Dear Local Gourmands,
Beyond the first flowering trees in Prospect Park, the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket beckoned this Saturday with buckets of peach blossoms, a pile of the spring’s first spinach, and a knockout display of blue and speckled eggs at Evolutionary Organics. Feeling festive, I filled my bag with a whole grain boule from Kayuga Pure Organics, blackberry jam, radishes and carrots to be turned into pickles, and some collards for a mid-week dinner. Down to my last dollars, I spied an old friend who was working at the Blue Moon fish stall. He greeted me with a knowing smile: ‘You’re looking for scallops, aren’t you?’ This is a kid from Maryland who became famous at our college for being a great bass player and a great cook– stories of going to his parents’ house for crab dinners still leave me longing for Old Bay. Along with a handful of beautiful scallops, he sent me on my way with some of Blue Moon’s smoked fish which wound up in an omelet the next morning. While I ate, I read the opening of Molly O’Neill’s A Well Seasoned Appetite, which appropriately begins with spring and the excitement she can’t hold back at the first appearance of shad roe at her local fishmonger’s counter. She dubs this season the season for second chances, and it’s true– the produce returns, friends come out of the woodwork, and three months in, the possibilities of the new year begin to make themselves known. At last, we’ve arrived.
To spring again,
Monday, March 29 & April 5, 1-6pm
First Level Beer Sommelier Training
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
“Civilization of Beer Education Consulting invites you to participate in an exclusive, two day program that will prepare you to pass the first level Certified Beer Server TM. exam of the Cicerone Certification Beer Sommelier Program. This intensive program covers the knowledge most crucial to creating and maintaining diverse and profitable beer programs at the retail level. Subjects covered are beer ingredients, styles, brewing process, proper storage and service, flavor and evaluation, food and beer pairing and more.”
Seating is limited and open to beverage industry professionals with 2+ years experience dealing in beer. A spring session of the course commences on Mondays, May 10&17 from 1-6pm.
Monday, March 29, 7-9pm
9 Doyers St.
The Slow Food NYC monthly happy hour turns up at Apothoke this time around, a bar that was inspired by European apothecaries and 19th century Parisian absinthe dens. Join fellow New Yorkers to talk about “slow minded” ideas, activities, and new initiatives, the leadership of Slow Food NYC, or just shoot the breeze with good company while tippling on elixirs made with fresh herbs and house-infused liqueurs.
Monday, March 29, 7-8:30pm
Hedonists Delight at Beer Table
427B 7th Ave., Park Slope
“Barleywines and Beasts: a tasting of various rare barleywines, presented by Michael Opalenski, paired with various smoked and cured meats from our talented friend Gabriel Ross of Dickson’s Farmstand. Michael and Gabe will discuss their products, and Justin will present the beer pairings and some special treats from the cellar. Hedonists delight! Purchase tickets here!”
Wednesday, March 31, 6:30-8:30pm
Screening: The End of the Line
394 Broadway, 5th Floor
Tickets, $10 (suggested donation) in advance, $15 at the door
The Brooklyn Green Team, Green Edge, and Green Spaces present a screening of The End of the Line, a doc that made its premiere at Sundance in 2009 which examines the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna and other popular seafood and the implications of a world without fish. The End of the Line points to solutions that are simple and doable, but political will and activism are crucial to solve this international problem.
Thursday, April 1, 6:30pm
Launch of Diet for a Hot Planet
Wollman Hall at The New School
Eugene Lang Building
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor
(enter at 66 West 12th Street)
Anna Lappé launches her highly-anticipated third book, Diet for a Hot Planet, with a book talk and Q&A to honor the good work happening in New York City and across the country, dedicated to making our food system more sustainable and healthy for all.
Saturday, April 3, 10am
Open Volunteer Day East New York Farms
613 New Lots Ave., East New York
“Come get your hands dirty at the UCC Youth Farm. Lend a hand while you learn how we grow food in the city. Tasks include spreading woodchips, turning compost, weeding, planting, and harvesting. No experience necessary, just come ready to work outside and bring some water and a lunch or money to buy lunch at the market.”
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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 Vanderbilt, 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.”
Tuesday, April 6, 6-11pm
Blue Plate Special for FRESH
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
$22 Blue Plate Special
Tonight Jimmy’s No. 43 serves up a “Blue Plate Special” as a pre-opening benefit for the movie FRESH. Entreés include roast pork with apples and polenta, shrimp and grits, and local lamb sausages with olives and escarole. Your order includes a ticket to the good food flick that will be shown in theatres around New York beginning in April. Filmmaker Ana Joanes will also be in the house to chat up the cause and encourage a hopeful dialogue about how our food system is slowly being turned around.
Thursday, April 8, 7pm
Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn with
Leonard Lopate, Fritz Haeg, Annie Novak, Will Allen, and Scott Stringer
The Greene Space
Leonard Lopate hosts a discussion on the future of urban agriculture in New York City and around the country featuring prominent figures from both the local and national scene. Speakers include Fritz Haeg, artist, designer, radical gardener, and author of Edible Estates; Will Allen, contributor to the book, and MacArthur winning founder of Milwaukee- based Growing Power; Annie Novak, founder of Rooftop Farms in Greenpoint; and Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President and the force behind “FoodNYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System,” the most comprehensive effort to date to unify and reform New York City’s policies regarding the production, distribution, consumption, and disposal of food.
