Dear Local Gourmands,
I know you all read Mark Bittman anyway, but I am going to add my two cents and say that I put off all other obligations last night to stay in and try his recipe for rhubarb crisp, and I am here to report that you should do the same! Not too much sugar lets those vibrant stalks do the talking and the wonderfully buttery, sweet, pecan-laden topping do the rest. As he points out, strawberry rhubarb is an awesome combination, but the latter is available so much sooner than the former. Why not let rhubarb go it alone? I can’t resist buying more each time I hit the market. When not making crisp, I’ve been just cooking those stunning pink stalks down with a bit of lemon juice and honey to make a compote that is then spooned over yogurt for breakfast. The tartness is a tease, enjoyable like rainy days in spring.
Tuesday, May 18, 6:30pm
Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
108 Orchard St.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Daniel Okrent speaks with Kevin Baker about the story of how Prohibition passed and what New York was like during those dry years. “Discover how a nation who knew alcohol to be cheaper than tea managed to relinquish their liquor for over ten years– and how many found it anyway in the underground world of bootlegging and speakeasies.”
Wednesday, May 19, 4-9pm
The Experimental Cuisine Collective Presents:
The Chemistry of Garlic and Onions
31 Washington Place, Rm 1003
*Free (but you must present a photo ID to enter)
NYU’s Chemistry Department hosts a seminar about the chemistry of the curious and all-important, multi-layered ingredients, garlic and onions.Reservations: experimentalcuisine.com.
Wednesday, May 19, 6-7pm
Karen Washington: Our Future, Our Food: The Role of Community Gardens in Urban Agriculture
20 West 44th Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues
Karen Washington, New York City’s venerable community gardener, gives a talk about the future of our food and the importance of community gardens in the development of urban agriculture.
Wednesday, May 19, 7-9pm
Sign up for Paisley Farm CSA
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for a CSA yet, hop over to Jimmy’s No. 43 where you can meet farmer Mike Kokas of Upstate Farms who will grow you an incredible bounty of produce over the season. He’s been supplying New York City’s restaurants for years, and why wouldn’t you want those quality vegetables for yourself? Meet the man behind the movment and enjoy one of Jimmy’s craft beers while you’re at it.
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.
Wednesday, May 19, 6pm
“I scream, you scream…”: The History of Ice Cream Making
Culinary Historians of New York in partnership with
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street (in case of rain enter at #417)
$40 Non-Members and Guests |
$25 CHNY/MVHM/LDEI/NYWCA Members |
$22 CHNY Student & Senior Members
Jeri Quinzio, IACP award-winning author of Sugar and Snow, delves into the history and evolution of one of summer’s best features: ice cream. From early sixteenth-century Europe to the American Good Humor truck, this delectable confection has been the delight of kings and kids worldwide. An ice cream social and tasting of artisanal ice creams will precede the lecture in a recreated 19th century Pleasure Garden.
Thursday, May 20, 6:30-8:30pm
Farmworkers’ Rights and Preserving Small Farms: A Conversation about the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices ActDraesel Hall, Church of the Holy Trinity
316 East 88th St., btwn 1st & 2nd Aves
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, noon-5pm
Greenpoint Food Market
Church of the Messiah
129 Russell St., btwn Nassau & Driggs Ave., Greenpoint
The Greenpoint Food Market meets May with an enticing proposition: a picnic in the park. And who would turn that down? Pick up your fix of Brooklyn’s best pickles, kimchi, jam, truffles, chutney, etc. and then stroll over to McGolrick Park to oggle the good lookin’ crowd and fill up on your market munchies. Bring a blanket and a frisbee, and prepare for a performance by Raccoon Fighter at 3pm!
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 merchant friends 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.”
Sunday, May 23, 2-3pm
Free workshop: Urban Chicken Keeping
Eagle St. Rooftop Farm
Eagle St., Greenpoint
Come out and volunteer all day at the farm, from 9am-4pm, as usual, and then sit in on a workshop on how to keep chickens in the city. Farmer Annie’s own birds will be there, and you should be too!
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, May 24, 6:30-8:30pm
Room to Grow: Real Roles for City Residents & Food Professionals in Urban Agriculture
The Astor Center
399 Lafayette St.
“No one does food like New Yorkers. The restaurants and shops that prepare our food inspire worldwide food trends. But how much food does NYC require and where does it come from? How dependable is our food supply? How can urban residents produce more food and how will it make a difference if we do? How do we move from conversations to action? Join us for a lively discussion of Urban Agriculture in New York City. Presented by Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm and Astor Center.”
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
Friday, June 11, 5-8pm
The Southern Foodways Alliance: Potlikker Film Fest NYC
Hill Country Barbecue Market
30 W. 26th St.
The Southern Foodways Alliance is going to be in town for the Big Apple Barbecue, but you can catch up with these fine folks before the madness ensues at Hill Country for films and food. Three documentaries directed by SFA’s Joe York will be on view including the premier of Cut/ Chop/Cook, an homage to the Scott family of pitmasters, from Hemingway, South Carolina, underwritten by the Union Square Hospitality Group. Chow down on catfish tamales with “comeback tartar sauce,” Chow-Chowed Kewpie Q with Grits, French Onion Fried Pig Ears, and Sock Sausage with Sweet Potato Biscuits — from John Currence, of City Grocery, Oxford, MS; Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner, Raleigh NC; Tyler Brown of Capitol Grille, Nashville, TN; and Elizabeth Karmel, a Southerner herself, now smoking cows and pigs at Hill Country Barbecue Market.
Drink will be courtesy of Lazy Magnolia Brewing of Mississippi and Mountain Valley Spring Water of Arkansas. One Ring Zero, the Brooklyn-based collective, will provide interstitial musical moments, including a song composed just for this event, wherein Michael Hearst sings, with Theremin accompaniment, Ashley Christensen’s recipe for Chow-Chowed Kewpie Q with Grits.