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Happy Fall! Eat Drink Local and Be Merry.

Posted Sep 24 2010 8:13am

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I have to admit, when the weather dips below a certain temperature I tend to get a little crabby pants. I still can’t convince my entire crew to move with me to California, or better yet Costa Rica, so I really have to physically prepare myself for the downfall. As soon as I see the leaves falling off the trees, I like to collect nuts, stock up on oats, wine and chai tea, get out my Snuggie and make a few extra orders in preparation for Winter hibernation. I’m not a total ice queen , but I’m just not a fan of bulky sweaters, face-stinging winds and wet socks.

Yesterday was the first day of fall. I think I’ve come to the (shocking) realization, however, that I’ve been giving the season a bum rap. It’s really Winter I hate. Gah, cold, wet socks! Fall is pretty pleasant and is turning out to be a lot of fun. I think I have more things penciled into my calendar for September and October than I did for June and July (shocker!) and I am a firm believer that Mother Nature was thinking of me when she created pumpkin.

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One of the things I’m loving about this season is the abundance of farmers’ market and local foodie events. With fall fashion week out of the way, everyone can finally eat and drink again. (Kidding ;) !). I mentioned in a previous post that Just Food held a local-eats event on September 16th and now Edible Manhattan Magazine is also celebrating Fall with a local vibe. Their 11-day Eat Drink Local week, which runs September 26th through October 6th, encourages New Yorkers to get to know their local food markets, farmers and artisan foodmakers. In collaboration with GrowNYC , and a well-rounded list of restaurants, wine shops and wineries, breweries and beer bars, farms and food artisans, and cultural institutions that celebrate food, here’s the low-down on what they’ve planned:

Special locavore meals and deals: All week-long from partnering restaurants, wine shops and wineries, breweries and beer bars, farms and food artisans, and cultural institutions that celebrate food.

• Ingredients of the day: Each day of the week will be defined by a local ingredient they think deserves your love.

• The EDL Challenge: A list of 20 local cooking must-trys from canning to clamming to making butter to reading Michael Pollan. Master as many as you can. (If you tell them about it on Facebook, Twitter via Flickr or in person at our Festival at Chelsea Market on Oct. 4, you might win one of the rapidly growing mountain of prizes.)

The Sotheby’s Vegetable Auction: An Amish style heirloom vegetable auction to be held at Sotheby’s on September 23.

The L.I. Wine Auction: A Long Island wine auction, HARVEST at Wolffer Estate Vineyards in Sagaponack on September 25.

The Educational Institute: The Edible Institute at the New School, a public discourse on urban food issues on September 27.

The Festival of the 11 Ingredients at Chelsea Market: A tasting of 11 ingredients of the week from the vendors at Chelsea Market, plus local brews and bottles, October 4.

Taste of Greenmarket: The annual fundraiser for the youth outreach component of the city’s Greenmarket program, October 6.

Edible Gardens: Throughout the week, there will be programs and lectures on gardening and eating what you grow at the New York Botanical Garden.

Cooking Demos: The Union Square and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets will feature cooking demos from partner chefs, New York wine pourings and other happenings.

… and more! You can find more information here . Funny, my calendar looks exactly like .

Hey NYers – are you going to celebrate this week? Any fun events you want to check out? Let me know – maybe I’ll see you there!

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