Dear Local Gourmands,
Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed plenty of greens, beans, and pork to welcome success and prosperity in 2010. Or maybe you celebrated on January 1 with a bowl of Pumpkin soup for Haiti’s independence, or slurped long, long noodles for longevity (of course), or by eating little rounds of anything really– I suppose rounds of sausage would work as well as carrots– to represent coins.
I’ve been charmed with the chance to spend the first few days of the new year in sunny L.A. where the local specialties span tacos, hot pastrami, funky Thai mango and crab salad, and Armenian donuts. I’m going to pack a suitcase full of Meyer lemons before my return, and hope that their vitamins suffice for sunshine through what is meant to be a very snowy January. Luckily when I get back to New York there will be plenty of chances to stay warm with friends at the cassoulet cook-off, a pie contest, and a cocktail event among others…read on, and see you soon!
Monday, January 4, 7-8:30pm
Smoked Food and Drink
427 B 7th Avenue
Chris Munsey (once a cheese maven for Murray’s, and now on-board with Dickson’s Farmstand Meats), shares his knowledge of smoked foods at Beer Table. Gather round for pours of a special keg of Schlenkerla Oak Smoke– a perfect pairing to go along with some smokey snacks and discussion.
Thursday, January 7, 7pm
Word of Mouth: Online Media and the Future of Food Writing
Housing Works kicks off their new food-centric lit series with a conversation that focuses on food writing in new media. Thursday’s panel features Julie Powell, Amanda Hesser, Merrill Stubbs, Ed Levine, Cathy Erway, and moderator Lynn Andriani.
Friday, January 8-Sunday, January 10
Inaugural Williamsburg Cask Fest
113 North 7th Street, Williamsburg
At their annual Cask Fest, d.b.a. promises to tap into (at least!) 12 rare cask-contained beers of various styles all at once. The bar defines cask ale as “Unfiltered, unpasteurized beer brewed only from traditional ingredients, matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide and served at cellar temperature (about 54F), so cool but not chilled (NOT room temperature). Cask Ale is also known as ‘Cask-Conditioned Beer’, and ‘Real Ale’. It is beer as it was invented to be, basically, before modern chilled, filtered, and force-carbonated beers took over the mainstream and deposed the original, old-school methods for the sake of convenience and increased profit (of big brewers) through standardisation.”
Saturday, January 9, 7pm-2am
NYC Benefit for the Queer Farmer Film Project
1399 Pacific St., btwn New York and Brooklyn Aves
The Queer Farmer Film project is swinging through New York. View a trailer for this film-in-the-works and show your support at a party to raise a little dough for its completion. Cocktail and hors d’oevres hour at 7pm, followed a screening at 8pm, then bands and dancing into the night. Appetizers provided by Ash Fulk, NYC’s most recent Top Chef. Gay and hetero farmers as (and all other farmy folk) welcome!
Sunday, January 10, 7pm
172 Allen St. btwn Stanton and Rivington
Suggested donation, $5
Come out for a presentation and discussion of regenerative farming in the Hudson Valley with Kevin Skvorak and Sarah Williford of Regeneration Community Shared Agriculture. They’ll detail their permaculture practices and discuss ecological health, climate change, and long term food-security in the Hudson Valley.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Tuesday, January 12, 7-11pm
Sixpoint Beer Dinner
171 E. Broadway (btwn. Jefferson and Rutgers Sts.)
Get your local buzz on at this veg-friendly prix-fixe dinner featuring pairings with an array of Red Hood brewed Sixpoint suds. Each of the four courses will be matched up with a Sixpoint gem– braised short ribs with Righteous Ale, par example– and to be sure, each course has a flexible meat/vegetarian option to keep everyone in check.
Thursday, January 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Winter Market Dinner
787 Union St., Park Slope
Reservations, Slow Food member $60, non-member $70
Rose Water’s Chef John Tucker invites diners to a communal table for a seasonal three-course meal featuring local winter ingredients (yes, the peaches may be gone, but I swear there’s plenty of goodness to be found in sweet potatoes, onions, and apples at the Greenmarket) along with wine pairings.
Thursday, January 14, 6:30pm
Curry Economics: Food as a Driving Force of Economic Development
American Museum of Natural History
Enter at 77th St., Kaufmann Theatre, first floor
Journalist Sasha Issenberg, author of the Sushi Economy, moderates a discussion about food as the driving force behind economic expansion, industrial development, and geopolitical competition at the American Museum of Natural History. Panelists include Tom Standage, business affairs editor of The Economist and author of An Edible History of Humanity; Eric Tagliacozzo, associate professor of history at Cornell University and author of Secret Trades, Porous Borders: Smuggling and States Along a Southeast Asian Frontier; and award-winning culinary expert Julie Sahni, author of the seminal Classic Indian Cooking.
Saturday, January 16, 1-5pm
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $20 (at the door)
The second annual Cassoulet Cookoff at Jimmy’s No. 43 makes January in New York remarkably more bearable– at least for one afternoon. Pile into the back room at the East Village gastro pub to sample five cassoulets put forth by amateurs, cook-off celebs, and chefs alike. Judges include chef Matt Weingarten and others, as well as you, the chilly, must-be-warmed-by-fatty-goodness, enthusiastic cassoulet consumer.
All week leading up to this event, Jimmy’s No. 43 features Greenmarket farmer’s sausages on the menu alongside German beers from B United Imports like Reissdorf Kolsch and Schlenkerla Helles Lager lightly smoked.
Wednesday, January 20, 6-10pm
Vegetarian Dinner with Sixpoint Beer Pairing
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $45 (plus tax and gratuity)
Shane Welch of Red Hook-based Six Point Brewery hosts a five-course vegetarian dinner with local beer pairings.
Saturday, January 23, 6-11pm
Third Annual Pie Contest
225 N. 8th St., Williamsburg
Suggested donation, $5
Whether you crave savory snacks or sweets, the annual Pie Contest at K&M bar is sure to lure you back for second and thirds. Weigh in on your favorite combination in the People’s Choice category, or drop off your own best rendition of the classic American dessert at 5:30. Guidelines follow:
a. The crust is homemade.
b. It’s not a pizza pie
c. you bring a modestly sized place card with a description of the pie ONLY written on it
Proceeds from the Contest benefit BK Farmyards.
Monday, January 25, 6-9pm
Good Spirits at Almond
12 E. 22nd St.
On January 25, 2010, Edible Manhattan and Brooklyn hosts their first annual cocktail party at Almond restaurant on 22rd St. Six local restaurants will pair food with six cocktails, including one made with the amazing local Tuthilltown hooch, another created with Rhum J.M. from Martinique, a beery quaff made with Heartland Brewery’s new keg series, a grapey mixer with Wolffer Estate Vineyards verjus, a concoction mixed with Dallis Coffee elixir, and more. Space is limited, so purchase tix now. Enter the code “cocktail” and the hosts will include a one-year subscription to Edible Manhattan for free.