'Farm to table' eating is 'uber-cool'. We get to support our local farmers, encourage sustainable agricultural practices and enjoy food that simply tastes better. While it may come with a heftier price tag, our tip is to attend some of the 'locavore' events around town this month, flirt with one of the chefs, brewers or vintners, and bat your eyelids for a free meal at one of their restaurants. Below are a handful to get you going...
Good Food Festival: Sunday, Sept 19th | MPD | All Day: Tickets from $20
Basis and the Feed Foundation co-host the first Back to Basis Good Food Festival in celebration of the season's harvest. 30 local farms and chefs collaborate to feature food during the day and a seasonal farm to table dinner in the evening. Participants include: Simple Kitchen Gardens, Sprout Creek Farm; Minetta Tavern; Gramercy Tavern and Colicchio and Sons.
Harvest in The Square: Tuesday, Sept 21st | Union Square Park | 7:30-9pm: Tickets from $125
Features signature dishes from restaurants around Union Square. Microbrews and wines from New York state will be paired with each dish. All meals will use produce from Union Square's greenmarket. ABC Kitchen, Almond, Devi and Pure Food and Wine are some of the participating restaurants. Money well spent if you can't get into ABC Kitchen.
Edible Eat Drink Local Week: Sunday Sept 26th - Oct 6th | Various NYC Restaurants | voluntary contributions
GrowNYC and Edible magazines present their second annual Eat Drink Local week (technically 11 days). Local chefs and farmers are hosting farm feasts, wine tastings and even an afternoon at Sotheby's heirloom vegetable auction. Eat out at local restaurants that support the greenmarket such as Cookshop; The Green Table; Mas and Telepan. We love The Green Table's Basil Smash with organic gin and fresh basil from Satur Farms.
Taste of Greenmarket: Wednesday Oct 6th: Chelsea | 7-10pm | Tickets from $175
Market inspired dishes and seasonal cocktails from 30 of New York's chefs and mixologists including Blue Hill, The Breslin; Marc Forgione; Il Baco, Employees Only and Gotham Bar & Grill. Worth the ticket price if you're a NYC foodie who needs to sample everything.