A few days ago I had the pleasure of attending one of the most fun foodie events I’ve been to so far in NYC: New Year, New Pantry, hosted by Foodstand. From what I gathered (in my final days as a non-smartphone user…!), Foodstand is an app that promotes a sustainable and delicious food system by allowing food lovers to share recipes, sourcing recommendations, beautiful dishes, etc, with each other. As soon as my shiny new iphone is in hand I’m hoping to become a beta user.
Here’s how it all went down:
4:45pm: Read about event on theskint.com (great website for making the most of NYC on a budget). Think it sounds awesome but a little intimidating (food swap suggestions in the event description include pickled radishes and serrano-infused vodka). Decide to go anyway. Google NYTimes chocolate chip cookie recipe, crossing fingers that all ingredients are on hand at home.
5:30pm: Get home and successfully locate flour, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, baking soda, salt, eggs, and bag of chocolate chips. It’s go time! Make cookie dough (using up the very last of the flour; close one), adding a dash of cinnamon to jazz things up. Stick dough in fridge to chill, scarf down leftovers, and run out to the Lincoln Center for a Rodgers and Hammerstein show.
8:45pm: Return home, start baking. Bat away boyfriend from eating too much cookie dough. Encourage bf, roommate, and roommate’s bf to sample fresh-from-oven cookies (roommate to her bf: “See, aren’t you glad that we came here tonight instead of going to your place?”).
10:00pm: Package up cookies and set aside to take in the morning.
9:00am: Back at office, with several dozen cookies in a bag under the desk, visit event page to register. Re-read and realize it’s a pantry swap; i.e. non-perishable goods. Oops.
6:30 – 8:30pm: Go to Foodstand’s office, meet lots of wonderful folks, and learn about their excellent endeavors, be it full-time, part-time or labor of love. Swap not only (not necessarily non-perishable!) food, but ideas, contact info, and inspiration. Leave feeling like this collection of traded goods makes for, in the words of a fellow swapper, the best trick or treat bounty ever.
Thank you to Amy for the bourbon vanilla extract, Chuck for the homemade Thai sausage, Flo for the pickled green beans, Danie and Justine for the basil-infused salt, Brittany for the bacon jalapeno cheddar cheese ball, Josh and Kyle for the granola, Emily for the “baboon” lemon curd, other new friends for samples and goodies, and Foodstand for hosting such a terrific evening! I’m already brainstorming for the next swap.