Dear Local Gourmands,
This weekend I spied none other than Tom Mylan and his crew from the forthcoming Meat Hook serving three meat chili at the Brooklyn Flea. The spicy combo of beans, lamb, beef, and pork warmed me to the core and couldn’t have made me happier. The Meat Hook opens in early November, but you can pick up a bowl of chili at the New Amsterdam Market this Sunday. To stave off your hunger and curiosity until then, this afternoon Nelson Harvey’s new series on sustainable meat airs on Heritage Radio Network. Over the next three weeks, the series will explore the history and future of raising livestock and serving meat at the table. You can listen online at heritageradionetwork.com, or download a podcast by searching “Heritage Radio Network” through the i-Tunes store. The broadcast schedule follows:
Episode 1: The Farm Tuesday, October 20th, 2pm
Guests: Judith Labelle, president, the Glynwood Center farm and advocacy group, and Daniel Welch, of the Cornell Small Farms Program.
Episode 2: The Slaughterhouse Tuesday, October 27th, 2pm
Guests: Kathleen Harris, livestock farmer and coordinator for the Northeast Livestock Processing Service Company, and Lowell Carson, operator of a slaughterhouse in Altamont, New York.
Episode 3: The Butcher Shop Tuesday, November 3rd, 2pm
Guests: Roger Horowitz, historian and author of the 2006 work “Putting Meat on the American Table,” and Jake Dickson, proprietor of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, a meat proprietor and butcher shop based in Manhattan.
All the best,
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 locally sourced and produced snacks, sustainably raised meat, artisanal cheese, bread, beer, and a vibrant community of local food purveyors and supporters. In addition to the outstanding cornucopia of local foods, programming for the day includes two master butchers taking on a half a pig, and a regional beer sampling event that will follow the market. Plus Bowery Lane Bicycles provides valet bike parking. See you there!
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, October 26, 6pm
A conversation with Glynwood and the 2009 Harvest Award Winners
French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway at Grand Street
The Glynwood Center presents a panel of chefs and award-winning sustainable ag activists who will discuss the future of local and sustainable food. Panelists inclue: Howard Straub (Triple H Farms, Michigan), Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, Pennsylvania, Plow to Plate at New Milford Hospital (Connecticut), Cody Hopkins and Andrea Todt (Falling Sky Farm, Arkansas). The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception featuring Hors d’oeuvres by FCI graduates whose restaurants source locally grown food– Chef Sean Rembold, Marlow & Sons; Chef Shanna Pacifico, Back Forty, and Chef Josh Eden, Shorty’s 32.
Tuesday, October 27, 7pm-12am
The Brooklyn Farmers Ball
The Food Security Roundtable
The Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
Tickets, $12-$25 (buys you a local, seasonal dinner, music, and dancing)
Eat, drink, and celebrate Brooklyn’s Urban Agriculture and Food Justice Community with the Food Security Roundtable. All proceeds support the New York Delegation to the Growing Food and Justice Initiative gathering in Milwaukee, WI.
Wednesday, October 28, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
450 W. 31st St.
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.
Thursday, October 29
Finger on the Pulse Presents: A Dinner Party
The crew who lured you out to locales all over Brooklyn for well-tuned barbecues this summer is now calling revelers inside to a dinner party proper. The illustrious David Colston from Prime Meats will be presiding over the stoves, while Garrett Oliver from Brooklyn Brewery will be pouring delicious beers from their special (and unreleased) reserves for a five-course pairing menu. As always, Finger On The Pulse will be on the decks, pairing tasty tunes with thoughtful treats. Space is limited and going quickly, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
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.
Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4
Young Farmers Conference at Stone Barns
Registration is now open for this year’s Young Farmer’s Conference at Stone Barns.