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Upcoming Events in NYC

There are a few really interesting foodie events coming up in New York City starting tomorrow, all featuring some really amazing local talents, and plenty of cocktails, beer, and meat.

Sunday, January 22nd:

Cochon 555
Only a select number of tickets ($125) remain for this event, but it sounds like a really great way to spend your Sunday. Five chefs (Bill Telepan, Peter Hoffman (Savoy), Brad Farmerie (Public), George Mendez (Aldea), and Sean Rembold (Marlow & Sons), will each prepare a different breed of heritage pig, and the winner will go on to the national tournament. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Brewery will be serving beer, Murray’s Cheese will also be there, and according to NYMag there will be wine, oysters, and caviar as well.

Tuesday, January 25th:

Good Spirits at Le Poisson Rouge
From 5-8pm Edible Magazine will host this seasonal cocktail pairing event where they have matched “mixology-minded chefs and food artisans” with “spectacular, storied spirits.” Tickets are $40 and available here.

Hidden Treasures from the Cellar, Vintage Beers from Brooklyn Brewery at Back Forty:
Back Forty(190 Ave B at 12th st) will be hosting Brooklyn Brewery for a special pairing event featuring some of their vintage unreleased brews. The menu is available on the restaurant’s website, and tickets are available here for $103 (including tax and tip).

Wednesday, January 26th

SLOW U: Good Meat with Author Deborah Krasner at Brooklyn Kitchen

Deborah Krasner author of “Good Meat” the “The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat” will talk about the good meat movement and how it impacts the environment, our diet, and the way we cook. Tom Mylan of the Meat Hook will do a beef sashimi tasting to demonstrate the qualities of different meat cuts. Proceeds of the event will benefit Slow Food NYC, and Krasner will be signing copies of her new book which features over 200 nose-to-tail recipes.

6:30 pm at Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets $25, available online.


Grub Street Food Festival… Some good food, but mostly lines.

After eagerly awaiting the Grub Street Food Festival on Hester Street all week, after finally arriving (despite the MTA’s limited weekend service on almost every line), I almost didn’t enter the fair when I saw the crowd of people overflowing out of the enclosed park-area.

There were some great vendors present, like Luke’s Lobsters, Ditch Plains, Sigmund’s Pretzels, and many more, but the space was really really small for a fair with so many popular stands.

My friends and I fought our way through the masses to reach Luke’s Lobster. Inside the fair was PACKED, it was difficult to move at all, and hungry people were pushing their way through the crowds in every direction. It was really hard to determine where the lines started, ended, and many vendors seemed to have multiple lines. We were accused of cutting a few times, though I’m pretty sure we didn’t. After a good thirty-five minutes we had our lobster rolls, $14, which were pretty good, but didn’t have the amount of lobster most sea-side spots offer up. The lobster meat (claws and knuckles) did taste really fresh and tender, and was mixed just a hint of mayo, and sprinkled with celery salt on a toasted and buttered hot dog bun. Overall, really delicious, but would have been just as good at the store’s 7th street location.

Next we got in line for Patacon Pisao‘s, Patacon, we saw many people eating these messy but tasty looking sandwiches and had to try one. We didn’t know exactly what these Venezuelan snacks were made of until we got up close, and were not disappointed. The outside of the sandwich was made of crispy plantains stuffed with chicken or beef layered with piece of white cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and special sauce. This was definitely worth trying, especially since Patacon Pisao can usually only be found in Elmhurst.

We sampled some beautiful breads from Pain D’Avignon while we waited in line. Their cranberry nut loaf was really great, nice for Fall, and came in many different sizes.

We didn’t even get a clear sight of most of the 44 vendors, and what they had to offer on Saturday, but really couldn’t handle the crowds any longer than we did.

Instead took a short walk around the corner to Broome and Orchard where we discovered Ten Bells, a signless establishment that turned out to be a warm, quiet, organic wine bar that had $1 oysters and Smuttynose Robust Porter. It turned out to be not such a bad Saturday after all.

