Dear Local Gourmands,
It’s been a minute, but forgive me, I’ve been busy eating tomato sandwiches. At the end of July my friend Laena and I participated in the 5th Annual Great Hot Dog Cook Off, and somehow we managed to walk away with an excess of our secret ingredient: hot pepper jelly. Luckily I have a whole jar to spread on the near-daily tomato sandwich indulgence– a perfect and easy way to appreciate this season’s heirlooms. I’m trying to taste as many different varieties as possible, but so far my favorites include the peach tomato (yes, fuzzy and a pale pink-yellow to match its flavor which is just as sweet) and the Orange Russian, which is shaped like a tear. Each slice looks like a heart.
Wednesday, August 11, 7pm
Eat This Film!
Tree of Wooden Clogs
200 Hudson Street
Chef Marco Canora of Hearth and Terroir introduces Tree of Wooden Clogs, at the latest installment of Eat This Film! “Ermanno Olmi, one of the great realists of Italian cinema, won the Palme d’or at Cannes for this epic study of a year in a peasant farming community in late nineteenth century. Cast with local peasants and farmers, The Tree of Wooden Clogs is an authentic, intensely moving experience, focusing on the daily struggles of its central families with stunning unsentimentality, Olmi’s film is one of cinema’s most generous, aesthetically sophisticated tributes to the life of the farmer.”
Thursday, August 12, 6pm
Global Change and Its Effect on Native Pollinators:
A Lecture with Ignasi Bartomeus
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th St., 13th Fl
Tickets, $5 (Hort members), $15 (general public)
Ignasi Bartomeus, a researcher at Rutgers’ Winfree lab, discusses the lives of bees that are native to New York City and how human impacts are affecting them. Call 212.757.0915 x115 to reserve a seat or register online.
Saturday, August 14, 9am-3pm
CropMob: La Finca del Sur
138th and Grand Concourse, Bronx
It’s been a long hot summer, perfect for a bountiful summer crop. Extract yourself from the air conditioning and hit the field this weekend to reconnect with the produce-heavy beds of La Finca del Sur garden in the Bronx. If you make it on Saturday you’ll also be able to take home some produce from the farm’s market. On Sunday La Finca del Sur holds its summer festival (1-5pm) with games for kids, facepainting, storytelling, dance and workshops on beekeeping and urban gardening.
Saturday, August 14, 9am-3pm
CropMob: BRM Bed-Stuy Farm
255 Bainbridge Street, Bed-Stuy
Join the Brooklyn CropMob on a return visit to Brooklyn Rescue Mission’s Bed-Stuy Farm where your beat-the-heat attitude is needed to help build shelves, reset the compost area and plant fall crops.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, August 16, 7:30-10pm
Brewmasters Reserve Release Party: Explosions in the Park
The Prospect Park Boat House
An explosive summer garden party announces the latest brewmasters reserved release by Brooklyn Brewery: Detonation Ale.
Be the first to taste Detonation, enjoy other tried and true Brewery favorites as well as food from The Meathook and dumplings from The Dump School. All ticket proceeds benefit The Prospect Park Alliance.
Monday, August 16, 7-8pm
Beer and Ice Cream Social
427b 7th Ave., Park Slope
New Jersey native and Bent Spoon ice cream maker/co-owner Gabrielle Carbone will make her way to Park Slope to co-host the first Beer Table ice cream social! Hailing from Princeton NJ, the Bent Spoon has gotten quite a following thanks to its stellar ice cream and use of seasonal ingredients from the area’s farms and producers. Gabrielle and a NJ grower will give a small glimpse into the rich agricultural landscape of the southern Garden State. Four flavors will be served along with beer pairings. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your bar stool.
Thursday, August 19, 6pm
Green Screen Film Series Presents: Sweetgrass
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th St., 13th fl
Tickets, $5 (Hort members), $10 (general public)
Hort members $5; non-members $10
“A paean to the Old West, Sweetgrass captures modern cowboys’ overland journey, wrangling thousands of sheep, as they move across Montana’s Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, amid sweepingly dramatic vistas and endless skies. Ronnie Scheib in Variety describes the film as “a mad cross between Howard Hawks’s RED RIVER” and an anthropological account of vanishing nomadic traditions, with “a dash of Tex Avery’s DRAG-ALONG DROOPY.” Twenty-first century cowboys call their mothers on cell phones and complain about rainy weather, ornery sheep and exhausted horses. A strikingly beautiful film, SWEETGRASS is at once funny, awe-inspiring and endearing. At first the passive, fuzzy sheep seem utterly adorable; over time we come to understand the exasperated cowboy who screams profanities at this sea of stubborn, bleating beasts over which he struggles to reign.” RSVP to email@example.com or call (212) 757-0915 x115 for tickets.
Saturday, August 21, 6-10pm
Summer BBQ: with Fatty ‘cue
Good Good Company
10 Hope St., Williamsburg
Plate of ‘cue, $5
In these dog days of summer it’s nice to have a few last hurrahs to look forward to. All summer Greg and Darin Bresnitz of Dinner with the Band, have been curating inspired barbecues in the patio of Good Company on Hope St. in Williamsburg. If you haven’t made it yet, you better plan on getting there early to load up on Fatty ‘cue’s Southeast Asian interpretation of the wood smoke American barbecue technique. Punches DJs, heating up the dance floor with disco vibes to keep you moving.
Sunday, August 22, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market: Ice Cream Fair and Tomato Tasting
South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip
Celebrate the height of summer with some of the region’s best artisanal ice cream created with local products to showcase the local flavor. Catch cones by The Bent Spoon, Roberta’s, Early Bird Cookery, Marlow & Daughters, MilkMade Ice Cream, and Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream. Each presenting producer will create up to three unique ice creams and sorbets for the market using only seasonal or responsibly sourced ingredients. If you have a hard time choosing, buy a $20 ice cream sampler ticket, good for six miniature cones. The drips might make your hands sticky, but the proceeds will benefit the market.
From noon to 4pm on the same day, Food Systems Network New York stages its annual tomato tasting at the market. “Taste and compare a dazzling array of dead ripe tomatoes at their peak of flavor, savor tomato dishes and virgin cocktail sips by tomato chefs, including FSNYC members Jorge Collazo (SchoolFood), Meg Grace (The Redhead), Mary Cleaver (The Cleaver Company), and others.” Purchase tickets now!