Dear Local Gourmands,
Raising chickens in your back yard sounds like less of a bird brained idea than ever, given the national attention that kitchen gardens and the grow your own movement has picked up over the last few years. Urban coops were the focus of the first story in this weekend’s Times magazine and our fine feathered friends steal the cover of the spring catalog my parents have been pulling together for their store, Downtown Home and Garden. Over the weekend I was visiting my 96 year old grandmother in Minneapolis who has recently moved into my aunt’s house. Aunt Patsy and her clan built a beautiful coop last year, and each morning breakfast consists of fresh eggs. All this seems familiar to my grandmother who earned her first pocket money by plucking and gutting the chickens her family kept in the back yard of the house she grew up in in Alton, Illinois. Feeling quite proud of and refreshed by a visit to my midwestern roots, I’ll return to Brooklyn tonight where the movement moves on. BK Farmyards has partnered with NYRP to build a chicken coop to house 50 birds in the Imani Garden in Crown Heights. If you’re free next week, bring your tool belt and your carpentry skills to help build these girls a new home.
All the best,
Dine in Brooklyn
Lunch $20.10, dinner $25.00
The spring special, Dine in Brooklyn, is upon us! Plenty of the borough’s restaurants who champion locally grown produce are participating– iCi in Fort Greene, Anella in Greenpoint, and Applewood, Palo Santo, and Rosewater in Park Slope, among others. Make sure to call for a reservation in advance.
Tuesday, March 16, 6pm
Culinary Luminaries: Joseph Baum, Restaurant Impresario
The New School Food Studies Program
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnold Hall
55 West 13th St, 2nd floor
Tickets, $5 (available at box office); free to all students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID
Legendary restauranteur Joe Baum was responsible for such show-stopping establishments as Windows on the World, the Four Seasons, and la Fonda Del Sol, to name a few. In this panel discussion the culinary luminary is remembered for his triumphant personality that enabled him to bring his staff together to pull off extraordinary feats and ultimately change the restaurant industry.
Panelists include: Michael Batterberry, editor-in–chief and publisher of Food Arts Magazine; William Grimes, author of Appetite City, former New York Times restaurant critic; Milton Glaser, Graphic and Interior Designer on many projects for Joseph Baum; Hugh Hardy, Principal and Founder of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, LLC.; and Michael Whiteman, President of Joseph Baum and Michael Whiteman Company.
Saturday, March 20, 9am-4pm
GreenThumb Grow Together
Hostos Community College
149th St & The Grand Concourse, Bronx
Admission, $3 (in advance), $5 (day of)
This year marks the 26th GreenThumb Grow Together with a return of favorite workshops from years past and a new focus on youth gardens. Bobby Wilson, President of the American Community Gardening Association will deliver the keynote address.
Saturday-Sunday, March 20-21
Vernal Equinox Hogget Cook-off
Weekend admission: $45-200/per adult (sliding scale) $15/per child under 12
*Worktrade options available
“In honor of the vernal equinox, spring and the start of a new growing season, join The Greenhorns and Animal Welfare Approved at Kinderhook Farm in Valatie, NY on March 20-21 for a celebration of agricultural activities, rural community and a farm to table feast.
A Hogget is a yearling lamb yet to be sheared that has been raised on pasture throughout the year and fed hay & legumes from the farm through the winter. Lambs are traditionally born between the end of January and beginning of March. This allows the young lambs to nurse naturally and weaned when the pastures grow back in the spring. The Kinderhook Farm hogget we will be working with reflects the age, size and tenderness of a lamb of this age.
The event begins with a butchery demonstration of the whole hogget, followed by a cooking demonstration, hide tanning, wool crafts and soap making. Saturday will close with a feast and musical performance by folk collective The Red Rooster. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
On Sunday the activities will continue with morning Yoga at Kinderhook Farm and tours of McEnroe Organic Farm and Old Chatham Sheepherding Company. There are also great local hiking trails, sculpture fields and restaurants worth checking out.”
For any Questions please contact: La Mason @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Severine von Tscharner Fleming @email@example.com
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, March 20
At Kinderhook Farm
All Day – Hide Tanning, Wool Crafts, Soap Making workshops
10:00 am Opening Remarks
10:30 am Hogget Butchering Demonstration
1:00 pm Light Lunch
2:00 pm Cooking Demonstrations
7:00 pm Hogget Feast in the Barn
The Red Rooster Folk Collective will close the evening with music
Sunday, March 21
At Kinderhook Farm
10:30am–3pm Hide Tanning, Wool Crafts, Soap Making
11:00am Yoga in the Barn
12:30-2:30 Hogget Stew
At McEnroe Organic Farm
1pm Farm Tour
3pm Farm Tour
Of note a few weeks down the road…
The Chickens Are Coming!
