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New York Pickle Day Set for Oct. 4

Photo:  Ilovepickles.org

Photo: Ilovepickles.org

Update:

If you really love pickles, see what the Museum of Natural History planning doing Oct. 13.


Love pickles?

This year’s Ninth Annual NYC International Pickle Day, slated for Oct. 4, promises more free briny tidbits than ever before.

From India to Haiti—and yes, as close by as the Lower East Side—pickled tidbits from around the world will be on hand.  If they can brine it, you can taste it.

Here’s a sampling:

  • Kosher dills (of course!)
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Okra
  • Cabbage
  • Fish
  • Carrots
  • Beans,
  • Eggs
  • Mangos
  • Beets

The festival operates under tents, rain or shine.

Date: Oct. 4

Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Place: The parking lot on Broome Street, between Essex and Ludlow

There’s free valet bike parking.

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Ice Cream Event at New York’s Astor Center Slated for Sept. 1

Van Leeuwen ice cream truck draws crowds.

Van Leeuwen ice cream truck.

I scream, you scream.  Yeah, yeah, yeah. OK, who doesn’t love ice cream? In fact, I love it so much, I have a book coming out next year on the history of ice cream around the world.

Meanwhile, if you want to get your licks in on this delicious subject, come hear Jeri Quinzio talk about ice cream history at the Astor Center.  I’ve read Quinzio’s book, which is a well-researched treatment of ice cream’s journey from elite treat to a dessert for the masses.  Starting with the French and Italians way back in the 16th century, Quinzio walks you through ice cream legends and lore.

Bored by history? Ben Van Leeuwen will teach you how to make ice cream at home that resembles the lucious varities he dishes out from his sunny yellow trucks.

Here’s the info:

Slow U: Ice Cream, from Sugar and Snow
with TheDairyShow.com , Slow Food NYC, Jeri Quinzio, Ben Van Leeuwen

Location: The Study
Price: $45.00
Date: Tue, Sep 1st, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Cocktails in the Morning: The Mixologist’s Greenmarket Tour

I don’t know about you, but I go for coffee, not cocktails in the morning. Still, this Slow Food Greenmarket and cocktails event is a chance to spend the morning roaming the Union Square Greenmarket with a mixologist to gather ingredients for cocktails to be served later in the day at Astor Center.

Watermelon cocktail is a refreshing summer drink. Photo: jspatchwork via flickr.

Photo: jspatchwork via flickr.at Astor Center.

Here are the details:

What: For early rising cocktail mavens, join Allen Katz, master mixologist and former Chair of the Slow Food USA Board, on his preparatory shopping tour at Greenmarket. Sample fresh, local vegetables, fruits, and herbs and imagine, with Allen, the mixology magic that he’ll work later during the evening at the Greenmarket Inspired Mixology event at Astor Place.

Space is extremely limited.

Where: Union Square Greenmarket – Meet at the George Washington equestrian statue at the south end of Union Square.

When: Wed., Aug. 12, 8:30 am – 10:00 am (rain or shine)

Tickets: Available ONLY On-line at:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/73283

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Father’s Day: NY Beer and Chocolate Class

Father’s Day chocolate cupcakes. Photo by  Sugar Daze (f/k/a LittleMissCupcakeParis) via Flickr.

What Dad doesn’t love beer and chocolate?  You can pair the two in a special Father’s Day class. Or if your Dad is a cocktail maven, sign him up for a class on how to mix classics like the Grasshopper and the Pink Lady.

Take a look at these Father’s Day ideas:

Is that Chocolate in My Beer?

What: An afternoon of chocolate and beer. You’ll learn about the many varieties of cocoa beans and chocolate, how the Aztec and Maya discovered chocolate, and how to make your own chocolate bars from the bean. Learn all of this with Nat Bletter, who has studied and made chocolate for over 5 years.

In the class everyone will participate in making chocolate bars from scratch after a short talk on the history of chocolate with some tastings, and you’ll go home with recipes and a bar of chocolate.

Where: Jimmy’s No. 43 – 43 East 7th street (downstairs), Manhattan

When: Sunday, June 21, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Who: Jimmy Carbone, owner of Jimmy’s 43, fine beer aficionado and originator of the Good Beer Seal of Approval will pair Nat’s homemade chocolate with a selection of artisanal beers.

How Much: Admission: Slow Food Members – $30
Non members – $35
Tickets: Available on-line only at BrownPaperTickets.com
Proceeds will go towards Slow Food NYC’s Harvest Time in Schools Program.


The Evolution of Cocktails Post Prohibition through Today

What: Prohibition was a boon to cocktail culture as we know it.  But many of the era’s delicious concoctions have since fallen out of fashion. Rediscover iconic cocktails such as The Grasshopper, The Pink Lady, and others. In this hands-on workshop you’ll find out how to craft these historic libations while learning the fun, factual and mythical back-stories on the ghosts of cocktails past, and how their recipes have evolved over time.

Who: Mixologist Charles Hardwick of Blue Owl Cocktail Room

Where: Location: The Study, The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. at East 4th St.  212 674 7501

When: Sat, Jun 27th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

How Much:
$65.00.  Click here for tickets.

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New York City Outdoor Dining Options Abound

A few days ago, I listed some Upper West Side spots where you can eat outdoors in the warm weather months.  Elsewhere around New York, sidewalk cafes and garden terraces also abound.  Here are a few choices:

What are your favorite outdoor dining spots?

Alto
11 East 53rd Street , 212-308-1099

This is the first summer that Alto has offered outdoor dining. You can sit outside and tuck into lush dishes like tortellini con ortica e ricotta, porri e aglio verde (buffalo milk ricotta and nettle tortellini, baby leeks, green garlic puree).

BLT Market
1430 Avenue of the Americas, 212-521-6125

While gazing at Central Park from the 40-seat sidewalk patio, you can sample seasonal fare like pea & ricotta ravioli with spicy sausage and mint.

Convivio
45 Tudor City Place, 212-599-5045

Even at night, the lush plantings and gardens adorning Tudor City are calming.  If you’re seated at Convivo’s cobblestone patio, you can savor this touch of greenery as well as dishes  like maccheroni alla carbonarain.

Cookshop
156 Tenth Avenue, 212-924-4400

Sit outside in this Chelsea spot and tuck into homey fare like a grilled grass-fed burger with twice-smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, chipotle ketchup and mayonnaise or Hudson Valley rabbit with creamy polenta and spring onion salsa.

Studio Square Beer Garden
35-33 36th Street, Long Island City, 718-383-1001

This 18,000 sq. ft. beer garden boasts communal picnic tables and iron fire pits. To accompany the beer garden’s 15 imported domestic and craft beers, there are beer hall favorites like  German bratwurst and pub grub like pulled pork sandwiches.

Table 8
Cooper Square Hotel, 25 Cooper Square, 212-475-3400

This new outpost sports a second-floor terrace as well as a 40-seat garden patio for chosing from a menu that’s primarily comprised of small plates.

Related

Upper West Side Outdoor Dining Blooms with Warmer Weather

New Beer Garden to Open in LI City

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