Dear Local Gourmands,
Over the weekend I joined the Greenmarket Brooklyn Bike tour which started out high above Greenpoint on Annie Novak and Ben Flanner’s Rooftop Farms (I enjoyed the space so much that I went back on Sunday to help harvest baby greens), then headed to the Williamsburg, Ft. Greene, Borough Hall, and Grand Army Plaza markets. Along the way we met various members of the Wilklow Orchard family clan, community composters, new farmers benefitting from Greenmarket’s New Farmer Development Project, and learned about the expansion of Greenmarket’s EBT program. Hop on the bandwagon and get a ticket to this Saturday’s tour which will lead riders around Manhattan, stopping at various markets along the way.
On the note of Rooftop Farms, make sure to visit their Sunday market (10am-4pm Sundays on Eagle St. in Greenpoint) before it closes for the season. (You can pick up green tomatoes, baby greens, delicata squash, and farm-made hot sauce among other offerings.) Lucky for us, Brooklyn will get another rooftop farm next spring when Roberta’s breaks ground on a 1-acre project that will supply their resto with homegrown, local ingredients (the very best kind). You can support their skyward expansion on Tuesday (see deets below) at what will surely be one heck of a fundraising party.
Just now listening to NPR which is broadcasting this story about Hispanic farmers fighting the USDA.
Tuesday, October 13, 6:30pm
Global Kitchen: The Magic of Pickling
American Museum of Natural History
79th St and Central Park West
Tickets, $20 (includes tasting)
Nearly every culture seems to have a pickling tradition– from Indian pickled mangoes, to Moroccan lemons preserved in salt, to kosher dills. In this panel pickle master Bob McClure and Lucy Norris, author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Traditions, discuss pickling methods and recipes from around the globe, and answer questions about how to make your own sours.
Tuesday, October 13, 7-9pm
Hot Dog and Sausage Tasting
Lily’s Restaurant in the Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave.
Bruce Kraig, author of Hot Dog: A Global History breaks out some of his favorite links to share with guests at a sausage-tasting fest. Copies of his book will be $10 with purchase of ticket to the event.
Tuesday, October 13, 7-10pm
An Evening with Jasper Hill Farm
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Diane Stemple from Jasper Hill Farm visits the East Village to talk about five of her artisanal cheeses, made in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. The tasting will be paired with craft beers selected by Jimmy’s No. 43.
Tuesday, October 13, 7pm
Farm Fundraiser for Roberta’s
Roberta’s (of Bushwick pizza fame and backyard radio studio fun) throws a fundraiser to drum up $$ for a one-acre rooftop farm they’ll break ground on next spring. Joe Bastianich and Mark Ladner join a host of local foodies and farmers to show support for a delicious cause.
“Next spring we’re breaking ground on a one-acre rooftop farm in North Brooklyn. Ben Flanner of Greenpoint’s Rooftop Farm and the resourceful and creative entrepreneurs that brought us Roberta’s have committed to build the first ever commercially-viable rooftop farm in the world. Based on low-input, bare bones efficiency and high-yield organic methods, the farm will offer fresh produce to the community downstairs, bringing food and people closer together in order to address the growing environmental, economic and health problems that face our city and our world. In 2010 we will build one farm, but our vision is for others to replicate our model and thousands of acres of rooftop throughout the city to be put into agricultural use. This is a call to arms: invest in our farm now, and help us plant the seed for New York’s food future.”
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30-9:30pm
76 St. Marks Ave.
This month’s TastebudsNYC meet-up takes place in Brooklyn at Flatbush Bar(n). Enjoy locally-sourced beer and bar snacks while chatting up fellow foodies, food justice activists, and enthusiastic home cooks.
Thursday, October 15, 4-6pm
Food Show: When Performance Becomes Lunch and Why We Finally Have an Appetite for a New Sort of Cooking Show
Fales Library in NYU’s Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South, 3rd fl
$10 suggested donation
Panle discussion features Delores Custer, food stylist; Harold McGee, author, professor, and New York Times columnist; Florent Morellet, restaurateur and community activist; Sara Moulton, author and TV chef; and Fabio Parasecoli, author and NYU Food Studies faculty member. Clark Wolf, food and restaurant consultant, moderates. Reception with bread and local cheese to follow.
Wednesday, October 14, 6:30pm
“Is There a Midwestern Cuisine? Culinary Identities of the American Heartland:
Fish Boils, Fish Fries, the Cudighi and Runza, Ohio Mango, the Coney and Big Baby”
Culinary Historians of New York
Park Ave. United Methodist Church
106 East 86th Street
(between Park and Lexington)
Tickets, $40 non-members and guests, $25 CHNY Members, $22 CHNY Senior & Student Members
Internationally recognized food historian and founding president of Culinary Historians of Chicago Bruce Craig speaks on the topic of Midwestern cuisine. “Contrary to popular belief, Midwestern foodways express a rich cuisine that defines cultural identity as much as Southern fried chicken or a New England clambake.”