Lend your carpentry skills to BK Farmyards to help build out a chicken coop in the Imani Garden in Crown Heights. Plans for the coop can be seen here. 50 chickens are on their way, and they’ll need a nice place to lay for the egg CSA. If you or someone you know is an experienced carpenter, please send a note to volunteer (@) bkfarmyards.com with ‘CHICKEN COOP’ in the title line. Keep checking the BK Farmyards blog which will show all scheduled work days.
Tuesday, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm
A Celebration of Chinese Food in Today’s America Culinary Historians of New York
Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA)
215 Centre Street (btw Grant/Howard, 1 block north of Canal)
Tickets, $40 (non-members and guests), $25 (MOCA/CHNY members), $22 (CHNY senior and student members)
CHNY honors Dr. Jacqueline Newman, 2009 recipient of the Amelia Award for lifetime achievement in culinary history, with a panel discussion on Chinese food in America today. Panelists include: Jessica Chien, pastry chef and food blogger; Jeffrey Chuang, illustrator and art designer; Kian Kam Kho, software engineer and food blogger; and Stephanie Wang-Breal, filmmaker; moderated by Andrew Coe, author of “Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States.”
“Since the 1965 reform of the immigration laws, tens of thousands of Chinese have arrived in New York from every part of China. Most non-Chinese fans of Chinese food know that one result has been a golden age for exciting new restaurants serving all kinds of once-unfamiliar dishes. But what does the American or Chinese-American food scene look like to members of the Chinese-American community—or communities, since the makeup of today’s first- and second-generation immigrant population is so complex? How do people view the food that they cook at home, the different versions of Western food that they have encountered, the food served here in different kinds of supposedly Chinese restaurants? Four food-minded Chinese-Americans will relate their experiences in navigating Chinese and American culinary identities and share their thoughts on what’s happened to Chinese cuisine as it has become progressively woven into the American culinary fabric.”
Thursday, March 25, 4-6pm
Food Media in a World of New Media
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 3rd fl
70 Washington Square South
Clark Wolf moderates a panel that explores the expanding genre of food media and what the changing landscape of new media means for its writers and readers. Panelists include Frank Bruni, author and former New York Times restaurant critic, Scott Hocker, San Francisco edition editor of Tasting Table, Marion Nestle, author and NYU Paulette Goddard Professor of Food Studies, and Krishendu Ray, author and NYU Food Studies faculty.
Saturday, March 27, 7-9pm
Real Milk: What’s the Real Deal? A Lecture with Sally Fallon Morell
Subud Chelsea Center
230 West 29th Street btwn 7th and 8th Aves
“Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and leading advocate in the real milk movement, will speak about the safety, health, economic and legal issues surrounding milk. Come learn why full-fat raw milk from grass-fed cows on pasture is nature’s safest and healthiest food, and the key to revitalizing small family farms and reclaiming our constitutional rights.”
Sunday, March 28, noon-4pm
The Brooklyn Brunch Experiment
The Bell House
149 7th St., Gowanus
Tickets, $20 (in advance), $25 (at the door)
Cook-off competitors Theo Peck and Nick Suarez turn their attention to brunch for the latest installment of their own cooking competition series, the Brooklyn Food Experiments. Bring your best waffles, your famous pancakes, your morning after eggs that bring ’em back for more. Prizes include a Cuisinart mixer and airplane tickets, plus the title of best brunch in the borough. Sean Rembold, chef at Diner and Marlow & Sons and Andrew Knowlton, editor for Bon Appetit, will judge the fare. If you think you’ve got what it takes, sign up to cook here. If you’d rather, just bring bring your appetite– after all, every New Yorker is always up for brunch. Tickets include one complementary beer and entrance to the after party.
Tuesday, April 6
Good Spirits at The Bell House
149 7th Street, Gowanus
Good spirits and good times will be free flowing at the Bell House where Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn ring in the second installment of their cocktail series that celebrates local liquors and our borough’s favorite “mixology-minded chefs.” The Vanderbuilt, No. 7, James, Walter Foods, The Farm on Adderley and Palo Santo prepare plates to go with perfectly paired cocktails concocted with storied spirits. Sip Empire State favorites like Tuthilltown Spirits and Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, as well as small batch selections from Vertical Vodka, Chartreuse and Illegal Mexcal. $40 tickets for this evening of food, drink and merriment come with a complementary one-year subscription to Edible Manhattan or Edible Brooklyn when you enter the code “cocktail.”
Sunday, April 25, 7pm
Just Food Benefit Honoring Joan Dye Gussow
1334 York Ave. at 72nd St.
Just Food honors Joan Gussow, chair of its first board of directors, and one of the founding forces that rallied the local food movement. As the Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita of Nutrition and Education at Teacher’s College where she formerly headed the Nutrition Education Department, Joan believes that eating from close to home makes economic, ecologic, and gastronomic sense and sacrifices neither taste nor pleasure. She is a highly acclaimed nutritionist, author, co-author, and editor of a number of articles and books, including her 2001 work, This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homestead, which is based on the lessons learned from decades of working toward growing her own.