Dear Local Gourmands,
Happy Election Day! While I hope you’re all carrying out your civic duties, I wanted to call your attention to a few local projects that could use your help and input as well. Just over a week ago my friend Hector’s farm suffered a devastating fire that wiped out an estimated $12,000 worth of agricultural products, supplies, and equipment. You may know Hector from his stand at the Fort Greene Greenmarket, or his CSA which has been providing farm shares in Bed-Stuy for years. Click here to make a donation to help Conuco Farm rebuild. Secondly, Added Value, the famed Red Hook Community Farm, was nearly wiped out in the height of their harvest season by that crazy hale storm three weeks back. Make a reservation to dine at The Good Fork this Wednesday, and be sure to ask for the ‘Added Value Dinner’– proceeds will benefit this extraordinary community gathering ground.
Tuesday, November 2, 7-9pm
Book Launch Party and Tasting Event for The Essential New York Times Cookbook and In the Kitchen With a Good Appetite
New York Times writers Amanda Hesser and Melissa Clark team up for a joint book launch event celebrating 20 of the city’s best chefs. Each chef will prepare delectable bite-size nibbles of their favorite New York Times recipe, while Sixpoint Craft Ales, Russ & Daughters, and Cienfuegos will quench your thirst with beer, egg creams, and good ol’ fashioned punch. Proceeds will benefit the Wellness In The Schools program, a New York City community based organization that works to improve the environment, nutrition, and fitness in NYC public schools.
Wednesday, November 3
The Good Fork Celebrates Added Value
391 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
$75 per person
An long-time supporter of Red Hook’s community farm, Added Value, the Good Fork serves a four-course dinner to help raise funds to aid recovery from a devastating mid-October hale storm. Call 718 -643-6636 to make reservations, and ask for the ‘Added Value Dinner.’
Wednesday, November 3, 6:30-8:30pm
Creative Action and Everyday Urban Agriculture
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
66 Fifth Avenue at 13th St
Urban agriculture in the United States, as panelist Domenic Vitiello has written, takes the form of everyday urbanism, “largely disconnected from the world of professional design.” The role of creative action in urban agriculture practices is explored by an urban historian, anthropologist, architect, and two artists. What does it mean for individuals in communities engaged in creative practice to reconnect to their food, neighbors, and environment through urban agriculture? What is the significance of the resulting physical engagement with place that growing food requires?
Laura B. DeLind has a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU. She is co-founder of the Lansing Urban Farm Project. The Lansing Urban Farm Project (LUFP) here.
Jean Gardner is Associate Professor of Social-Ecological History and Design at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons.
Eve Mosher is an artist who makes large-scale public projects to investigate and increase knowledge and understanding of environmental and social issues. Website here.
Domenic Vitiello is a professor of city planning at the University of Pennsylvania and is founding president of the Philadelphia Orchard Project. The Philadelphia Orchard Project here.
Thursday, November 4, 4-6pm
Back into the Kitchen: The Rekindling of America’s Home Fires
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, Third Fl.
70 Washington Square South
Suggested donation, $10
From DIY butchery to home cheese making, pulling freshness from a rooftop Great Recession Victory Garden to gathering for Farmers Market – canning classes – Americans of all ages seem to be storming back into the home kitchen with renewed intensity and focus. Cookbook sales are up even while recipe sharing blogs go viral. Something big is going on out there in the American Home Kitchen.
Join food historian Andy Smith, nutrition/public health/food studies professor and sociologist Marion Nestle and New York Times food reporter Julia Moskin – moderated by food and restaurant consultant Clark Wolf – as they dig in to what’s up and what’s cooking.
Saturday, November 6, 1-4pm
Chowder Cook-off at Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $20 at the door
Fifteen amateur cooks throw down their best chowder recipes to benefit the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, an organization dedicated to protecting the marine environment and the fishing communities that rely on it for their livelihoods.
