Thursday, February 18, 2010


Jimmy's No. 43 participated in a recent soup and bread event. We made a creamy potato, roasted onion, yogurt soup. It was the first to sell out! Martha, the founder of the group posted our recipe on her site Soup and Bread.

It seems we aren't the only ones into soup these days. Organizers have been slaving away to bring you the First Annual NYC Souperama! On Saturday, March 6 from 1:00- 5:00 PM soup-lovers should find their way to Jimmy's No. 43 for a day dedicated to delicious soups and the people who make them! $20 at the door will benefit Harbor Hope, a non-profit organization developing educational cooking programs for those with special needs, and The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, providing free summer experiences to New York City children from disadvantaged communities.

Approximately 15 soups will be scored by a panel of judges. Judges include:

· Cathy Erway, author of The Art of Eating In and Not Eating Out In New York.

· Jake Schiffman from The Food Network

· Gabrielle Langholz, editor of Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn

· Sherri Brooks Vinton, food writer

Participants will compete for a wide range of prizes including cookbooks, cooking tools and more. Attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite soup to be awarded People’s Choice. If you are interested in participating, there is still time to enter. Email for specifics.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cathy Erway Interview and Aphrodisiac Dinner for Singles 2/11

Cathy Erway has been a ubiquitous presence in the New York Cook Off scene. It shouldn't be any surprise that her blog -Not Eating Out in New York is one of our favorites. Cathy's book, The Art of Eating In, is hitting the shelves and she is celebrating with an Aphrodisiac Dinner for Singles at Jimmy's No. 43 on February 11. (See sidebar under Upcoming Tasting Events for details!) If you don't know her- check out this brief interview, then hit her blog, then buy the book!

How weird did it seem to your friends when you stopped eating out, now over 2 years ago?

Pretty weird, but then my friends already knew me :). It was strangers who were most shocked when they heard that [I was not eating out anymore], and would always exclaim, I don't know how anyone could do that!

Were you a writer before you started, or were you inspired enough by the concept to become a writer?

I always wanted to be a writer, but paying gigs didn't seem to be falling on my lap too easily. That's why I started a blog, to self-publish my food writing, and not get paid for it either!

Do you have a day job? If so, what?

I work as a freelance writer; I do copywriting, and some writing for publications like Edible Brooklyn on the side. A flexible schedule was all mastered so that I could take food photography in daylight!

How did you come up with your 5 course aphrodisiac menu? (See menu below) Oysters and pomegranates seem natural for Valentines, but why have you included beef cheeks?

The menu is roughly based on a five-course meal that I cooked for a group of ten at my place one night, which is recalled in the book. It was an elaborate prank between me and three friends to invite someone whom we had a crush on to dinner, and hopefully woo them with aphrodisiac foods, which are featured throughout the menu (pomegranate, basil, etc.). We didn't tell any of this to our guests though, and as it turned out, none of us got lucky, nor had a very good time -- at least, until the other guests had left and we were left to ourselves again, to just have fun. Anyway, the food was really good at least!

As an off shoot of your "not eating out", you became a leader in the amateur cook off movement in Brooklyn. What was the first cookoff you participated in? Do you compete to win? What are some other cook offs that are coming up?

The first cook-off had to be a Chili Takedown way back in '07. I made something with chicken and hominy, and did not win. Since then I have never thought very seriously about trying to win the cookoffs, but just have a great time with the other chefs, hosts, and generally awesome people who show up to eat.

There is just one seating for Cathy's Aphrodisiac Dinner for Singles- a five course prix fixe dinner for $25/ per person (tax, tips and drinks not included). Seating at 7:30 followed by a reading and Q and A with Cathy in our Back Room. The menu for the Aphrodisiac Dinner for Singles includes:

Risotto with spelt (freekah), arugula, pinenuts and basil
Braised beef cheeks w/ pomegranate and butternut mash
Spiced fennel salad
Almond pudding with amaretto crumbs

Thanks for talking to us, Cathy, and best of luck with your new book!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Diana Pittet's Great Cheddar Adventure

Diana Pittet returned from 8 months traveling the world to visit cheese producers bursting with knowledge to share. On February 3 she hosted a talk and tasting the the back room at Jimmy's No. 43. The tasting featured 5 English farmhouse cheddars and a real English cask ale.

Here's a virtual taste of the evening:

Keen’s Cheddar -An unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese made by the Keen family at Moorhayes Farm in Somerset for over 100 years.

Montgomery’s Cheddar - An unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese made by Jamie Montgomery in Somerset.

Isle of Mull- An unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese made by Jeff and Chris Reade on a remote Scottish island. The soil and climate in western Scotland is different from Somerset, resulting in a more acidic and fruity cheese.

Sparkenhoe Red Leicester- An unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese made by David and Jo Clarke. It’s savory and satisfying and much younger than the clothbound Cheddars, only four or five months old.

Stichelton- An unpasteurized cow’s milk cheese made by American Joe Schneider in Nottinghamshire near Sherwood Forest. It’s syrupy, toasty, and savory. It sure looks like Stilton but don’t call it that! That would be against the law!

And to drink:

RCH Brewery’s Pitchfork (Somerset, 4.3%)- it is not everyday you get to try a real English cask ale!

Farnum Hill Cider (New Hampshire, 6.5% to 7.5%) - This cider may be made in New Hampshire, but it’s still the taste of Somerset and a great companion for Cheddar.

Wild Meliades (Hudson Valley, 12%) - A uniquely produced organic apple wine. crafted by Enlightenment Wines. "Wild Meliades" is unfiltered and sulfite-free, with sophisticated floral notes produced by the complex interactions of an airborne wild yeast ecosystem, which develops independently in each 5-gallon cask. Every cask offers a one-of-a-kind experience, unmatched in depth or subtlety; this particular cask was brought to Jimmy's 43 by request and is not available anywhere else.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Aw Shucks!

It turns out that a lot of people love oysters. Thursday nights' Local Oysters Local Beer Night is a happy, salty night at Jimmy's No. 43. However, last Thursday night Karen Rivara and Jim Markow came by to shuck a mind-boggling number of oysters and talk about the time and care it takes to get an oyster from its watery home to your mouth. Luckily, Nora Mulrooney of Amateur Foodie Adventures was kind enough to write about the evening from her perspective.

Jimmy's No. 43's Local Oysters Local Beer night also rated a mention on Metromix's list of New York City spots to enjoy oysters! Check out the photos and lists here.

For more information, check out The Peconic Land Trust website to learn about the natural lands and working farms of Long Island.