A listing of cool veg-friendly events happening across NYC- this is bound to be a fun filled month!
Tuesday, August 11th
Green Drinks NYC- 6pm to 10pm at Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46th Street, $20 at the door. A fave networking event of NYC greens who will be enjoying complimentary organic cocktails and hoping the weather stays sunny for their monthly meetup at this rooftop bar.
After-Work NYC Backyard BBQ- 5pm to 7pm, the parking lot between Spring, Varick, Hudson and Vandam Streets. Barbecues can be tricky for vegetarians, I know this very well, but this event, which bills itself as a music and wine festival, boasts wine and food from City Winery (which does have some veggie options) as well as a farmer's market style vendors in the aforementioned parking lot. You're bound to find something to nosh on, or if you're like me, you get excited because wine is vegetarian and the music is free!
Wednesday, August 12th
Tastebuds NYC Happy Hour- 6:30pm to 9:30pm at BackForty, 190 Avenue B. Locavores will love this meetup- people who work in the food biz or who just love to eat network over drinks and locally grown veggies!
Thursday, August 13th
MadCrush Popup Bar- 5pm to 10:30pm at the Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle- because you can check out art with other lushes and foodies. This Thursday, and every Thursday in August, enjoy $6 glasses of wine from Crush and $6 small plates from guest chefs (this week features dishes from Scott Conant of Scarpetta) from a winebar designed from... guess what, wine boxes.
Friday, August 14th
Earth Days Screening- 6pm at the Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th Street. An official Sundance 2009 selection, thisdocumentary chronicles the birth of the modern environmental movement- eco-minded folks looking for some history and what's sure to be an interesting Q&A with filmmaker Robert Stone should check out this event!
Sunday, August 16th
24 Hours, 24 Million Meals: Feeding New York- 2pm at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, free with museum admission. A documentary produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation about the complexities of food distribution in New York City. Interesting!
Tuesday, August 18th
Tomato Celebration at Wave Hill- from 8/18 through 8/22 at Wave Hill Cafe, W. 249th Street & Independence Avenue, Bronx- Locally grown, organic tomatoes are the star of this show at Wave Hill, a beautiful 28 acre public garden in the Bronx. Enjoy tomato-based dishes by Chef Mark Spooner on the 22nd.
Thursday, August 27th
Vegan Drinks- 7pm to 9pm at Angels & Kings, 500 E. 11th Street. A monthly networking event for vegans, indulge in some drink specials and meet other like-minded people!
Ongoing in August:
New York Botanical Garden's Edible Garden- Bronx, NY. A summer-long exhibition devoted to growing your own vegetable garden. Check out exhibits on seeds, a beginner's vegetable garden, and research stories on plants and fungi, as well as their Edible Evening Events featuring Sara Moulton and Anne Burrell of the Food Network and Saturday hands-on cooking demos with New York City chefs. Check the Botanical Garden's site
Restaurant Week, Extended through Labor Day- if you couldn't score a table at Le Cirque, you probably still can't (they do have vegetarian lunches though!), but take comfort in the fact that you still have a number of high-profile NYC restaurants to choose from.