Coming Up: Food and Social Media

Afternoonsnack On Friday, February, I will be moderating "Afternoon Snack," a panel discussion on the intersection of food and social media. The panel, which is part of Social Media Week, will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m at the Whole Foods Market Bowery, 95 East Houston Street.

The panelists include Liza Mosquito de Guia, Founder & Chief Storyteller, food. curated, Cathy Erway, Not Eating Out in New York, Nick Fauchald, editor-in-chief, Tasting Table, Emily Fleischaker, Associate Multimedia Editor,  Bon Appétit, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Food52, Nicole Taylor, host, Hot Grease, Heritage Radio Network, and moderator Josh Friedland (me), Editor & Publisher, The Food Section & GastroBuzz. Milk and cookies will be served.

Word is that the (free) tickets are going fast, so reserve a spot here now before they run out (more details).


Buy a Pastry, Help Haiti

Haiti_bake v4 Calling all Bay Area eaters: One time TFS guest-editor Samin Nosrat is organizing a fundraiser for Haiti.

Buy some sweets at this multi-location bakesale (Pizzaiolo, 5008 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland; Gioia Pizzeria, 586 Hopkins Street, Berkeley; Bi-Rite Market, 3639 18th Street, San Francisco) on Saturday, January 23, and help out the earthquake victims.

All proceeds will be donated to Dr. Paul Farmer’s Partners-In-Health (more details).


Agenda: Let's Talk About Food Writing

Brillat-savarin A food writing conference featuring leading journalists, cookbook authors, and other food media folk will convene at the Roger Smith Hotel (501 Lexington Ave.) in New York City on February 12 to 14.

On the table for discussion: the craft of food writing, the future of food writing and cookbook publishing and amaid the rise of the Internet, and the eternal question (at least for me): "How to make a living as a food writer?"

$195 per person, plus additional fees for writing workshops (more details).


Dispatches from the Bay: Makin' Bacon


With advertising that urged bacon lovers of the world to unite and that featured images of that most fragrant of fats frying up in a skillet, there was no mistaking that the cooking workshop, "Makin’ Bacon 2," held last Sunday in San Francisco, was a true love letter to bacon and its close cousin pork sausage.

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Visualizing the New York Wine and Food Festival

In case you did not attend, here's an illustrated guide to last weekend's New York Wine and Food Festival.

Innovations in Public Relations: The Oyster "Flu Shot"

Flushots With a press release promoting "Tasty Flu Shots You Won’t Mind Injecting," Queens seafood restaurant London Lennies is seeking to capitalize on flu season by "administering flu shots orally" beginning next week.

Mind you, there's no actual vaccine being given. Just a chef mixing you a mouthful of oysters, gazpacho, and tequila.

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Western-Posterweb Matt Timms, the gastro-impresario behind various food "takedowns" (chili, fondue, bacon, etc.), is now turning his attention to lamb.

At his upcoming "Lamb Takedown," taking place on October 4th at the Highline Ballroom, contestants will prepare some 20 different lamb recipes. For $15, you can taste all of them and vote for the winner. [more details]


Rugelach 101

rugelach On Friday, August 28, the French Culinary Institute’s International Culinary Center (462 Broadway at Grand Street) will present a course on the essentials of Jewish holiday baking. Learn how to master everything from making fruit-filled hamantashen to bow-tie-shaped kichel (not to mention rugelach, mandelbrot, and honey cakes). Your bubby will be so proud. [more details]

For more events this week and beyond, visit the complete Agenda Calendar. Know about an upcoming food and wine event? Submit a listing here free of charge.


Do You Know Your Food Trivia?


"Edible Pursuit," an evening of food trivia quizzing (plus dinner and beer) will take place on August 26 at Roberta's Pizza in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The inaugural edition of this event, which originated in San Francisco, is presented by the local food magazine Edible Brooklyn. Single players and teams will be tested for their knowledge of Brooklyn's food history, pizza traditions, and pie-making. Prizes include wine and beer, cookbooks, restaurant gift certificates, and other treats. [more details]

For more events this week and beyond, visit the complete Agenda Calendar. Know about an upcoming food and wine event? Submit a listing here free of charge.


Coming Up: New Amsterdam Market


The fledgling New Amsterdam Market has announced that it will hold a series of monthly, one-day markets beginning on Sunday, September 13, and continuing on October 25, November 22, and December 20 at the South Street Seaport.

Previous editions of the market have included local New York purveyors Saxelby Cheesemongers, Marlow and Sons, Dickson's Farmstand Meats, BoBo Poultry, and Hot Bread Kitchen.

The September market day coincides with New York City's Harbor Day celebration, honors the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage to the New World. New Amsterdam Market and its diverse vendors will join the Harbor Day festivities by representing the agricultural bounty of the lands visited by Hudson in 1609. The market will feature seasonal produce, meats and dairy, wild-gathered greens, breads, cheeses and cured meats, fruits, wine, and cider from Northeast producers, with an emphasis on Hudson Valley sources. [more details]