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Pasta making maddness and many courses of wild leeks. Click here to see our slideshow.

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Dear Local Gourmands,

My streak of eating ramps went something like this: ramp risotto on Friday, smoked ramps on Saturday, pickled ramps on Sunday, ramps and fiddleheads sautéed with bacon on Monday, ramps in my salad for lunch on Tuesday, grilled ramps on Wednesday…I will admit that I contemplated making ramp ice cream at one point, but (thankfully) restrained myself. Perhaps this was when I realized I needed to take a little break and diversify my diet. All that is to say, like the rest of the locavores in New York, I’ve been obsessed with the foraged first greens of spring lately, those little wild wonders, that despite their delicate roots, pack such a punch no matter how you prepare them.

And just as the tables at the markets begin to fill up with other long-anticipated spring specialties like rhubarb and asparagus, the calendar has filled up too. From cocktails made with New York Corn Whisky at this week’s ioby.org fundraiser to a smashing, locally sourced menu pulled together by neighbors in support of the City Reliquary, to Edible Brooklyn’s bash for Long Island wine, the days ahead are filled with plenty of opportunities to appreciate the earliest bites (and sips) of local flavor.

Best,
Jeanne

Monday, April 26, 7-8:30pm
Stinky Cheese and Stinky Beer Tasting
Beer Table
427 B 7th Ave., Park Slope
Tickets, $35

Tonight Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers will present five especially stinky American artisanal cheeses which Justin Pillips will pair with five equally stinky beers. Take a break from sniffing the lilacs and belly up to the bar.

Tuesday, April 27, 7-10pm
Meals and Spiels by The City Reliquary:
An Evening of Dinner & Lectures About NYC’s Food

The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost Street, Williamsburg
Tickets, $150

“Meals and Spiels is a dinner that will focus on the incredible food shops, breweries, bakeries, and kitchens of North Brooklyn. What’s more, each dish and beverage in the Meal will come paired with a lecture about the food on your fork and beverage in your glass! All proceeds will go towards The City Reliquary.” Peep the menu for this event here.

Tuesday, April 27-Friday, April 30
Kingsborough College Eco-Festival 2010

Kingsborough College hosts its annual Eco-Festival replete with several days of activities, workshops and talks by Anna Lappé (author of Diet for a Hot Planet), Makale Faber Cullen on Slow Food and city lore, William Solecki, Director CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Director of UPROSE, and Holly Kallman, Sustainability Coordinator for CUNY.

Wednesday, April 28, 6:30-8:30
Meet the Radical Homemakers
114 West 47th St, btwn 6th & 7th Aves.
First floor auditorium
Tickets, $10 or $25 (includes signed copy of book)

In her new book, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, upstate farmer and radical homemaker, Shannon Hayes tells the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by reclaiming control of home and hearth. Guided by simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being these radical homemakers are questioning the corporate control of the home from the breadbox to the closet. Her presentation will explore the experiences of these rural, urban and suburban folks who are endeavoring to change the world by reclaiming their domestic skills — whether it be planting a garden, growing tomatoes on an apartment balcony, mending a shirt, repairing an appliance, providing one’s own entertainment, or cooking and preserving the local harvest.

Thursday, April 29, 6:30pm
Foodie Book Club
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St.

This month’s installment of the Foodie Book Club revisits Laura Ingles Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. Bring a potluck dish to share, and your own childhood copy of this American classic.

Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm
Gastronomy in the Still-life Paintings of Luis Meléndez
with Gillian Riley
Culinary Historians of New York

National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
Tickets, $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members

“British culinary historian Gillian Riley, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of food in art, re-examines the still-life paintings of Spanish painter Luis Meléndez (1715–1780), with an eye for culinary themes. Melendez’s paintings, long admired for their stunning technique and composition, are now being appreciated for their gastronomic content as well. In many of his paintings, what at first seems to be a random selection of objects tipped out on a kitchen table is in fact a rigorous, perfectionist arrangement of items illustrating a precise theme: a meal, a recipe, or a gastronomic event. He presents the ingredients for a gazpacho, a salad, a dessert of fresh and preserved fruit—or in some paintings, a hint of a whole meal, with fresh crusty bread, jamón, and figs, or a composition of young cheese, fruit, and dessert wine.”

