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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.

Happy harvest,
Jeanne

Wednesday, August 11, 7pm
Eat This Film!
Tree of Wooden Clogs
 
92Y Tribeca

200 Hudson Street
Tickets, $12

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.
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Monday, August 16, 7:30-10pm
Brewmasters Reserve Release Party: Explosions in the Park
The Prospect Park Boat House
Tickets, $20
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
Beer Table
427b 7th Ave., Park Slope
Tickets, $35

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 events@beertable.com 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 gpisegna@hsny.org 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!

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Dear Local Gourmands,

Three years ago a quest for heirloom watermelon changed my life. I was doing research as a fact checker at Saveur, and my editor was hot on the trail for heirloom varieties of the seedy fruit she remembered from growing up in the south. She scrawled down Gabrielle Langholtz’s number at Greenmarket (who was then in charge of handling the organization’s press), and the race to meet my deadline was on. Gabrielle rattled off a list of local farmers who I might try, but it was late in the season and no one had the melons I was after. One call lead to another, and pretty soon I was dialing Seed Savers in Iowa, then farmers out in Midwestern fields that I could hardly picture from my desk in New York’s Korea town. Eventually I found a farmer who could ship some moon and stars and jubilee watermelon to our office. Their flesh was sweet, but the stories of the farmers I’d encountered along the way were what really had me hooked. In great part that was due to Gabrielle’s contagious enthusiasm. I met her in person for the first time just a few days after that initial call, and she toured me around Union Square, introducing me to vendors and helping me pick a perfectly ripe pear. Adam Gopnik’s article about locavorism in the city in the Food Issue of the New Yorker  had just come out, and it opened with his own introduction to Gabrielle. As I read his story, I knew I’d found a niche in New York’s local food scene. A few months later I started to pen this newsletter, and not long after I began to write articles about local food for various publications.

This Monday I was up early, shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket, pleased as punch to see that Bill Maxwell’s tomatillos had come in. I’ve been a fan of Maxwell’s for years, not to mention the extended Greenmarket crew that I’ve gotten to know thanks to my regular market-going routine and research for writing assignments. Last week I started my new job as Greenmarket’s publicity and special projects coordinator. I couldn’t be more thrilled by the fact that checking in on the tomatillo’s arrival is now part of my job description. Instead of sending this note out on Monday night I was in my kitchen making salsa verde, so I apologize for the delay, but I must say I’m very much enjoying the taste of this new phase.

All best,
Jeanne

Wednesday, July 14, 7:30pm
Eat This Film!
Cooking History
92Y Tribeca
200 Hudson St.
Tickets, $12
The second installment of Eat This Film!, a summer screening and discussion series held at 92Y Tribeca, showcases Slovakian film director Peter Kerekes’ film Cooking History on the silver screen. Army vet and butcher from the Gansevoort Meat Market Ray DeStefano and renowned author and food historian Betty Fussell lead a discussion following the film.

” Who knew that the common thread linking victory over the Nazis in World War II, the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, the French-Algerian conflict and the dissolution of Josep Tito’s regime was nothing more than a pinch of salt? Military cuisine takes an unlikely, central role in a vast spectrum of crucial events in this perceptive, persuasive and hilariously droll documentary, which delves into the regional foods that powered history via the cooks that prepared them. Conflict never looked so appetizing.”

Thursday, July 15, 6pm
Green Screen Film Series: Our Daily Bread
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street

Tickets, $5 HSNY members, $10 public
RSVP gpisegna@hsny.org
“Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming, to the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines. Our Daily Breadlooks, without commenting, into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds—a cold, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society’s standard of living.
Our Daily Bread is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn’t always easy to digest – and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas.”

Saturday, July 17, 9am-3pm
Crop Mob: Brooklyn Grange
RSVP here

The ever-helpful Crop Mob invites you to join Farmer Flanner in a day’s work out on the city’s largest rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange. RSVP to sign up and help harvest super spicy arugula and squash blossoms or steak tomatoes all the while catching a killer view of the city from one of its proudest urban ag endeavors.

