Dear Local Gourmands,
Over the weekend Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, had his sleeves rolled up and his head in the game, inspiring some 1,000 attendees of the NYC Food and Climate Summit to get working on policy suggestions to curb the havoc our current food system is wreaking on the environment. Coinciding with the Copenhagen Climate Talks, this summit proved that New Yorkers area ready to think way outside the box to try and solve the situation at hand. On a panel about promoting local agriculture, I heard Bob Lewis (co-founder of Greenmarket) speak thoughtfully about the Hunt’s Point distribution center in the Bronx– just imagine if all the produce available for retail and restaurant purchase at Hunt’s Point was grown locally? New York is, after all, an agricultural state. I’ll post more about the conference (which was masterfully organized– hats off to Just Food!) this week on localgourmands.com, but in the meantime, feel free to sign the NYC Food Pledge and Charter.
All the best,
Monday, December 14, 7-8:30pm
Mast Brothers Chocolate and Beer Tasting
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
The brothers Mast will bring their chocolate know how and highly-approved-of product to Beer Table on Monday night for a sweets and suds pairing.
Monday, December 14, 7-10pm
Fundraiser for the Brooklyn Grange
180 W. 10th St. at 7th Ave
Raise a glass with foodie folks, and help raise funds for next season’s new rooftop farm: The Brooklyn Grange. This Monday at bobo the Roberta’s crew will be spreading the holiday cheer at a fundraiser to break ground on a one-acre rooftop plot. Come show your support and be a part of something great.
Monday, December 14, 8-10pm
149 4th Ave., Park Slope
Edible Pursuit at Sheep Station
Tickets, $15 (includes a pint of Kelso beer)
If the pursuit for good food is what keeps you going, I’m sure you’ll be a winner at Edible Pursuit. That’s right: trivia night for food lovers. Come get your game on with Edible Brooklyn at the lovely Sheep Station on 4th Ave. in Park Slope this Monday, December 14, from 8-10pm. Tix are $15 (which also buys you a pint of boro-brewed Kelso beer). You might wanna hit the books over the weekend, though– I hear the competition’s gonna be fierce. Bring it!!
Tuesday, December 15, 7pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave
Anthology Film Archives serves up these local food flicks on December 15:
WHAT’S “ORGANIC” ABOUT ORGANIC?: Shelley Rogers
BIG RIVER and TRUCK FARM: Curt Ellis & Ian Cheney
THE GREENHORNS: Severine von Tscarner Fleming
GROWN IN DETROIT: Manfred & Mascha Poppenk
FACES FROM THE NEW FARM: Liz Tylander, Kat Shiffler & Lara Sheets
[AS YET UNTITLED FILM ON CLIMATE CHANGE & FOOD SYSTEM]: Sara Grady
Author Anna Lappé will moderate a panel discussion with the film makers following the screening. At 9pm the party migrates to Jimmy’s No. 43 on E. 7th St. for post-movie snacks sourced from local purveyors Flying Pigs Farm, Schoolhouse Kitchen, Blue Isle Oyster Company, Hot Bread Kitchen, Violet Hill Farm, 3-Corner Field Farm, Rick’s Picks, Mama O’s Kimchee, and Dancing Ewe Farm. Tip at the tap for pints of Ommegang Beer from Cooperstown, NY.
Tuesday, December 15, 6:30pm
Gingerbread House Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
Talented cake crafter Katie Robinson graces the Brooklyn Kitchen Labs with her gingerbread house know-how. Buy a seat in this hands-on class and take come your own confection construction.
Wednesday, December 16, noon
Beard on Books: David Chang
The James Beard House
167 West 12th Street
$20 at the door, free for students
At this month’s installment of the Beard on Books series, toast of the town chef David Chang reads from his new Momofuku cookbook. An author signing and sponsored snacks follow the reading.
Saturday, December 19, noon-5pm
Greenpoint Food Market’s Holiday Foodtacular
Church of the Messiah
129 Russell St., btwn. Driggs and Nassau Aves., Greenpoint
Give your family a little love from Brooklyn– get your holiday shopping taken care of at a special edition of the Greenpoint Food Market. Homemade foodstuffs from little kitchens all over the borough show what we’re made of: pickles, chocolate, beer and cheese. A free raffle boasts prizes for all you hungry and thirsty shoppers.
Saturday, December 19, 11am-4pm
Drop-in Cookie Decorating
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St. btwn Leonard and Manhattan Ave., Williamsburg
No time to bake? Stop by the Brooklyn Kitchen Labs and pick up a dozen sugar cookies (little blank canvases, each!) for $10. Then, roll up your sleeves and dig into all the icing and sprinkles you could ever wish for at their all-day cookie decorating fiesta.
Sunday, December 20, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market Presents Wintermarket
South Street Seaport
New Amsterdam market wraps up a tremendously successful fall season this Sunday with a wintermarket. After this, the stalls will go into hibernation until spring, so come get your fill of oysters, lobster rolls, and Porchetta sandwiches one last time before the new year.