Yesterday, I attended Edible Manhattan’s Edible Institute at the New School. It was a very informative afternoon of panel discussions about food and drink here in New York City. This week is Eat Drink Local Week and this event was a part of the celebration.
Did you know that there’s a Food Studies Program at the New School? The program is a part of the Continuing Education college. BTW, there is a class on how to write a food business plan at the New School on October 23rd. The class is $170.
Here are some of the choice quotes by panelists:
“Make cooking into a more of a social activity” –Cathy Erway
“Know your food in a intimate way.”-Cathy Erway
“Brooklyn Kitchen is a kind of a clubhouse for the DIY food movement”-Tom Mylan
“To me it is taste.” -Ariane Daguin explaining the rise of the Brooklyn DIY food movement.
“When you’re frustrated, you make the political personal.”-Tom Mylan
“Food is a medium for creativity.”-Cathy Erway
“I don’t sell anything cheap. I sell things that are reasonable.”-Lou DiPalo
“There is most delicious per square inch in New York than ever before”.-Ed Levine
“We are more obsessed with food than before” Robert Siestama
“Artisan does not always mean that it is delicious”-Ed Levine
“Being in wine business means being in a distribution business.-Trent Preszler
Last fall, some of the contents of my purse were stolen including my old Canon digicam. I later bought a pink Samsung camera. A few months ago, Jaeger Sloan asked me to bring my camera to a Spot Dessert Bar and take some pictures. It was so much fun and very meta to have Sloan take pictures of me taking pictures of cupcakes. The result of the photo shoot is that I am featured on the homepage of Samsung. Click on the fourth to the last dot and you will see me.
Yesterday, I went to Governor’s Island for picnic and walked over to the Figment exhibit.
Saturday, the Brit and I went to Coney Island to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Wonder Wheel. We didn’t ride it. I craved funnel cake so I got it. It was a little windy so powdered sugar was flying all over me. I couldn’t finish it. Funnel cake smells way better than it tastes. Sunday, we went to Governor’s Island for Parked!, a food truck fest. It was poorly organized and most people spent more time “parked” on line than eating. Luckily, we escaped to Flatbush Farm and had a fantastic dinner. Afterward, we watched the best “Mad Men” episode. Monday, we had brunch with friends at Lupes and later went to Kara’s for a fun cook-out. I made pizza pitas on the grill using fresh mozzarella and Scarpetta marinara sauce. They were delicious!
I don’t get starstruck. If I spot someone famous, I will make a note of it (tweet it) and move on. However it is surreal when my regular everyday life collides into Hollywood. I stopped by my friend Lilit Marcus’ book party for Save The Assistants last night after 9PM. After being there only about ten minutes, I see another friend (M.P.) with a guy I immediately recognized from TV. It was Danny Strong, the actor playing the new character Danny on my favorite TV show, “Mad Men”. [Sidenote: I watch Mad Men religiously every Sunday with my friends Kap and Cat. We drink Pimm’s Cups. We eat Smokra. We watch it twice.] I asked Danny if he will be like Harry Crane and give me the scoop in any upcoming episodes, but his lips are sealed. Actually I don’t want to know anyway. I like seeing how the show evolves.