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RIVER HORSE CELEBRATES NEW BREWERY; PHOTOS FROM MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO

River Horse Moves Brewery to Larger Space in Ewing

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“We had 10,000 square feet in Lambertville, spread over two floors and four rooms with low ceilings,” Walsh told me at his company’s ribbon cutting ceremony on October 10th. By contrast, the new space is an open 25,000 square feet all on one level and with 20-foot-plus ceilings. It is divided into a tasting room, brewing and packaging room, and grain mill.

Courtesy George Point

Courtesy George Point

Some walls sport graffiti by Jersey City artists, like this one behind Chris Walsh:

Courtesy George Point

Courtesy George Point

The team has already added 3 new 40-barrel fermentation tanks – and that’s just a start. “In theory we will never have to move,” Walsh said. “We have eight times the capacity we did at Lambertville.” This means they can make more styles of their unfiltered beers, as well as brewing more of their current popular offerings, some of which they produce year-round (like my favorite, River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus double IPA) and others which are seasonal, such as wintertime’s Belgian Freeze Ale and Oatmeal Milk Stout.

Courtesy George Point

Courtesy George Point

All 13 River Horse employees made the move over to Ewing, including head brewer Chris Rakow, in the brown shirt below. (Check out the size of the scissors Chris Walsh is holding!)

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Brewery tours and tastings commence on Saturday, October 19, and are conducted on the hour from noon to 5 pm. Reservations are required. River Horse t-shirts and other swag should also be available for purchase, as are take-out beer and growler pours. For reservations and information visit www.riverhorse.com.

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Photos from Princeton March Against Monsanto

This past Saturday was a gorgeous day for the music, speeches, and march up Nassau Street from the Whole Earth Center to the Princeton Battle Monument by city hall.

March organizer Theresa Lam

March organizer Theresa Lam

Can you spot the anti-GMO cow?

Can you spot the anti-GMO cow?

Just your typical father and son

Just your typical father and son

Gotta start 'em young

Gotta start ’em young

The crowd gathers

The crowd gathers

Upcoming March Against Monsanto; Theater District Dining; Green Restaurant Nominations

Marching to Label GMO Foods

March Against Monsanto logo

This Saturday, October 12, thousands of people around the world are expected to march against ag-biotech giant Monsanto – including in Princeton where the focus will be on getting foods containing GMOs labeled. Organizers of the Princeton march, which kicks off at 2 pm at the Whole Earth Center, include that natural foods store, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), Food & Water Watch of New Jersey, and GMO-Free NJ. Read about what the march will entail, as well as background info on the GMO debate, in my revealing interview with march organizer and NJ food activist Theresa Lam in the October 9 issue of US 1.

Mercato in NYC’s Theater District (& a Bonus Find)

When I am dining before or after a play or concert, I try to pick a place within walking distance. This past Sunday I needed a lunch spot near Playwrights Horizon, where I was going to see Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play. (Yes, the Mr. Burns in the title refers to the Simpsons character. I had snatched tickets after reading this glowing review by Ben Brantley in The NY Times.)

Mercato roomMy choice was Mercato, an unpretentious, surprisingly authentic Italian spot on 39th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues. We enjoyed good-size pours of a Montepulciano ($9) and a Falanghina ($11), as well as excellent espresso. Here are highlights of what we ate in between.

The special app of tuna tartare, below, doesn’t come cheap ($16) but it’s uncharacteristically generous and beautifully accented with pomegranate seeds, capers, and slivers of yellow pepper:

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The best dish of the meal, hands down, was this pasta dish from the regular menu. The cavatelli-like pasta is actually Sardinian malloreddus, here enveloped by braised wild boar ragu ($18):

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To be honest, my choice – fettuccine with mushrooms – couldn’t compare. Since we still had time to kill before the performance, we strolled around the outdoor flea market I had spotted at the end of the block. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is a real find! Among the treasures I snagged were a pair of vintage Trifari earrings, which I haggled down to $12. God, how I love New York!
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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

New Jersey Finalists Announced for Nature’s Plate Award:
Vote Now for Your Favorite Green Restaurant

Nature Conservancy logoIn a previous post I urged you to nominate your favorite ‘green’ restaurant for the Nature Conservancy’s national award. The eateries with the most nominations have entered the finalist voting round, which is open from now until October 15 at 5 pm EST. The finalists in New Jersey are:

Ninety Acres, Peapack
Eno Terra, Kingston
Local Urban Kitchen, Brielle
BluePlate, Mullica Hill

All of them embrace green practices like using sustainable seafood, free-range and grass-fed meat, organic produce, locally sourced food, and tap water (rather than bottled water). Vote for your favorite at www.nature.org/naturesplatenj.

To sweeten the deal, one voter will be chosen at random to receive a $100 gift certificate to the winning restaurant. The winning restaurant and lucky voter will be announced October 17.