Dear Local Gourmands,
This weekend, as I was strolling through the market in Fort Greene, the air was sweet with the scent of concord grapes. I’ve been eating them from a bowl on the kitchen table ever since and am stunned every time by just how much flavor each little bite reveals. With its shifting light, perfect temperatures, and golden leaves, I wish September would last forever. The grapes seem to be the embodiment of the month itself– the surprise of their sweetness after summer has passed makes them all the more more delightful– a way to stretch out the season just a little bit longer.
All the best,
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.
Tuesday, September 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Unconventional Farming: Perspectives From Two Exceptional Women
Savoy (70 Prince St., at Crosby St.)
$30 (exclusive of tax and tip), includes hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine
Reservations: Call 212-219-8570
As part of the Greenmarket and Edible magazines’ Eat Drink Local Week (September 27th-October 4th), on September 29th, Savoy Executive Chef-Owner Peter Hoffman will host a reading by Lisa M. Hamilton, the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness. Annie Novak of Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will then join Hamilton to talk about how maverick farmers are changing the shape of American agriculture. Hors d’oeuvres made from ingredients grown on Novak’s rooftop farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will be served along with Long Island wines and Brooklyn brews.
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.”
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.
Friday, October 2, 6-8pm
Slow Food for the Urban Kitchen:
Nourishing Local Food from the Slow Cooker
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St.
Just Food and the Weston A. Price Foundation NYC present a community food education workshop with Jessica Prentice, Maggie Gosselin, and Sarah Klein, creators of the Local Foods Wheel for the NY Metro area on how to eat locally through the fall and winter, three meals a day.
Saturday, October 3, 10am-12:30pm
Slow U: Coffee
248 Mercer St.
Tickets, $20 for Slow Food members, $25 for general public
Teresa von Fuchs of Dallis Coffee, and Anne Nylander of NYC coffee consultant, TampTamp Inc., delve into the social, political, and economic complexities of how coffee is grown, sourced, and processed in a Slow U seminar on the elixir we depend on to speed us up. Learn how you can support small, traditional, sustainable coffee farms by electing the best caffeine of choice. Coffee tasting to follow.
Saturday, October 3, 2-4:30pm
Preserving the Local Harvest with Lacto-Fermentation
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St.
In another community food education workshop, learn how to preserve the best of the fall harvest with lacto-fermentation, a healthy and inexpensive way to stretch the season’s bounty. Learn how to make sauerkraut, kimchee, chutneys, salsa, and sauerruben. Kombuchas, ginger bug, and whey-based sodas will also be discussed.
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.
Saturday, 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 3, 4-10pm
Brooklyn Farmacy Open House
Corner of Henry and Sackett in Carroll Gardens
Over in Carroll Gardens, a neighborhood farmstand of sorts is taking root. If you enjoyed cavorting at the Farmacy last spring for a Greenhorns fundraiser, or if you missed it and have been curious ever since, come by the Farmacy’s open house this Saturday. Classic Brooklyn egg creams and beer will be on hand for drinking, oysters and Maine lobster will be available for eating. Connect with some good food friends and hear about the upcoming plans for the Farmacy of the future– think skill shares, farm internships, urban gardening know-how, and trowels to be shared among the growing community of Brooklyn-based ag enthusiasts.
Saturday, October 3, 12-4pm
Sixpoint Pizza Pairing
230 Ninth Ave., btwn 24th and 25th St.
Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint craft beers make their way to a pizza party on Ninth Ave., hosted by Jim Lahey’s resto, Co. Follow suit, and get ready to make some introductions: Brownstone Ale, meet veal meatball pies. A happy acquaintance, and the pleasure will be all yours.
Saturday, October 3, 12-6:30pm
Chile Pepper Fiesta
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn
A chocolate and chile takedown, music from the Bayou, and a demo in the art of Indian chutney making are among the many draws to this year’s Chile Pepper Festival. On Saturday, throngs of those who can never have their food spicy enough will flock to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to get their pepper on.
Sunday, October 4, 11am-4:30pm
9th Annual New York International Pickle Day
Municipal Parking Lot on Broome Street
This year’s NY International Pickle Day takes up a new location on the LES to accommodate the thousands who flock to the annual festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s pickling history. As usual you’ll be able to get on line for a pickle on a stick from Gus, and sample all the brined goodness from city faves like Rick’s Picks, McClures, and the Pickle Guys, as well as newcomers to the scene like Brooklyn Brine.
Sunday, October 4, 2pm
431 W. 16th St.
20 home cooks vie 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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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).
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.