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A right proper pickle: On August 2, Tenement Talks guest Sandor Katz rhapsodizes about fermented foods. Photo by Sean Mintah

TENEMENT TALKS: “FERMENTED NEW YORK”  |  Part history lesson, part lecture, part author meet and greet: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s Tenement Talks series consistently informs and engages by shining a light on famous, infamous and forgotten aspects of New York City culture. Gangsters, poets, pugilists and vanishing storefront shops are among our favorite past topics — but the series is at its mind-feeding best when food is on its plate (which is often; check out their website to listen to all 75 minutes of June 19’s “Behind the Scenes: Goldie Lustgarten’s Kosher Butcher Shop and the Riot of 1902”).

Scholar and self-proclaimed “fermentation revivalist” Sandor Katz rhapsodizes about the 7,000+ year-old tradition that gives some added character to bread, coffee, pickles, beer, cheese, yogurt and…more. In addition to citing facts, figures and anecdotes from his book “The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World,” Katz will delve into all aspects of New York’s own unique pickling traditions — then conclude with a home pickling workshop and tasting.

Thurs., Aug. 2 at 6:30pm. At the Tenement Museum Visitor Center and Museum Shop (103 Orchard St., SW corner of Delancey St.). Seating is first-come, first-served. For tickets, call 877-975-3786 or visit tenement.org. For info, call 212-982-8420. Admission is $25 ($45 with purchase of the book).

Discover history, then help to preserve it, at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Image courtesy of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

BARTOW-PELL MANSION MUSEUM  RESTORATION WORKSHOP  |  Like the East Village’s own Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. Fourth St.), the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum provides the public with a rare opportunity to see life as it was lived in the 1800s. Now, for the second consecutive summer, Bartow-Pell’s Shutter Shop on Shore Road Restoration Workshop will allow you to do more than just tour the last of the country estates in the Pelham Bay area. Help restore the Green Revival mansion’s interior wooden shutters — from the mansion bedroom where its prized Charles-Honoré Lannuier bedstead is located. With special attention paid to curatorial, preservation and environmental considerations, participants will learn how to safely handle lead paint removal, make appropriate carpentry repairs, prime and paint. Then they’ll put those new skills to use.

Mon., July 30 through Fri., Aug. 3, 9am-4pm. At the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx). The workshop is $295 for the week and includes snacks, lunch, instruction, materials and insurance. Guest speakers and mansion tours are scheduled during the lunch break. Participants must be 18 or over. Registration is required. Call 718-885-1461 or email info@bpmm.org. The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours every Wed., Sat., & Sun., from noon to 4pm. The gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:30am to dusk. Mansion admission is $5 adults, $3 for students/seniors and free for children under six. Visiting the garden and grounds is free. For more info, visit bpmm.org .

– by SCOTT STIFFLER

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