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Sotheby’s to Auction Heirloom Vegetables

July 8, 2010

I stumbled upon this Heirloom Vegetable Auction in Great Performances monthly newsletter. The idea of using Sotheby’s New York  to auction off vegetables is genius and I’d love to beam over to NYC to see this done (and, not to mention, ogle the culinary VIP’s in attendance). If you happen to be in the city, tickets for the event start at $250 and go to a great cause.

Here’s the scoop on The Art of Farming event:

Just in time for the 2010 harvest season, Sotheby’s New York will host the inaugural Tri-State Heirloom Vegetable auction, The Art of Farming, on September 23, 2010. This first-of-its-kind event will celebrate edible heirlooms and the art involved in their creation. The novel concept provides a unique platform for local farmers, purveyors, celebrity chefs, food industry experts and high-profile New Yorkers to join together for a shared interest in the vitality of the Greenmarket and raise important funds for the GrowNYC New Farmer Development Project and The Sylvia Center at Katchkie Farm. The event is supported by leaders and visionaries in the sustainable food and farming movement, including Eric Ripert, Ruth Reichl, Martha Stewart, Bette Midler, Dan Barber, Liz Neumark, and others.

The Art of Farming evening will begin with a cocktail reception with “local” hors d’oeuvres by renowned restaurant Rouge Tomate, which strives to address social and environmental issues, taking pride in farm to table cuisine and implementing sustainable practices such as their firm dedication to composting. Jamie Niven, Chairman of Sotheby’s North America, will lead a live auction of Heirloom vegetables from more than 40 local farmers from the tri-state area, including Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of Beekman 1802, John Gorzynski of Gorzynski Ornery Farms, Russell Glover of Consider Bardwell, Tom Culton of Culton Organics, and Richard Ball of Schoharie Valley Farms. All seeds for the produce on sale have been donated to the farmers by Landreth and Seed Savers.

Also on the block will be incredible food and drink experiences such as summer farm internships for students, field trips for school classes, celebrity chef dinners, vegetable futures, farm-to-table dinners, New York wine country getaways, Brooklyn brewmaster tastings, and a bountiful silent auction of delectable items.

Following the auction, there will be an exclusive four-course dinner for benefactors, designed by a line-up of renowned celebrity chefs, including Jeff Gimmel of Swoon Kitchenbar in Hudson, New York, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Chef of Jean Georges, Roberto Alicea, Executive Chef of Andaz 5th Avenue, and Dominique Ancel, Pastry Chef of Daniel. The decadent menu will be created using fresh, seasonal ingredients like those on sale at the auction, donated by local organic markets and livestock providers. Each table will be hosted by a local farmer.

To complement the evening’s festivities, earlier the same day Sotheby’s will also host a series of high-profile gallery talks illuminating how art and food, flavor and culture, and trade and sustainability all impact- and are affected by- the journey from farm to table. The afternoon’s line-up, led by Karen Karp, President of Karp Resources, includes industry veterans Scott Exo, Executive Director, Food Alliance; Mitchell Davis, Vice President, James Beard Foundation; and others.

The Art of Farming will coincide with and kick-off the 2010 Eat Drink Local week in New York City, the annual celebration of the local food chain, co-produced by Edible magazines and GrowNYC. All proceeds from the event will benefit the GrowNYC New Farmers Development Project, which identifies, educates and supports immigrants with agricultural experience to become local producers and establish farms in the region, and The Sylvia Center, a program that inspires and teaches children to eat well through hands-on experiences at Katchkie Farm and in school and community centers all over New York City.


Gold-Medal Dining

February 18, 2010

I had to share this great post by Sunset Magazine – their recommendations for Vancouver B.C. hotels, restaurants and things to do really was spot on.   For those of you looking for a great bite while in town, check out their recommended hot spots:

Vij’s Vikran Vij is an icon here for his brilliantly modernized renditions of traditional Indian food. Don’t miss the “lamb popsicles”―French-cut chops with an addictive fenugreek-cream sauce. $$$; 604/736-6664.   (side note by WSB: the New York Times called this the “best Indian food in the WORLD” – that means you have to go!)


Market by Jean-Georges, in the Shangri-La Hotel, is just what you’d expect from star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Like the perfect sauce, the restaurant balances Asian and European flavors to delicious effect (try the rice cracker–crusted tuna). $$$; 604/695-1115.

La Quercia serves Northern Italian dishes that are so good, they might make you weep. The delicate agnolotti is a must. $$$; closed Mon; 604/676-1007.

Try the sour orange mussel curry or fiery fermented sausage at Maenam―you’ll never look at Thai food the same way again. $$; 604/730-5579.

C Restaurant buys its catch straight from the docks. Expect thrilling seafood exotica like sablefish collar with elephant heart plums and a “tip to tail” king salmon. $$$$; 604/681-1164.

Lumière is not new, but with French master chef Daniel Boulud now involved, it’s mind-bogglingly good, with regular and vegetarian tasting menus. $$$$; closed Mon; 604/739-8185.

The fried chicken at Refuel is the best we’ve ever had. Period. $$; 604/288-7905.

Vancouver’s Chinese food is legendary: At Sun Sui Wah, you pick a live king crab and it arrives minutes later, steamed, cracked, and piled with green onions. $$; 604/872-8822



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Photo Credit: New York Times