Sunday, July 18, 2-3pm
Growing in Unusual Places
Eagle St. Rooftop Farm

Bright Farms Systems teaches a workshop on how to make the most of your window boxes by filling them up with mini farm plots. Spend time volunteering on Annie Novak’s rooftop farm, then take pause at 2pm for this workshop on how to bring your ag skills home to even the smallest space.

Sunday, July 18, 5-10pm
Diner Journal: The Summer Party
St. Cecilia’s School Gymnasium
24 North Henry Street

Tickets, $20
The food-lit journal produced by the good folks at Diner throws a summer party with sounds from their Brooklyn neighborhood like Naked Heroes, Midnight Massive and Night Jazz plus special guests and drinks. If it’s too hot to eat, you might as well dance.
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Wednesday, July 28, 4-8pm
Good Beer at BAM
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave.
Tickets, $40

In the culmination of Good Beer month, suds supporters of the highest order will flock to BAM where 12-15 New York State and regional breweries will be topping off July with their fine brews. A list of participating breweries and restaurants follows:

Beers by: Brooklyn Brewery, Stella Artois, American Beer Distributors, Southampton Publick House, Fire Island Beer Company, Peak Organic, Kelso of Brooklyn, Palm, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Sierra Nevada, Flying Dog, Blue Point Brewing Company, Ommegang, Heartland Brewery, Abita, Magic Hat

Food by: Esca, Sammy’s Roumanian Steak House, Sigmund’s Pretzels, Luke’s Lobster, Northern Spy, Jimmy’s 43, Gramercy Tavern, Fette Sau, Cafe Glechik, Lucy’s Whey, Organic Valley, Back Forty, Orwasher’s, Co., The Good Fork, Umi Nom, Brooklyn Greenmarkets, Whole Foods Market.

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.

All best,
Jeanne

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
Beer Table
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
Jamtastic
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
DBA Williamsburg
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
Tickets, $75
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.

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Thursday, July 8, 8-10pm
Edible Pursuit
Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street

Tickets, $20
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
Meatopia
Governor’s Island
Tickets, $25-$150
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.

Dear Local Gourmands,

My grandpa Gilbert, a man who could identify trees by their bark, grain, and leaves, and knew their names in Latin as well as the vernacular, was a great believer in celebrating the Solstice. He was also a terrific pickle and preserve maker, which made our dinners in honor of the Winter Solstice that much sweeter. I remember a visit to his and my grandma’s farm in Wisconsin one December when we stood dried corn stalks in the snow and lit them on fire, acknowledging the shortest day of the year. Back inside we whipped out the Scrabble board and dished up dessert: strawberries that had been frozen and set aside from the summer harvest. The surprise and pleasure of eating the fruit (ice-cube like but still sweet, and redolent of summer days) so far out of its normal season was as thrilling as scoring a seven letter word.

The berries have been so particularly juicy this June that I haven’t let any go to waste, or my freezer for that matter. This week there are several lessons on canning to take note of, but when I have my friends over tonight to revel in the light on the longest day of the year we’ll be living in the moment, eating strawberries that came fresh from the field.

Happy Summer Solstice,
Jeanne

Monday, June 21 – Sunday, June 27
NYC Premiere Week: What’s Organic About Organic
HERE, Dorothy B. Williams Theater
145 Avenue of the Americas
Shelly Rogers’ brilliant new documentary, “What’s Organic About Organic?,” kicks off its national tour of “screen and green” events on the Summer Solstice. A panel discussion follows each night’s screening, featuring our local sustainable agriculture luminaries from New York City. Everyone from Bob Lewis to Fred Kirschenmann to Anne Saxelby and Joan Gussow will be showing up to chime in on the topic of “organic” and what it means in the midst of the sustainable agriculture movement right now. Click here for a full list of the week’s events.

Monday, June 21, 6-7pm
Put ’em Up
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $15-$30

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.”

