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Weekend Whets 4/19

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 10 a.m., Food Karma Projects Presents Events on Kent, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live music, fire breathers, spicy food vendors, awards show, eating challenges and contests, adult beverages and the best hot sauce companies from North America.

Prohibition, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 1 p.m., location TBA:  A period dining experience by chefs Rob McCue and Adam C. Banks.

Chanterelle at Robert, Sunday, April 21, 2013, Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle, Manhattan:  Owners of former Tribeca restaurant Chanterelle recreate it for one night only.  Six courses.  Menu created by artist Israeli-American Izhar Patkin.  $125.  100 seats available.

Sweet Sensations, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Openhouse–the Old Bowery Station, 168 Bowery, Manhattan:  Local bakers and food bloggers bake sweet treats to benefit C-CAPa nonprofit organization that provides culinary programs to underserved youth.  Tickets $39.

Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto, Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan:  A five-course vegetarian dinner in honor of Mother Earth with Annie Novak, Urban Garden Goddess, and Amy Thompson of Lucy’s Whey.

Baking for Spring!  Make Homemade Pies & Delicious Cocktails, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., GE Monogram Design Center, 150 East 58th Street, Manhattan:  Hands-on pie making event making mini blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pies to take home. $40.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Gastronomie 9, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A discussion and tasting of nine cheeses.

Taste of the Lower East Side, Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Manhattan:  Experience bites and drinks from the area’s restaurants.  Tickets $195 general admission or $300 VIP.

Single Subject Food Books:  A Symposium, Saturday, April 27, 2013, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan:  Discusses the trend and popularity of single subject food books like salt, sugar, potatoes, etc.  Tickets $30.

LuckyRice New York, Monday, April 29, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, deadline April 30, 2013:  Create a story inspired by the idea of “appetite” that’s two to three minutes in length, presented in three “courses” and includes one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Food Book Fair, Friday, May 3, 2013 to Sunday, May 5, 2013, Brooklyn:  An event celebrating food books with vendors, cooking demos, tastings and panel discussions.

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Weekend Whets 4/12

Peruvian Sushi Night, Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, Manhattan:  Gabriel Alegria and the Afro Peruvian Sextet playing.  Peruvian sushi must be ordered in advance.

Eat Like a Chef!  Danny Meyer and Michael Romano with Adam Gopnik, Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:15 p.m., 92nd St Y, Manhattan:  Restaurateur and chef discuss culinary secrets to making staff meals at Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and more.  Tickets are $29.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, Brooklyn:  Event that celebrates the borough with tastings from area vendors and restaurants like Robicelli’s.  VIP tickets, $75; general admission, $50.

A Smashing Brooklyn Burger Tasting, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7 p.m., Smashburger, Brooklyn:  Yelp and Smashburger team up for a tasting of 8 burgers, shakes and sides.

Russ & Daughters:  Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 7 p.m., Museum of Jewish Heritage, Lower Manhattan:  Author and grandson of the LES shop’s founder, Mark Russ Federman discusses how the business has changed through the years.  $12, $10 students/seniors, $7 members.

2nd Annual Taiwanese Night Market, Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Villian, Brooklyn:  A night market of Asian and Taiwanese food vendors.  Tickets $40.

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 10 a.m., Food Karma Projects Presents Events on Kent, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live music, fire breathers, spicy food vendors, awards show, eating challenges and contests, adult beverages and the best hot sauce companies from North America.

Chanterelle at Robert, Sunday, April 21, 2013, Robert at the Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle, Manhattan:  Owners of former Tribeca restaurant Chanterelle recreate it for one night only.  Six courses.  Menu created by artist Israeli-American Izhar Patkin.  $125.  100 seats available.

Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto, Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan:  A five-course vegetarian dinner in honor of Mother Earth with Annie Novak, Urban Garden Goddess, and Amy Thompson of Lucy’s Whey.

Baking for Spring!  Make Homemade Pies & Delicious Cocktails, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., GE Monogram Design Center, 150 East 58th Street, Manhattan:  Hands-on pie making event making mini blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pies to take home. $40.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Gastronomie 9, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A discussion and tasting of nine cheeses.

LuckyRice New York, Monday, April 29, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, deadline April 30, 2013:  Create a story inspired by the idea of “appetite” that’s two to three minutes in length, presented in three “courses” and includes one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Weekend Whets 4/5

Community Cookbook Extravaganza, Saturday, April 6, 2013, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn:  Bring a recipe or food story to include in the community cookbook.

Smorgasburg, Saturdays starting April 6, 2013, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at East River State Park—Kent Ave. and N. 7 St.—on the Williamsburg waterfront; and Sundays on the DUMBO waterfront at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn:  Event with local food vendors.

