Edible Brooklyn has always fostered feasting on our foodshed, but the philosophy leaps off the page during our fourth annual Eat Drink Local Week. The eight-day fest, which begins June 23, is celebrated not just by Edibles around the Tri-State area, but by hundreds of restaurants across the region that will offer special prix-fixe menus.
Since many toques are already hardcore locavore, we threw them a curve ball. With help from our online fans and followers, we identified eight local crops that go overlooked or underappreciated and asked the cooks to incorporate them. This year’s official ingredients: spinach, eggs, goat, radishes, porgy, fava beans, rosé and hops. Participating restaurants in Brooklyn include Bevacco in Brooklyn Heights, Buttermilk Channel and La Vara in Bococa, Palo Santo and al di la in Park Slope, James and Bar Corvo in Prospect Heights, iCi in Fort Greene and Parish Hall in Williamsburg.
As if you needed another reason to sup at any of these places, a portion of proceeds will be donated to GrowNYC—the folks who bring you the Greenmarket—and to City Harvest.
But eating out is just one way to dig in. Eat Drink Local Week also offers educated eaters:
• SNEAK PEEKS: Join us for a “Meet your Maker” evening at the Brooklyn Brewery on Wednesday, June 20. Groups will go behind the scenes at the Brewery and at three other nearby artisans: Toby’s Estate Coffee, NY Distilling Co. and Brooklyn Winery. Afterwards, rendezvous back at the Brewery for beers, sandwiches and story swapping. Tickets $20.
• LOCAPALOOZA: The Greenmarket is our house of worship so on Saturday June 23, join us at Brooklyn’s biggest—at Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza—for free chef demonstrations, tastings and giveaways—not to mention what might be the best farmers market in the galaxy. We expect a run on porgy.
• TREATS FOR TOTS: Got kids? Wednesday, June 27, we’re co-hosting a special station at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan called—what else— Eat Play Local Day. Indoctrinate eaters early with cooking demos by Whole Foods, Organic Valley and The Creative Kitchen. Admission included with the ticket price to CMOM.
• DEALS: Last but not least, we’ve partnered with wineries, breweries, bakeries, cheese shops and other food sellers and makers across the region, all of which will offer discounts during Eat Drink Local Week.
We hope you’re hungry. Get all the details at ediblemanhattan.com/edl