Thursday, April 29, 7-10pm
ioby.org Cocktail Fundraiser
10 Lefferts Place
$10-$20 suggested donation at the door
RSVP to nathan.p.storey@gmail.com

ioby.org connects New Yorkers to environmental projects in their neighborhoods. Tonight’s cocktails are mixed with Tuthilltown New York Corn Whiskey by ioby.org digital media fellow cum mixologist, Nate Storey. Learn about ioby’s digital storytelling program while sipping your way through an innovative cocktail menu, mingling with neighbors, and munching on hors d’oeuvres in a backyard garden in Clinton Hill. All proceeds from the event go to specific ioby.org environmental projects.

Saturday, May 1, 7-11pm
Living Liberally 2010 Annual Celebration
Honoring Marion Nestle
DCTV Firehouse
87 Lafayette St, between Walker & White
Tickets, $250, $150, $100

The fourth annual Living Liberally celebration and fundraiser honors Dr. Marion Nestle “for promoting the radical notion that a more sustainable national diet can help build a more sustainable world,” and the Service Employees International Union for “for supporting the netroots and building a more progressive America.” Join a terrific group of hosts to celebrate the liberal media we rely on from livingliberally.org.

Saturday, May 1-Sunday, May 9
NYC Wildflower Week

Celebrate NYC Wildflower Week by picking up free native wildflower plants in Union Square, go out on a guided wildflower walk, take native foods cooking class, or attend a salon dinner at Mas (farmhouse). Most programs throughout the week are free, open to the public, and located all over the five boroughs. See a full list of the week’s events here.
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Monday, May 3, 6:30pm
Screening: Pressure Cooker
Eating Liberally and Food Systems Network New York
The Tank
354 W. 45th St btwn 8th & 9th Aves.
Tickets, $10-$20

Eating Liberally and Food Systems Network NYC present a screening of Pressure Cooker, an uplifting documentary directed by Jennifer Grausman that tells the story of a high school teacher in Philadelphia who puts her underprivileged students through a “culinary boot camp” to help them win scholarships to the country’s top culinary schools. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Grausman, Lynn Fredericks, the Family Cook Productions founder, and several youths who have benefited from these programs, including Fatoumata Dembele (one of the students featured in Pressure Cooker) and Dexter Ambrose of Brooklyn Automotive High School, whose inspiring teacher, Jenny Kessler, was recently featured in The New York Times. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Systems Network NYC.

Monday, May 3, 8-10pm
Brooklyn Brew Shop Beer Trivia Night
Bar Great Harry
280 Smith St.

Trivia night at the bar gets a whole lot better when the questions are all about beer– to win, it literally pays to drink more. Bring your best beer drinking friends to Bar Great Harry for a night of beer trivia where Erica and Stephen of Brooklyn Brew Shop will challenge your craft brew knowledge and reward winners with 1-gallon homebrew kits complete with new seasonal Rose Cheeked Blonde and Lady Lavender mixes as well as the Shop’s classic Grapefruit Honey Ale mix. Sign up in teams of four or six, or join a team at the bar.