Friday, October 16-October 22
Food Beware: the French Organic Revolution
A film by Jean-Paul Jaud
34 West 13th Street
Food Beware begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground – children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agrobusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. Food Beware is food for thought – and a blueprint for a growing revolution.
Saturday, October 17, 8am-3pm
Manhattan Greenmarket Bike Tour
Starting Point: Tribeca Greenmarket, Greenwich St. btwn Chambers & Duane
End point: Abingdon Square Greenmarket, W. 12th and 8th Avenue.
Take Manhattan by bike with Greenmarket for the ultimate local foodie tour of the borough. Start out at the Tribeca Greenmarket, where you can nosh on coffee and pastries and get a free bike tune-up. “We’ll head up the west side to the 57th Street Greenmarket to hand press fresh cider from Toigo and Breezy Hill Orchards’ new crop apples, then continue up to the Tucker Square Greenmarket for a fresh market based lunch with cheesemaker Nina White of Bobolink Dairy and Ron Binaghi of Stokes Farm. The tour will wind around to Abingdon Square Greenmarket for a wine tasting with Paumanok Vineyards, and a meet and greet with up-and-coming young farmer Dave Siegel of Muddy Farm.”
Saturday, October 17, 6-9pm
Craig Murphey Memorial & Hummus Cook-Off
10 Hope St., Williamsburg
As part of the third annual Craig Murphey Memorial Party, a hummus cook-off will be held as in his honor. A $5 donation at the door supports the Craig Murphy Memorial Fellowship fund. Taste several amateur chefs’ best takes on the dip, which may include any type of beans in the hummus and any food to dip with. Top winners will receive various prizes donated by local businesses. To enter the cook-off as one of the chefs, write to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 16. You will receive a confirmation email once you have been registered, along with further rules.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
October 20, 7:30-10:30pm
Bacon and Beer Tasting
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Jimmy’s brings back Josh Ozersky for another round of beer ‘n bacon pairings. Revel in locally sourced favorite fatty cuts, and no less than five “rare and unusual beers” which will include at lease one smoked beer brought to you by Jon Lundbom of B. United Beers.
October 21, 7pm
Tastebuds NYC Cheese and Beer Tasting
RSVP for location
Chris Munsey of Murray’s Cheese regales Tastebuds NYC with the stories behind five different American cheeses. He’ll pair up his picks with five of our nation’s best beers, all for your snacking pleasure. RSVP to Heidi@tastebudsnyc.com with the subject line “cheese” to reserve your place.
Saturday, October 24, 10am-4pm
5th Annual Red Hook Harvest Festival
At the Red Hook Community Farm
370 Van Brunt St.
Celebrate the harvest at Red Hook Community farm with neighborhood restaurants the Good Fork, iCi, Rice, Kevin’s, the Angel Family, and Cynthia’s Soul Food Kitchen. Kids activities, an expanded farmers market, music, and performances throughout the day.
Sunday, October 25, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market
This month’s New Amsterdam Market will take place once again in the old Fulton Fish Market stalls down by the South Street Seaport. Look for local produce, locally produced, sustainably raised meat, artisanal cheese, bread, beer, and a vibrant community of local food purveyors and supporters.
Saturday, October 31-Sunday, November 1
It Takes a Village to Make a Sausage
Smithereen Farm and Greenhorns
“Rufflands” 160 Milan Hill Road
Red Hook NY 12571
Part fundraiser, part butchering workshop, part barn party, quit the city for a raucous weekend of back yard fun where revelers will prepare and enjoy Smithereen Farm’s two Tamworth pigs. With butcher Bryan Mayer and Daniel Meyer of Brooklyn’s The Green Grape. Suggested donation of $125 includes workshops, all meals and coffee, train pickup and piggy feast. Sliding Scale – we accept work trade. RSVP is a must: email@example.com 845 758 1155 and cell 415 299 1436. Take Amtrak to Rhinecliff.
Bring warm clothes, beverages, waterproof boots, extra socks, a cooler for meat, potluck items (particularly greens + grains) and whatever you need to sleep comfortably in the 18th century hayloft. Questions? Call 845-758-1155.
October 28, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
Studio 450 Penthouse
450 W. 31st St. (Corner of 10th Ave.)
Tickets, $150 in advance
A legion of the city’s most renowned chefs band together to put on a spread for the markets they depend on to keep their kitchens in local produce, meat, fish, and cheese. The proceeds from Taste of Greenmarket benefit CENYC’s youth education programs which enable 5,000 city youth to learn about the benefits and availability of local food each year.