC hosts a panel of farmers who grow tomatoes to talk about how this year’s late blight affected their crops. Christina Grace of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets will discuss the crisis and potential solutions along with regional farmers Galen Ballentine (the Anthill Farm), Ben Flanner (Rooftop Farm), Adam Horwitch (Wassaic Community Farm), and Ben Schwartz (rooftop garden projects). Recipes and tomato tasting to follow the panel.
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. If you can find yourself a stray ticket, it will likely be golden. Maybe you’ll discover it in the wrapper of a chocolate bar, Willie Wonka style.
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.
Saturday, September 26, 6:30-9:30pm
Pighampton: Fourth Annual Slow Food NYC/East End Pig Roast
Hayground School in Bridgehampton
151 Mitchell’s Lane, Bridgehampton, South Fork, Long Island
NYC and East End Slow Food contingents converge to pig out ant the Fourth Annual Pighampton pig roast. Hop on the train/bus/Zip car and look forward to Peconic Pearl and Mystic oysters from Karen Rivara’s Raw Bar, Harry Ludlow’s Bridgehampton Fairview Farm heritage breed pigs, roasted low and slow by Foody’s own “Pig Master,” Chef Bryan Futerman. Wines from the North Fork’s Paumanok Vineyards will be poured by winemaker, Kareem Massoud. Proceeds from this event will support the programs and activities of Slow Food NYC and Slow Food East End.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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.
Thursday, October 1, 6-10pm
Local Beer and Local Oyster Night
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Every Thursday $5 buys you a plate of three local oysters at Jimmy’s No. 43. Pair ’em up with local beer and be glad you live right where you do. 25 cents from each oyster sold will be donated to the Peconic Land Trust, which aims to preserve the working farms and working waters of the East End of Long Island.
Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 2:30-4:30pm
Music in the Markets
Morningside Park Greenmarket (Sat)
Park Slope Greenmarket (Sun)
The upstate New York folk group Railbird sweeps through the city on a two-day tour singing songs about the lives of local agrarians.
Wednesday, September 30, 7-8:30pm
The Changing Role of American Farmers
McNally Jackson Books
52 Prince St. (btwn Lafayette & Mulberry Streets)
“Over the past decade, our relationship to food and how it’s grown has transformed. But what about our relationship to the people who grow it? There is hope in the legions of new, young, and urban farmers cropping up around the United States, and yet overall, our country’s agricultural community is shrinking by the day. How is the role of farmers in our society and in our lives shifting? And what still needs to change?
Moderator Lisa Hamilton, author of the recently published “Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness,” will be joined by organic pioneer Fred Kirschenmann, a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York; the New York Times’ Verlyn Klinkenborg, author of “The Rural Life”; and New York farmer Mary-Howell Martens.”
October 3, 10am-3pm
Stone Barns Harvest Festival
Come out to the farm to revel in its October glory– hayrides for all, “farmer olympics,” workshops on cooking and gardening, live music, and the Sixth Annual Pie Bake-Off! Seasonal food and beverages, including Stone Barns Centers famous Berkshire pig roast, will be available for cash purchase all day at the Harvest Market, as will nibbles from BobbySue’s Nuts, Balthazar Bakery, Red Jacket Orchards, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, and more.
Saturday, October 4, 2pm
431 W. 16th St.
20 home cooks vye for the people’s choice and judges awards, and try to win you over with their best lamby recipes. Sponsored by the American Lamb Board, and hosted by the indefatigable Matt Timms.