Wednesday, May 5, 4:30-6:30pm
Paisly Farm CSA Sign Up and Seed Swap
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

Paisley Farm, a 25-acre farm in Tivoli, NY, will be providing CSA shares at five locations in the city and Brooklyn this season. Organic produce, fruit, and egg shares are all on offer. Visit the Upstate Farms website to learn more about share options and payment, and look forward to picking up your produce at one of these locations all summer long:
Jimmy’s No. 43 (sign up in person at Jimmy’s on May 5, and profit from a seed swap!)
Green Spaces
Central Park East School II
d.b.a. Brooklyn
Metropolitan Exchange

Wednesday, May 5
Brooklyn Uncorked
Edible Brooklyn at BAM
30 Lafayette Ave., Fort Greene
Tickets, $40

Edible Brooklyn, along with her sister pubs Edible Manhattan and Edible East End, and the Long Island Wine Council bring the borough a taste of world-class wines from our neighbors in Long Island wine country. Local chefs will pair seasonal plates with these local sips while winemakers tell you all about their grapes and the soil they’re grown from.

Wednesday, May 5, 6-9pm
Cinco de Mayo at Palo Santo
652 Union St., Park Slope
Call to reserve a table:
(718) 636-6311

Local food champion and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket regular, chef Jacques Gautier, brings Cinco de Mayo to Brooklyn. Enjoy traditional Poblano dishes like mole paired with unlimited sangria and Mexican beer.

Thursday, May 6, 6-10pm
Brooklyn Food Coalition One Year Anniversary Party
388 Atlantic Ave.

The Brooklyn Food Coalition celebrates its first anniversary with delicious local food, drink and conversation. Anna Lappé will talk about her new book, Diet for a Hot Planet, and emcee as BFC activists share what they’ve been up to throughout the year.

Sunday, May 9-Sunday, May 16
Pig Week
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.

It’s Pig Week at Jimmy’s No. 43, and the East Village gastropub lauded for its incredible selection of brews and menu featuring local ingredients (this week heritage pork from the Piggery will be featured) wouldn’t let it pass without just fanfare. See the line up below and jimmysno43.com for more info. Tickets are available online or by phone: 212.982.3006.

May 9, 1-4pm ($20): The Piggery butchering demo with porky lunch and live bluegrass.
May 11, 6:30-8:30pm ($35): Bacon, cheese, chocolate, and beer pairing hosted by Josh Ozersky and the New York Degustation Advisory Team.
May 12: Local charcuterie and beer pairings featured a la carte on the menu.
May 13, 7:30-9:30pm ($10): “Meat” the Farmer– Just Food and Jimmy’s No. 43 present an
Informational Q & A with Mike Yezzi of Flying Pigs Farm. Learn how pig farms work, hear anecdotes, and hang out with the farmer. (All proceeds will benefit Just Food and Flying
Pigs Farm.)

Saturday, May 15, 6pm
Slideluck Potshow XV
Manhattan Bridge Archway at Water & Pearl Sts., DUMBO
6pm Beautiful Bountiful Brooklyn Tasting Hour | 7pm Potluck | 9pm Slideshow
Tickets, $10

Slideluck Potshow returns to Brooklyn to team up with the New York Photo Festival for a spectacular evening of local food, potlucking, and a slideshow. Naturally, the theme will be bridges, and the projection will take place just beneath the Manhattan Bridge. Some of New York’s finest photographers will help curate– David Alan Harvey (National Geographic, Magnum, Burn,) Jae Choi (The Collective Shift,) and W.M. Hunt (Hasted Hunt Kraeutler, SVA), and your own photo submissions will be accepted until May 3.

“As Brooklyn is becoming almost synonymous with the seasonal, sustainable and local food movement, we’re going to tap into it by offering up a tasting hour with a number of Brooklyn-based farms, organizations and purveyors alongside Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster’s Reserve beers – while tickets last. And as this is a potluck dinner, we’d like to invite people to bring dishes that have as many local, seasonal ingredients as possible.”

Sunday, May 16, 8:30am-7pm
A Day-a-Whey
Saxelby Cheesemongers
Tickets, $95

Journey to the East End of Long Islang with Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers to visit Wolffer Estate Vineyard for a wine tasting and picnic lunch and Mecox Bay Dairy for a tour of the farm. If weather permits, the day will end on a near-by beach, leaving tour-goers full of wine, cheese, sunshine. Read on for a full description of the day’s itinerary.

