Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Weekly 101 (9/21/11)

Back to my regularly scheduled programming, I will be hosting a FREE Public Hive Inspection at the Added Value Community Farm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Hint: It's across the street from IKEA. Getchu some meatballs in your face and getchu some bees in your hands. It's what we call a win-win situation in my business.

This week's inspection is going to be particularly exciting. If you read Part One of Queenright in Red Hook and would like to skip ahead and see the (hopefully) awesome conclusion of the saga, COME OUT TO RED HOOK on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th. I won't know the ending either, so I'm SUPER EXCITED to find out!

I'll be there bright and early, rip-roarin' to go, and I'll start the talk and demo at 11AM or SOON THEREAFTER. Be on time! Get there early! Get your hands dirty on the farm! The demo will take place during open volunteer hours, so stick around afterwards! YES!


It's all going down at the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm, located at 3-49 Halleck St, Brooklyn, 11231, and I'll be starting the inspection at 11AM.

To get there by Subway:
A/C/F train to Jay Street/Borough Hall. Exit the station and walk west to Boerum Place and Joralemon Street. Take the B61 bus going towards Red Hook. Exit the bus at the IKEA store, and the farm is across the street.
R to 4th Ave/9th St. Take the B61 bus going towards Red Hook/IKEA on 9th st. Exit the bus at the IKEA store, and the farm is across the street.

For my more well-heeled readers, there is an exciting event going on TONIGHT, Wednesday, September 21st.

[The] Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is celebrating Brooklyn’s burgeoning local food and sustainability movement at its Brooklyn Bounty cocktail party,Wednesday, September 21, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

“This year we are evolving the traditional cocktail party concept into a more meaningful evening that is deeply rooted in Brooklyn’s rich agrarian heritage,” said BHS President Deborah Schwartz. According to Marc Linder, author of Of Cabbages and Kings County: Agriculture and the Formation of Modern Brooklyn, through the end of the late nineteenth-century, Brooklyn was the country’s second largest producer of vegetables. This year’s Bounty is a celebration of Brooklyn’s past as well as the contemporary sustainable foods movement in the borough.

The event will include:
• Tastings of food from Brooklyn growers, chefs, and purveyors who have been given the challenge of utilizing a locally grown or produced ingredient in their dishes
• Historical cocktails by Brooklyn mixologists
• Food stories told by Brooklynites from neighborhoods far and wide
• A viewing of historical and new maps and materials related to local food and agriculture
• A creative silent auction of unique Brooklyn prizes and experiences
• Music by The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn
• And… the FIRST Brooklyn Food Awards, which will pay tribute to those Brooklynites who have contributed to our borough’s sustainability movement.

The evening will include food by local chefs from Egg, Fornino, iCi, Purple Yam, and many more. Chefs are featured each week in our Brooklyn Bounty Blog in an ongoing series. In addition to a tasting menu by local chefs, the event will include a mouth-watering mix of local products from favorite local businesses including ice cream from Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, goodies from Kumquat Cupcakery, seasonal beers from Brooklyn Brewery, wine from Red Hook Wineries and coffee from Brewklyn Grind.

Oh yes.

Beekeeper For A Day, with me! I'll take the winning bidder (and a guest!) around Brooklyn for some HANDS ON EXPERIENCE as a beekeeper. We'll get our hands dirty in the Added Value Red Hook Community Farm hives, as well as in my personal hives (my babies!) in Fort Greene. We'll likely finish up enjoying a tasty local brew with the bees as we talk about...

Wait for it...



You can buy tickets for the cocktail party, being held at the Brooklyn Historical Society in downtown Brooklyn, HERE. They're pricy, but if it's any motivation, I will be there answering questions in an ever increasing state of inebriation.

Or not.

I'm reasonable.

I'm also really excited about bees!

Also, I'll be wearing a bow tie.

Do it. You know you want to.

For more info, check out the Brooklyn Bounty blog at:

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