Cargo shorts and orange Crocs: They’re not just for the kitchen. Ask Mario Batali — the exuberant chef-restaurateur, food television superstar and author also takes his Crocs to the crops.
Batali’s cuisine may be Mediterranean, but his sources are local. A farmers market frequenter and longtime forager, Batali partnered with the New York Botanical Garden to develop Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens within The Edible Garden; his portion includes a series of activities and special events centered around his recipes and family cooking.
His reign over Manhattan’s Italian restaurant-scape has been sweeping as well: Clean Plates-approved Babbo, Del Posto, OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria, Lupa Osteria Romano and hybrid marketplace and eatery sensation, Eataly.
Batali gave us the scoop on The Edible Garden, being an Italophile and locavore, duck testicles at the kids’ table and what he’s chewing on, at home and on set. Continue reading
An ephemeral new pop-up is in town: The Standard Plaza, The Standard hotel’s seasonal outdoor restaurant, compliments of Next Iron Chef Seamus Mullen, the owner of the Spanish restaurant Tertulia in the West Village. Continue reading
What: Good Spirits – Summer Cocktails to Benefit Hot Bread Kitchen
When: July 24, 8:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: Ramscale Studios, 463 West Street, Penthouse
How Much: Tickets are $75, with additional contributions optional
We know it’s hot out there, but there are better ways to cool off than spending the night in front of your AC: for example, an evening of summer cocktails, edibles and boogieing at a rooftop penthouse in the West Village. Continue reading
What: A City Farmer, A Chef & A Host dinner benefit
Where: A new friend’s home
When: July 24, 7:00pm to 10:00pm
How Much: $500 (plus fees)
If a chef’s table is simply not intimate enough, consider a benefit dinner party with your favorite chef, perhaps Peter Hoffman of Back Forty and Back Forty West, or Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen behind the stove, with New York’s most plugged in food, farm and sustainably savvy guests by your side. Continue reading
Vegans and vegetarians weary of the cucumber avocado roll will rejoice at the opening of Beyond Sushi, chef Guy Vaknin’s new Union Square venture that opened to an eager public on July 11. Continue reading
Good food, good sleep and the good life are calling.
No, not from Brooklyn. The calling is from a near-but-far away land called Vermont. To take you there, your chariot awaits: The Good Bus. No, this isn’t a PBS special; it’s a retreat at Good Commons. Continue reading
What: Urban Zen Sustainable Wellness Series
Where: 4 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY
When: July 21, 11-1 (and every other Saturday through September 1)
How Much: Free
Donna Karan knows a thing or two about essentials. Her Essentials line began in the ‘80s with “Seven Easy Pieces” — bodysuit included, naturally — a woman could mix and match to create her entire wardrobe. Since 2008, the fashion mogul and yogi has focused her attention on life’s essentials: Well-being, culture and an empowered mind, body and spirit. Continue reading
Why should wheat-eaters have all the fun? Erin Smith, the blogger behind Gluten-Free Fun and Gluten-Free Globetrotter and leader of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group, says celiacs should get to play, too. Continue reading
All water is not equal — some has the ability to sustain life, while other types can deplete it. One of our most precious natural resources is in dire need of protection: Today 2.5 billion people have no access to basic sanitation and a child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related illness. Jay-Z, Jeff Koons and 30 other artists, musicians and designers are collaborating on a New York-based mission, The Water Tank Project, to help via skyline installations on local water towers — with eventual plans to take it across the globe. Continue reading
Long Island is historically known for stretches of farms and vast sky that seems to dip down and touch the island’s surrounding waters. With farmland under threat of decline, Satur Farms in Cutchogue, New York, remains a beacon of sustainable hope. Paulette Satur and her husband, Eberhard Müller, co-founder and opening chef of Clean Plates-rated Le Bernardin, are committed to sustainable farming with a three-pronged approach benefiting laborer, purveyor, and plot. Continue reading