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Lots of Hurricane Sandy benefit events and volunteer opportunities this week. Carolyn's picks include the Greenmarkets' donation program, eating out pretty much anywhere in Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens, Ivan Orkin's debut at Smorgasburg, a Chinese brunch pop-up to benefit Governor, a Spanish supper to benefit Ted & Honey, a party for Red Hook at Battersby, a history of Thanksgiving in dinner format, and lots of volunteer opps. Photo © Valery Rizzo.

GrowNYC Greenmarkets Donate-A-Bag
The next time you stop for veggies at your local farmers’ market, help hurricane victims get the same fresh produce with GrowNYC‘s new program. Markets throughout the city are participating; all you need to do is buy an extra bag of locally-grown fruits and vegetables and bring it to the donation tent, and everything will be distributed to relief kitchens, shelters, and other places that feed those affected by Sandy. The greenmarkets are also in need of volunteers to help promote the program and collect donations. Check out the list of locations and volunteer opportunities here.

Friday November 9 to Wednesday, November 21, locations throughout the city

South Brooklyn Unites
South Brooklynites: there’s never been a better time to support your local businesses. Restaurants, shops, and bars throughout Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens have banded together in a fundraiser to help neighboring spots that were devastated by Sandy. By Brooklyn has a handy list of the participants, including Henry PublicStinky BklynOaxacaVan Horn, and many more. All the contributions will be donated to Restore Red Hook, a fund for dozens of small businesses who sustained costly damages during the hurricane.

Ongoing, at restaurants, shops and bars throughout Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens

Meet Your Maker: Peak Organic
61 Local‘s tasting series returns, and this time they’re teaming up with Portland, Maine’s Peak Organic brewing company. There’ll be six Peak beers on tap, plus special snacks to go with them, and you’ll be able to chat with the brewers and learn more about their sustainable, earth-friendly brewing philosophy.

Friday, November 9 at 6pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill)

Ramen to the Rescue
Smorgasburg continues its hurricane relief efforts with a special guest appearance from ramen guru Ivan Orkin, who runs two ramen-ya in Tokyo and will soon open a hotly anticipated New York outpost. This Saturday, he’ll be teaming up with Shigetoshi Nakamura of Sun Noodle to cook up 300 hot bowls of tonkotsu-gyokai (pork and fish broth) with whole wheat noodles, and 100% of proceeds benefit the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. Read more on Smorg’s blog.

Saturday, November 10 at 11am at Smorgasburg, on the waterfront between N 6th and N 7th Sts (Williamsburg)

Chinese Brunch Pop-Up
Chef Jonathan Wu cooks homestyle Chinese food, most often at a brunch pop-up at Pinkerton Wine Bar. This Sunday, he’ll be helping out a close friend of his who was affected by Hurricane Sandy: chef Brad McDonald of Governor. The $18 prix-fixe menu includes dishes like Chinese crepes stuffed with egg, chili paste and cilantro, and levain flatbreads with cumin-coriander roasted pork belly, and all proceeds will go to the Save Governor fund, which will help McDonald and his staff rebuild their restaurant after extensive damage from the storm. Check out the full menu and find out how to make reservations (required) on Wu’s site, Wu Pops Up.

Sunday, November 11 at 12pm and 2pm at Pinkerton Wine Bar, 263 N 6th St at Havemeyer (Williamsburg). $18

Peck Slip Pickle Fest
Now that the subways are mostly back up and running, head across the East River for a celebration of all things pickled at the New Amsterdam Market. Lots of Kings County reps will be there, including Crock & Jar, Brooklyn Brine, and Sour Puss Pickles. You’ll also be able to catch live pickling demos on everything from kimchi and sauerkraut to pickled pigs feet. Find more info here.

Sunday, November 11 from 11am to 5pm at New Amsterdam Market, South St between Beekman St and Peck Slip (Financial District, Manhattan)

Chili Cookoff
Greenpoint beer haven The Diamond brings chili back to its menu for the winter, and to celebrate, they’re challenging home cooks to whip up their own batch for a side-by-side comparison. It’s $12 to sample all the goods (you’ll also get a pint of rare Hofstetten Hochzeitsbier), and all proceeds will benefit Occupy Sandy‘s hurricane relief efforts. Read more here.

Sunday, November 11 from 5 to 7pm at The Diamond, 43 Franklin St between Calyer and Quay Sts (Greenpoint). $12.

Spanish Supper for Ted & Honey
Cobble Hill’s Ted & Honey is a beloved local cafe for many, and their commercial kitchen in Red Hook suffered major damage during the storm. Their Clinton Street neighbors La Vara have organized a two-night fundraiser to help them get back on their feet. Stop by for a family-style supper ($20 per person) of La Vara’s signature Spanish fare. For reservations info, check out the flyer.

Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12 at La Vara, 268 Clinton St between Congress St and Verandah Pl (Cobble Hill). $20.

Battersby Hurricane Sandy Benefit

Ultrapopular spot Battersby pitches in to help its neighbors in Red Hook with a benefit dinner. They’ll be serving their thoughtful, high-end seasonal fare buffet-style, plus unlimited wine, beer and cocktails for $75 a head, and 100% of proceeds go to Recover Red Hook. Learn more on Battersby’s Facebook page.

Monday, November 12 from 7 to 11pm at Battersby, 225 Smith St between Douglass and Degraw Sts (Carroll Gardens). $75.

American Cookery: A Culinary History of Thanksgiving
The Farm on Adderley welcomes Sarah Lohman (of Four Pounds Flour and Masters of Social Gastronomy) for an educational meal tracing the food traditions we associate with Turkey Day. You’ll get to dig into holiday favorites like pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes, while Lohman discusses the historic roots of those dishes and others that continue to make an appearance on Thanksgiving tables year after year. Read more and reserve a spot here.

Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30pm at The Farm on Adderley, 1108 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park). $50.

Cooking by the Book
Parish Hall‘s Halloween edition of its ‘Cooking By The Book’ dinner series was pushed back due to the hurricane. The literary inspiration for this meal: the stories of Washington Irving. And who, really, could be more appropriate? Parish Hall has stated their committment to exploring the possibilities of regional cuisine, with a focus on the Hudson Valley, the place Irving himself called home and made the setting for just about all of his stories. One can only wonder how his most famous, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” will manifest itself on the menu. Tickets here.

Tuesday, November 13 at 8pm at Parish Hall, 109A North 3rd Street, between Berry and Wythe (Williamsburg). $60.

Help Dumbo Rebuild
Last Wednesday’s fundraiser has been rescheduled due to the nor’easter, but it the Dumbo recovery efforts press on. The event will benefit the many shops, restaurants, and cultural venues that took a hit, including GovernorOne Girl Cookies, the Powerhouse Arena and more. The evening’s host, Galapagos Art Space, was able to reopen thanks to a huge amount of support and elbow grease from its employees and the community, so stop by to see the incredible transformation they’ve made since the storm. You can donate to the cause here.

Wednesday, November 14 from 6 to 10pm at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main St at Water St (Dumbo). Donations start at $25.

Defiance: A Literary Benefit to Rebuild Red Hook
Littlefield hosts an all-star lineup of writers to support the post-Sandy rebuilding effort in Red Hook. The roster includes Kurt Andersen, Steve Earle, Chuck Klosterman, Philip Gourevitch, Robert Sullivan, Sam Lipsyte, dream hampton, Phillip Lopate, Rivka Galchen, Stew, Joseph O’Neill, Ben Katchor, Meghan O’Rourke, Deborah Baker and many more. All proceeds go to the Red Hook Initiative. Get tickets here and RSVP on Facebook.  

Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm at Littlefield, 622 Degraw St between 3rd and 4th Aves (Gowanus). $50.

Volunteer opportunities:

Red Hook Initiative
The community organization has been a beacon for a neighborhood hit especially hard by the storm, and anyone looking to donate or help out can find plenty of information on their Twitter andFacebook pages. Currently, they’re seeking flashlights, ice, cleaning and medical supplies. Those interested in volunteer opportunities can also find day-to-day information; generally they request you show up at the start of open hours to receive the rest of the day’s assignment.

767 Hicks St at W 9th St (Red Hook)

Bay Ridge Cares
Nona contributor and baker extraordinaire Allison Robicelli has been working nonstop to feed and assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, and now she’s set up a new relief center, Bay Ridge Cares, which is expected to open Monday. Currently they’re in need of chefs to help prepare hot meals, and they’re continuing to accept food donations (you can find a list of what’s currently needed on Facebook). Keep an eye on the page and on Robicelli’s Twitter for opportunities and updates.

81st St at Ridge Blvd (Bay Ridge)

Congregation Beth Elohim
The Park Slope synagogue and community center has been mobilizing relief efforts all over Brooklyn and in the Rockaways, and has plenty of opportunities for anyone looking to lend a hand. Check out their Facebook page, which has the most up-to-date info on current donations needed (right now: flashlights, batteries, toilet paper and non-perishable food) and volunteer signups—both for help on-site and for bus trips to areas that were hit hardest by the storm.

274 Garfield Pl at 8th Ave (Park Slope)

Occupy Sandy

Occupy’s hurricane relief movement provides lots of great resources on how to get involved, and they’ve been dispatching aid quickly to the places that need it most. In addition to the official page, which has a constantly updated list of needs (currently: diapers, blankets, winter clothes, candles and more), follow them on Twitter for volunteering and donation opportunities throughout the city.

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