Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.

    Pass the Rolls and Praise the Host; It’s Thanksgiving in Manhattan.

    May your heritage birds be perfectly brined, your cornbread stuffing contain loads of briny East End oysters, and your cranberries be from local bogs. Here’s to the result of those trips home from the Greenmarket with Long Island cheese pumpkins, Jersey Brussels sprouts and Upstate bacon. Should you need any brain food while the turkey roasts, we’ve got plenty of reading material on the holiday. And should you need any tips, be sure to check out our editor-in-chief talking turkey on the news just yesterday. In the meantime, pass the rolls and praise the host and watch out for parade floats: It’s Thanksgiving in Manhattan.

    It’s Game Day for Grocers, So Be Kind to Your Clerk! And Read Our Reports from the Scrum

    While many among us will spend the day goofing off at our desk jobs dreaming of the enormous meal ahead; shopping for the enormous meal ahead; or languishing in LaGuardia to make it in the nick of time to the enormous meal ahead, today is generally one of the busiest days of the year for most markets–be they Green or Whole. As you wait for those cranberries to caramelize, we’d like to offer some reading materials from posts past.

    For Those Eating Out On Thursday, May We Suggest This Mini-Feast Spectacle

    Maybe we’re just suckers for historical affairs, but one one of the best meals we’ve had all year was the Mark Twain Feast Spectacle at Bubby’s in Brooklyn. Seriously, the spread was so bountiful, a Thanksgiving buffet table is practically bare in comparison. And when the original Bubby’s in Tribeca (now celebrating it’s 21st year) sent us the menu of what they’ll be serving at brunch and dinner next Thursday–it’s pay what you want, and all proceeds go to the New York City Rescue Mission, the homeless shelter nearby Bubby’s in Tribeca–we happily noticed some similarities.

    In Honor of Thanksgiving, Pemmican from the Native American Plains Gets Made in Midtown

    Be sure to take a peek at the current Edible segment airing on NY1 today and Sunday. (And online right here in perpetuity.) Based on a story in the current issue, it’s on Inside Park chef Matt Weingarten’s take on the Native American snack called pemmican, which has historically made use of both fall harvest foods on the Great Plains and a successful hunt for buffalo. It’s kind of like a cross between a granola bar and beef jerky.

    Subscribe to Edible Manhattan, Get a Taste of Brooklyn for Free

    Our publishers just alerted us to a sweet deal, especially for those currently struggling on their holiday gift lists, double especially for those of us who haven’t even started. If you order a new subscription to Edible Brooklyn (only $28 a year!) before December 1st–or to Edible East End or even Edible Manhattan–they’ll kick in a free copy of Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook. Here’s what to do.

    Ready the LuteFisk–Glögg Season Has Officially Begun, and We’ve Got the Best Recipe

    In case you missed last week’s Edible episode on NY1–it’s on the spiked Scandinavian winter warmer called glögg–we wanted to point your attention both to the television segment (which you can find here online) as well as the Edible Manhattan article that inspired it, which includes the recipe for the drink, a heady, dangerously drinkable blend of sweet red wine heated up with a spike of citrus and some gingerbready spicing. We procured it from Morten Sohlberg—the Norwegian-born CEO of Smörgas Chef’ Restaurant Group, which runs three Smörgas Chef’ restaurants in Manhattan, including the one inside the Scandinavia House cultural center where we shot the piece for NY1.

    Don’t Miss the Peck Slip Pickle Fest and Competition on Sunday (Check Out Our Sneak Photo Peek of the Amateur Entries)

    No self-respecting lover of refined brine or fan of the fermented is going to be anywhere but New Amsterdam Market tomorrow, when the first annual Peck Slip Pickle Festival brings nearly two dozen producers of pickled and fermented foods to South Street Seaport between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.. The day also includes a competition for amateur picklers–judging at 4:30–and as luck would have it, we happened to stumble into a sneak peek of the entries as they were laid out for tasting by a special panel of judges that included Rick Field of Rick’s Picks (the city’s prince of new pickling) Harry Rosenblum of The Brooklyn Kitchen (where you can take a class taught by Field and then buy everything you need to practice what you learn at home) and Robert LaValva, who spearheads New Amsterdam Market and the blossoming food, farm and market scene near South Street Seaport.

    Start a School Garden: Apply by November 20 for $2,000 Grow-to-Learn Grants

    Over the past few years we’ve watched as parents and teachers which a knack for turning parking lots into produce launch a slew of mini farm projects at New York City public schools. Launched last year with help from The Mayor’s Office and GrowNYC, The Citywide School Gardens Initiative hopes to help them, providing not just supplies and expert advice from the community gardeners at the GrowNYC Greenthumb program, but literal seed money. They call the program Grow to Learn, and until November 30 you can apply for a $2,000 grant to start or enhance a garden for schoolkids.

    With Two Weeks to Go, Here’s How to Buy a Thanksgiving Turkey from the Greenmarket

    Dig this helpful guide from the folks at GrowNYC, the non-profit group behind city Greenmarkets. It’s a list of which of their farmers citywide are selling turkeys, plus how to order them and where you can pick them up. Don’t forget the butchers at Dickson’s Farmstead Meats in Chelsea Market or your mail-order friends at Fleisher’s and Heritage Foods USA. (The latter will probably let you order from their new Heritage Meat Shop in Essex Market, too.)

    With Help from Morimoto, Brushstroke, Sushi-Zen, Soba Totto, Otafuku, Curry-Ya and Kyotofu, Aki Matsuri is our New Favorite Holiday

    Many of us might have heard of Sakura Matsuri, the Japan-centric spring festival the Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts each May when the cherry blossoms bloom. But you can have a Matsuri in fall too, and that’s exactly what’s going down at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg on November 10, thanks to the Gohan Society, the Manhattan non-profit that promotes Japan’s culinary culture here in the States. The you-must-go-if-you-like-Japanese-food shindig–their biggest fundraiser of the year–is called Aki Matsuri.

    The Best Viennese Breakfast (Here and in Austria)

    Even as the November/December issue of Edible Manhattan starts to hit the streets, we still can’t stop thinking about our travel issue, especially the article contributor St. John Frizell filed on Austria. He followed Manhattan chef Kurt Gutenbrunner on a trip to his homeland near Vienna, where the pair ate, drank and made their way to farms and fields in the Austrian countryside. If you happen to be inspired by the story to make the trip to Vienna, we recommend the beautiful boutique hotel filled with contemporary art where our writer laid his weary head (and full belly) each night.