Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.

    The Hendrick’s Gin Cartoon Caption Contest: Winners Get Two Tickets to an Invite-Only Edible Dinner in “The Enchanted Forest”

    With apologies to the New Yorker, we’re pleased as Hot Gin Punch to present the Hendrick’s Gin cartoon caption contest. With help from this artisanal, small-batch gin, we’re offering three lucky readers who can best caption the image above two seats apiece to an invitation-only Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook dinner inside “The Hendrick’s Enchanted Forest,” the pretty awesome indoor forest installation they’re bringing to Brooklyn for the very first time.

    DIY Gifts (Including Your Own) at The BUST Craftacular and Food Fair

    Nothing beats a homemade gift during the holidays. It saves the giver the stress associated with holiday shopping–but more importantly it endears givers to receivers with the thought of the time and effort that went into that one-of-a-kind gift. So get crafty! Start by hitting the 7th Annual BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair at 82 Mercer in Manhattan on Saturday, December 10 from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday, December 11 from 11 am to 7 pm.

    Clean Up the Gowanus Canal on Saturday… by Eating Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, Cole Slaw with Pickled Pepper Vinaigrette and Buttermilk & Honey Cornbread

    From our point of view, it’s appropriate that The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hosting a Winter Festival this Saturday rather than an ordinary old summer shindig. Everybody has one of those, and it somehow seems fitting to raise funds for a funky little overlooked waterway by throwing a dinner party and concert at a time when most waterfronts are shuttering up for the cold months ahead. But Brooklyn’s only canal has always done its own thing and been its own kind of place.

    Greenmarket Hosts its First-Ever Dance Party, a Fundraiser for Farms

    In the past we’ve always worn heels to the Greenmarket’s swanky annual fundraiser–usually held at some fine hall in Manhattan–but this time around we’re considering more practical footwear. In conjunction with Harvest Home, another non-profit group that runs farmers’ markets in the city, they’re hosting their first-ever dance party next Wednesday night, December 7th at the Bell House in Gowanus.

    Tune in to Heritage at 6 p.m. Today to Hear Brewed Awakening Author Joshua Bernstein Take on These Questions

    It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for The Matt & Rachel Show at 6 p.m. on Heritage Radio Network. Today’s guest on our trivia-centric game show is Joshua Bernstein, the author of the brand-new book of craft beer called Brewed Awakening and a frequent contributor to Edible Brooklyn. Listen up to hear him talk about current brewing trends and learn the answers to pressing beer-centric queries such as….

    These Readers Really Know How to Drink, and One of Them Scored Passes to Good Spirits (Discounted Early Bird Ticks on Sale Now!)

    A few weeks back we asked you to tell us what seasonally and locally inspired cocktails you’re drinking now, with the idea that the reader with the best answer would score two tickets to our winter Good Spirits, the next in a series of seasonal cocktail parties we host in tandem with Edible Manhattan. As usual your answers put our own drinking habits to shame.

    Our Antidote to Excess: Roman’s Puntarelle con Salsa di Acciughe

    Years ago, long before I’d ever been to Italy, I found a copy of the 2001 cookbook Saveur Cooks Authentic Italian: Savoring the Recipes and Traditions of the World’s Favorite Cuisine. I took to the tome like I was a 13-year-old who stumbled across some dimestore bodice ripper. In other words, I devoured every page. And in particular, I was taken with a salad called Puntarelle con Salsa di Acciughe.

    On Black Friday, a Look Back at What the Church of Stop Shopping Has in the Fridge

    Considering that today is essentially national shopping day–hence a nice shot of the queue in front of Best Buy above the fold on the Times–we thought we’d point you to a blast from the past: Gabrielle Langholtz’s 2009 Brooklyn Fridge profile of Bill Talen, also known as “Reverend Billy,” who helms an anti-consumption congregation he calls the Church of Stop Shopping.

    Pass the Rolls, Praise Your Host and Don’t Forget the Pickle Platter; It’s Thanksgiving in Brooklyn

    May your your cornbread stuffing contain loads of briny East End oysters, and your cranberries be from local bogs. Here’s to the result of those trips home from the Greenmarket with Long Island cheese pumpkins, Jersey Brussels sprouts and Upstate bacon. Pass the rolls, praise the host and don’t forget the pickle platter, without it, it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Brooklyn.

    It’s Game Day for Grocers, So Be Kind to Your Clerk! And Read These Reports from the Scrum

    While many among us will spend the day goofing off at our desk jobs dreaming of the enormous meal ahead; shopping for the enormous meal ahead; or languishing in LaGuardia to make it in the nick of time to the enormous meal ahead, today is generally one of the busiest days of the year for most markets–be they Green or Whole. As you wait for those cranberries to caramelize, we’d like to offer some reading materials from posts past at our sister pub, Edible Manhattan.

    The Clover Club’s Franky Marshall’s Advances in the Can-Can Classic, Courtesy Her “Le Vert en Verre”

    You might recall that way back in April–when Spring foods were just beginning to appear–we sent out a call to Brooklyn’s professional mixologists to enter the fourth annual St. Germain elderflower liqueur Can-Can Classic Contest, a seasonal cocktail competition being co-sponsored by our parent publisher Edible Communities.