Tuesday, June 22, 6-8pm
Vegetable Container Gardening with George Pisegna
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Fl, btwn Broadway & 7th Ave
HSNY Members $50; non-members $65
The Horticultural Society’s own George Pisegna leads a class on how to make the most of your windowsill, patio, balcony, or doorstep with a productive container garden.George will give you the low down on what types of soil mixes, fertilizer, plants, and containers will yield the best results. A brief lecture will be followed by a demonstration of how to plant a container garden.

Wednesday, June 23, 6:30pm
Jamtastic
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 23, 7pm
The Great New York City Shuck ‘n Suck!
4th Annual NYC Food Film Fest
Water Taxi Beach
Tickets
This is the kick-off event for a week of excellent shorts, features, and eats that make up the smorgasbord that is the NYC Food Film Fest. The Shuck ‘n Suck boasts all the oysters you can eat, an open bar, and four films all about bivalves. A full list of the week’s events including a food truck drive-in, a Southeast Asian street market, and an evening of edible adventures can be found here.

Wednesday, June 23, 6pm
The Visionary Reloaded: New Scales of Operation in the Age of Information
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Fl, btwn Broadway & 7th Ave
Tickets, free for HSNY members, public $10, students $5
Join the Hort in celebration of the launch of two books, WORKac’s Above the Pavement—the Farm!: Architecture and Agriculture at PF1, and the expanded second edition of Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. A discussion will follow focusing on how a new generation of visionaries use media, design and activism to promote radical “green” change. Jeff Gordinier, author of X Saves the World moderates the following panel of guests:

Amale Andraos & Dan Wood, WORK Architecture Co.
Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx
Fritz Haeg, Artist, Edible Estates
Adam Michaels, Project Projects & Inventory Books
James Wines, SITE

Saturday, June 26, 7:30pm
Cheesemonger Invitational
Larkin
47-55 27th street, Long Island City
Tickets, $30-$35
On June 26th some of the most important people in the specialty cheese business will congregate at a discreet warehouse in Long Island City to witness the first annual Cheesemonger Invitational. Nine of the top cheesemongers representing the finest cheese shops from around our country are set to compete in a no-holds barred cornucopia of coddled curd. Watch mongers from Zingerman’s, Murrays, Rubiners, DiBruno Brothers, Bi Rite, Liberty Heights Fresh, St.James Cheese Company, Bedford Cheese Shop, and Formaggio Kitchen go head to head in this event that will celebrate all things cheese.

Saturday, June 26, 2-4pm
Picnic Block at Williamsburg Walks
Bedford Ave., btwn N 4th & N 9th, Willamsburg
$10 to enter
Picnic with the Southside CSA during this weekend’s “Williamsburg Walks” event. Bedford Ave. will be closed off to cars! Hang out with your friends and neighbors and show your stuff at the Williamsburg Picnic Challenge, wherein each group is charged with the task of preparing a soup, a salad, a sandwich and a dessert that reflects the culinary culture of one of the twelve ethnicities who call Williamsburg home. See more details here.

Sunday, June 27, noon-5pm
UnFancy Food Show
The Bell House
149 7th St., Gowanus
Entry, $5
If you’ve never been before, the UnFancy Food Show is the chance to experience Brooklyn’s food scene at its finest– sample Salvatore ricotta, Anarchy in a Jar jam, Nunu’s chocolates, Liddabit’s salty caramels, Mama O’s kimchi, and on and on down the line. I always manage to wind up with an ice cream cone in one hand, a beer in the other, and somehow balance a taste of local charcuterie on artisanal bread in between. Brooklyn Brewery tall boys will be $3, lending a drunken haze to the whole thing.

Sunday, June 27, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market
South Street

After a long winter the New Amsterdam Market has made its much-anticipated return to South Street, bringing Manhattan some of the finest regionally-sourced and artisanally crafted jam, ice cream, cheese, meat, bread, wine, and noshes around.

Sunday, June 27, noon
It’s Grits!
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO
Tickets, $35
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.

