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Weekend Whets 10/31

Happy Halloween!

Cider Week NYC, Cider Tastings, through November 2, 2014

Food Film Fest, October 29, 2014 through November 1, 2014:  Film festival with tastings.

Making Gnocchi, Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2 p.m., Westchester Italian Cultural Center, One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe, NY

Chocolate Expo, Sunday, November 2, 2014, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Meadowlands Expo Center, Secaucus, NJ

Fifth Annual Mac-Off, Sunday, November 2, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Littlefield, Brooklyn:  Macaroni and cheese cook-off with local chefs.

Long Island Restaurant Week, November 2 to 9, 2014

Five Boroughs Food Talk: Jewish Food, Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Space, Upper West Side, Manhattan:  Panel discussion led by Gabriella Gershenson (food writer and editor at Every Day with Rachael Ray) on Jewish food in New York City.

Holiday Hodgepodge, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 8 to 10 p.m., The Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn:  Expert panel teaches holiday meal prep.

Urban Fishing–Raising the Bar, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m., The Grey Lady, Lower East Side, Manhattan:  Panel discussion on Hurricane Sandy’s effects on local fishing.

Chefs for Impact, November 20, 2014:  A benefit to bring e-learning to Zambia.

Meet and Greet for NYC Sustainable Food + Beverage Event Producers, November 20, 2014, 6 p.m., The Richardson, Brooklyn

Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 4 to 7 p.m., The Water Table, Brooklyn

Thanksgiving 4-Course Prix Fixe, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12 p.m., Blenheim Restaurant, West Village, Manhattan

wd-50 Final Dinners, November 19-23, 26, 28; Thanksgiving Day; and Last Call November 29, wd-50, Lower East Side, Manhattan

North Carolina State Fair

I went on a trip to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, NC.  I have been going to this fair off and on since the 1980s so I know it pretty well.  Since it is an agricultural fair, it is a foodie haven.  Of course there is plenty to eat.

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Like any modern American state fair, it has its share of deep fried–pecan pie, Oreos, mac and cheese, honey buns and more, including the Twinx–Twix+Twinkie+Bacon, yeah, you read that right.

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There is also a lot of info and expos on food production from around the state.

As far as my favorite foods at the fair, I’ve written about that before.  (Fair food is not my favorite, I have to admit.  My family/friends always like the Wisconsin fried cheese, the turkey legs, the sausage and pepper sandwiches, the specialty candy apples and more.)  I enjoy the R&R ice cream, churned by a John Deere tractor–well, what else would you churn ice cream with?

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I also enjoy elephant ears and grilled corn.  This year, I sampled ice cream from Tar Heel Creamery in Wilmington, NC.  I got bourbon caramel and my friend got peanut butter Oreo.  Both were creamy and delicious.

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I also like checking out the expo where you can buy local peanuts/peanut products, local honey/honey products, local jams and jellies and much more.  I bought some gorgeous cupcakes from BlueBird Cupcakes.  I took these for the road, and they were delicious.  They were fresh and flavorful, just a delight.  (Sorry they got a little smushed. Rear L-R:  lemon blueberry, pumpkin spice, caramel apple spice; Front L-R coconut cream, red velvet, cinnamon crumb cake.)

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I enjoy going to the various exhibits.  They feature things like North Carolina cheese and wine.  I like the recipe and cake decorating contests.  There were many beautiful cakes in the competition.  This sushi cake was one of the winners this year.

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And this fall harvest one was also a winner.

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I love this cake.

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And I like this one too, especially since it’s monogrammed for me.

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Of course, if you’re a foodie, you shouldn’t miss a trip to the old grist mill where you can purchase cornmeal too.

I got some free foodie goodies to take home as well.  A copy of the winning recipes from the 2013 fair.  A chart of the availability of North Carolina seafood.  A local seafood bumper sticker.  A few copies of Edible Piedmont.

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In all, it was a very enjoyable event, especially for a foodie, although there is a lot more to do than just food.  A lot of music acts–Trace Adkins (swoon) will be playing and also Joan Jett.  There are fun circus-like acts roaming around like a guy walking on a huge wheel.  There’s North Carolina pottery.  I like the Village of Yesteryear and checking out the work of craftsmen and artisans.  I like the bonsai tree and garden/landscaping competitions.  I voted for this bonsai that looked like a miniature forest.

