Eat For A Good Cause

If you're looking for a worthy excuse to taste some of NYC's finest eats and support a good cause, well, this week is your gustatory goldmine.  Two events sponsored by Just Food:

Wednesday, Sept. 21st :: Let Us Eat Local 

A tasting event celebrating eating local, sustainable food systems and local area farms devastated by Irene.  The evening will honor the "high priest of pasture," Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms (from my home state of ol Virginia!) who's new book, Folks, This Ain't Normal, is about to hit shelves in a few weeks (it's definitely worth a read).  A smorgasboard of local restaurants will be dishing up deliciousness -- ABC Kitchen, Northern Spy Food Co, Rose Water, dell'anima, Blue Hill and Sweet Deliverance among them.  Check out tickets here

*I'll be chatting with Joel tomorrow, more on his thoughts about sustainable agriculture and farming practices to come!

Sunday, Sept. 25th :: Dine Out (or In) for Irene

This cause is an absolute no-brainer.  Support NY-area farms who were hit hard by Hurricane Irene and eat out at a host of local restaurants this coming Sunday.  Participating restaurants will donate up to 10% of sales to funds set up by Grow NYC and Just Food to aid farmers.  You can also help out all next week by cooking at home and hosting a potluck or supper club, sourcing ingredients from your neighborhood greenmarket and donating to




posted: 09.20.11


A Lazy Weekend Lunch

It's hard to think of many things better than lounging around the house on a weekend morning/afternoon.  A good cup of coffee, an energizing egg sandwich topped with the last of summer's tomatoes and basil on a lovely lil' roll from Hot Bread Kitchen, and the weekend NY Times....instant relaxation and rejuvenation for the week to come. 

Happy lazy Sunday!

TAGS: eggs, brunch, tomato

posted: 09.18.11

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Cooking Summer Goodbye

Things have been quite astir the past few weeks in Nourish's kitchen.  We've been cooking up a storm for a few different events - a charity workout for the 9/11 Memorial Fund and a blowout 50th birthday party.  There's nothing better than memorializing and celebrating with incredible fare.  And we did just that with summer's final blast of beautiful produce, from out-of-this-world concord and champagne grapes, to juicy heirloom tomatoes, crisp red, purple and yellow bell peppers and a whole lot more.  Thank you Union Square Greenmarket!  Here's a visual feast of what we came up with...

bruschetta duo: rustic heirloom tomato-basil |  sauteed mushrooms with truffle oil
roasted cherry tomatoes, eggplant and oregano with olive country bread
grilled zucchini ribbon & proscuitto skewers with grated fiore sardo cheese & basil oil

calamari salad with crispy spiced chickpeas, bell pepper, fennel, lemon & chili
signature cocktail: The Negroni
Amelia’s strawberry country cake with strawberry-lime icing

Myself and my trusty sidekick and queen of baking, Amelia Coulter, sporting our rockin’ aprons from Birdkage.  Artist and good friend, Laura Loving, stands between us, ready to celebrate her husband’s big   5-0.

Rustic Heirloom Tomato-Basil Bruschetta ::

Serves :: 6 to 8


2 to 3 pounds of heirloom tomatoes, diced

1 small bunch of basil, roughly torn (about 1 cup)

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1 baguette, sliced

2 garlic cloves, halved


Preheat oven to 325.  Toast baguette for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.  

Mix tomatoes and basil and drizzle olive oil over top.  Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat well.  

Rub each toasted baguette slice with garlic and top with tomato-basil mixture.   

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