Chocolate 101 with Askinosie Chocolate
Fri. June 26 | noon @ ABC Home, 888 Broadway, Union Square, Manhattan
Chocolate tastings & conversation with Lawren Askinosie, who, with her father, has created Askinosie Chocolate, a six-time international chocolate award winner. Lawren will guide you through a full chocolate tasting and chocolate palette tour. She will share the global, bean-to-bar process of creating their superb chocolate, as well as share stories with us from their inspiring Chocolate University program. Askinosie Chocolate is the only chocolate to practice direct trade on four continents.
Tickets are $32. Each participant receives a box of chocolates as part of the ticket price.
Union Square Greenmarket Seafood Fest
Fri. June 26 | 11 am to 8 pm @ Union Square
Grow NYC’s Union Square Greenmarket will host its very first Seafood Fest in partnership with Sustainable Seafood Week and Village Fishmonger. Seafood Fest will highlight local restaurants selling prepared dishes that feature sustainably caught seafood from the northeast seaboard. Restaurants will join the regular Friday Greenmarket line up and serve seasonally inspired seafood dishes at lunchtime, from 11 am – 2 pm, with live music provided by The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn. Plus, the market will extend its regular hours until 8 pm and from 4-8 pm restaurants will serve their dishes inside a beer garden selling local beer, wine and hard cider which will be located at the north end of Union Square. Live music for the evening will be provided by Ray Mantilla courtesy of The Jazz Foundation.
This event is free and open to the public, food and drink will be available to purchase from individual stands. Visit the Seafood Fest page for more details.
Upstate Escape: Spend a Day on the Farm
Sat. June 28 | Pickup at 9:30 am @ Kimmel Center NYU, 60 Washington Sq South, Manhattan
Take a ride out of the city and spend that day at Fishkill Farms. During a hayride tour of the farm you’ll cover 20 acres of diverse vegetable plantings, sprawling apple orchards, several berry patches, three greenhouses, and pasture-raised hens. Then, enjoy a picnic made with farm fresh produce and local ingredients featuring roasted turkey salad, roasted veggies, black beans over polenta, and more.
Renegade Craft Fair Pop-up
Saturdays in June | 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The ridiculously popular Renegade Craft Fair Pop-Ups will be staging a series of pop-ups every Saturday outdoors this June at the lovely East River State Park, right next to Smorgasburg. As always, they will feature a thoughtfully curated selection of today’s finest independent Makers. Check out this year’s line up of 350+ talented Makers, Artists, workshops and more here. Lauren Simkin Berke will be dispensing drawings, hand-lettered notes and transcriptions with influence and inspiration from the crowd each Saturday as a nice handcrafted memento of your day on the waterfront. At the June 27th Pop-Up, Melissa Diaz, invites attendees to enter and explore her interactive hut, where attendees can weave and blend their own creations onto the structure using materials on-hand.
Sat. June 28th | 1 to 4 pm and thereafter bi-weekly on Saturdays
The natural and organic beauty store Bottega Organica is hosting complimentary mini facial treatments at their West Village flagship store! These 10-minute skin-soothing facials are customized according to skin type (also performed by a local licensed esthetician) and will leave you looking positively radiant. They’ll include a free lip balm of your choice (soothing St. John’s wort, refreshing peppermint, or nourishing vanilla) with any $200+ purchase on each Saturday they do these treatments. Plus, they’ll provide organic Chardonnay from their sister restaurant Quartino and their signature organic herbal hot teas.
To book your appointment, send a note to email@example.com with the subject “Mini facial appointment!” with a preferred time.
Sun. June 28 | 2 to 4 pm @ Transmitter Park, Greenpoint
Join Freeheart Project for an inspiring, peaceful afternoon of dreamweaving by the water. Native American culture believes the dream catcher absorbs your dreams, channeling positive dreams down to the person below, while negative dreams expire when struck by the sun. This class will teach you about sacred traditions and guide the creation of you very own dream catcher, made with spring cherry blossom branches and cruelty-free feathers. Workshops are led by Ashley Glynn, an artist and creative spirit who is inspired by her deep connection to the natural world, Native American heritage, and mysticism. All materials and snacks are included, but please bring any special items you would like to incorporate in your own unique dreamweaving (stones, feathers, sticks, charms, ribbons, etc.)
Rooftop Farm Yoga
Every Mon. | 6:30 to 7:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Navy Yard, Brooklyn
Every Monday head to the roof for some fresh air and loosen up with Sarah Schumann of Prospect Heights’ Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center. These asana sessions are open to practitioners of all levels. Classes will be held on the Brooklyn Grange’s spacious paved patio at dusk, so that attendees can enjoy the herb-scented breeze as the sun sets behind the Manhattan skyline.
Energy Boost Detox with Dr. Drew Ramsey
Wed. July 1 | 6:30 pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Flushing Ave. at Clinton Avenue
Get your motor humming juiced with a dose of real medicine from the Brooklyn Grange Farmacy. This workshop will help you eliminate the top sources of toxins in your life/food and teach you what foods boosts your body’s amazing innate detoxification system. Learn. Pick. Eat. Detox. Led by Drew Ramsey, MD, psychiatrist, farmer, and #brainfood pusher. He’s the assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and co-author of 50 Shade of Kale and The Happiness Diet.
Thurs. July 30th | 6 to 9 pm @ Hudson Mercantile, 500 West 36th Street, Manhattan
Edible Manhattan is pairing up your favorite craft breweries with some of the most delicious food from the city’s most talented chefs and food artisans, including Brooklyn Brewery, Communal Oven & Earth, Gramercy Tavern, Heartland Brewery, Jimmy’s No. 43, KelSo Brewery, Monument Lane, Whole Foods Market, Fire Cider, Green Mountain Energy, Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Radeberger and more … And this year, attendees will be able to purchase bottles or cans of their favorite beers to take home.
Tickets are $45 to $75
If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!