Dear Local Gourmands,
I couldn’t be with my mom on Mother’s Day this year, which felt especially sad around dinner time– I knew my family out in Michigan was celebrating with a Sunday feast of grilled salmon and rhubarb pie. Alone in my kitchen in Brooklyn I decided the next best thing to do was at least invoke my relatives by making some of my great-grandmother Omi’s famous German potato salad. Her recipe, which calls for hardly any mayonnaise, benefits instead from a sauce of cider vinegar, peppercorns, and bay leaves which you simmer and then pour on to the still-hot cubes of potato. The dressing is soaked up, and then you add plenty of fresh dill and parsley, pickles (I used some of McClure’s fabulous relish) and just a dollop of mayo for good measure. When I was a kid and we made this for the buffet on Tuesday nights at my parent’s restaurant, or in later years when we brought it out for dinner parties on our back porch, I always loved the final touch– laying carefully cut rounds of hard boiled egg on top of the crest of potatoes. It is delicious, simple, comforting, and of course easy to make with ingredients that are available in the farmers market right now. Visit our shiny new website for Omi’s recipe, and be sure to share it with some dining companions who you really love.
Monday, May 10-Sunday, May 16
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 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
Tuesday, May 11, 7:30pm
Food for Thought: Hunger in NYC
Manhattan Young Democrats and Inequality Bites Supper Club
Middle Collegiate Church located at 7th St btwn 1st & 2nd Aves.
The Manhattan Young Democrats and Inequality Bites Supper Club team up to address the issues of food insecurity in New York City, one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and where access to food is still more tenuous than many of us realize. Come to the table to find out if you’ll get a lot to eat, or a little, and let the facts surprise you as an expert on hunger discusses residents’ lack of access to food. All proceeds will benefit New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth and City Harvest.
Tuesday, May 11, 7-9pm
Screening: Black Gold
837 Union St., Park Slope
Crop to Cup Coffee’s co-founder Taylor Mark hosts a screening of Nick Francis’ film Black Gold tonight at the Tea Lounge. “As westerners revel in designer lattes and cappuccinos, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. In this eye-opening expose an over $80 billion dollar industry (a commodity second only to oil in value) Black Gold traces one man’s fight for a fair price.”
Wednesday, May 12, 6:30pm
Growing Food Justice: How going local can help feed our city and the world
388 Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn
Reflect on the significance of harvest festivals in contemporary (urban) times with the AJWS-AVODAH at this interactive program on hunger in New York City. A light dinner and panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity to take action in the community.
“Together we’ll learn about the reality of hunger in NYC and about some innovative (local) approaches to tackling it. Joel Berg will paint a picture of hunger in one of wealthiest cities in the world and Karen Washington will discuss the power and importance of the community garden movement in helping New Yorkers to feed themselves. Daniel Bowman Simon will share his own story of helping to establish the now famous White House Kitchen Garden as well as outline how his newest project aims to bring a garden to City Hall that would supply emergency food providers with fresh local produce. In the spirit of Shavuot, Rabbi Spodek will frame our discussion around Jewish imperatives towards justice. Guests will be invited to offer concrete volunteer power to the People’s Garden NYC campaign with a post-program action party.”
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
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).
“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.”
Saturday, May 15, 9am-noon
Tour de Farmers Markets
Eat Well Guide
Celebrate Bike Month NYC by joining Eat Well Guide for a leisurely bicycle tour of the Union Square, Fort Greene Park, and Grand Army Plaza greenmarkets. Pedal the city while exploring the markets and enjoy fresh food from local farms along the route. Eat Well tote bags, snacks, and good company provided.
9:00 am – Union Square Greenmarket (NW corner)
10:30 am – Fort Greene Park Greenmarket
11:30 am – Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
Saturday, May 15, 2-6pm
Garden Ride / Procession / Dance to Save the Community Gardens
Start: 2:00 PM, Center of Tompkins Square Park
End: Dias y Flores Community Garden, 522 E. 13th St, between Aves A & B
Come dressed as your favorite vegetable for a ho down to show the city what a vital part of our culture community gardens have become. The 2002 deal to save the city’s gardens is quickly approaching its expiration date, and a movement to renew protection of these spaces against development is lagging. The vegetable procession starts in Tompkins Square Park and ends in an after party at the beloved Dias y Flores Community Garden in the East Village. E-mail email@example.com for further information.