Cheese and Wine Pairing Class, Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6 p.m., Cheese and Wine Hoboken, Hoboken, NJ:  Class on how to pair wine and cheese.  $60.

A Taste of Fifth Avenue, Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Grand Prospect Hall, Brooklyn:  Food tasting of Fifth Avenue’s best restaurants.  Music, dancing and complimentary wine and beer.  Tickets are $45 and $25 of that goes to a local charity of your choice.

Peruvian Sushi Night, Saturday, April 13, 2013, 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 East 52nd Street, Manhattan:  Gabriel Alegria and the Afro Peruvian Sextet playing.  Peruvian sushi must be ordered in advance.

Eat Like a Chef!  Danny Meyer and Michael Romano with Adam Gopnik, Monday, April 15, 2013, 8:15 p.m., 92nd St Y, Manhattan:  Restaurateur and chef discuss culinary secrets to making staff meals at Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern and more.  Tickets are $29.

Tasting Brooklyn, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Green Building, Brooklyn:  Event that celebrates the borough with tastings from area vendors and restaurants like Robicelli’s.  VIP tickets, $75; general admission, $50.

2nd Annual Taiwanese Night Market, Friday, April 19, 2013, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Villian, Brooklyn:  A night market of Asian and Taiwanese food vendors.  Tickets $40.

NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Saturday and Sunday, April 20-21, 2013, 10 a.m., Food Karma Projects Presents Events on Kent, 110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn:  Live music, fire breathers, spicy food vendors, awards show, eating challenges and contests, adult beverages and the best hot sauce companies from North America.

Earth Day Dinner at Del Posto, Monday, April 22, 2013, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Del Posto, 85 10th Avenue, Manhattan:  A five-course vegetarian dinner in honor of Mother Earth with Annie Novak, Urban Garden Goddess, and Amy Thompson of Lucy’s Whey.

Baking for Spring!  Make Homemade Pies & Delicious Cocktails, Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., GE Monogram Design Center, 150 East 58th Street, Manhattan:  Hands-on pie making event making mini blueberry, raspberry and blackberry pies to take home. $40.

The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Gastronomie 9, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 7 p.m., Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue (between 83rd and 84th), Upper West Side, Manhattan:  A discussion and tasting of nine cheeses.

LuckyRice New York, Monday, April 29, 2013 through Sunday, May 5, 2013, Manhattan:  A celebration of Asian cuisine.  Each night showcases a different type of Asian food.  Opening night is a dumpling party.

Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, deadline April 30, 2013:  Create a story inspired by the idea of “appetite” that’s two to three minutes in length, presented in three “courses” and includes one of the five tastes in the title: bitter, salty, sour, sweet or umami.

Lenten Lunch: Beecher’s Eggs and Cheese Sandwich

I got a really delicious eggs and cheese sandwich at Beecher’s in Flatiron.  This is also a great breakfast/lunch for Lent!  It’s on really good toasty bread.  It’s more cheesy than eggy, which I would expect from a cheese shop! 

Beecher's eggs and cheese

Murray’s Cheese Caves

I toured Murray’s Cheese caves.  Who knew there was an underground cave on Bleecker Street where mold grows on aging cheeses in a painstaking, meticulous process.  If you go through the swinging doors to the back room of the cheese shop, you see an area you would expect to see where cheeses are cut and wrapped.  However, once you put on your blue booties, hair net and jacket to keep sterile and walk through another set of swinging doors, you arrive into a cold, temperature-controlled room.  There are four doors reminiscent of Medieval times.

door

Behind each door is a small room with a different set of conditions to ripen each type of cheese inside.  Some cheeses take only weeks to ripen; others, months or years.  Some cheeses require a drier atmosphere and some require a more humid atmosphere.  Some ceilings need to be vaulted for air circulation and some not.  Some cheeses need to be washed or brushed.  Bacteria is added to some cheese, sometimes being sprayed on.  Each cheese is individually cared for to create its unique taste.

cheese cave

Here, you can see the younger, fresher cheese on the bottom shelf. This is something you would find at Whole Foods, for example, because they don’t have the special caves to age the cheeses. The cheeses that appear whiter are the aged cheeses, and the white is the mold that has grown.

cheese aging

On some of the cheeses, the mold looks like short, light hairs.  Or like ripples.


Some of the rooms smell like ammonia to varying degrees. In one particularly ammonia-smelling room, there was a French cheese with a particular mold that only comes from that area. On a shelf opposite that cheese is a cheese from Italy that the French mold spores attached to. This mold sharing affects the taste of the other cheeses to create something with a different flavor.


My favorite cheeses are the mountain cheeses, like Gruyere, which require low moisture and can take months or years to age.

Gruyere

The rinds are smooth when the cheese is young, and it is brushed, which dries it out, forming this rind.

The oldest cheese at Murray’s is a 5-year-old Gouda.