September 12, 2010, 7pm
3rd Ward (map)
Films, food and live performance that focus on sustainability and deliciousness.
Our return to 3rd Ward will be equal parts BBQ, screening, and live cooking show. Featuring a sneak peak at American Meat by Graham Meriwether, a live demonstration of the Brother Mark cooking show and the chef’s at Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall plus a collectively-prepared, locally-sourced BBQ meal by members of Umami: People + Food. Graham Meriwether and Brother Mark will participate in a Q&A following the show.
Presented as part of the Farm City Festival and the French Institute Alliance Française: Crossing the Line Festival.
American Meat by Graham Meriwether
American Meat explores the complexities embedded in the highly debated practices of the American meat industry. As the economy drives a contraction of conventional chicken, pork and beef operations, we hear the innovative methods of the charismatic, Virginia-based farmer, Joel Salatin. Joel, who is a leader of the growing niche of people who are opting for animals raised outside and without the use of antibiotics, believes that if more people become sustainable farmers, the movement could fracture centralized commodity production. Conventional farmers argue that small-scale farming can’t expand production enough to adequately meet the demands of the nation. As the dialogue ensues, Salatin signs a deal with fast-food chain Chipotle in a surprising move, with widespread implications for the industry.
Brother Mark’s BBQ- Mark Bernal & Matt Rivera
Brother Mark, a chef who looks like he just came in from the Appalachian Trail but cooks with an appreciation of smoke and flavor befitting an urbane foodie, will be screening episodes of his comedy cooking show and preparing a special masterpiece live.
Umami: People + Food
Laura Braslow and Chloe Bass of Umami: People + Food will be working the grill, providing a collectively-prepared and locally-sourced meal that won’t strain your wallet. Umami is a break-even project dedicated to fostering community around what we eat, how we eat it, and who we eat it with. (photo by Lee Manvil)
Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall
Conceived by Jeff Lutonsky and Meghan Love, Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall is a new BBQ restaurant and bar in Williamsburg Brooklyn serving a menu of simple country fare found in the roadside BBQ joints of the South.
Farm City Festival: Where Are You Growing?
Over three weekends, Farm City celebrates Urban Agriculture and explores the possibilities of a new agrarian future within the current urban reality. Components include: Farm City Fair, Farm City Film, Farm City Tour, and Farm City Forum, spotlighting the work of artists, farmers, activists, planners, architects, chefs, and foodies, all devoting themselves to feeding the city both culturally and agriculturally. Farm City is co-curated with Derek Denckla, editor of thegreenest.net and founder of FarmCity.US.
French Institute Alliance Française: Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line, the French Institute Alliance Française’s inter-disciplinary contemporary arts festival presented each fall, is conceived as a platform to present vibrant new works by a diverse range of transdisciplinary artists working in France and New York City.