Growing Edible Mushrooms at Home
Head to urban farming pop-up Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply—a collaborative project from the folks behind Brooklyn Grange and Brooklyn Homesteader—for a DIY workshop on cultivating mushrooms. You’ll learn to grow two popular fungus varieties: shiitakes in a mushroom log and oyster mushrooms in used espresso grounds. In the process, you’ll learn the basics of myoculture, including how to care for your culture and how to preserve and store what you grow. Everyone gets to take home a mini shiitake log and an oyster mushroom starter culture. Get tickets here.
Sunday, April 22 from 10am to noon at Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply, 218 India St between McGuinness Blvd and Provost St (Greenpoint). $40.
Brooklyn Ramen Event
Two Brooklyn noodle shops combine forces for a one night prix-fixe dinner highlighting regional ramen specialties. New pop-up Yuji brings its mazemen “mixed” style ramen to Chuko for the evening, as part of a menu that also features tsukemen “dipping” ramen, sashimi and other goodies. Tables are available by reservation only, so call 718-576-6701 to reserve a spot. Check out the flyer here.
Monday, April 22 at Chuko, 552 Vanderbilt Ave at Dean St (Prospect Heights). $40.
Masters of Social Gastronomy: Fake Meat
The social gastronomists, Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour and Jonathan Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery, are back with the next installment in their series exploring the science and history of foods, and this month they’re tackling imitation meat. Lohman will discuss the history of vegetarianism in the West and some historic meat stand-ins, then Soma will give a run-down of modern meat substitutes and give you tips on making some of your own at home. As always, there’ll be some firsthand tasting so everyone can sample the ancestors of Boca burgers and Tofurkey and see how they compare to their present-day counterparts. Read more about the lecture on the MSG blog and make sure to RSVP.
Tuesday, April 24 at 7pm at Public Assembly, 70 N 6th St between Kent and Wythe Aves (Williamsburg)
The Total Bedford Hill Immersion
It’s almost starting to feel like summer, and Brooklyn Based gets the season rolling by kicking off its neighborhood immersion series, this time heading to the border between Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy, a.k.a. Bedford Hill. Brooklyn Brewery will be providing gratis beers at bars and restaurants throughout the ‘hood, including Speedy Romeo, The Emerson, and Maggie Brown. To cash in, just pick up one of 500 postcards; to find out where, check out the details here and RSVP on Facebook.
Saturday, April 28 from noon to 6pm
Food Book Fair
Finally, literary foodies have a place to tap into the wealth of great food writing at the first-ever Food Book Fair. Dozens of authors, journalists, and chefs will share their knowledge in a series of panels, lectures, book signings, dinners and more, touching on subjects like nutrition, sustainability, the intersection of food and technology, even “food porn.” Speakers include the New York Times‘ Peter Kaminsky, Lucky Peach‘s Peter Meehan, author Lauren Shockey of Four Kitchens, and filmmaker and activist Severine von Tscharner Fleming of The Greenhorns. There will also be a pop-up bookstore for attendees to replenish their home libraries with good food reads. Ticket prices vary by event (including some that are free) and all-access passes are also available. Check out all the options here.
Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6 at the Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Ave at N 11th St (Williamsburg).
No avocado is safe at this food faceoff, hosted by chip-and-cheese ambassadors Nachos NY. If you’ve got a recipe that can help you mash your way to glory, email rachel@nachosny to compete. Otherwise, just show up to sample the monounsaturated goodness that all the competitors have to offer, accompanied by chips from Tortilleria Chinantla, ice cream sandwiches from Coolhaus, and beers from Brooklyn Brewery. Read more and get tickets here.
Sunday, May 6 from 4 to 7pm at The Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves (Gowanus). $15.
Oenophiles, mark your calendars: Edible‘s sixth annual wine spectacular is less than a month away. Sample reds, whites, roses and bubbles from dozens of New York State wineries, along with snacks and treats from local restaurants and purveyors, including Brucie, The Good Fork, Local Roots, and The Chocolate Room. See the full list of participants and snag tickets here.
Wednesday, May 9 from 6 to 9pm at Skylight, 1 Hanson Pl at Flatbush Ave (Fort Greene). $45.