Thursday, April 8, 6pm
Red, Hot and Potted:
a lecture, book signing and tasting with chili expert Dave DeWitt
Horticultural Society of New York Library
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor, btwn Broadway and 7th Ave
The Horticultural Society of New York welcomes Dave DeWitt, co-author of The Complete Chile Pepper Book, to show city dwellers how to grow peppers in containers. He’ll offer practical growing advice, recommendations of chili varieties, sign books, and dole out sample tastes.
Saturday, April 10, 9am-noon
Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Community Forum
388 Atlantic Ave.
Between Hoyt and Bond
Take part in the conversation around “What’s for Dinner? Connecting the Dots Between Food Access, Policy and the History of Agriculture from the Black Perspective.” Learn what black farmers and urban gardeners in New York are doing to get fresh, healthy, locally grown food on the tables of their families and neighbors. Guest speakers include Maya Wiley, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Social Inclusion; Kolu Zigbi, Program Officer for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation; and Jennifer Steverson, Public Programs Curator at Weeksville Heritage Center.
Sunday, April 11, 4-6pm
Tastebuds NYC Fundraiser for Hot Bread Kitchen
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tastebuds NYC, a lively social networking group for city foodies and good food advocates, throws a cook off benefit for Hot Bread Kitchen, an admirable non-profit that trains immigrant women in traditional baking techniques. The challenge for chefs? Use either Hot Bread’s corn tortillas or granola (both are truly outstanding products on their own) as a muse to show the judges what you bring to the table. Cook-off chefs will go head to head to compete for bragging rights and a great cause. Judges include Nick Suarez and Theo Peck of the Brooklyn Food Experiments, Alexis Powell Grossman from Crop to Cup, and Katrina Schultz Richter from Hot Bread Kitchen. For more information or to sign up to cook, e-mail Heidi Exline: email@example.com.
Sunday, April 11, 6:30-10pm
Farmers Market Sweep
622 Degraw St., Brooklyn
Tickets, $12 in advance, $15 at the door
Bikeloc, a team of cycling locavore enthusiasts will take their love for the local food movement on the road this summer in a cross-country bike tour of small farms. Meet the mend behind the madness at a local food trivia night, Farmers Market Sweep, aka Brooklyn’s first food-themed game show. Aaron Zueck and Robert DuBois of Bikeloc, Louisa Shafia author of Lucid Food, Ava Chin of the New York Times, Joanna Shaw Flamm, editor of spoonandtrowel.com as well other prominent foodies will go head-to-head in a battle for the title of Champion Locavore.
The game show will be followed by the savory sounds of Smoothe Moose Laboratories featuring Brooklyn based cellist and electronic musician Cosmo D who will be serving it up with beat master DJ Saucy Crotch. If you’re interested in making a local snack for the event, please contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sunday, April 11, 4:30-8pm
Betty Brooklyn Hors d’oeuvres and Cocktail Hour to Benefit BK Farmyards
220 Plymouth St. Suite 5A, DUMBO
Tickets, $20 in advance $25 at the door
Using the best of New York’s local, seasonal and organic produce, Betty Brooklyn prepares delicious, nourishing meals for people who love food. She also offers personalized private chef classes for individuals and small groups. Tonight her hors d’oeuvres get paired up with cocktails by Sister Liqueurs, Blue Point beer, in a benefit happy hour for BK Farmyards who is working with the High School for Public Service to create a 1-acre youth farm. The menu includes sautéed spring mushrooms with Salvatore Bklyn ricotta and tarragon, grilled marinated flank steak skewers with chimichurri sauce, deviled quail eggs with crispy bacon, and spring peas in ramp and pistachio pesto with radish slices on locally baked baguette.
Saturday, April 24, 10am-9pm
Earth Day Council
Hattie Carthan Community Farmers’ Market
Clifton Place and Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn
“Celebrate Earth Day at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden! The day will begin with a Garden Planning Workshop and Free Seed Giveaway followed by Feasting and a Community Workday engaging in various building and spring garden activities. To close the day, participate in Honoring the Web of Life and be a part of the Earth Day Council. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Yonnette: 718-638-3566 or email@example.com.”
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.
Sunday, May 16, noon-4pm
Taste of Williamsburg
N 11th St. btwn Berry and Wythe Aves.
Tickets, $35 for 6 tastes, $95 for 18
Celebrate the flavors of ‘hood at the inaugural Taste of Williamsburg with Tastes from local favorites Dressler, DuMont, Diner, Marlow Sons & Daughters, Miranda, Fornino Pizzeria, Brooklyn Brewery, Juliette, Karczma, Brooklyn Star, Bakeri, Brooklyn Oenology, Sweetwater, El Almacen, Blackbird Parlour, The Lodge, Teddy’s Bar & Grill and more. All proceeds from the event benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center, to be housed in the yet-to-be converted historic former Engine Company 212 firehouse.