Dear Local Gourmands,
Last Sunday, I rode over to the annual NY International Pickle Day fest to sample sours and say ‘hi’ to all my pickle-making pals. As I toured around the Lower East afterward, my thoughts wandered to my great, great grandma, Ida, who immigrated to this country from Russia alone at the age of sixteen. She lived on Hester St. and worked in a garment factory, and while I’m not sure she made pickles, I’d like to imagine that she might have, or that maybe she shopped on Orchard St. with its many pushcarts.
A few days before, I’d been in the neighborhood at a screening of STAGES, a film my friends at Meerkat Media made. STAGES tells the story of a group of young and elder members of two different community centers on the LES who get to know each other through the collaborative process of writing and performing a play. The doc explores the purpose of community-building, and the importance of sharing stories across generations and cultures (catch a screening of STAGES at Anthology this Sunday at 6:15). I tend to go to the Greenmarket when I need to check in with my community, or I have friends over for dinner. Many join CSAs and community gardens for the same reason, or they pick a restaurant and become a regular. I don’t know how Ida found her niche in New York when she arrived. (Maybe she made her neighbors pickles?) STAGES will leave you teary, inspired, and grateful to be a part of New York and the many communities within that make the city feel like home.
Tuesday, October 6, 7pm
Screening of Fresh
30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
If you haven’t had a chance to see the documentary Fresh yet, make your way to BAM where a screening of the flick that celebrates farmers, thinkers, and business people who are re-inventing our food system will be followed by a panel moderated by Edible Brooklyn’s editor, Gabrielle Langholtz. Panelists include Ana Joanes (Director and Producer of Fresh), Reverend Jackson (Brooklyn Rescue Mission), David Shea (Chef, Applewood Restaurant), and Letitia James (District 35 Council Member).
Brooklyn Greenmarket Bike Tour
Starting point: Rooftop Farm, 44 Eagle St., Greenpoint
End point: Prospect Park
Work up an appetite biking through Brooklyn from market to market with Greenmarket’s Liz Carollo.
“The tour begins at the Greenpoint Rooftop Farm, where farmer Annie Novak will give us a tour of this stunning 6,000 sq foot farm sitting atop a warehouse in industrial Brooklyn. Afterward, we’ll head to the McCarren Park market for coffee, breakfast and bike tune-ups (provided by NYC Bikes) before riding to the Brooklyn Borough Hall market for some cider pressing and cider doughnut eating. Next we’ll go to the Ft. Greene market for a worm bin composting demonstration by the Ft. Greene Compost Project folks. We’ll end our insider’s tour at Brooklyn’s largest Greenmarket, Grand Army Plaza, with a cooking demonstration hosted by Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and market-inspired lunch in the park with a couple of Greenmarket farmers.”
Saturday, October 10, 11am-3pm
Corner of Marcy Avenue and Clifton Place (Market lot next to garden)
Call or e-mail for more information: 718-638-3566, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market will hold their Oktoberfest and dedication of a mural painted by neighborhood youth this Saturday. Fall harvest cooking demos, composting workshop, and activities will fill the day. Check out the Garden’s new composting system, its hoophouses and market beds. “The Hattie Carthan Community Farmers Market opened this season on July 11th and has been building a space where local food producers sell food grown in their gardens or farms, local community chefs host cooking demonstrations and healthy eating programming. Conversations about food and food issues are spurred and supported and culturally appropriate foods are considered vital to community nutrition. The Farmers’ Market is also a community’s effort to reclaim its agricultural heritage and contribute to the cultural, social and economic vitality of Central Brooklyn.”
Sunday, October 11,
Fierce and Sweet: a Brooklyn Bake Off to Benefit New York Cares
East River Bar
97 S. 6th St., Williamsburg
A gang of intrepid bakers feed a crowd of hungry guests and an esteemed panel of celebrity judges at one raucous, delicious, party to benefit New York Cares. Taste the contending treats in the running for categories like Best “Green” Goodies, Sexiest Baker, and Most Surprising Ingredients. Dalia Jurgensen, executive pastry chef at Dressler in Williamsburg, and the author of Spiced: A Pastry Chef’s True Stories of Trials by Fire, After-Hours Exploits and What Really Goes on in the Kitchen, Richard Muszynski, owner of Ricard Chocolat, as well as competitive cook off gurus, Theo Peck and Nick Suarez will preside.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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.
The East Village gets a visitor from Vermont when Diane Stemple from Jasper Hill Farm talks about five of her artisanal cheeses. 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.
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’s Liz Carollo 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 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 + 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.