Throwback Thursday: The Salad Days of NYC Greenmarkets

 

 

Locavores and foodies alike love the hub of New York City's Greenmarkets. With winter on the way, we are lucky to say we can still get local produce all over the city, all year round. About two decades ago, however, this was hardly the case.

 

A look back to our 1995 July/August issue of Beard House Magazine proves so, with what was, at the time, an impressive list during the peak season of summer. Brooklynites, prideful of their pioneering as a food center today, may be shocked to discover that their borough used to be home to only three markets! And in Queens? Forget about it! There were zilch during that time. Today, NYC boasts about four times as many greenmarkets. During the summers you’ll find 20 markets in Brooklyn alone, which is more than in Manhattan and Brooklyn combined in the summer of ’95!

 

So, although these upcoming days may be cold and grey, at least we can easily get some greens.

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Eat Your Way Through Queens

 

When it comes to food, Queens is the unsung hero of New York City. Home to one million immigrants and hundreds of distinct cuisines, the borough is a treasure trove of under-the-radar ethnic eateries and beloved mom-and-pop shops. "Manhattan and Brooklyn get all the food glory, but when you're eating in Queens there's so much to choose from," says Andrea Lynn, Astoria resident and author of Queens, A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City's Most Diverse Borough. "Just in my neighborhood alone I can find Middle Eastern lamb tagine... Read more >

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What We're Reading: September 30, 2014

 

Is New York City water really that much better? [Narratively

 

A Sabbath standard with a scandalous past: the history of Manischewitz. [Modern Farmer

 

A home front campaign during WWII urged Americans to eat more organ meat. [The Atlantic

 

A look at what exactly those PLU codes on your fresh produce mean. [Mother... Read more >

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Video: Daniel Boulud Riffs on American Cuisine

 

Today we're marking the one-month countdown to the return of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® this fall! Though he may not be native to this country, no one could possibly dispute JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud's profound impact on America's dining landscape. At our recent Taste America kickoff party, we gave the world-renowned chef and his team a difficult task: in addition to preparing the delectable spread for the evening's festivities, we asked them to describe their take on American cuisine—in just four words. Watch the video above to see what made the cut!

 

Boulud is our Honorary All-Star Chef for James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. He'll also be teaming up with JBF Award winner April Bloomfield at our New... Read more >

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JBF in the News: Mitchell Davis on NYC Chef Departures

Mitchell Davis

 

In today's New York Times Dining section, JBF's Mitchell Davis discusses chef migration in an article called "Chefs Move Beyond New York." Throughout the story, Mitchell discusses why Big Apple chefs are increasingly leaving the city to set up shop in smaller markets, and what the trend says about America's evolving food culture. Read the full article here.

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JBF on the Air: Robert LaValva

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited Robert LaValva, founder of New Amsterdam Market, into Heritage Radio Network’s Brooklyn studios. Located in the historic South Street Seaport, New Amsterdam Market is New York City’s first permanent, indoor public market and wholesale distribution hub for local and sustainable food. Robert talks about the role of public markets in civic life, the Big Apple’s diverse marketplaces, the value of historic buildings, and the need for interactive public spaces in urban environs.​ Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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JBF on the Air: Atera's Matt Lightner

Matt Lightner on Taste Matters

 

On this week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis took a field trip to lower Manhattan to interview chef Matt Lightner at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Atera. Offering only mysterious tasting experiences (diners eat over 20 courses but are not given a printed menu), Matt encourages his guests to let their imaginations run wild and guess the ingredients and composition in each dish. Mitchell and Matt discussed the interactions between the kitchen and dining room, how Matt is inspired by Basque cooking, and the new glut of tempting ingredients that's spoiling New York chefs. Click here to listen to the full episode.

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The Bookshelf: The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook

Michael Anthony

 

Every year brings a fresh crop of dazzling, restaurant-driven cookbooks that renew our resolve to soar toward new technical heights in our home kitchens. But whether we actually reach those summits of thermal circulators and immaculate brunoise… well, that’s another story. This year’s batch included the eponymous title from New York City’s Gramercy Tavern, a restaurant anchored by a kitchen that’s never short on solid technique. But lightning-fast knife skills aside, JBF Award winner Michael Anthony says that The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook can actually make the leap from coffee table to kitchen counter. Intertwining two decades of the iconic restaurant's history with 125 seasonally inspired, contemporary American recipes, Anthony has crafted an invaluable resource for... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: GritWork's Monica Gelinas

Monica Gelinas on Taste Matters

 

On the latest episode of Taste Matters, food systems consultant and Karp Resources founder Karen Karp appears as guest host, interviewing Monica Gelinas from GritWork. As GritWork's principal and founder, Monica works to transform high-growth natural food concepts into soulful operations through strategic integrity sourcing and sustainable supply chain frameworks. The two reflect on their collaborative experience bringing England's Pret A Manger to the U.S. in 1999, and Monica talks about some of the biggest challenges in both industrial food production and providing year-round fresh, seasonal produce in New York City. Click here to listen to the full episode. ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® New York City Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® New York City

 

The fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® is a wrap! Last Friday our team headed to New York City, where we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Daniel Patterson. On Saturday we went to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Patterson and James Beard Award winner Maricel Presilla. You can view images from the weekend's events here

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our New York City participants! And don't forget: Taste America is making its final stops in Boston and Phoenix... Read more >

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