Sea to Haven: Slow U Seafood Supper


What: Slow U: Sustainable Seafood taste and talk

When: Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 to 8:00pm

Where: Haven’s Kitchen, 109 17th Street, Manhattan

How Much: $35 for Slow Food Members, $45 for Non-members

In a sea of guilty pleasures, sashimi is many a city dweller’s purest craving. But the good stuff doesn’t always come cheap, and the cheap stuff doesn’t always come sustainable (we have our doubts about you, East Village all-you-can-inhale party palaces).

This Tuesday, you can fill your belly with fish and keep your conscience clear with Slow U: Sustainable Seafood. This installment of Slow Food NYC’s talking and tasting education series brings a boatload of sustainable sashimi and other seafood to Haven’s Kitchen, a recreational cooking school, specialty shop and event space. Continue reading

NYC Honey Week: Something to Buzz About


What: New York City Honey Week

When: Through September 15.
Honey Day at the High Line
: September 12, 2:00pm to 6:00pm
NYC Honey Festival: September 15, 10:00am-sundown, dinner from 7:00 to 10:00pm.

Where: Honey Day at the High Line: from West 14th-West 22nd Street
Honey Fest at Rockaway Beach: 96th Street concessions stand

How Much: Free admission to events, with food, drinks and honey available for purchase. $20 for festival dinner.

The final days of summer can be bittersweet. Why not celebrate the slow decline in humidity and influx of crisp apples with a week of local, raw, unfiltered honey and one last day at the beach?

The very first NYC Honey Week brings seven sticky-sweet days of honey menus, beverages and special events across all five boroughs. Here are two of the events we’re looking forward to: Continue reading

Clean Plates, Cool Cravings: Dessert Pop Up With an Entrepreneurial Twist


Close out summer with a delicious exploration of New York City’s most innovative dessert companies curated by Clean Plates and Openhouse Gallery with Yumspring. Cool Cravings & Hot Startups features homemade ice cream, brewed ice pops, soft serve with mounds of fruit and more! All made with fresh, local and small-batch ingredients. Get tickets here and enjoy. Continue reading

1 Island + 80 Pigs = The Return of Pig Island


What: Pig Island III

When: September 1, 11:30 to 4:30pm

Where: Colonel’s Row, Governor’s Island

How Much: $85 plus fees. Free admission for kids 12 and under, accompanied by a ticketed parent. Free ferry to Governor’s Island.

How about a quick island getaway this Labor Day weekend? Not just any island, but Pig Island: This Saturday it will be teeming with ethically-raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free pigs in every (edible) form imaginable — with the promise that not one bit will be wasted. The event also offers a tent with food to keep vegetarian friends happy, plus plenty of craft beer, wine and cider. If that’s not enough to make you jump, the live bluegrass, blues and the Chef’s Band should get you dancing.

In between butchering demos and dancing, attendees can nosh on the creations of local chefs, many of whom helm Clean Plates-approved restaurants like: Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono, George Weld and Evan Hanczor of Egg and Parish Hall, Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and Fort Reno, Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo and Karma Projects founder Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43.

The day is presented by socially conscious events producers Food Karma Projects, and raises funds for Food Systems Network NYC and City Harvest. The meat will come from ethically raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free pigs, and no scrap will go to waste. Last year’s menu featured pig’s head tacos, linguica with liver mousse and hickory-smoked whole pig. This year’s New York hogs will come from two farms: Raven & Boar Farm in East Chatham, and Autumn’s Harvest Farm in Romulus. The New Jersey farms include: Fossil Farms, Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse in Milford — farmer Jonathan White will cook his own pig — and Møsefund Farm in Branchville will provide the delectable Hungarian breed of Mangalitsa pigs.

We hear Sixpoint is pouring exclusive custom beers for occasion, and there’s only one way to find out exactly what that means. Yes, your Labor Day planning just got a lot easier.

Image courtesy of Pig Island.


