May 26, 2013
Mark the opening of picnic season in Brooklyn and help Fort Reno christen their outdoor picnic tables with live Bluegrass and $2 pints of Peak Organic beer. The event will feature a one-time only performance by Bluegrass musicians Brad Conroy and Ezekiel Healy, former members of the much celebrated Brooklyn Browngrass from 4pm to 6pm.
Call the restaurant at (347) BBQ-7777 for more details.
Any cook will tell you that in every cookbook there are a handful of recipes that rise to the top—the earmarked and most-stained pages.
Like a hall of fame for cookbooks, the Fales Library’s 101 Classic Cookbooks features 501 of these recipes from 101 great cookbooks of the twentieth century, carefully selected by an expert advisory committee. Join members of the selection committee and authors of selected tomes for a conversation on how these books and recipes revolutionized the way we eat. It is a fascinating culinary tour that in whole tells much of the story of American culture at large.
Madhur Jaffrey, regarded by many as the world authority on Indian food, is an award-winning actress and bestselling cookbook author. Her first book, An Invitation to Indian Cookery, was published in 1973 and her series for BBC television Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery made her a household name. She has appeared in over 20 films, including Merchant Ivory’s Heat and Dust, and written over 15 cookbooks. She is currently working on her next book, Curry Nation, which will be coming out in October along with a brand new TV series.
Marion Nestle, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU and author of several books including Food Politics.
Rose Levy Beranbaum, award-winning author of nine cookbooks, including The Cake Bible, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook of the Year for 1988. It was also listed by the James Beard Foundation as one of the top 13 baking books on “the Essential Book List.” Rose also won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1998 for Rose’s Christmas Cookies, and her book, The Bread Bible, was an IACP and James Beard Foundation nominee and was listed as one of the Top Ten Books of 2003 by Publishers Weekly and Food & Wine.
Marvin J. Taylor, director of the Fales Library and Special Collections at NYU.
Clark Wolf, special advisor to the Food Studies Collection at the Fales Library and host of the Critical Topics in Food series.
May 30, 2013
Join FoodFight for a cold one (or two, or three) at the Brooklyn Brewery to celebrate their expansion across the country and support them as they continue to activate school staff and students in the fight against obesity. Come enjoy craft beers, unique eats from local food trucks, exclusive silent auction packages, and laugh off your weekday stress with their trademark comedian, Cory Kaheny.
More information can be found here.
Whether you call them franks, wieners, or red hots, hot dogs are as American as apple pie. But how did these little links become icons of American culture? This program, inspired by the new book Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America, will explore the transformation of hot dogs from unassuming street fare to paradigms of regional expression, social mobility, and democracy.
Hot dog scholar Bruce Kraig and photographic artist Patty Carroll will talk about their explorations of the history, people, decor, and venues that make up hot dog culture in America (and something about the sausage’s worldwide popularity). The program will be illustrated with stunning color photos and descriptions of neighborhood venues and flashy pushcarts from New York to Los Angeles.
The reception will feature some of the endless hot dog variations found in American culture, such as Southern slaw dogs, New England franks with Boston baked beans, and Sonoran dogs in the Southwest.
Bruce Kraig, Professor Emeritus at Roosevelt University, is a noted food historian and widely sought-after expert on the lore, allure, and culture of the hot dog. Patty Carroll is an Adjunct Professor of photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a distinguished photographic artist. She specializes in photographing American popular culture.
Meat Hooked! is a documentary about meat and the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering in and around NYC. The film features local butchers and their different experiences in a dynamic industry where economic issues, environmental concerns and cultural heritage all play a part in how, why and when we consume meat.
Stay after the screening for a tasty talk back with the filmmaker and local butchers including “rock star butcher” Joshua Applestone and Jessica Applestone of Fleisher’s in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Robin Shulman, author of Eat the City will moderate.
More information here.
June 8, 2013
It’s time for the 2013 Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery immersion season to begin. Each year, these free, neighborhood-wide celebrations bring together upwards of 500 people to sample complimentary Brooklyn brews in local bars, as well as brunch at new restaurants, explore local shops, seek out landmarks, and play all day in four unique neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.
This year the Immersion series begins June 8 in a waterfront neighborhood visited during the 2012 Immersion tour: Red Hook. The series is returning because it can’t resist its charms, and because Red Hook still needs our support, post-Sandy. The remaining 2013 Immersion dates include The Total Long Island City Immersion July 13; The Total Crown Heights Immersion September 7; and The Total Gowanus Immersion October 5.
More details can be found here.
June 11, 2013
Kick of Savor NYC with the premiere of Beer Hunter, The Movie, a documentary film about the beloved and influential beer and whiskey journalist Michael Jackson. A panel a beer luminaries along with food and (of course) beer samples from Brooklyn Brewery and Vanberg & DeWulf can be expected. The event is co-hosted by Jimmy Carbone, host of Beer Sessions Radio; The Good Beer Seal; Seth Wright of Beer Nation; and Director/Producer John Richards.
More information can be found here.
June 13, 2013
It can be tricky sneaking off to the beach during your lunch break. Luckily, New Fish City: A Seafood Feast on the Waterfront brings the best food the sea has to offer right to lower Manhattan. Stop by at lunchtime (or come back in the evening for the dinnertime portion, complete with a beer garden) for sweet and savory tastes from some of the city’s most talented chefs and food artisans, presented by Brookfield Office Properties and curated by Edible. Check out the mouthwatering roster of participants:
Red Hook Lobster Pound
BLT Bar & Grill
Back Forty West
L & W Oyster Co.
Brooklyn Oyster Party
Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar
The Lobster Place
Ample Hills Creamery
Harney & Sons
Bruce Cost Ginger Ale
Admission to the event is free, with individual menu items priced at $10 and under. Lunch-goers can enjoy the alcohol-free portion from 11:30am to 2:00pm, then a pop-up beer garden will host the city’s most renowned craft breweries during the dinnertime portion, 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Rain or shine!