Saturday, November 6, 1pm
Growing Soil: Healthy Soil Cultivation and Irrigation Tips for Better Crops
La Finca Del Sur/Harlem & Bronx Farm
138th St and Grand Concourse
Are your garden beds sometimes hard to work? Do big clods or hard pans develop on your soil surface? Ever wonder why your plants not growing as well as they did the year before? These conditions might have to do with how you manage your soil and how you irrigate. Come to this workshop to learn valuable cultivation and irrigation tips from Just Food trainers Karen Washington and Molly Culver. You can prepare your beds at just the right moisture level – this is important for healthy soil and healthy, abundant crops.
Sunday, November 7, 2pm
Healthy But Good: Eat Your Greens
The Greene Space
44 Charlton St.
Greens are packed with vitamins, nutrients and fiber—and often pushed aside by picky eaters. This program will be sure to change the pickiest of eaters into leafy greens lovers! Leonard Lopate is joined by farmer Fred Lee of Sang Lee Farms on Long Island, Grace Young, chef and author of Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge, Cathy Erway, intrepid blogger Cathy Erway of Lunch at Sixpoint and Not Eating Out in New York, and King Phojanakong, chef of Kuma Inn to dive into the world of plant diversity and explore international cuisine.
Of note a few weeks down the road…
Monday, November 8, 7pm
Agri+Culture (aka Fermentation and Civilization): Cheese
The Greene Space
44 Charlton St.
Before refrigeration, we had fermentation, which utilizes micro-organisms to preserve food. Without it, we wouldn’t have pickles, bread, beer, cheese, or many other common foods. Leonard Lopate and his guests will explore the unique relationship between dairy farmers and cheese makers, and learn how to make cheese at home. Panelists include Anne Saxelby, founder and co-owner of NYC cheese shop Saxelby Cheesemongers, Michael Lee, cheese maker at Twig Farm, Bennett Konesni, an expert in field workers’ songs, and Keith McNally, owner of Cafe Luxembourg, Pravda, Balthazar, and Minetta Tavern, among other restaurants.
Tuesday, November 9, 7pm
Faces of Farming: the Chicken or the Egg
The Greene Space
44 Charlton St.
Leonard Lopate hosts a lively discussion about small-scale farmers raising chickens for eggs. Among the most compact and low-maintenance of all livestock, chickens are at home in both rural areas and in cities all over the world. Chicken farming, particularly on the micro-level (backyard and urban) has experienced a tremendous surge in popularity. We’ll meet some chickens, hear about adventures in urban chicken-keeping, and of course, taste delicious local eggs.
Wednesday, November 10, 6:30-8:30pm
Innovations in Urban Agriculture
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery,
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
2 West 13th St
This panel consists of creative agricultural entrepreneurs who are designing integrated composting, aquaculture, and vegetable growing systems, aggregated networks of backyard gardens, rooftop farms, and hydroponic growing systems on contaminated industrial sites. John Ameroso, an expert on urban agriculture who has advised urban farmers for more than three decades as Cornell’s extension agent in New York City, moderates a panel discussion on the possibilities of these innovative forms of urban agriculture practices. Speakers include Erika Allen, Ben Flanner, Stacey Murphy, and mary Seton Corboy.
Saturday, November 13, 9:30pm
The Farmer and the Horse
354 W. 45th St.
Tickets, $10 at the door or on thefarmerandthehorse.com
Catch the New York City premiere of The Farmer and the Horse, a documentary that follows three young farmers as they learn to farm with giant draft horses instead of tractors. Award-winning journalist Jared Flesher presents The Farmer and the Horse, a new film that digs into difficult questions about sustainability, self-sufficiency, and why we do the work we do. Flesher’s film goes beyond the usual platitudes of smiling organic farmers talking about the good life. Farming is grueling work and it’s hard to make a living — especially if you don’t use a tractor.
Saturday, November 13, 6-10pm
Innaugural Hattie Carthan Farmy Folks Soiree Fundraiser
Clifton Pl. at Marcy Ave. (next to the Hattie Carthan Garden)
Yonnette Flemming, matriarch of of the Hattie Carthan community garden and market, cooks up a fall harvest feast for “farmy folks.” Food, films, and music will make for a lively family event, which will also honor those who have helped the garden become a positive center of community spirit.