Sunday, June 27, 2pm
Stinkfest 2010
Stinky Brooklyn
261 Smith St., Carroll Gardens
Stinky Brooklyn’s fourth annual Cheese Eating Contest– how much cheese can you eat, and how fast– takes place this Sunday, the highlight of Smith Street’s Fun Day.

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Tuesday, June 29, 6:30pm
Jamtastic
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.

Sunday, July 11, 11:30am-4:30pm
Meatopia
Governor’s Island
Tickets, $25-$150
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.

Dear Local Gourmands,

On Sunday I stopped by Cathy Erway’s launch lunch for her new blog, Lunch at Sixpoint, a collection of stories and recipes from the mid-day meals at Sixpoint Brewery where she’s installed a rooftop garden. Repurposed kegs now have stalks of corn shooting out of ’em, and many an old claw foot tub boast bunches of herbs and even a strawberry patch. In good form, we all brought a dish to share, then gathered into the upstairs office, swapping updates on various projects. Over spicy string beans and carrot cake Stacey Murphy caught me up on the results of Saturday’s BK Farmyards pie contest, and Daniel Bowman Simon filled me in on the latest with the People’s Garden NYC while we harvested wonder berries. Bee Ayer introduced her chicken apprentices to Cathy’s heritage hens, and the boys from Finger on the Pulse swung by to support their long-time collaborator’s new food-fueled blogging endeavor. Check out Lunch at Sixpoint for daily specials, and come out to the second installment of Finger on the Pulse’s summer barbecues tomorrow night when Erway herself will be manning the grill.

Best,
Jeanne

Tuesday, June 15, 12:30-2pm
Food Systems Network New York Open Networking Meeting
SchoolFood Offices
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)
Tickets, $25
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.

Tuesday, June 15, 7:30-10pm
The Way We Eat Today: Issues at the Table
P.S. 107
1301 8th Ave. btwn 13th &14th Sts, Park Slope
Tickets, $15
P.S.107’s Readings on the Fourth Floor Presents “The Way We Eat Today: Issues at the Table” featuring Kim Severson, New York Times dining reporter and author of the newly published, “Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life,” which Michael

Pollan called “a spicy, thoroughly delectable memoir.” Traci Des Jardins, executive chef and partner of the highly acclaimed San Francisco restaurant, Jardiniere, has been named a “Rising Star of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation and appeared on Iron Chef, defeating Mario Batali. Janet Poppendieck, author of the newly-published book on school meals, “Free for All: Fixing School Food in America,” which the Washington Monthly called “sophisticated and nuanced.” Moderated by Michael Moss, New York Times reporter and 2010 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “for relentless reporting on contaminated hamburger and other food safety issues that, in print and online, spotlighted defects in federal regulation and led to improved practices.”

Wednesday, June 16, 7pm-2am
Long Island Oysters and Rosé
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $20
Jimmy’s does Long Island proud by devoting the evening to locally harvested Blue Point oysters. Oyster connoisseurs will be on hand to introduce pairings with rosés from the same region.

Wednesday, June 16, 7-11pm
Finger on the Pulse BBQ with Guest Chef Cathy Erway
10 Hope St.
Free entry, $5 per plate
Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in New York will be the grillmaster du jour at Finger on the Pulse’s second barbecue of the summer. Come early for good, cheap grub and stay late to dance to the tunes of Freelance Whales.

Wednesday, June 16, 6-8pm
Writing Food Memoir Workshop
Stone Barns
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
Tickets, $130

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
Tickets

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.
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Of note a few weeks down the road…

Monday, June 21 – Sunday, June 27
NYC Premiere Week:
What’s Organic About Organic
HERE, Dorothy B. Williams Theater
145 Avenue of the Americas
Shelly Rogers’ brilliant new documentary, “What’s Organic About Organic?,” kicks off its national tour of “screen and green” events on the Summer Solstice. A panel discussion follows each night’s screening, featuring our local sustainable agriculture luminaries from New York City. Everyone from Bob Lewis to Fred Kirschenmann to Anne Saxelby and Joan Gussow will be showing up to chime in on the topic of “organic” and what it means in the midst of the sustainable agriculture movement right now. Click here for a full list of the week’s events.

