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Learn How to Cook Southern at Astor Center Classes July 18

If you want to learn to make hush puppies and stewed okra, the Astor Center has three classes coming up beginning July 18 taught by southerner Emily Casey that will show you how to cook southern. Click here for details.

Can Yankees learn to cook southern? I have my doubts. You have to be born in the South. Your gene pool and the terroir are both critical.

For a dose of real Southern cooking, you have to travel, to, say, Mississippi where Arthur Davis cooks up a mean batch of crispy, succulent fried bird. We visited his Country Store in Lorman, MS last fall. Food is served typical buffet-style, with biscuits, greens and the like.

The only fried chicken maker that may beat out Arthur is Willie Mae’s in New Orleans. Tucking into that bird is nothing short of orgasmic.

Here’s my video of Mr. Davis singing about his mama and his fried chicken:

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Wedding Foods at Astor Center March 11 Featuring Momofuko, Landmarc, Other Purveyors

Eat, drink, get married. Wedding bells are ringing at the Astor Center March 11 which is displaying festive wedding-friendly foods from the likes of Momofuku Milk Bar, Ronni-Sue’s Chocolates and The Cleaver Company.

Wedding cake. Photo by QuintanaRoo via flickr.

Wedding cake. Photo by QuintanaRoo via flickr.

Could one of these purveyors be your dream wedding caterer?

Tastings of food and champagne will be offered.

One couple will win a hands-on cooking class and dinner party complete with wine pairings for up to 14 guests, appropriate for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or a bachelor/bachelorette party.

Purchase tickets.

Astor Center
Location: All Four Spaces
Price: $15.00
Date: Thu, Mar 11th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 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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Events: Marshmallow Fluff Gets the Scholarly Treatment

What were your favorite childhood foods?

Mine were:

  1. Peanut butter and jelly
  2. Cheesecake
  3. Pizza

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Even as a kid, I didn’t have much of a sweet tooth. Candy? I could take it or leave it. But apparently lots of folks have fond memories of Marshmallow Fluff.

You can learn about the sticky sweet, a favorite among kids of all ages for the past 75 years, at a May 26 event at the Astor Center. The object of anti- and pro-fluff legislation, marshmallow fluff  remains an American icon. Apparently, even space shuttle astronauts chow down on fluffernutter--that iconic sandwich made from fluff and peanut butter.

The event is sponsored by Gastronomica, the very intellectual food journal. I’ve been to these forums and they’re great for true food zealots, especially anyone with a historical bent.

A fluff cocktail will be served, as well as fluffernutter sandwiches and other fluff-inspired snacks.

Marshmallow Fluff

Price: $25.00
Date: Tue, May 26th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Buy tickets.

Astor Center

399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.)
New York, NY
212 674 7501

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