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, 9am-4pm
Plant Sale and Container Gardening Workshop
Eagle St. Rooftop Farm
Eagle St., Greenpoint
If you fear you were born with a black thumb but are willing it to turn green, head over to the Sunday volunteer day and plant sale at Rooftop Farms on Eagle St. where farmer Annie Novak will give you some helpful instruction on how to successfully grow your own container garden.
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 the ‘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.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Wednesday, May 19, 7pm
Screening: Food Matters
Bushwick Food Coop
V Ultra Lounge
Suggested donation, $5
The Bushwick Food Coop continues to bring on the good food films, this time at V Ultra Lounge, where a screening of Food Matters will explore the health benefits of eating a balanced diet. A collection of interviews with leading nutritionists, naturopaths, scientists, M.D.s and medical journalists answer basic but vitally important questions about vitamins, whether or not organic is a better choice, natural treatments for lowering cholesterol, and foods that combat anxiety, depression, and even cancer.
Thursday, May 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Farmworkers’ Rights and Preserving Small Farms:
A Conversation about the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act
Draesel Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th St., btwn 1st & 2nd Ave.s
Tickets, $5-20 (No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)
“The farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act is a New York State bill that was intended to provide fair labor protections to farmworkers who were excluded from the federal fair labor laws enacted in 1939. The legislation’s opponents have argued that, in its current form, the bill is not fair to smaller farms, which predominate in New York State. This forum will explore how the rights of farmworkers can be ensured without endangering the livelihoods of small farmers.”
Panelists include: Jody Bolluyt, farmer Roxbury Farm, policy committee member for NOFA-NY; Dr. Margaret Gray, Assistant Professor at Alelphi University, currently completing a book on Hudson Valley agriculture, food politics, and farmworkers; Lea Kone, assistant Director of NOFA-NY; Librada Paz, former farmworker for several decades and now farmworker advocate; Martin Rodriguez, famer/owner, Mimo Mex Farm; Reverend Richard Witt, Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry.
Saturday, May 22, 2-4pm
City of Merchants
New York Marble Cemetery
41 1/2 2nd Ave., East Village
The wonderful public market that has taken over where the Fulton Fish Market left off, the New Amsterdam Market, won’t return to the stalls at the old seaport until June. In the meantime, join your friends who are merchants on the LES for an afternoon of cocktails and refreshments in the honor of the products and service they provide our community.
“City of Merchants is a celebration of the independent businesses who are restoring the health and vitality of our communities, urban and rural. Please stop by on the afternoon of May 22 for spirits, light refreshment and conversation at the New York Marble Cemetery, a hidden garden of the 19th century. The event will feature an exhibit of mercantile paper-works by Robert Warner, Master Printer; a silent auction of items manufactured in our region; and our first annual Toast to Merchants.”
Monday, May 24, 6:30pm
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave
“Hungry Filmmakers continues its tradition of showcasing excerpts or trailers from six upcoming or newly produced films that are hungry for wider audiences. Each filmmaker or a representative of the film will be in attendance for a lively Q&A which will be moderated on May 24th by Civil Eats editor Paula Crossfield. This third lineup of films expose further reasons to contemplate what we eat. From Michael Graziano’s urgent call for school lunch reform in Lunch Line, to George Langworthy and Maryam Henein’s enlightening connection between bees and food in Vanishing of the Bees, to Ginalola Lowry’s whimsical You Are What You Eat, each film clip will surely give audiences something to chew on.”
The complete lineup:
The Bering Sea: An Ecosystem in Crisis by Melissa Thompson
Vanishing of the Bees by George Langworthy and Maryam Henein
The Farmer and The Horse by Jared Flesher
Lunch Line by Michael Graziano
Pressure Cooker by Jennifer Grausman and Mark Becker
You Are What You Eat by Ginalola Lowry