EDP’s “Fall is Here” Listicle (Or, Why September Does Not Suck)
Summer is over and your bathing suits are once again restored to their usual home: moldering on the basement clothesline (as they do for ten months of the year). The kids are back in school and perhaps—can it be so?—the breakout caused by all that sunblock is starting to fade. Are you depressed? Crestfallen? Dreading eight months in scratchy wool? Well, Sexton is here to soothe your fears.
Here are five great reasons to look forward to fall 2013:
1) Drinking around fireplaces. Here’s the thing about summer: it’s so damn comfortable. With a temperature differential of only about 15 degrees between indoors to out, it’s really hard to earn that indulgent alcoholic drink. Sure, there’s always the cold one after physical exertion, but then we’re getting into sweat and exercise, and who wants to do that? No, for my money, it’s the warming drink by the fire on a chilly evening. I’m telling you—drive to Farmer and the Fish with the car windows wide open. When your teeth are good and chattering, snuggle up to that ancient 18th century hearth and wrap yourself around a stiff, warm whiskey. Bingo.
2) Obscenely rich, carnal food. Look, I get it: there are a lot of summer vegans out there who avoid all forms of animal fat when the threat of bodily exposure looms. After all, who wants to sit on the beach knowing that every bite of foie gras that you’ve ever taken will be perfectly articulated—tooth marks and all!—on your pale, wobbly thighs? Look, September is your best bet month for pigging out. You’ve got six months until spring break—so scoop out fatty, delicious marrow from salty bones at The Cookery.
3) Scorchingly hot food. There is a deep, sensual thrill in hanging your head over a plate of steamy hot deliciousness and then dragging its visceral scent into the very bottom of your soul. Or is that just me? Anyway, now is the time to indulge in rocket hot foods like the crackling bibimbap at So Gong Dong Tofu, which is served on a hot stone. It’ll make you sweat (in a good way).
4) Roasted game with wintery herbs. Go ahead and gnaw the rosy, sage-scented breast off that tiny delicious quail. Crack into partridge with blood sauce, wild boar sausage, or how about some venison? Winter is coming, folks—so it’s time to get your game face on.
5) Titanic Red Wines. Oh, yes, folks—after a summer of crisply mineral Spanish whites (and why-bother Italian greens—Pinot Grigio, I’m looking right at you), it’s time to check out some truly Death Star reds. You know what I’m talking about: those reds so big and serious that they ought to have their faces carved into Mount Rushmore. Go to Crabtree’s Kittle House and tell them I sent you.
Harvest Fest at Stone Barns Center for Food and Wine
October 5, 2013
$20/Youth (ages 2-14)
From the site, “Stone Barns Center’s 10th annual fall celebration and fundraiser will include live music, a farmer’s market with delicious seasonal fare, hayrides, a square dance, food-crafting demonstrations and farm activities.
Proceeds from Harvest Fest support Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s work to improve the way America eats and farms. By attending, you help us advance innovative farming methods, teach children about food, and train beginning farmers.
Exclusive ticket packages available!
$5,000 Anniversary Package
10 tickets to Harvest Fest + 10 Access Passes to the Garden Lounge*
4 Preferred Parking Passes
5 Stone Barns Center Family Gift Memberships ($125 level)
Private behind-the-scenes tour of Stone Barns Center and farm.
IMPACT: Helps underwrite a month of training for a full-time farm apprentice; 3 scholarships for farmers to attend the Young Farmer Conference; 5 student scholarships for Farm Camp.
(Fair market value of goods and services is estimated to be $470)
$2,500 Harvest Package
8 tickets to Harvest Fest + 8 Access Passes to the Garden Lounge*
3 Preferred Parking Passes
3 Stone Barns Center Family Gift Memberships ($125 level)
IMPACT: Helps provide transportation for 30 students to attend Farm Camp
(Fair market value of goods and services is estimated to be $165)
$1,000 Heirloom Package
6 tickets to Harvest Fest + 6 Access Passes to the Garden Lounge*
2 Preferred Parking Passes
2 Stone Barns Family Gift Memberships ($125 level)
IMPACT: Helps teach 35 students to cook with fresh vegetables
(Fair market value of goods and services is estimated to be $120)
$500 Heritage Package
4 tickets to Harvest Fest + 4 Access Passes to the Garden Lounge*
1 Preferred Parking Pass
1 Stone Barns Center Individual Gift Membership ($75 level)
IMPACT: Helps bring a class of 30 students to the farm for a school program
(Fair market value of goods and services is estimated to be $70)
$125 Celebration Ticket
1 ticket to Harvest Fest + 1 Access Pass to the Garden Lounge*
(Fair market value of goods and services is estimated to be $15)
IMPACT: Every ticket helps Stone Barns create a healthier and more sustainable food system.
*The Garden Lounge offers reserved seating, beverages and light fare—a sampling of seasonal tastes from select market vendors.
Thank you for your support!
Harvest Fest will be held rain or shine. Stone Barns Center has a strict no dogs policy at Harvest Fest.
This event is a fundraiser. No refunds are available once tickets have been purchased.
To learn more about the event please click HERE.”
Pulled Pork with Okra and Tater Tots at Double R Barbecue doublerq.com
Tater Tots, as in “Tater Tots ™.” Just look at ’em folks: all piled into a miniature paint can and deep fried and crispy like your mother never made. (She was a fan of “oven frying,” wasn’t she?) This giant platter of stick-to-your-ribs pulled pork at New Rochelle newcomer, Double R Barbecue comes with two complimentary sides, which also lean toward the ribs-ticking end of the spectrum. We picked the cute, tot-like nuggets of fried okra on the right—and still, our ribs were (albeit happily) stuck for a week. Don’t miss ribs and a great beer, cocktail, and spirit list, too.