Saturday, January 30 | 7 pm @ Littlefield
Poor Gowanus Canal. So polluted and toxic, it deserves a little love. Drop by Littlefield (located a safe distance from the Gowanus Canal itself) for Antifreeze 2016, a fundraising gala in support of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to cleaning up and beautifying the canal and its surroundings. There will be food provided by local faves Lot 2, Fleisher’s and Runner & Stone, Brooklyn Brewery beer, live swinging gypsy jazz from The Hot Club of Bushwick, a silent auction featuring Brooklyn-themed goodies on the block, a late-night DJ set, and general good times to be had by all. Tickets to the post-dinner dance party start at $20, while $125 will buy you dinner, a beer, a Conservancy membership, and that good feeling that comes with supporting a great local cause.
NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise
Every Sunday from January 10th – March 13th | Boards: 11:45AM, Sails: 12:00-2:00PM @ Pier 16 in historic South Street Seaport, Downtown Manhattan
Step aboard for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Look for harbor seals and learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including long-tailed ducks, geese, common loons, and sandpipers on this environment themed New York harbor cruise.
Foraged Cocktails Week
January 25 – 31 @ Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, Manhattan
Winter is a wonderful time to sample the many artisan spirits that are entering the market and Jimmy’s will welcome some of the region’s (and world’s) best whiskeys, mezcals, brandies and more for a full week of tastings and programming. Inspired by Amy Zavatto’s new book, Forager’s Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients, Foraged Cocktails Week will offer the freshest and best ingredients for custom cocktails as well as many guided tastings by the distillers themselves. Among the programming (subject to change): Robert Burns Night and Whiskey Prix Fixe Tasting, Spirits Sampling and Meet-and-Greet with custom cocktails, Foraged Cocktails Salon. More events to come!
“Champagne” and Oysters
Thursday, February 4th | 7 – 9 pm @ Brooklyn Oenology, 209 Wythe Ave (btn N 3rd & N 4th), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Champagne and oysters go hand in hand. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a local take on this classic pairing? Join Slow Food NYC for a talk and tasting as you sample four sparkling wines from NY state paired with a dozen of the freshest local oysters. Learn the characteristics of each wine and how sparkling wines are made, plus hear about the unique flavor profile of each oyster and find out how oysters are grown and harvested. You’ll try wines from Brooklyn Oenology and Sparkling Pointe, along with two or three different varieties of local oysters provided by W&T Seafood. Proceeds from this event support the programs of Slow Food NYC, including the Urban Harvest program of good food education for NYC kids at schools in the South Bronx, Harlem, Lower East Side, and Brooklyn, as well as a summer urban farm in Brooklyn.
Good Food Documentary: Sustainable Table
Wednesday, February 9th | @ Park Slope Food Co-Op, 782 Union Street, Brooklyn
Over nine months, director Mischa Hedges and his crew traveled the west coast to learn more about our food system. While interviewing farmers, agricultural experts, nutritionists and activists, Mischa and his team learned that the standard methods of producing food do not take environmental or human health costs into consideration.They also spoke with farmers who are practicing more sustainable methods of producing food, and learned of the many alternatives to conventional agriculture. The result is a 52 minute documentary that takes an unadulterated look into the food you eat, and how you can make a difference to your health and the environment by the food choices you make. What’s on your plate? Where does it come from? What effects does it have on the environment and your body? What can you do to help?
Free and open to the public. More info.
Sierra Club: Population and Climate Change
Thursday, February 10 | 6:40 pm @ SEAFARERS AND INTERNATIONAL HOUSE, 123 E. 15th St, corner of Irving Place, Manhattan
Elizabeth Burleson, Burleson Institute and Legal Advisor to IUCN Climate Talks, “Population and Water/Environment” and Mark Harris, author of Grave Matters, A Journey to A Natural Way of Burial,“NYS End of Life Options will give a talk on how population affects climate change.
Saturday, February 13 | 11-3pm @ Kremer Pigments, 247 W 29th St (between 7th and 8th Aves), Manhattan
The Dogwood Dyer has quit NYC, but is back for a special workshop this February! Unlike most modern indigo dye vats that are prepared quickly with a chemical reducing agent, this workshop will use only sugar and natural ingredients to activate the indigo dyeing power of our vat. It is based on the traditional vats of Morocco, India and Provence and was developed and revived by Michel Garcia, one of the world’s leading experts on natural dye traditions. No previous dyeing knowledge necessary. Each participant will leave with various types of indigo dyed fabrics. Each participant may also bring a small or medium sized garment of natural fabric (wool, silk, cotton, linen, hemp, etc.) to dye in the vat. (leather and shoes made of natural materials will work too!) Each participant will also leave with a resources list and instructional guide on how to repeat the process at home.
Thursday, March 3 | 6 pm to 9 pm @ 608 West 28th Street
Round out the winter season and warm up with a cocktail prepared by one of the many talented mixologists from celebrated local, national, and international spirit brands, in this annual event by Edible Manhattan. It’s your chance to try out the many spirit offerings making their debut in the city, as well as the trusty and true — in one evening, under one roof. These cocktails will be expertly paired with top-notch tastes from some of New York City’s most acclaimed and up-and-coming chefs and food artisans.
The Value of Food
Thru April 3 @ The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan
The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet is an art exhibition hosted by the Cathedral, in keeping with its long history of engagement with issues of social justice, the environment, support for the arts, and community involvement. Guest curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, the exhibition focuses on food security, accessibility, and sustainability by bringing together artists who not only grapple with these issues, but also actively engage the audience. Installed in the bays and chapels inside the Cathedral, as well as throughout the gardens, the exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections: Water, Soil, Seed, Farm, Market, Meal, and Waste—a reflection of the cycle of food production. Additionally, the Cathedral will host a number of presentations and workshops by speakers who make community outreach and participation a central part of their practice. These programs will include—but are not limited to—panels on urban farming, labor rights, the history of the dishes that many of us know and love, and the relationships between food and faith.
CSDS Sustainability Crash Course 2016
Saturday, April 2, 9 am – 5 pm @ Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Engineering Building, Brooklyn
Imagine being able to spend one amazing day immersed in learning about sustainable design—and meeting the people who have pioneered new thinking and practices. Pratt’s CSDS will present the sixth annual Sustainability Crash Course, a day-long series of workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s sustainable design faculty and elsewhere. With over 20 speakers, it represents an excellent intro for those fresh to the sustainable fashion world.
Free, but registration required. Space is limited.
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