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Weekend Whets 5/17

Great GoogaMooga, Friday, May 17, 2013 through Sunday, May 19, 2013, Prospect Park, Brooklyn:  Food and music festival.

Martha Stewart Cooking Demonstration, Friday, May 17, 2013, 1 p.m., Macy’s, 34th Street, Furniture department Level 9, Manhattan:  Martha cooks American food and signs her new cookbook, Martha’s American Food.

North Brooklyn Takes the Cake, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 6 p.m., The Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn:  A cupcake bakeoff!  Tickets are $15.

Taste of Tribeca, Saturday, May 18, 2013, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson), Tribeca:  Outdoor culinary festival featuring dishes from Tribeca chefs.  Tickets $50.  Raises money for PS 150’s and PS 234’s arts and enrichment programs.

40th Annual Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, 2013, Noon to 5 p.m., Ninth Avenue from 42nd to 57th Streets, Manhattan:  A celebration of the diverse restaurants on this strip.

The Sweet Escape:  New Jersey Confection and Dessert Tasting Expo, Sunday, May 19, 2013, The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison, NJ: Sample tastings from the state’s bakeries, pastry chefs and sweet shops.  Tickets $65.

Cook it Raw:  David Chang & Friends, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7 p.m.,  New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum, Manhattan:  Momofuku’s David Chang welcomes  chefs Massimo Bottura and Daniel Patterson for a conversation with Cook It Raw founder Alessandro Porcelli, moderated by journalist Lisa Abend.  $25 General admission.

Gluttony:  Deconstructing Dinner, Thursday, May 23, 2013, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor, Manhattan:  Part of a series on science and the deadly sins.  Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, and Dwight Eschliman, photographer of Foodstuff, discuss ingredients in popular processed foods.  $15-$25.

Meat Hooked!, Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:30 p.m., BLDG 92 , Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, 63 Flushing Ave (at Carlton), Brooklyn:  Gotham Center Director Suzanne Wasserman’s new film, a documentary about meat and the rise and fall and rise again of butchers and butchering in and around New York.  $8/$5 members.


New York Public Library Donates Gala Food to Staten Island

I’m a member of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions, and this past Monday was supposed to be its gala fundraising event.  Instead, the food for the gala was donated to those in need from Hurricane Sandy in Staten Island.

Weekend Whets

Eating our Emotions:  The History of Food in Funerary Traditions, Sunday, October 7, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Queens Historical Society, Queens:  An interesting talk on the role of food in early American as well as religious and ethnic funerals.

Plate by Plate, Friday, October 5, 2012, 8:00 p.m. to 11 p.m., Astor Hall at the New York Public Library, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Manhattan:  A charity and fundraising event benefitting Project by Project featuring chef tastings from popular New York restaurants.

Queens County Farm Museum Apple Festival, Sunday, October 7, 2012, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens:  Try some apple cider and go for a hayride at this autumn festival.  They will be baking the nation’s largest apple cobbler.  There’s also a corn maze and pumpkin patch on site.

Lunch Hour NYC

Lunch Hour NYC

Lunch Hour NYC is a new exhibition of the New York Public Library.  It traces the city’s 150-year history of eating the midday meal.  As soon as you walk through the exhibit doors, you are transported back to a time when the oyster was a popular and plentiful food.

oyster cart

It’s interesting to see that, at the turn of the last century, New York was known for its quick lunches catering to the working crowd.

The big draw of the exhibit is the replica of Horn and Hardart’s Automat.  Debuting in 1912, it was filled with self-serve dishes like creamed spinach, baked beans, macaroni and cheese and beef and noodles with burgundy sauce.  My mom fondly recalls getting date-nut bread with cream cheese from the Automat.  Today, you can turn the knob and open the small glass doors to find a sample recipe card for an original Horn and Hardart dish.


It’s fun to look at old menus and see what kinds of dishes were popular at different times and how much things used to cost.  There were menus where nothing cost more than a dollar.  This Cafeteria Lunch one features the New York staple, corned beef.  Apparently, even back in 1900, restaurants weren’t responsible for lost items such as umbrellas.


The library has a collection of about 45,000 menus dating as far back as the 1840s and is cataloguing them by dish.  It’s a daunting task, so they are asking for the public’s help in transcribing the menus.