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.

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Pickle Pics

I took the jars pictured above to a “Get Your Pickle On” party on Sunday afternoon. All the color had drained from the center of the watermelon radishes and turned the brine a stunning pink! I based my recipe loosely on this one from Saveur, replacing the white vinegar with rice vinegar (which is what I had on hand in the cupboard) and added a watermelon radish becasue I love them.

Check out this slideshow from the party. If you’re keen to pickle ramps, here’s a recipe I came across in the Times.

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4/19/10-4/25/10

Dear Local Gourmands,

Yesterday I pulled out a pail of homemade sweet daikon, carrot, and watermelon radish pickles from the back of the fridge (after two weeks, the magenta had drained from the centers of the radishes and turned the brine pink!) and headed over to Bedstuy where a fermentation celebration was going down. It was rumored that Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, who is revered as a godlike figure in serious fermentation circles, might show up. I didn’t spy him, but his aura was omnipresent as guests came thru one by one, presenting bread baked with beer, long-necked bottles of mead, all manner of homebrew, kimchi, krauts, yogurt, cheese, pickled beets and pickled eggs.

One guy was popping a lid off of his great uncle’s sweet pepper chips from ’07—he’d inherited his relative’s collection of preserves in the will, and of all places, this collective, brimming with pickle enthusiasts, was certainly the event for his spirit to live on.

Light shone through jars and jars of kombucha, a mess of sweet, newly pickled ramps were seasoned with fennel seed, someone had invented a Brussels kraut, someone else a garlic kraut, not to mention the ginger mead, the pickled watermelon rind…I kept saying I had to take a break and then someone else would breeze by, crooning, mouth still full: ‘You have to try this kimchi!’ Fullness was not an option. The power of the pickle people is unbeatable—and instantly contagious. If you’re curious about getting in on this goodness, there will be a fermentation demonstration at the NYRP NYC Grows event in Union Square this Sunday (see deets below). It is indeed time to get your pickle on.

All best,
Jeanne

Monday, April 19, 9-11pm
Homebrewers Meet up
Beer Table
427B 7th Ave.
*Free

Beer Table invites all homebrewers to their once-a-month meet up to share recipes, sample suds, and talk shop. Bring some of your own homebrew to share!

Wednesday, April 21, 5-6:30pm
The Full Treatment on Raised Beds
M’finda Kalunga Community Garden
Rivington St. crossover btwn Chrystie and Forsyth Sts

This hands on workshop sponsored by Just Food and GreenThumb goes over all aspects of raised beds, from the lumber to the soil, how to rehabilitate an existing bed, and how to start a new one.

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Slow U: Green Beef
The Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
Tickets, $45

Michael Crupain of TheDairyShow.com takes viewers on a trip via video to Columbia County in upstate New York to check out a completely grass-fed, grass-finished cattle operation. See the farm to fork story in action from Grazing Angus Acres farm to Local 111, a restaurant just a few miles away. Betty Fussell, Marion Nestle, and Anna Lappé give interviews along the way on biology, history, nutrition and climate change issues that are all part of the story of how beef is raised. Following the discussion, Dan Gibson, owner of Grazing Angus Acres, Betty Fussell, culinary historian and author of Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef and The Story of Corn, Josephine Proul, executive chef of Local 111 restaurant in Philmont, NY, Jake Dickson of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in the Chelsea Market, and Michael Crupain will be on hand for a panel discussion about grass-fed and grass-finished beef and to answer your questions. Chef Proul will prepare a dish featuring Grazing Angus Acres beef for audience members to try, paired with New York State Wine.

