Dear Local Gourmands,
Let me wax poetic for just a sec to say one (more) of my favorite things about spring is the surprise factor packed into each day. I left for a long weekend that tasted of the summer to come– burgers, beer, the salt in the air on Block Island– and hoped out loud more than once that the rooftop plants were getting at least a little bit of rain while I whiled away the hours on the beach. On yesterday’s return I headed back up DeKalb, luggage bulging, sunglasses slipping off my nose, as I passed all the Memorial Day picnics in Fort Greene Park. Brooklyn was alive with the heat, but I sailed right by, practically ran up the four flights of stairs, flung open the door to the roof and saw to my great surprise that the baby lettuce leaves were ready to be picked for salad! A lone strawberry had ripened! The tomatoes and sweet peas had doubled in size, and the morning glories were beginning to wind their way ’round the steaks! Today’s surprise was the arrival of a real baby, little Siobhan, born to my dear friends Autumn and Sam who were on our roof not that long ago, wondering just when she might decide to make her entrance. On June first it seems this little wonder of a girl already has her timing down pat– it’s a beautiful day to come into the world.
Tuesday, June 1, 7-9pm
New York City Beekeeper’s Association Monthly Meeting
Seafarers & International House
123 East 15th Street
The New York City Beekeeper’s Association holds its last monthly meeting for the summer and devotes the evening’s conversation to “Honey Bee Immune Function and Disease Resistance.” Guest speaker Noah Wilson-Rich will give a basic overview of the immune system in working honey bees and present data from his tests that evaluate honey bee immune health and how these results can be used to help curb colony-collapse disorder.
June 1, 6:30pm
An Edible History of 97 Orchard Street with Jane Ziegelman
The Tenement Museum
108 Orchard St.
“From breweries to blintzes, Jane Ziegelman explores the culinary life of the turn-of-the-century Lower East Side—a city within a city where Germans, Irish, Italians, and Eastern European Jews attempted to forge a new life. Through the experiences of five families, all of them residents of 97 Orchard Street, Ziegelman shows how immigrant cooks brought their ingenuity to the daily task of feeding their families, preserving traditions from home but always ready to improvise.”
Wednesday, June 2, 6-9pm
Food Fight NYC Benefit
The Astor Center
Show your support for Food Fight NYC, an organization that teaches a healthy eating curriculum in city schools, empowering students to make choices that will curb the risk of obesity and diabetes. Chef Neil Kleinberg of Clinton St. Baking Company serves snacks, while Bill Ritter hosts the New York premiere of the award-winning documentary FoodFight.
Friday, June 4, 7-8:30pm
Food 2.0: Feeding a Hungry World
Baruch Performing Arts Center (Engelman)
“Pamela Ronald, Louise Fresco and Monty Jones—influential voices from a wide variety of perspectives—engage in a spirited discussion and debate on issues vital to our future. By 2050, one of every four people on Earth will go hungry unless food production more than doubles. Science-based agriculture has proposed unconventional new tools — earthworms, bacteria, and even genes from sunny daffodils — to meet this towering challenge. But will such innovative ideas be enough? And can we bridge the ideological divide over genetically modified foods that separates scientists and environmentalists? What role does eating and farming locally play in the next green revolution?”
Friday, June 4-Sunday, June 6
Gourmet Latino Festival
Tickets and a full list of events here
Chefs from some of my favorite Latin restaurants in the city (Palo Santo and Suenos among them) team up to benefit GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project to help improve the lives of Latino farmers. Enjoy the array of locally sourced, traditionally prepared food and the wines, spirits, and cocktails of Latin America. See the website for a full list of events throughout the weekend.
Saturday, June 5, 8am-3pm
Bay Ridge Greenmarket Opens
3rd Ave. & 95th St. (in the parking lot of Walgreens), Bay Ridge
Now in its third year, the Bay Ridge Greenmarket re-opens for the season this Saturday. Councilman Vincent Gentile calls this market Bat Ridge’s “town hall,” and shows up each Saturday to do his own shopping and to chat with his constituents. Gill’s Seafood, baked goods from Bread Alone Bakery, and a bounty of seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers from Caral Farm and Jersey Farm Produce will be on offer. Newcomers to this year’s market include naturally grown produce from Evolutionary Organics and Angus beef from Maple Avenue Farm.
Saturday, June 5, 8am-3pm
Sunnyside Greenmarket Opens
Skillman Ave., btwn 42 & 43 Sts., Sunnyside
Also going strong into its third year is the Sunnyside market in Queens, located on a tree-lined avenue near Lou Lodati Park. Fill your bags with the rich selection of Rogowski Farms’ produce grown in the “black dirt” region of New York, and support two New Farmer Development farmers, Gonzalez and Nolasco’s Farm. Eggs, fruit, cider, baked goods and fish are all on offer as well in addition to cheese, cured meats and pickled vegetables.
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
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 of 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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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.