Monday, February 09, 2009

Oyster Shells and Diving Bells... Something's Brewing at New Amsterdam Market

From the get go, Saxelby Cheesemongers has been a staunch advocate of New Amsterdam Market, whose aim is to establish a new permanent public market in Lower Manhattan. Residing in the Essex Market, we know what a boon it is to be in a big, raucous market envrionment, surrounded by purveyors and personalities selling everything from fresh fish to buckets of breadfruit. For months, many of you have been patiently inquiring as to what New Amsterdam Market's plans for the future were... and I can finally say that there's something brewing...



A Winter Meal to Benefit New Amsterdam Market
Saturday, February 21st
5:00 to 9:00 pm
f/ocus Rental Gallery
599 11th Avenue

A dedicated and talented coterie of food folks including chef Caroline Fidanza (Diner and Marlow and Sons) Ross Gabriel (Home Restaurant) Kelly Taylor (Kelso of Brooklyn) and a handful of Long Island oystermen have created an incredible, hearty menu featuring local oysters that once abounded in the riverbed and estuary surrounding Manhattan. There'll be plenty of shuckers, plenty of beer, home made bread & butter, fish chowder, baked beans, and sauerkraut.

The proceeds from the dinner will go to benefit New Amsterdam Public; helping them to establish a monthly market this coming spring through fall. The City has gotten behind New Amsterdam's efforts, and plans to dedicate a space in Lower Manhattan for market use. New Amsterdam Market would be the first of its kind in the New York, as it is a market of purveyors of local foods. That means marketing like it used to be (or still is in many places around the world) where you go to a specialist for each and every product you buy, encouraging and supporting deep relationships between customers and purveyors, and between purveyors and food producers. For any of us who've been trapped in a serpentine que at New Yorks' vast array of supermarkets, we know and crave that friendly intimacy that comes from knowing your butcher, your greengrocer, and your monger.

Come on out and munch in support! Market season will be here before we know it.

For tickets ($50) and further information, visit newamsterdampublic.org

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