Thursday, April 22, 6pm
Green Screen Film Series presents:Garbage Dreams
The Horticultural Society of New York
Tickets, HSNY Members $5; non-members $10
Refreshments served
RSVP: (212)757-0915 x100

“The Oscar-nominated documentary Garbage Dreams is a film that sees global issues at an absolutely grassroots level. It shows how international companies and the desire for modernization lead to the marginalization of the poor and the inconvenience of the general population. But it focuses on Adham, 17, Nabil, 18, and Osama, 16, three Zabbaleen youths, and Leila, a social worker and teacher of the community’s new recycling school. The film is about the Zabbaleen, Arabic for ‘garbage people’, whose community collected and recycled trash in the city of Cairo for many generations. Far ahead of any modern Green initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community.”
In celebration of Earth Day, all attendees will receive a FREE Hort tote bag!

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 hattiecarthangarden@yahoo.com.”

Sunday, April 25, 10am-4pm
Fifteenth Annual NYC Grows
Union Square Plaza

NYRP celebrates the fifteenth annual NYC Grows with a full day of activities and presentations on community gardening, urban agriculture, sustainability, organic cooking and environmental education. Workshops on fermentation, tree planting and care, a butterfly exhibit, potting activities, gardening games, and a pop-up garden center will be ongoing through the day.
“In 2010, NYRP, a New York City-based non-profit founded by entertainer Bette Midler, celebrates its 15th anniversary by transforming this annual community event into a giant gardening celebration. NYRP is dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City’s five boroughs by 2017.”

Sunday, April 25, 7pm
Just Food Benefit Honoring Joan Dye Gussow
Sotheby’s
1334 York Ave. at 72nd St.
Tickets, $175

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.
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Tuesday, April 27, 7-10pm
Meals and Spiels by The City Reliquary:
An Evening of Dinner & Lectures About NYC’s Food

The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost Street, Williamsburg
Tickets, $150

“Meals and Spiels is a dinner that will focus on the incredible food shops, breweries, bakeries, and kitchens of North Brooklyn. What’s more, each dish and beverage in the Meal will come paired with a lecture about the food on your fork and beverage in your glass! All proceeds will go towards The City Reliquary.” Peep the menu for this event here.

Tuesday, April 27-30 2010

Kingsborough College Eco-Festival 2010

Kingsboro College hosts its annual Eco-Festival replete with several days of activities, workshops and talks by Anna Lappé (author of Diet for a Hot Planet), Makale Faber Cullen on Slow Food and city lore, William Solecki, Director CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Director of UPROSE, and Holly Kallman, Sustainability Coordinator for CUNY.

Wednesday, April 28, 6:30-8:30
Meet the Radical Homemakers
114 West 47th St, btwn 6th & 7th Aves.
First floor auditorium
Tickets, $10 or $25 (includes signed copy of book)

In her new book, Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture, upstate farmer and radical homemaker, Shannon Hayes tells the story of pioneering men and women who are redefining feminism and the good life by reclaiming control of home and hearth. Guided by simple principles of ecological sustainability, social justice, community engagement and family well-being these radical homemakers are questioning the corporate control of the home from the breadbox to the closet. Her presentation will explore the experiences of these rural, urban and suburban folks who are endeavoring to change the world by reclaiming their domestic skills — whether it be planting a garden, growing tomatoes on an apartment balcony, mending a shirt, repairing an appliance, providing one’s own entertainment, or cooking and preserving the local harvest.

Thursday, April 29, 6:30pm
Foodie Book Club
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St.

This month’s installment of the Foodie Book Club revisits Laura Ingles Wilder’s Little House in the Big Woods. Bring a potluck dish to share, and your own childhood copy of this American classic.