Monday, June 21, 6-7pm
Put ’em Up
Jimmy’s No. 43
43 E. 7th St.
Tickets, $15-$30

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.”

Tuesday, June 22, 6-8pm
Vegetable Container Gardening with George Pisegna
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Fl, btwn Broadway & 7th Ave
HSNY Members $50; non-members $65
The Horticultural Society’s own George Pisegna leads a class on how to make the most of your windowsill, patio, balcony, or doorstep with a productive container garden.George will give you the low down on what types of soil mixes, fertilizer, plants, and containers will yield the best results. A brief lecture will be followed by a demonstration of how to plant a container garden.

Wednesday, June 23, 7pm
The Great New York City Shuck ‘n Suck!
4th Annual NYC Food Film Fest
Water Taxi Beach
This is the kick-off event for a week of excellent shorts, features, and eats that make up the smorgasbord that is the NYC Food Film Fest. The Shuck ‘n Suck boasts all the oysters you can eat, an open bar, and four films all about bivalves. A full list of the week’s events including a food truck drive-in, a Southeast Asian street market, and an evening of edible adventures can be found here.

Wednesday, June 23, 6pm
The Visionary Reloaded: New Scales of Operation in the Age of Information
Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Fl, btwn Broadway & 7th Ave
Tickets, free for HSNY members, public $10, students $5
Join the Hort in celebration of the launch of two books, WORKac’s Above the Pavement—the Farm!: Architecture and Agriculture at PF1, and the expanded second edition of Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn. A discussion will follow focusing on how a new generation of visionaries use media, design and activism to promote radical “green” change. Jeff Gordinier, author of X Saves the World moderates the following panel of guests:

Amale Andraos & Dan Wood, WORK Architecture Co.
Majora Carter, Sustainable South Bronx
Fritz Haeg, Artist, Edible Estates
Adam Michaels, Project Projects & Inventory Books
James Wines, SITE

Sunday, June 27, 11am-4pm
New Amsterdam Market
South Street

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
It’s Grits!
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO
Tickets, $35

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.

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.

Happy grazing,
Jeanne

Monday, June 7, 6pm
Dinner at Roman’s to Support
51 Saint Edwards Street School Garden
243 DeKalb Ave., Fort Greene
Tickets, $75

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
Beer 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
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson St.
Tickets, $30

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
92YTribeca
200 Hudson St., Tribeca
Tickets, $12
“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
Murray’s Cheese
254 Bleeker St.
Tickets, $50
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.
Tickets, $55

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
Baum 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:

Betty Brooklyn
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
First Prize Pies
Lily & Fig
SCRATCHbread
Growing Chefs / Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Pie in the Park
Brooklyn Honey
Jessica Morris
Joann Kim

Saturday, June 12, 11am-6pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns 100: Happy Bee-day!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave.
*Free
“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.

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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
SchoolFood Offices
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)
Tickets, $25
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
Stone Barns
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
Tickets, $130
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
Tickets
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.
Tickets, $15-$30
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
South Street
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
It’s Grits!
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO
Tickets, $35
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.

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.

All best,
Jeanne

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.
RSVP
“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
399 Lafayette
Tickets
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
Astor Center
399 Lafayette
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.

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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
Tickets, $75

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
Beer 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
Assembly Hall
239 Thompson St.
Tickets, $30

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
92YTribeca
200 Hudson St., Tribeca
Tickets, $12
“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.
Tickets, $55

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
Baum 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:

Betty Brooklyn
Four & Twenty Blackbirds
First Prize Pies
Lily & Fig
SCRATCHbread
Growing Chefs / Eagle Street Rooftop Farm
Pie in the Park
Brooklyn Honey
Jessica Morris
Joann Kim

Saturday, June 12, 11am-6pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Turns 100: Happy Bee-day!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Ave.
*Free
“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)
Tickets, $25
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.
Tickets, $15-$30
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
It’s Grits!
Tobacco Warehouse, DUMBO
Tickets, $35
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.