Sunday, October 4th
Ninth Annual NYC Pickle Day- in the parking lot on Broome Street between Ludlow and Essex. An LES street festival fave, pickle places from across the city (The Pickle Guys), upstate New York (Grey Mouse Farms in Saugerties), and the world (picked mangoes from Kalustyan's and kimchi from Korean Agro-Trade Corporation!) present pickling demos, costumes, and of course, plenty of pickles to sample and purchase.
2009 Walk for Farm Animals- registration begins at 10am, walk begins at noon; meet at Merchants Gate at Central Park West and 59th Street. This annual walk, organized by Farm Sanctuary, helps raise funds and awareness of the plight of farm animals in the U.S. If for some crazy reason that this noble cause isn't enough to get you going on a Sunday morning, then come for vegan goodies, raffles, and to see Joy Askew perform!
Ecofest 2009- 11am to 6pm in Central Park, free. An all-day, outdoor eco festival featuring an eco-fashion show, yoga workshops, an energy efficient vehicle demo, games for children, and some Pete Seeger!
Monday, October 5th through Thursday, October 15th
Discover Queens Restaurant Week- see website for full list of participating restaurants. Prix fixe meals cost just $25 at a variety of restaurants all through Queens, including Cavo in Astoria, Cascarino's in Bayside, Delhi Palace in Jackson Heights, and Tournesol in Long Island City. I'll be more than happy to support my borough's local dining scene!
Wednesday October 7th
Vegetarian Hors D'oeuvres Everyone Will Love- 6pm to 9pm at the Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center, 95 E. Houston Street, $55. A hands-on demo where you'll take away some tips and recipes that will wow your carnivorous pals at your next party.
Thursday, October 8th through Sunday October 11th
Food Network's New York City Wine and Food Festival- various locations throughout Chelsea. Though the smaller events boasting Food Network celebrity chef demos sold out over a month ago, there's still opportunities to check out a wine making class, a vegan culinary demo by Alicia Silverstone, the Grand Tasting as well as their dessert expo, SWEET. Though tickets can be pricey, proceeds go to the Food Bank of New York and Share our Strength... and more selfishly, alcohol, celeb mingling, and lots of eating.
Friday, October 9th
Tofu 101 with Peter Berley- 7pm to 9pm at the Whole Foods Bowery Culinary Center, 95 E. Houston Street, $25. Author of The Flexitarian Table, Berley demos how to cook silken/soft, firm, and extra firm tofu, followed by a tasting of some delicious tofu treats.
Sunday, October 11th
1st Annual Brooklyn Bakeoff- from 1 to 4pm at East River Bar, 97 S. 6th Street in Williamsburg, $20 tix. Benefiting New York Cares is one of the best reasons to check out this new food competition out, along with entry categories like "Sexiest Baker" and "Best Green Goodies"- there's bound to even be some vegan goodies here as well!
Tuesday, October 13th
Green Drinks NYC- 6pm to 10pm at Gospel Uptown, 2110 7th Ave/Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, $15 at the door. A new twist for the monthly eco meetup- gospel music!
Friday, October 16th
Farm Sanctuary Dinner Night at Blossom- 187 Ninth Avenue. Dine at Blossom or at their Upper West Side outpost, Cafe Blossom, and a portion of your tab will go to benefit Farm Sanctuary, which aids in animal rescue and educating the public about the plight of farm animals.
Wednesday, October 21st
The Green Salon- 5:30pm at Klavierhaus, 211 W. 58th Street, $20 tax deductible admission. Part of an ongoing discussion series on energy efficiency, tonight's theme is socially responsible investing... because sometimes, when doing the right thing isn't enough, money will always be there to cement the message. An interesting topic, for sure!
Sunday, October 25th
New Amsterdam Market- 11am to 4pm at South Street Seaport between Beekman Street and Peck Slip. It's like the ultimate farmer's market. With over 80 vendors that sell directly from their farms or wineries, you'll find some of the best in local, fresh produce along with cheeses, jams, pickles, olive oils, and even popsicles.
Tuesday, October 27th
Fowl Play Screening presented by Mercy For Animals- 7pm to 9pm at the Downtown Community Television Center, 87 Lafayette Street. A free screening of the award-winning documentary Fowl Play, in which a group of activists sets out to expose the factory farming of chickens, and the real truth about cage-free eggs. An eye-opener, for sure, and the opportunity to learn more about the mission of animal activist group, Mercy for Animals. RSVP to LydiaC@mercyfor
Wednesday, October 28th
2nd Annual Taste of the Greenmarket- 6pm to 10pm at Studio 450, 450 W. 31st Street, $150 advance tickets. An event so nice, they're doing it twice. Some of New York City's culinary giants gather for a locavore-inspired tasting, using ingredients from the Greenmarket. In addition to fresh, delicious cuisine, all proceeds go to the Greenmarket's Youth Education Project, which allows NYC kids to experience regional farming and eating locally produced food.
Thursday, October 29th
VeganDrinks- 7pm to 9pm at Angels & Kings, 500 E. 11th Street. A monthly social networking event with drink specials and vegans galore!
Rockin Out for Farm Animals II- 7pm at Kenny's Castaways, 157 Bleecker Street, $10 at the door. Also organized by Farm Sanctuary, this fundraising concert features Debra from Devi, HERE, and Athena Reich. Proceeds benefit Farm Sanctuary's animal rescue.