Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Some Spicy, Some Sweet, and Some Half-Sours

Chile Pepper Fiesta
I've been spotting bills all around Brooklyn advertising a one Chile Pepper Fiesta, and wondered what it was all about until last week when Matt Tims reminded us of the upcoming Lamb Takedown. Looking on his site, I noticed a blurb about six celebrity Chile Takedowners competing at the Chile Pepper Fiesta; my interest was peaked, I had to know more.

This Saturday, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens will host the 18th annual Chile Pepper Fiesta, an event that I had no idea was going on for the past 18 years. These things happen when you live in Queens. There will be music from Mexican to bhangra-I'll be doing the lightbulb; cooking demonstrations including one from Saeri Yoo Park of Moim, and another from Fatty Crab's executive chef, Corwin Kave; desserts galore (Roni-Sue, Mast Brothers, Abby Denson, Kumquat Cupcakery...) in the Chocolate Chile Cabana (where the mini Chili Takedown is happening); and workshops. All parts are free with admission to the gardens: $8 for adults; $4 for seniors students, kids under 12 are free. The day's events go on from noon to 6:30pm. For more info and a complete run down, visit

More fun than a barrel of pickles
Lately, I've been having a pickle thing, just craving them all the time. I've even taken to keeping a jar of pickles at work. With this ongoing pickle craze, Brownie and I got an email last week notifying us that the American Museum of Natural History is going to be having a pickling event on Tuesday, October 13 with Lucy Norris, author of Pickled: Preserving a World of Tastes and Tradions, and Bob McClure of McClure's Pickles aka my current work stash! I wasn't aware that AMNH put on food events as a part of their Global Kitchen series, but I hope to check this one out, even if it is to eat more pickles! Tickets are $20 and the class will be held in the Linder Theater; you can buy tickets here.

McClure's Pickles at the UnFancy Food Show
But that's not all. This Sunday is New York Food Museum's International Pickle Day Festival down on the Lower East Side. All the big names will be there like McClure's, Rick's Picks, Pickle Guys, and Guss'. Check this out between 11am an 4:30pm in the parking lot on Broome between Essex and Ludlow.

The Chile Pepper Fiesta will be at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens
900 Washington Avenue
(718) 623-7200

The pickling class with be at American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and 79th Street

1 comment:

Linda said...

i'll be at the chile festival!