Dear Local Gourmands,
Many moons ago I wishfully put a post up on Facebook announcing that I was done with root vegetables and ready to move on to garlic scapes. Someone wrote back “You’ll be waiting for a while,” which, in the dark of March, was too cold a truth to reconcile. Good things come to those who wait. This weekend I was delighted to see people gingerly selecting those curly green shoots from baskets all over the markets. Some shoppers knew what to do with them in the kitchen, but many did not. I always like to buy enough to cook with and extra to make a bouquet for the table– elegant, thin, curly garlic scapes are almost too lovely to dice, but then again, just consider how long you’ve waited for the season to arrive, and you’ll get right to work. Here’s an ode to this spring delicacy by Melissa Clark and a recipe for white bean and garlic scape spread to send you on your way.
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
Fatty Crab at the Table
427 B 7th Ave., btwn 14th & 15th Sts., Park Slope
Chef Corwin Kave of Fatty Crab pays a visit to Park Slope’s Beer Table to serve up locally-sourced fare in the vain of Zac Pelaccio’s Fatty mini-empire. Let Justin pair up some suds with the knock-out dishes below, and feel free to stay for a while– supper’s on from 5pm til 1am.
Menu (subject to change with availability):
Tri-star strawberries, poached rhubarb, green mango with long pepper sugar salt $5
Crab Noodle – ramen noodles, peekytoe crab meat, crab roe $12
Braised Bacon Pork Fries with smoked palm sugar, aioli $10
Local Oysters (3) with assorted mignonettes $6
Salt and Pepper Sepia with sorrel leaf and ink aioli $10
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.
Wednesday, June 9, 7:30pm
Eat This Film:Richard Linklater and Eric Schlosser Present Fast Food Nation
200 Hudson St., Tribeca
“The inagural installation of 92 Y Tribeca’s summer film series “Eat This Film” kicks off with Richard Linklater’s brilliant, humane, freeform fictional adaptation of Eric Schlosser‘s nonfiction bestseller. More than just an exposé of the meat and processed food industries, Linklater’s Fast Food Nation is a sprawling, frightening survey of contemporary culture, prismatically told through the lives of a group of characters—from corporate puppet-men to exploited Mexican immigrants—who converge in one nowheresville Colorado town. An exhilarating rant against industrial food and an entrenched hierarchical system that encourages exploitation right down the line, Fast Food Nation is one of the most courageous recent American films. Acclaimed director Richard Linklater and investigative journalist and best-selling author Eric Schlosser will join us for a discussion of this underrated work.”
Wednesday, June 9, 6:30-8pm
The Meat of the Matter: Local Charcuterie
254 Bleeker St.
If you crave Prosciutto di Parma and Jamon Serrano, why not cast your gaze closer to home? Our region has plenty to offer in terms of artisanally charcuterie. Chris Munsey of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats leads a class that will let you in on the pleasures of locally produced meats as he gets to the meat of the matter featuring products from Dickson’s, Salumeria Biellese, and Milano Suino in his presentation.
Thursday, June 10, 6:30pm
“Harlem’s Skill: Senses and Sensibility in Uptown Manhattan” with Damian Mosley
NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
Steinhardt School with
The Culinary Historians of New York
35 W. 4th St., 10th Floor
Tickets, $40 Non-Members and Guests | $25 CHNY Members | $22 CHNY Student & Senior Members
“Damian Mosley analyzes how those inside and outside of Harlem before 1960 created understandings and impressions of Harlem and “blackness” through experiencing and discussing its distinctive foods, and how the two views influenced each other. Some of the foods that sparked the discussion of Harlem will be served at the reception.”
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, 10am-4pm
Volunteer Day at Added Value Farm
580 Columbia St., Red Hook
Spend the day in Red Hook helping out at Added Value where the farm is gearing up for market season. This extraordinary city plot is training a new generation of young farmers and leaders while providing the south Brooklyn neighborhood with a place to buy fresh, locally grown produce.
Saturday, June 12, 11am-3pm
Highway to Health Festival and Youth Forum
Public School 64
1425 Walton Ave. btwn E170th & E171 (enter on Townsend Ave.), Bronx
Join youth leaders and their mentors at the Baum Forum’s new location for live music, cooking and gardening, nourishing food, yoga, rock climbing, jousting, Zumba, capoeira, lively discussions, mini film festival, and a marketplace of ideas and information about community health and sustainability.
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!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
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.”
