Dear Local Gourmands,
Welcome to summer– the markets are stocked with sunflowers, peaches and corn, along with incredible spreads of berries, cherries and currents. The heat has me craving watermelon, and I’ve got jumble berry pie on my mind as I scheme a menu for the Fourth of July. If your apartment is too hot to sleep in, spend Friday night outside at the Queens County Farm where you can snooze beneath the stars in the apple orchard after a pre-Fourth pig roast cooked up by Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and the Cleaver Co.
Monday, June 28, 10am-1pm
New York Food System: Supply, Demand and Delivery
Art Gallery of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building
163 W. 125 St., Harlem
The New York State Council on Food Policy holds its annual summer meeting to discuss “New York Food System: Supply, Demand and Delivery.” Open to public observation, the Council is tasked to establish new food policies for the State that will help ensure the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, and expand agricultural food production. The Council’s recommended State food policies focus on the following maximizing participation in food and nutrition assistance programs; strengthening the connection between local food products and consumers; supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure; increasing consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating; and improving consumer access to safe and nutritious foods. More information can be found here.
Monday, June 28, 9pm
Homebrewers Meet Up
427B 7th Ave., Park Slope
Beer Table invites homebrewers to the to imbibe, compare notes, critique, share successes, and taste what fellow homebrewers have been brewing.
Tuesday, June 29, 6:30pm
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St.
Jam on with Kelly Geary of Sweet Deliverance at the Brooklyn Kitchen Labs. She will cover canning safety and technique, as well a few tips for dealing with all of those apples. Students will go home with a jar of preserves that they helped can, and the knowledge to can all of summer’s approaching bounty.
Wednesday, June 30, 6:30pm
Foodie Book Club
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs
100 Frost St.
The Brooklyn Kitchen Labs’ foodie book club returns this month to discuss American Pie: Slices Of Life (And Pie) From America’s Back Roads.“Pie just may be the madonna-whore of the dessert world,” Le Draoulec writes. “It’s pie’s dual nature; the fact that pie is both sensuous and maternal. Sweet yet sensible.” Bring a dish to share to share at the pie-themed potluck.
Wednesday, June 30, 5-7pm
Enlightenment Wines Tasting and CSA Sign Up
113 N. 7th Street, between Berry and Wythe
Enlightenment Wines, a small-batch Hudson Valley winery, offers a tasting of their natural sparkling fruit wines and mead. This summer Enlightenment will launch a wine CSA (Community Supported Alcohol) featuring dandelion wine, elderberry infused mead, sparkling apple wine and more. Enrollment will be on a rolling basis, but sign up lickety split if you’re interested, because there are only 30 spots available.
Friday, July 2-Saturday, July 3
Queens County Farm Pig Roast and Camp Out
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, Queens
Begin your Fourth of July weekend with a camp out and pig roast at Queens County Farm where Jake Dickson and Gabe Ross of Dickson’s Farmstand Meats will prepare pork and produce from the farm along with The Cleaver Co. and The Green Table. Sleep under the stars in the apple orchard, and wake up to coffee and pastries the next morning.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Thursday, July 8, 8-10pm
79 North 11th Street
Edible Brooklyn’s Rachel Wharton is hard at work thinking of questions to stump even the most advanced dedicated Brooklyn beer nerds. Show off your stuff in a return round of Edible Pursuit at Brooklyn Brewery’s tasting room where the questions will focus on Brooklyn’s beverage culture. If you think you’ve got what it takes to win, your knowledge of potables will be put to the test with help from a panel of Brooklyn’s best drinksmen and women: St. John Frizell (owner of Fort Defiance, spirits writer, drinksman), Garrett Oliver (Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster and beer royalty), and one more to come.
Teams of six or less will compete for mounds of prizes—from bottles of limited-edition beers to cookbooks, lovely coasters made from Brooklyn slate, artisanal pickles, restaurant gift certificates and other edible desirables—while fortifying their neurons with tasty morsels from The Meat Hook and Brooklyn Brewery suds made right on the premises. More on the format of the game here.
Sunday, July 11, 11:30am-4:30pm
Given that Mayor Bloomberg has declared July Good Beer Month, Jimmy Carbone and Josh Ozersky have collaborated to bring together 30 of the city’s best chefs in a day devoted to one of beer’s best pairings: barbecue. Chefs have paired up with regional farmers to source sustainably raised meat that will then be grilled and enjoyed by the masses at this showdown on Governor’s Island. Proceeds will benefit Just Food.