Upcoming Events: Eat Drink Local Week

Click Here to find out more about the second annual Eat Drink Local week, a collaboration of Edible Communities, Grow NYC, and local restaurants, wineries, breweries, farmers, food artisans, and more. Described not just as a restaurant week, but as a get-to-know your local food market, farmer, and artisan food-maker week. Events feature locavore meals and deals, the Sotheby’s Vegetable Auction, the Stone Barns Harvest Fest, and more.

Upcoming Events: East End GreenFest

Big thanks to my friend Sarah for telling me about the East End GreenFest next weekend, view the website for additional info. Not only will the GreenFest have lots of resources about rrenewable energy, sustainable architecture, and green living, but there will be local wineries there and organic and natural products.

When: July 24th and 25th

Where: Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds is located on the North side of Route 48, 1000 feet East of Cox Road.

Time: 10 am – 8 pm Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm Sunday

Admission: Adults $3, Kids 12 and under FREE

Contact:, 631-734-5894

Amy Cotler: The Locavore Way


Last Tuesday (sorry for the delay) I had the amazing oppurtunity of meeting author/blogger/chef/local food enthusiast Amy Colter. As part of the summer culinary class series sponsering Just Food, Amy held a two hour cooking demonstration at Whole Foods Market on Bowery and Houston sharing some recipes that could be adapted to every seasons harvests.

She started with a Fresh Fruit Kutchen, showing how strawberries and rhubarb or cherries could be used in the summer, and how later blue berry and maple syrup or apples make a great treat for the fall. She also made a Farmer’s Market Salad utilizing whatever could be found at farmstands now, including some delicious crispy red and blue potatoes. She also made a fall risotto with butternut squash, shiitake mushrooms, and sage– but had numerous suggestions of how the dish could be changed seasonally, such as using fresh peas, corn, and peppers in the summer.

Amy had a great energy, she noted that she is an “anarchist in the kitchen” which she encouraged everyone in the class to be also. Her cooking approach was very much freestyle though she was classically trained, and she put a great emphasis on how when you use really fresh ingredients they practically cook themselves. She seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil, butter, and fresh herbs, and said she rarely spends time making fancy sauces, glazes, etc.

After the demonstration I talked to Amy for a few minutes while she signed my copy of The Locavore Way. I found her extremely pleasant, and discussed by blog a bit, as she has had her own for a few years now. I really recommend her book to anyone interested in eating locally and seasonally, it is an easy to read guide to how to get started, and a great resource to veterans of the concept.

Also check out the Whole Foods website for their other classes this summer sponsoring Just Food, and more importantly, check out Just Food’s website. It’s a great organization that helps get fresh local organic foods to everyone, and has a great deal of information on CSA’s and farmers markets.

The Great NYC Shuck ‘N Suck aka The Tale of the 72 Oysters.


Me, Stephen, and Jamie at the Shuck 'n Suck

“When you get to three dozen, no matter how good you feel, stop.” These were the words of advice Sebastian, the chef at Planet Bliss had given me when I told him I was going to an all-you-can-eat oyster festival. Stephen and Jamie (of laughed on the cab ride down to the South Street Seaport. 36 oysters… that was going to be easy.

To kick off the fourth annual NYC Food Film Festival, Atlantic Grill, Jimmy’s no. 43, Patron Tequila, Ultimat Vodka, teamed up with the other festival sponsors (The James Beard Foundation, Whole Foods, Edible Manhattan…) to hold The Great New York City Shuck ‘N Suck last night, which featured 4 short films about the bivalves, unlimited cocktails crafted by mixologist Allen Katz, the Shuck N’ Suck contest with local experts, and of course, oysters.

Because we could not enter the actual contest, we decided to compete amongst ourselves. We devised a game-plan that involved a loop beginning with the bar, circling through the oyster selection, then right back to the bar to start all over again. Jamie and I both started with the Green Preservation cocktail with Patron tequila and fresh cucumber (and you thought I would have learned by now how well tequila and oysters mix…), while Stephen started with the vodka-based Watermelon Mint cocktail.

First we tackled some Malpeque Oysters from Prince Edward Island. Sweet and medium-sized, these first few went down incredibly easy. Then there were the Watch Hill oysters from Rhode Island. These were a little larger, and a lot more briney .