Crush It: The Great Tomato Un-Cookoff & Tomato Fest

Summer Heirlooms

What: Food Systems Network Annual Tomato Fest and Great Tomato Un-Cookoff

When: Sunday, August 26, noon to 4:00pm

Where: New Amsterdam Market, South Street between Beekman Street and Peck Slip

How Much: Tickets are $20 for non-FSNYC members, or $30 for non-FSNYC members who purchase a membership. (On-site admission is cash only.)

So you know how to cook, but how’s your un-cooking this summer? Taste some of the city’s best raw (or barely cooked) tomato dishes at Food Systems Network NYC’s annual Tomato Fest and first Great Tomato Un-Cookoff. This Sunday, ten of the city’s best “underground chefs” (and possibly some “above ground” chefs, too) go head to head in a battle of salsa, bruschetta and other un-cooked creations. Continue reading

HARVEST East End: A Hampton’s Classic


What: HARVEST East End: Third Annual Wine & Food Classic

When: August 25, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Hampton Classic, 240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton, NY

How Much: Tickets are $150

If you haven’t had a chance to hightail it to Long Island’s East End this summer, it may be time to giddy-up over to the third annual benefit hosted by Harvest East End, a non-profit working to highlight Long Island’s food purveyors and wine region, and raise awareness about health, environmentalism and sustainability. Continue reading

Making Waves: New York City Gets Fresh

NYC Gets Fresh

In a city with more shades of margaritas on the map than grey in the subway, is there any room left for wholesome summer fun?

Yes: From Sunday to Sunday, August 19-26, Wholesome Wave presents New York City Gets Fresh, a week-long celebration of regional food and wine hosted by eco-friendly restaurants. How can you get in on the fun? Kick off the week this Sunday, August 19, with the Let’s Move! Brooklyn’s Get Fit Health Walk; cross the Brooklyn Bridge to the food and music festival where food trucks await. Continue reading

Natural Yeast + Veggie Feast = Sour Beer Fest at Jimmy’s No. 43


What: Sour Beer & Vegetarian Nonsense Dinner

Where: Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street

When: August 16, 7-10pm

How Much: $45.57 (includes tax and gratuity)

Beer dinners are often sausage-heavy affairs, the stuff of carnivore winter dreams. But in August what’s a New Yorker craving lighter fare with her refreshing sour beer — let alone a beer-loving vegetarian — to do? Continue reading

SHARE: A Field-to-Plate Dinner

North Fork Education Initiative

What: SHARE: A Field to Plate Dinner to support the North Fork Education Initiative

When: August 12, cocktails and silent auction from 4:00pm to 6:00pm; until 7:00pm with dinner

Where: Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, 652 Peconic Bay Boulevard, Jamesport, NY

How Much: Tickets are $50 for the cocktail party, or $175 with dinner

Off to the East End this weekend? Board members and Co-Executive Directors of the North Fork Education Initiative (NFEI), sisters Elizabeth Casey Searl and Kathryn Casey Quigley, have been revving up for this Sunday’s event by alternating turns at playing the title character of Mrs. Dalloway — though for this fundraiser, envision a real-time picturesque farm atmosphere over highfalutin’ London circa 1920.   Continue reading

Digging and Dining with Mario Batali: The Edible Garden

Mario Batali Edible Garden

Want a taste of the country and the city’s best dining? Look no further than the Bronx: The Edible Garden exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, open from July to October, teaches visitors about the food cycle, from planting and picking to pickling and plating.

Chef Mario Batali, a partner in The Edible Garden, created the Mario Batali Kitchen Gardens where visitors can get their hands dirty, learn about the herbs and vegetables used in his restaurant dishes, enjoy Whole Foods cooking demonstrations and walk away with new recipes to try at home. “Dig! Plant! Grow!” is a hands-on program for kids — don’t be surprised if you want to play too. August’s theme is Pickle Me; visitors learn about pickling plants and can make their own crunchy cucumber pickles for the road. Continue reading