Thursday, April 29, 7:30pm
Gastronomy in the Still-life Paintings of Luis Meléndez
with Gillian Riley

Culinary Historians of New York
National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
Tickets, $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members

“British culinary historian Gillian Riley, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of food in art, re-examines the still-life paintings of Spanish painter Luis Meléndez (1715–1780), with an eye for culinary themes.
Melendez’s paintings, long admired for their stunning technique and composition, are now being appreciated for their gastronomic content as well. In many of his paintings, what at first seems to be a random selection of objects tipped out on a kitchen table is in fact a rigorous, perfectionist arrangement of items illustrating a precise theme: a meal, a recipe, or a gastronomic event. He presents the ingredients for a gazpacho, a salad, a dessert of fresh and preserved fruit—or in some paintings, a hint of a whole meal, with fresh crusty bread, jamón, and figs, or a composition of young cheese, fruit, and dessert wine.”

Thursday, May 6, 6-10pm
Brooklyn Food Coalition One Year Anniversary Party
388 Atlantic Ave.

The Brooklyn Food Coalition celebrates its first anniversary with delicious local food, drink and conversation. Anna Lappé will talk about her new book, Diet for a Hot Planet, and emcee as BFC activists share what they’ve been up to throughout the year.

Sunday, May 16, 8:30am-7pm
A Day-a-Whey
Saxelby Cheesemongers
Tickets, $95

Journey to the East End of Long Islang with Anne Saxelby of Saxelby Cheesemongers to visit Wolffer Estate Vineyard for a wine tasting and picnic lunch and Mecox Bay Dairy for a tour of the farm. If weather permits, the day will end on a near-by beach, leaving tour-goers full of wine, cheese, sunshine. Read on for a full description of the day’s itinerary.

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.

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Inspired by the awesome rooftop gardens I’ve been peeping lately, I’ve been trolling my neighborhood asking local business owners for containters they’re throwing out that I might be able to repurpose as planters. Specifically I’m on the hunt for the styrofoam boxes that fish are kept in for deliveries. I’ve heard these are great for roofs– they’re light, easy to drill drainage holes in, and are insulating.

Greenmarket’s annual plant sales are coming up, with a rich variety of herbs, annuals, perennials, cut flowers, and vegetable plants on offer. Check them out at the following locations:

The Brooklyn Flea
Saturday, April 24, 10am-5pm
Corner of Lafayette and Vanderbilt in Fort Green
Sunday, April 25, 10am-5pm
1 Hanson Place (at Flatbush) in Downtown Brooklyn

Riverdale Y
Sunday, April 25, 10am-2pm
5625 Arlington Ave

Dante Park
Sunday, May 16, 8am-4pm
Corner of Columbus Ave. and W. 64th St.

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In this morning from our friends at New Amsterdam Market:

“Dear Friends and Supporters:

This Thursday, April 15 at 11:00am New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will hold a press conference to promote her ongoing support of public markets. The gathering will take place at the site of the world-renowned Fulton Fish Market on South Street in Lower Manhattan. We ask any of you who can make it to attend. Please check our website homepage for last-minute details and the exact location of the conference.

Speaker Quinn has sponsored a number of innovative food policies throughout her term, and has recognized the importance of public markets by funding initiatives at La Marqueta in East Harlem and the Moore Street Market in Brooklyn. These stalwart survivors -once part of a larger system run by the New York City Department of Markets- are poised to grow into thriving centers for job growth, economic development, and increased public health.

More recently, Speaker Quinn has proposed creating a regional, destination food market on the East River waterfront. As demonstrated these past few years by New Amsterdam Market, its merchants, and its supporters, a permanent market at this site will grow into a premier institution to further policy initiatives, incubate small businesses, and contribute to our city’s cultural patrimony.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

Sincerely,

THE NEW AMSTERDAM PUBLIC MARKET ASSOCIATION”

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4/12/10-4/18/10

Dear Local Gourmands,

Last week I had the pleasure of sitting in on a panel in WNYC’s The Green Space, where Fritz Haeg, author of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn was talking shop with Will Allen, CEO of Growing Power, and hometown heroes Annie Novack of Rooftop Farm on Eagle St., and Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President. The conversation focused on growing food in public and private spaces– collectively the work of those on the stage has brought vegetable plots to suburban lawns across the States and the UK, to urban lots in Madison and Milwaukee, and rooftops in Brooklyn. Catch up with what this esteemed panel had to say on WNYC’s site. Just before the talk Ana Joanes was circulating the room, handing out fliers for her new film FRESH, which features Will Allen. The flick is now playing at Quad Cinemas in the city, and it’s screening for free at Stone Barns on Thursday evening (see below).