Sunday, June 13, 11:15am-2pm
Foraging Tour of Prospect Park with Leda Meredith
Tickets, $20 or $25
Brooklyn’s own Leda Meredith leads a tour through Prospect Park to teach best practices for wild foraging. Brooklyn Botanic Garden instructor, author, and committed locavore, Meredith teaches her participants how to correctly identify and harvest edibles in the urban terrain. RSVP to get the skinny on the meet up location.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, June 14, 7-9pm
Meat the Farmer: Bob and Tina MacCheyne of High Point Farms
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $10 at the door
Bob and Tina MacCheyne of High Point Farms stop by Jimmy’s No. 43 to talk shop about the grass-fed beef and locally produced meats that they provide for the menu of our fave East Village gastropub. Order some grub and learn about the farmers’ practices for raising sustainable livestock at this second installation in Jimmy’s “Meat the Farmer” series.
Tuesday, June 15, 12:30-2pm
Food Systems Network New York Open Networking Meeting
44-36 Vernon Boulevard, 4th floor
This month’s open networking meeting will take place at the SchoolFood offices in Queens. The discussion will focus on their Summer Meals Program. Come check in with fellow good food advocates to see where this initiative is headed, and how you might connect with it.
Tuesday, June 15, 7pm
The Great Lopate Hot Plate Cook-Off
The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space
44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street)
This classed-up cook-off takes place in the swank Gerome L. Greene Space where WNYC’s Leonard Lopate calls in chefs Jacques Pépin and Michel Nischan to go head-to-head in heated competition. The major hurdle? These fine chefs will be reduced to cooking on a hot plate. The taste tester? None other than Lidia Bastianich herself. To sweeten the deal, Aldo Sohm, chief sommelier at the Michelin three-starred restaurant Le Bernardin, will present a blind taste test to see how easy—or difficult!—it is to identify red versus white wines when eyes are closed. In a unique twist, Sohm will blindfold himself and other volunteers from the audience to see who can best distinguish an inexpensive, quality red from an expensive, popular red wine.
Wednesday, June 16, 6-8pm
Writing Food Memior Workshop
Pocantico Hills, New York
Four-part class, $85
Find your inner food voice and learn how to bring it to the page in this food memoir writing workshop offered by Stone Barns. Over the course of four weeks, instructor Carol Durst-Wertheim leads students through exercises that span creative non-fiction, memoir, cookbooks, and blogging.
Saturday, June 19, 7:30am-7pm
“Whey-cation” in the Hudson Valley with Murray’s Cheese
Hawthorne Valley Farm
The dynamic staff at Murray’s Cheese take you out of the city on a “Whey-cation” to Hawthorne Valley Farm, a 400-acre biodynamic farm with pastures, woodlands, a market garden, a dairy, and a bakery. Take a tour of the farm, snack on Hawthorne Valley food, then head down the road to Old Chatham Sheepherding Company where you can say hello to a herd of East Friesian crossbred sheep and see where their award-winning cheese and yogurt is produced.
Saturday, June 19-Sunday, June 20, 10am-6pm
Get out and Grill!
New York Botanical Gardens
The Edible Garden returns to the NYBG on June 19, bringing visitors in touch with the process of growing their own food and how to cook it at home all summer long. Tour four kitchen gardens followed by cooking presentations from the likes of Dan Barber and Michael Anthony. On this opening weekend, the program will focus on grilling techniques and meat carving. All proceeds from The Edible Garden benefit the Children’s Gardening program.
Monday, June 21, 6-7pm
Put ’em Up
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Author Sherri Brooks Vinton gets her jam on at Jimmy’s No. 43 in this demonstration in putting up seasonal food so that you can enjoy it canned, fermented, frozen, or dried throughout the year. “Join eater and author, Sherri Brooks Vinton, as she demonstrates a variety of these techniques with recipes from her new book, Put ’em Up! Eaters will walk away with all the knowledge they need to safely and confidently put up their own tomatoes, pickles, jams, jellies, salsas, chutneys and more. Books will be available for sale at the event. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Food Systems Network NYC.”
Sunday, June 27, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market
After a long winter the New Amsterdam Market has made its much-anticipated return to South Street, bringing Manhattan some of the finest locally-sourced and artisanally crafted jam, ice cream, cheese, meat, bread, wine, and noshes around.
Sunday, June 27, noon
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO
Matt Timms, founder of the the cook-off competition revolution, doesn’t quit– you wanna bet he gets his fuel from grits. As part of this year’s awesome line-up for the NYC Food Film Festival, he’s incorporated a whole takedown devoted to this Southern staple. Contestants are supplied with 10lbs. of grits and dairy products from Timms, then go at it with your most creative concoction to win cash prizes and a motherload of goods from Wusthof, Analon, Organic Valley, Whole Foods, and more. If you’d like to enter, drop Matt an e-mail, otherwise, we’ll see you in line.