Dear Local Gourmands,
In my neck of the woods, the only lion March brought in was one sculpted from snow, crafted late on Sunday night by my downstairs neighbor. Monday morning, March first, our front yard snow lion seemed to be roaring at spring to wake up. But despite the warm air and the open sky, I took hesitant steps as I headed off into the day: you can’t trust March. It’s warm this week, but who knows how many more blizzards might touch down before we’re really in the clear? March is a toddler month, not yet sure if it can stand alone without falling over.
The other day my farmer friend Annie was lamenting the loss of her chard seedlings– they’d been happily germinating in her apartment until a visitor who was reaching for her snowsuit knocked over the flat. “68 plants, gone! I’m like three weeks behind now,” she reported. That was Sunday. By Monday night she’d discovered a tentative solution: while cleaning the yard she unearthed an old aquarium. When she flipped it over she realized it just might work as a mini greenhouse, providing her startled seedlings with the incubation they’ll need to survive. The lion is roaring for you, kiddos, just one more month til spring, and you’ll be on your own like little lambs.
Hang in there,
Tuesday, March 2, 7-8:15pm
Make It Funky
The Joy of Cheese
113 N. 7th St.
The Joy of Cheese sings the praises of the stinkiest wheels this March, starting with a cheese and beer tasting at d.b.a. Ray Deter will present seven beers that have been paired with seven “wonderfully aromatic and soft wonders.” To be sure, these washed rind beauties will be nice ‘n stinky.
Wednesday, March 3, 6:30-7:30pm
Farm to Table Lecture with Jeff Moyer of Rodale Institute
New Leaf Restaurant & Bar
One Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
During the month of March, New Leaf Restaurant & Bar will host a series of Farm to Table Lectures, giving a platform to some of the country’s most respected urban agriculturists.
Featured speakers include:
March 3 – Jeff Moyer, Farm Manager, Rodale Institute
March 10 – Annie Novak, Co-founder, Eagle Street Rooftop Farms
March 17 – Ian Cheney, Filmmaker, Wicked Delicate
March 23 – Louisa Shafia, Author, Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life
Wednesday, March 3, 8pm
Rock ‘n Grow
Greenmarket Benefit Concert
214 Sullivan St.
Greenmarket kicks off their 40th anniversary with a concert to benefit their youth education programs. Turn out for bands Davey and the Trainwreck, 2/3 Goat, and Pie Boys Flat, plus complementary Greenmarket snacks.
Saturday, March 6, 11:45am-4pm
Foraging Tour of Central Park with Wildman Steve Brill
Starting point: 72nd & Central Park West
Call 914.853.2153 at least 24 hours in advance to reserve a spot
Muck around Central Park this Saturday with Wildman Steve Brill, the city’s famed forager. This weekend kicks off his 28th season of foraging tours. Discover the chickweed, sheep sorrel, and sassafras that grows wildly in our city’s version of the town common.
Saturday, March 6, 1-5pm
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $20 (at the door)
The first NYC Souperama takes place this Saturday at Jimmy’s No. 43 with no less than 15 entries for winter-weary souls to slurp up. Surely this is the fix for the uphill battle that is March. Cathy Erway (Not Eating Out in New York) and Gabrielle Langholtz (Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn) will be among the panel of judges along with you, the soup-savvy people.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Wednesday, March 10, 7:30pm
Dixon Place Presents: Pitom and Pie Tasting
161 A Chrystie St.
Dixon Place shines a light on all-American pies tonight when local talent, Pitom, takes to the stage at the famed Lower East Side music joint. Food writer Leah Koenig will be in the audience serving up slices of goodness while the band wails away.
March 10, 5:30-8:30pm
Prospects, Pitfalls, and Prodigies: The Hudson Valley Dairy Industry
An Evening with Ag 2.0
55 3rd Ave.
Tickets, $10 (advance) $20 (at the door)
This month’s return of the tremendously successful Ag 2.0 holds court at The Smith where sustainable food folks from all over the city will gather to talk shop, swap ideas, and no doubt trade business cards like professional poker players. Guest speakers include dairy farmers Jessica and Stuart Ziehm of Tiashoke Farms, Dante Hesse of Milk Thistle Farm, and John Friedman, attorney and advisor to sustainable agriculture businesses. “Attendees hail from investment and consulting firms, farms and greenmarkets, universities, food-related non-profits, food manufacturers, retailers, and restaurants. We’ll come together to network, talk food and ag, and catalyze the movement to a more sustainable food system. If you work in food and agriculture — or would like to — don’t miss this gathering of like-minded and local professionals.”
Thursday, March 11, 7:30pm
Local Dinner and Wine Pairing with Chef and Winemaker at Palo Santo
652 Union St.
Reservations, $75 (718.636.6311)
Eat with the chef and drink with the winemaker at this evening’s locally sourced and thoughtfully paired menu. Chef Jacques Gautier will serve a five-course dinner matched by six wines from one of his resto’s favorite local winemakers, Bernard Cannac of Heron Hill Winery.
Saturday, March 13, 10am-4pm
Making Brooklyn Bloom
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave.
“Kick off the spring gardening season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with this daylong conference on how to green up our communities by revitalizing our soil, the foundation of life in the garden. This free event features a keynote address by Dr. Nina Bassuk, director of the Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University, developer of Cornell Structural Soil, and author of Trees in the Urban Landscape. Visit exhibits and workshops on Rooftop Farming, Community Composting, and Testing Your Soil. No preregistration is required, but you must arrive at 10 a.m. to register for the day’s workshops.”
Saturday, March 13, 3:30-5pm
Educated Eater Panel:
Off The Hook: Why Local Seafood is Sustainable
200 Hudson St. at Canal
Tickets, $10 (call: 212-601-1000, or http://www.92y.org)
If you caught The End of the Line at Hungry Filmmakers last week, this panel on local, sustainable seafood in our region will hopefully answer some of your lingering questions about what seafood is safe to eat here in New York City. Which seafood guide should you refer to? Is the fish you buy in the market sustainably caught? Greenmarket has assembled a panel of fishermen, a regulatory agent, a marine advocate, and a chef to set the record straight, and talk about the positive steps that are being taken towards a more sustainable future for our local waters and the communities who fish them.
“Moderated by Colin Alevras former Chef of the Tasting Room and currently Beverage Director for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants, and including: Alex and Stephanie Villani from Blue Moon Fish in Mattituck, NY; Christopher M. Moore Chief of the Partnerships and Communications Division in the office of Sustainable Fisheries at NOAA Fisheries Service ; and Niaz Dorry, Director of the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).
Monday, March 15, 6-8:30pm
NYC Debut of Big RiverBrecht Forum
451 West St. btwn Bank and Bethune Sts.
Tickets, $25 (FSNYC members), $35
From the makers of King Corn comes their long-awaited follow up film, Big River. Food Systems New York hosts the flick’s New York debut, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers, Ian Chenney, Curt Ellis, Aaron Woolf, along with Hudson Valley farmer Cheryl Rogowski, and Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Scenic Hudson.