Support Just Food at ‘Let Us Eat Local’ (or by winning a foodie adventure)

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Each year brings a different set of challenges for local food systems. But each year has seen some progress in New York City, thanks to the non-profit organization Just Food. From helping small farmers through CSA to bolstering fresh food access through city farms, Just Food makes it more possible to Let Us Eat Local. So on September 17th, we’re celebrating with a benefit event called that. In addition, you can participate by winning a unique prize in its silent auction, … Read More

EatWith Your Neighbors This Week

Last week, I was treated to a seasonally-inspired, five-course dinner hosted by someone I’d never met before, along with nine people I’d never met before, either. But even before the first course, it was just like hanging out with the gang. Our hostess and chef de cuisine for the evening, Emily, was a whipsmart aspiring chef and erstwhile front-of-house expert at some of Brooklyn’s best restaurants; playing both roles, in her own apartment, may just be her ultimate calling. I … Read More

The Curious Incident of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo

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I’m suffering from a slight sunburn today, but it pales in comparison to the burning sensations experienced at the first-ever NYC Hot Sauce Expo yesterday. Held over a two-day weekend at the East River Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the show featured dozens of small-batch hot sauce makers from around the country. The outdoor event spanned the public park, just across the river from Manhattan’s skyline, on an especially sunny spring day. Other participating vendors offered craft beers, vodka for Bloody … Read More

Support Sandy Relief Through Food & Culture This Week

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You asked for it, so here it is: a compilation of upcoming food-related activities in New York City that will help benefit relief efforts for Sandy. A lot of events have transpired in the last week, but there is still a lot of work to do (and fun to be had while at it). Please see below for a few links on upcoming events happening this week in NYC, and please do add any events or initiatives that you know … Read More

Decide Your Pie! Vote Your Favorite Recipe in Just Food’s Let Us Eat Local Contest

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It’s fall-like alright — the winds are cooler, the sun sets sooner, and there are apples, pears and pumpkins to put in your ovens from local farms. It’s basically time to think about making pie. Fortunately, we’ve got some inspiration from three bloggers who’ve already gone that route, to much success. Last week, I asked local food bloggers to post their best seasonal pie recipe for a chance to win two tickets to the fifth annual “Let Us Eat Local” … Read More

Blogging Contest: Make Your Best Seasonal Pie and Win Tickets to Just Food’s Let Us Eat Local

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Calling all food bloggers who love baking pies… I know there are many of you out there! This October 3 marks the fifth annual Let Us Eat Local fundraiser celebration for Just Food, the New York City-based food justice nonprofit. The event features tastings from the best restaurants in town, and toasts to local heroes of the good food movement. And this year, Just Food is introducing a pie contest where local businesses will compete with their best seasonally-inspired pies … Read More

Win Two Seats to Dinner with Mealku This Friday

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It’s time for a little giveaway! This Friday night, the new home-cooked food sharing cooperative, Mealku, will be hosting a dinner party in their Tribeca headquarters loft. The ingredients will be sourced by Local Roots CSA, to celebrate the harvest season at nearby farms. In keeping with the tradition of both CSAs and Mealku, the meal will be prepared by real people (the founders and pretty good cooks at Mealku, to be exact). They’d like to extend the invitation to … Read More

Check Out Vegetopolis at Pig Island This Saturday

I had a special request for the organizers of Pig Island, which is holding its third annual event this Saturday on Governors Island: “Can I do a vegetarian-only tent at the festival?” It was absurd, unlikely, and frankly, bewildering given that this is an event to celebrate whole pigs from local farms, which twenty-five of the best city’s chefs carve up and portion into unique tasting bites to serve to the crowds. But they said, “Sure!” And I’m very proud … Read More

The Hot Dogpling, and A Recap of the Great Hot Dog Cookoff

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Last Saturday was the seventh annual Great Hot Dog Cookoff, and it was a doggone success. With 30 chefs (including six professional businesses in their own category) making inventive hot dog creations for a good cause; some 700 people attending to eat, vote and drink; amazing volunteers; and Kelso Brewery gathered for the event, we raised more than $10,000 for the Food Bank For NYC. And had a pretty good time.

Sign Up For My Newsletter, Farmers Market Fix

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I got a serious farmers market fix yesterday: snap peas, snow peas, English peas, fava beans and strawberries. It truly is a great time of year to be eating from the surrounding regions of NYC! And there will be many more fresh treasures to come. This is the simple inspiration for a project I’m starting up, called Farmers Market Fix. It’s currently a weekly newsletter from me, offering some hot tips on what’s ripe for cooking at the Greenmarkets in … Read More

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