Dear Local Gourmands,
I stopped by the humming Greenpoint Food Market on Saturday to visit my vendor friends and check out who else has joined the ranks of Brooklyn’s homespun food entrepreneurs– the very folks who are making a new name for Brooklyn with their DIY labels to go along with the kimchi, kraut, chutney, and chocolates that they bring forth from midnight kitchens in Long Island City, or restaurants in the off hours. There was Liz serving up her famous southern biscuits, across the way Laena’s Anarchy in a Jar jam was getting gobbled up, just next door Mama O’s Kimchi was rocking right along, and over yonder Annie’s rooftop produce was strutting its stuff. I wound my way between the tables of cookies and cupcakes, the pork buns and truffles, then grabbed a ginger soda and headed out to take respite in McGolrick Park’s rose garden. There I ran into an old girlfriend from college who had come to check out the market and see where she might fit in: she and her friend Joshua have an idea for tomato sauce. We talked over the prospect of homemade ketchup and mused about when the first tomatoes will be ready to eat. I told her I’d gladly taste test any time, then wandered on, just as happy to see the local food circle ever expanding as I was to imagine how I’ll cook with her special sauce.
Through 10pm, Wednesday May 27
New Amsterdam Market’s Purveyors’ Auction
If you weren’t able to make it to the New Amsterdam Market’s City of Merchants party last Saturday, there is still time to bid on the Purveyors’ Auction which celebrates the art of hand crafting objects. “Whether you are drawn to learning from seasoned experts how to craft traditional foods, or hosting a meal served in the good company of farmers and producers, we appreciate your kind support in bidding for these fine items and experiences, most of which have been uniquely developed for New Amsterdam Market. If you have any questions about the listed items please email:email@example.com.” New Amsterdam Market begins its 2010 season down at the old seaport on Sunday, June 27.
Tuesday, May 25, 7-9pm
Spring Harvest Cooking Demo with Chef Peter Berley
Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center
95 East Houston Street
In this workshop, Peter Berley, former executive chef of Angelica’s Kitchen, showcases the fine flavors of spring’s first harvest. Learn some new techniques to get the most out of the season’s sweet offerings– strawberries, early greens, peas, radishes, and fresh herbs– and behold first fresh tastes of 2010.
Tuesday, May 25, 6-8pm
Mycoascaping: Mushrooms in the Urban Landscape
388 Atlantic Ave.
Learn how to incorporate fungi into your fire escape containers or your backyard garden and how to reap the benefits of this nutritious and medicinal food. This workshop explores the basics of mushroom cultivation as well as methods for preparing your harvest in a holistic way, with an eye to the ecological and health benefits that fungi have to offer.
Wednesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 27, 9am-4pm
Liberation Ecology: Permaculture and Power with Rafter Sass
388 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn
$40-75 sliding scale
“What would “sustainability” look like, if it refused to sustain racism? What could “liberation” look like in a society headed for ecological collapse? In this two-day experiential workshop, participants develop answers to these questions in an environment of collaboration, experiment, and wrestling with some hard questions. Design projects, the Daylighting Exercises, presentation, and facilitated discussion, help participants draw new maps of our situation, and chart new paths for their own work, forward to a truly sustainable society.”
Thursday, May 27, 7-9pm
Sip ‘n’ Slurp with Widow’s Hole Oyster Co.
Pasanella and Sons
115 South St.
Michael Osinski of Long Island’s Widow’s Hole Oyster Co. serves up local bivalves with a bit of history on Manhattan’s favorite seaside snack and teaches participants how to shuck their own while Pasanella and Sons’ wine director Ryan Ibsen pours wine to match. (I’d perk my ears if I were you, because I have a hunch the city is going to be rife with shuck offs in the weeks and months to come.)
Saturday, May 29, 7pm
5 Courses are 5 Dances
With GoGoGoat and Les Salonniers
112 E. 19th St.
GoGoVertigoat Dance and/or Performance and Les Salonnieres collaborate with Chef Jacques Gautier of Park Slope’s Palo Santo to present five courses of locally sourced fare, each paired with a dance.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, June 7, 6pm
Dinner at Roman’s to Support
51 Saint Edwards Street School Garden
243 DeKalb Ave., Fort Greene
If you haven’t had a chance to pile into Roman’s, the recent neighborhood addition brought to DeKalb’s restaurant row by Andrew Tarlow and Mark Firth of Marlow and Sons and Diner, then consider this your invitation to party. This Monday they’ll devote their locally sourced menu to a benefit dinner to raise some money for creation of the 51 Saint Edwards Street School Garden.
Tuesday, June 8, 6:30-9pm
An Evening of Wild Fermentation with Sandor Katz
Judson Memorial Church
239 Thompson St.
Sandor Katz, the present-day father of fermentation, spreads the gospel on how to make your own sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kefir, and other fermented delicacies in this workshop to benefit Just Food. Katz will speak to the healing qualities and nutritional importance of live-culture ferments, as well as their illustrious history and integral role in human cultural evolution. Equip yourself Katz’ simple techniques for fermenting these healthful foods in your home, and be part of the fermentation sensation.
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.
Saturday, June 12, 1-5pm
Pie Lovers Unite!
Benefit for BK Farmyards
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
$20 at the door
Remember the madness that ensued back in January when over 60 pies lined up for inspection on the judges table at the pie party for BK Farmyards? Since then, the organization’s Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service has transformed from a lawn to rows of produce, their egg CSA based in Imani Garden is ready to roll, and lucky for all the bakers in town, it’s time to trade in your mincemeat for strawberry and rhubarb. Join the reprise– come hungry and ready to hang with some of the city’s finest good food folk. A growing list of bakers follows:
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
First Prize Pies
Lily & Fig
Growing Chefs / Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Pie in the Park
Saturday, June 12, 11am-6pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns 100: Happy Bee-day!
1000 Washington Ave.
“Celebrate BBG’s centennial with a bee-filled birthday party for all ages. Enjoy a day of musical performances by Stephane Wrembel, the Django Experiment; Mecca Bodega; the Persuasions; the Sweet Divines; and other artists. Themed walking tours with BBG’s gardeners and scientists highlight plants’ special relationships with bees. Sample “New York City rooftop honey” and other delights by local beekeepers and artisans. Hear renowned apiarist Dennis vanEngelsdorp and nature writer Verlyn Klinkenborg talk about the importance of bees in our environment. Kids can buzz around the grounds in fanciful bee costumes, make bee puppets, explore hands-on science workshops, and enjoy bee-inspired readings by Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman.”