Refreshing the Watch Hill oyster supply

We looked on impressed with the speed and apparent ease employees from Jimmy’s no. 43, and the Atlantic Grill, shucked the oysters for the anxious crowd. We never had to wait more than a minute to load up our paper containers with more delicious oysters.

The Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, were extremely tiny and sweet. These slow-growing oysters were tender, and tasty, and looked at if they would be impossible to open without breaking their delicate shells.

Opening Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Next there were Widow’s Hole oysters from Greenport, NY, which were featured in a film later in the evening as well as Fanny Bays from British Columbia that were featured in the film, The Perfect Oyster.

By the time we were on our third lap, we switched to the Harpoon Brewery I.P.A, and began to slow down. We realized we had only been down at the Water Taxi Beach for about twenty-minutes, and had already consumed at least a dozen oysters each. We continued on. By the time we got to the last table of Malpeque’s, we were dripping with sweat, brine, and defeat. It became very apparent we were in need of some sustenance, and we had just overheard the last of the Bacon-Wrapped Fried Oysters were gone. We sampled some Roasted jalapeno Peppers, Corn on the Cob, Oyster Grits, and Tuna Tartare on Rice Crackers, but without saying anything, we could tell by the vaguely pained look on each of our faces, it was time to sit down and start counting.

The final count was 22 for me, and I must say, more than a full dozen short of that 3-dozen mark, I was feeling it. As the sun began to set, the oysters continued to be piled up on platters of melting ice cubes, for the hungry crowd. We watched the actual Shuck ‘N Suck contest, where pairs of two professionals (Jimmy Carbone from Jimmy’s no. 43 was in it) shucked, and sucked, 24 oysters as fast as they could. What we did in 30 minutes, they did in approximately 2. Once Carbone was declared the winner, and the audience began to prepare for the films, we decided it was time to get some land food. Though the festival was fun while it lasted, there was a lack of any edibles that would balance a stomach full of raw oysters. And thus, we left, conquered by the tiny mollusk, and ventured elsewhere for a steak.

Upcoming Events In June

The last few weeks of June prove to be a busy time for NYC foodies. Here are some of the interesting events I’ve found so far:

Blue Point Oysters and Rose Wines
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E.7th st
June 16th (Weds), 7pm

A $20 ticket gets access to an entire evening of Blue Point Oysters and Long Island Wines (Blue Point Brewery will also be there).

NYC Brewfest
June 19th, 3:30-8pm
Governor’s Island

Presented by Heartland Brewery, this festival will feature over 300 varieties of New York State crafted beers from over 100 breweries plus local food and music. Tickets are $55 and available online or at any of the Heartland Brewery locations in NYC.

The Edible Garden
June 19th-Oct 17th, 10am-6pm, Tues-Sun
New York Botanical Garden

On June 19th there will be a kick-off event “Get Out and Grill” featuring celeb cooking demos (Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns will be there), tours of the garden as well as samples of seasonal dishes.

NYC Food Film Festival
June 23rd-27th

Check out the event’s website for a schedule of events and locations. One highlight is the “Shuck and Suck” and all-you-can-eat oyster festival on the 23rd for $95 at the Water Taxi Beach at South Street Seaport. Features oysters from British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Greenport Long Island, and Rhode Island.

First Annual Long Island Wine & Food Festival
June 25th-27th

Check out the event’s website for information on various locations of wine and food tastings during this three-day showcase of North Fork Vineyards.

New Taste of the Upper West Side

The following article from today’s New York Post features Chef John Fraser (of Dovetail) who will be part of a panel discussion this Friday (May 21st, 2010) morning from 9:30-11am at the Museum of Natural History, along with Food Network’s Ellie Krieger, Kate Krader (Food & Wine Magazine), Bill Telepan (Telepan), Lee Schrager (Food Network Wine & Food Festival), Steve Cuozzo (NY Post), and Dr. Joel Fuhrman a nutritional medicine expert. The panel will discuss healthy eating, buying local, school lunch programs, and restaurants on the Upper West Side. For more information, and a list of other events (such as the Best of the West tasting on Saturday featuring over 40 of the Upper West Side’s most celebrated chefs) visit the New Taste of the Upper West Side‘s website.

Article source= the New York Post, May 19th 2010