All best,
Jeanne

Tuesday, April 13, 5:30-8:30pm
Is Organic Food Just a Marketing Hype?
566 LaGuardia Place
Tickets, $35

Six food writers and food professionals go head to head in an Oxford-style debate over whether or not “Organic” is merely a marketing term.

Wednesday, April 14, 1pm
Guided Tour of the High Line
Horticultural Society of New York
Meet at The High Line park entrance on W. 16th St. and 10th Ave.
Tickets, $25 HSNY members, $40 non-members

“Join the HSNY and your guide Dodo Loechle for a Spring tour of the wonderful gardens of the High Line. This signature landscape was designed by James Corner Field Operations, with the consultation of planting designer Piet Oudolf. The High Line’s plantings are inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew on the out-of-use elevated rail tracks during the 25 years after the train stopped running. Netherlands-based Piet Oudolf chose perennials, bulbs, grasses, shrubs and trees for their hardiness, sustainability, and unique color and texture. With a focus on native species, many of the plants that originally grew on the rail beds have been incorporated into the park landscape.”

Thursday, April 15, 7-9pm
Screening of FRESH at Stone Barns
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
The American Farmland Trust
630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY,10591
*Free, call 914.366.6200 x151 to reserve a seat

Come out to Stone Barns for a free screening of the new food documentary, FRESH, which Michael Pollan describes as “a bracing, even exhilarating look at the whole range of efforts underway to renovate the way we grow food and feed ourselves.” The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring David Haight, NY Director of the American Farmland Trust; Todd Erling, Executive Director of Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation; Craig Haney, Livestock Manager at Stone Barns; and Jeni Clapp, Deputy Director of Policy and Research for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Word has it the baby lambs are just coming into the world at Stone Barns– it’s a great time to visit the farm!

Friday, April 16, 6:30-8:30pm
Pig Butchering Class
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St., Williamsburg
Tickets, $80

The butchers at the Meat Hook and The Brooklyn Kitchen break down a farm-raised pig from Fleisher’s meats in Kingston, NY, showing students all the common and uncommon cuts that come from the animal. Attendees receive a $20 credit to the The Labs’ butcher shop.

Sunday, April 18, 3pm
Drop-In Homebrew Salon
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St., Williamsburg
*Free

The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs host their monthly homebrew salon, calling together all experimental brewers to talk shop, exchange questions and ideas, and of course sample and share suds.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Wednesday, April 21, 5-6:30pm
The Full Treatment on Raised Beds
M’finda Kalunga Community Garden
Rivington St. crossover btwn Chrystie and Forsyth Sts

This hands on workshop sponsored by Just Food and GreenThumb goes over all aspects of raised beds, from the lumber to the soil, how to rehabilitate an existing bed, and how to start a new one.

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 hattiecarthangarden@yahoo.com.”

Sunday, April 25, 7pm
Just Food Benefit Honoring Joan Dye Gussow
Sotheby’s
1334 York Ave. at 72nd St.
Tickets, $175

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.

Tuesday, April 27, 7-10pm
Meals and Spiels by The City Reliquary:
An Evening of Dinner & Lectures About NYC’s Food

The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost Street, Williamsburg
Tickets, $150

“Meals and Spiels is a dinner that will focus on the incredible food shops, breweries, bakeries, and kitchens of North Brooklyn. What’s more, each dish and beverage in the Meal will come paired with a lecture about the food on your fork and beverage in your glass! All proceeds will go towards The City Reliquary.” Peep the menu for this event here.

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.

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