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.

    Hanukah Special: Liven up the Latke and Win This Sweet Machine (and Tickets to BK LatkeFest 2011)

    The winner of our latke recipe contest will have not just the honor of showing off his or her crispy creation at the event on December 19 alongside some of the city’s best chefs–tickets on sale now–but will also score the brand-new Breville 5-quart die-cast stand mixer at left. It doesn’t come with a grater attachment, sadly, but it can make some sweet cookies. In fact, check out this demo by Momofuku Milk chef Christina Tosi.

    Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, Chicken-n-Dumplings & Fried Pies–It’s the Menu for Wednesday’s Carolina Rice Kitchen Dinner

    Remember that South Carolina style dinner on Wednesday night at Bubby’s with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills we were telling you about this morning? We just got our hands on the menu, and all we can say is… damn, y’all! We were already drooling over the prospects of meeting one of the more forward-thinking folks in the American food industry, but now we just want to show up and eat. If we were you, we’d be buying tickets asap.

    Win Two Tickets to Dinner with Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills on Wednesday Night

    Sadly we can’t claim Anson Mills as our own local producer, but we’re damn proud to eat the product all the same. Owner Glenn Roberts, the South Carolina miller who runs the company, has got to be one of the most cutting-edge guys in the country when it comes to finding, sourcing and saving heirloom and artisanal grains like corn, wheat and rice–including many varieties that were nearly impossible to find.

    Tomorrow at Zuccotti Park, Marion Nestle and Anna Lappe Speak at Occupy Against Big Food; Plus 5 Articles to Read Before You Go

    For those seeking a way to use Occupy Wall Street as a way to discuss much-needed shifts in public food policy, be sure to head to the entrance of Zuccotti Park at 140 Broadway tomorrow at 1 p.m. for “Occupy Against Big Food.” If you can’t attend–it goes till 4 p.m.–Food Democracy Now is asking you to at least write a message of support for event. They’ve also sent out a list of interesting articles about Occupy and its relationship to food policy and reform, which we’re going to post right here.

    Worth a Trip to the Northside: The Brooklyn Box Set

    Last spring when we were doing research for our profile of Garrett Oliver, the brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewery, we spoke to the obvious folks: Other respected craft brewers, bar owners, beverage writers and experts in the beverage. But unlike most brewer write-ups, this particular piece required a call to the editors at Oxford University Press, that ultra-prestigious publishing house that puts out every-thing-you-wanted-to-know tomes on food and drink.

    What are You Drinking Now? Your Answer Could Score Tickets to Edible Manhattan’s First Cocktail Party of 2012

    Our biggest events of the year, held in conjunction with Edible Manhattan, are the annual Uncorked and Good Beer, two massive tastings at BAM that focus on locally made wines and the region’s best craft beers and breweries, as well as the foods that go with them. But we don’t want to give Manhattan (or local distillers and liquor importers) short shrift, and that’s why together we put together a series of smaller cocktail-centered fests called Good Spirits

    Putting a Name to What Pops up in Prospect Park: City Room’s Mushroom Photo ID Series

    Foragers and fans of Prospect Park’s ravine know wet fall weather has led to a bumper crop of mushrooms, so much so that the New York Times City Room asked readers to send in photos of their finds. They tapped mycologist and New Yorker Gary Lincoff–he’s the author of the Audubon Society’s Field Guide to North American Mushrooms–to ID them, and the 19 photos from his first fascinating report are now up online right here.

    Enter Your Favorite Latke Recipe to Win a Breville 5-Quart Die-Cast Stand Mixer

    In case you missed the call for entries in our current issue, we wanted to let you know we’re on the lookout for fantastic recipes for latkes. That’s potato pancakes, for all you goyim out there, those crispy-fried patties traditionally made during Chanukah–and, for the third year in a row, at the catering company Great Performances’ annual city Latke Festival and cook-off. We’re co-hosts of this years, which will arrive at BAM for a night of grease-splattered goodness on December 19.

    $5 D.I.Y Dairy Tomorrow Night: The Art of Affinage, Butter-Churning and Cheese Plate Perfection

    Learn the art of affinage, the path to perfect cheese plates and how to churn your own butter tomorrow night in our latest installment of the How-To series at Brooklyn Brewery. Anne Saxelby from Saxelby Cheesemongers in Essex Market (and her new caves in Red Hook) will be speaking about aging cheese, fromager Tia Keenan will help you compose a cheese course, and folks from Organic Valley will show you how to make that butter. Better still, it’s just $5. Buy those amazingly priced tickets right here.