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.
Monday, April 19, 9-11pm
Homebrewers Meet up
427B 7th Ave.
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.
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
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 email@example.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
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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
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
“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
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.