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I like the heritage circle where I heard bluegrass music and sipped some apple cider.  I like the hobby/craft show and the rabbit hutch across the way.

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I must admit, I’m not a big fan of seeing the animals, as I feel sorry for them, so I usually don’t visit those buildings although I have in the past.  And of course, plenty of rides and games.

 

 

 

 

October Love With Food Box

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My October Love With Food box has many tempting goodies.  I tried the organic jelly beans by Surf Sweets and they were better than regular jelly beans.  There’s also honey and chocolate almond nut butter by Justin’s.  A buttery shortbread square by Clairesquares.  A cinnamon and sugar bananinha banana bar by Nutryvitta.  (This banana bar was really good.  It was like an organic, healthier version of those sugary jelly fruit candies.)  Organic falafel chips by Flamous.  Cheese straws by J & M.  And snapea crisps by Calbee.

Weekend Whets 10/17

Taste of Forest Hills, Saturday, October 18, 2014, Queens

Brooklyn Bacon Takedown, Sunday, October 19, 2014:  Cooking competition.

Enid’s Apple Pie Contest, Sunday, October 19, 2014, Brooklyn

Korean Restaurant Week NYC, through October 19, 2014

Lower East Side Pickle Day, Sunday, October 19, 2014, Orchard Street at Delancey Street, LES:  Festival celebrating pickled foods.

NYC Wine and Food Fest, through October 19, 2014:  Annual food event sponsored by Food Network and Food & Wine with classes, lectures, parties, dinners and demonstrations by celebrity food personalities.

Sunnyside Restaurant Week, October 20-24, 2014, Queens

Understanding the Food Mood Connection: How Italian Mediterranean Food Lifestyles Can Contribute to Better Health, October 21, 2014, 6 p.m., Casa Italiana, Village, Manhattan:  Panel discussion with Kerstin Hecker, Michele Scicolone and Charles Scicolone.

Book Launch: The Secret Recipes by Dominique Ansel, with Paulette Goto, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn:  Cronut creator Dominique Ansel discusses his book.

Fifth Annual Lopate and Locavores, through October 29, 2014, NYC:  Food and lectures on topics like creating a successful restaurant business, writing a cookbook, NY delis and more with food celebrities like Lidia Bastianich.

Food Film Fest, October 29, 2014 through November 1, 2014:  Film festival with tastings.

Brooklyn’s On Fire: Meet the Firehouse Chefs!, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn:  Discussion and chili cook-off.

Fifth Annual Mac-Off, November 2, 2014, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Littlefield, Brooklyn:  Macaroni and cheese cook-off with local chefs.

Chefs for Impact, November 20, 2014:  A benefit to bring e-learning to Zambia.

 

Publisher Seeks Food Poems for Anthology

Richer Resources is looking for food poems for an upcoming anthology.

Happy Columbus Day

Happy Columbus Day!  Here’s a great article in am new york that tells you the details of the parade and other Italian events to do during October, Italian Heritage Month.  Of course, you can check out my guides listed above and check out Italian bakeries, markets and restaurants or the Little Italy of Manhattan or Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.  You can also watch the Columbus Day parade live.

Weekend Whets 10/10

Italian Restaurant Week, October 8 through 15, 2014, Brooklyn:  Discounted lunches and dinners at participating restaurants.

The Feast Fest, Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8 p.m., Brooklyn:  Food and music fest celebrating Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Understanding the Food Mood Connection: How Italian Mediterranean Food Lifestyles Can Contribute to Better Health, October 21, 2014, 6 p.m., Casa Italiana, Village, Manhattan:  Panel discussion with Kerstin Hecker, Michele Scicolone and Charles Scicolone.

Fifth Annual Lopate and Locavores, through October 29, 2014, NYC:  Food and lectures on topics like creating a successful restaurant business, writing a cookbook, NY delis and more with food celebrities like Lidia Bastianich.