Opening Night with Umami Festival

We love Umami, and that’s not just because we like how it tastes. Our friends at Umami Festival view food through the lens of art with an innovative, problem-solving mission. Eternally seeking individuals who employ novel approaches in their creative works, and make use of food as both a medium and a subject, Umami Festival provides an arena in which artists and food professionals can collaborate.

That’s why we’ve enlisted their help for this year’s opening night fete, Food + Growing + Music, where we’ll celebrate the interconnected nature of art and food with a congress of creatives, foodies and creative foodies. On hand, beneath the bustling ground level of the Wythe Hotel, you’ll find work-song musicians Bennett Konesni and Edith Gawler of the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm as well as artist Leah Gauthier, chef-artist Anne Apparu and Quinciple co-founder Kate Galassi who’ve joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind site-specific installation. Get your tickets here

Because, we weren’t kidding, we really do love Umami also check out our Umami: Talk & Tasting with special guests biophysicist Ole G. Mouritsen and Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pamela Yung of Chez Jose on Sunday, April 27th! 

#tbt to this year’s Foodieodicals 2013. Come to this years Foodieodicals gathering and get a free Brooklyn Brewery beer and snacks from Quinciple with your $5 ticket! @brooklynbrewery @dinerjournal @quinciple

#tbt to this year’s Foodieodicals 2013. Come to this years Foodieodicals gathering and get a free Brooklyn Brewery beer and snacks from Quinciple with your $5 ticket! @brooklynbrewery @dinerjournal @quinciple

Food Book Farm: An Interactive Schoolyard at Smorgasburg

Name that poop! Play this game, and many more at Food Book Farm on Saturday, April 27th. FBF has teamed up with the great outdoor artisanal food market and Organic Valley to present an interactive schoolyard. Targeted towards kids, but appealing to anyone with a soft spot, Food Book Farm includes lots of animals (chickens, rabbits, and young dairy goats), an observation beehive, butter-making and milking stations, temporary tattoos, hula hoops, Organic Valley milk with cookies, and a reading corner. Bring your kids — and yourselves! See more details here: http://bit.ly/1o46RXG

Bagel lunchin’ #bagels #brooklyn #hardearnedlunch

Bagel lunchin’ #bagels #brooklyn #hardearnedlunch

The 2014 Food Book Fair Diner Journal Poster, can you guess what’s on the toast? Come meet them at our Foodieodicals, Saturday, April 26th and get a free Brooklyn Brewery beer! @dinerjournal @brooklynbrewery #fbf2014 #toast #dinerjournal #foodieodicals

The 2014 Food Book Fair Diner Journal Poster, can you guess what’s on the toast? Come meet them at our Foodieodicals, Saturday, April 26th and get a free Brooklyn Brewery beer! @dinerjournal @brooklynbrewery #fbf2014 #toast #dinerjournal #foodieodicals

The faces of our Food + Race Panel, Saturday, April 26th. Clockwise from top left moderator Evelyn Kim and panelists Bryant Terry, Jonathan Wu, Coleen Vincent & Fany Gerson #foodandrace #fbf2014 #panelists

The faces of our Food + Race Panel, Saturday, April 26th. Clockwise from top left moderator Evelyn Kim and panelists Bryant Terry, Jonathan Wu, Coleen Vincent & Fany Gerson #foodandrace #fbf2014 #panelists

Meet Scott Chaskey: Spiritual Father of the Community Farming Movement

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Combining a sincere love of the land and a studied scientific perspective about plants, soils, and seeds, Scott Chaskey seems like one of the most authentic farmers we know. Dubbed the “spiritual father of the community farming movement,” he has been involved in CSAs long before they became trendy.

The poet-farmer is also the author of a recent book published by Rodale BooksSeedtime, which combines history, politics, botany, literature, mythology, and memoir to relate the story of the importance of seeds. Seedtime will be available at the Wythe Hotel bookstore starting on Friday!

Chaskey will discuss the benefits, and challenges, of scaling up local and organic food production with Theresa Marquez and Margaret Gray at Food + Farming + Scale. Get your tickets to this dynamite panel: http://bit.ly/1s3em0D

For a sneak peek before the fair, hear Scott on Heritage Radio Network’s Farm Report tomorrow! 

Noble Rot #wine #music #noblerot

Noble Rot #wine #music #noblerot

Malted Madness at FBF 2014

We’d argue that on a gorgeous spring day, nothing hits the spot like a cold beer … or how about twenty cold beers? For this year’s Brew Pub,in a reprise of his Performa 11 installation Portland artist Eric Steen,gathered a band of two dozen “amateur expert” home brewers to concoct some Williamsburg-informed brews. You’ll have a chance to chat with these brewers and sample their one-of-a-kind selections—a beer-elitist’s dream come true, we think. Get your tickets here!

In the spirit of malted revelry, beer-obsessed Justin Kennedy will feature his SAVEUR.COM beer column, The Brew, at our Foodieodicals event. And that’s not all! Steve Hindy, co-founder of Brooklyn Brewery will be on hand at this year’s fair. This Williamsburg beer expert founded Brooklyn’s best known brewery after picking up some skills during a six-year stay in the Middle East. Hindy will talk business in the context of brews at our Food + Social Entrepreneurship Panel Sunday, April 27th!

Food and Race: The Third Rail of American Food?

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Food and Race: Where do we even start? There’s certainly no shortage of provocative conversation when it comes the subject. Going out to dinner to sample “ethnic food,” staking out the cheap eats in Flushing, or deciding that collard greens are “The New Kale” are all points of engagement with these issues. And often times, we’re not even conscious of our contact with them.

Join us on April 26th to unpack hot-button issues tied to the racial symbolism of food. On hand to kindle the fire: Bryant Terry, Fany Gerson, Colleen Vincent, Jonathan Wu, and Evelyn Kim.

All of our panelists think deeply about how food and race are intertwined. Bryant Terry—an African American—is an eco-chef and food justice activist who celebrates the food of the African diaspora in a healthful way. A Mexican American, Fany Gerson is considered one of the country’s most knowledgeable voices on Mexican confections. Colleen Vincent, a Carribbean-American, is involved in hospitality at the James Beard Foundation; and Jonathan Wu is a chef who reinvents Chinese food based on his cultural upbringing. Evelyn Kim will moderate.

If you love food and enjoy thinking about big picture issues, this panel is for you. Tickets are going! Get them before they’re gone: http://bit.ly/1h2lP7t