Finger on Pulse Teams With Mabel’s Smokehouse for a Barbecue Blowout; FreshDirect Lobbying for Food-Stampers

Beyond Sushi is now open on 14th Street. The “mostly vegan” spot combines a six-grain mixture or black rice with fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, and tofu to create artful handrolls. [EV Grieve]

• Never cry over spoiled milk again with this new contraption: This milk jug monitors your milk’s freshness and sends you a text alert when it’s spoiled! [Culture]

• FreshDirect is currently pursuing Congress to pass a bill that will allow food-stamp recipients to purchase groceries online through Electronic Benefits Transfer. Here’s to the modernization of food-stamp policies. [Crain’s NY]

• Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market’s new July 2012 program will feature a Family Day, complete with face painting, bouncy castle, petting zoo, and raffle giveaways. Admission is free from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday will host a Summer Block Party with Afrika Bambaataa, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. [Grub Street]

• Marcus Samuelsson presents “A Gospel Gathering at Ginny’s,” featuring music by the VY Higginsen’s Gospel for Teens Choir over brunch at Ginny’s Supper Club below Red Rooster Harlem. The series will begin this Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. [Grub Street]

• Celebrate all things local and hop-ful this Monday at Brooklyn Brewery’s Hopfest. Taste local brews, snack with urban farmers, and learn more about the Urban Hop project. Tickets are $35; all proceeds will benefit the BK Farmyards. [Grub Street]

• Brooklyn’s Finger on the Pulse will host a barbeque blowout at Good Co. 1 on July 18. Mable’s Smokehouse will be serving up their “critically acclaimed smoked meats and treats” alongside music by Creep and pints of Brooklyn Brewery beer. Advance VIP tickets are now available for $20. [Grub Street]

• The iconic Moondance Diner, which moved from Sixth Avenue out to Wyoming after over 70 years of service, has shuttered out west. [NY1]

• Tuesday, July 24, twelve New York chefs will prepare twelve concurrent dinners, using produce from an urban farm and hosted in a private home. Choose your dinner and mingle with food enthusiasts and writers to benefit Just Food and the Sylvia Center. [Grub Street]

• Two San Francisco bartenders will guest bartend at PDT next week. July 17 will host Jeff Hollinger of Comstock Saloon and July 18 will see Matt Conway of Absinthe. [Grub Street]

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