Dear Local Gourmands,
New Amsterdam Market was as busy as ever yesterday– teeming with Jake Dickson’s sausages, Anne Saxleby’s cheese, pumpkin ice cream from the Bent Spoon, and Maine lobster and shrimp rolls from Luke’s Lobster Pound– not to mention the throngs of beaming shoppers. I took home more orange blossom honey from Basis Farm to Chef, and couldn’t help myself when it came to Liddabit’s salty caramels. Stuffed full of cheese samples, I biked back to Brooklyn and up to Rooftop Farms to catch the last few hours of the rooftop field’s first season. Though farm volunteer hours are over for the year, one last market will pop up again on Eagle St. on Nov. 22, like the next New Amsterdam Market (the same day), just in time for Thanksgiving shopping which as you know is any local gourmand’s favorite holiday.
Happy feast planning,
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, 6:30
Screening of FRESH
Filmmaker Ana Sofia Joanes will join David Haight, New York Director of American Farmland Trust; Hudson Valley Farmer Cheryl Rogowski (winner of a 2004 MacArthur Fellow Genius Grant), and Jacquie Berger, Executive Director, Just Food for a discussion and reception following the screening. Jen Small, of AFT and Flying Pigs Farm, will moderate.
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.
Tuesday, October 27, 7-9pm
NYC Beekeeper’s Association Monthly Meeting
Seafarers & International House, on 123 East 15th Street.
*$3 members, $5 general public
Natural Resources Defense Council attorney Vivian Wang, will speak about NRDC’s campaign to stop approval of a new pesticide that is known to harm honeybees. Following her call to action, Ross Conrad, renowned organic beekeeper and author, will speak on chemical- and drug-free beekeeping. After the meeting, wash down all that new information next door at Shades of Green to imbibe and trade tales of swarms and stings.
Wednesday, October 28, 6-10pm
Taste of Greenmarket
Studio 450 Penthouse
450 W. 31st St. (Corner of 10th Ave.)
Tickets, $150 in advance
A slew 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, 6:30-9:30pm
The Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St.
Local Brooklyn flavor show’s what’s good at a fundraiser for the Brooklyn Historical Society. Catch up with Blue Marble, McClure’s Pickles, pretzels from Frankie’s and celebrate the current culinary moment in Brooklyn, which sure to make history.
Thursday, October 29, 7-9pm
Just Food Honey Swap
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E 7th Street
If you’re still skeptical of New York’s nectar, come to Jimmy’s and join Just Food for a local honey tasting. If you’ve harvested your own honey in the city and would like to share, please bring two 1/2 pound jars of your product– one for tasting, and one for swapping. It’s $4 to trade, or $8 to taste if you don’t have any honey to share (yet).
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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Sunday, November 15, 1-5pm
The Bell House
149 7th St., Gowanus
Tickets, $20 (includes a beer)
With all the bean to bar chocolate enthusiasm that’s come about of late, it’s fitting that the cook-off crazed have picked up on the trend and chosen to focus in on the serious achilles heal: chocolate.
Competitive cook-off pros Theo Peck and Nick Suarez team up with Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of Food52 to bring the borough the Brooklyn Chocolate Experiment. Amateur chefs are challenged to bring their most delicious chocolate-based dishes ranging from sweet to savory to chocolate beverages. The audience and guest judges (including Bon Appetit’s Andrew Knowlton and Ben Van Leeuwen) will award prizes and cold hard cash to their favorites. Visit www.thefoodexperiments.com for more info or e-mail email@example.com if you think you’ve got what it takes to participate.
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.