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peter.hobbs Dec 12
The conundrum is clear. New York is a coastal city, surrounded by seas rich with life and towns where fishermen have been harvesting the ocean’s bounty for centuries. Yet it’s next to impossible to buy fresh fish, caught locally, anywhere, even at many docks themselves, where fishermen have exclusive deals with distributors who pump the [...]
peter.hobbs Jun 09
“On Evan’s very first brew day here, he got heatstroke.” -Craig Frymark Simply put, local upstart Barrier Brewing is killing it. The year-old, two-man operation has already made a name for itself by brewing an impressive variety of notably well-crafted beers on a tiny single-barrel brewing system, out of a small garage-like space in Oceanside, New York. Evan [...]
peter.hobbs Jun 03
Christopher Nicholson’s day job is interesting enough. His daily commute takes him from his Greenpoint home to the Red Hook harborfront, where he’s a winemaker at the Red Hook Winery , shepherding Long Island and Finger Lakes grapes through the long and complex journey from vine to barrel to bottle. But his other work may be even [...]
peter.hobbs May 25
When Annie Novak of Greenpoint’s Eagle Street Rooftop Farm put the word out that she’d be opening the roof for a night harvest last night, we knew we’d have to stop by. No, not gonna miss a chance to pick a trove of fresh salad greens on a rooftop farm while basking in the glory of [...]
peter.hobbs May 20
“Good meat is homemade, it’s freshly ground spices, and it’s care for the method. It’s not looking for shortcuts, and that’s what the average deli became – ‘how can we shortcut everything to lower our costs, because people won’t pay more money but want bigger portions?’ I did this my way and I kind of gave the [...]
peter.hobbs May 17
“We use local, organic ingredients as often as possible” For today’s discerning diners, that once-reassuring line on a menu doesn’t cut it anymore. It seems like it’s almost de rigeur for new-school Brooklyn restaurants to reserve a spot on their menus to proudly name the farms from which they source their meats, produce, and cheese. You’ve [...]
peter.hobbs May 12
Most of us don’t contemplate much beyond, “Cappuccino or Latte?” when it comes to coffee. But coffee can be complicated. A particularly complex supply chain makes it easy for us to to skip the questions we’ve begun asking more frequently about our food: Who grew this? Where? How? The Crop to Cup Coffee Company was [...]
peter.hobbs May 12
Rumors have been swirling over the past year about Bacon Marmalade, an elusive and highly sought-after invention supposedly created by a chef in Greenpoint. Wide-eyed devotees of the mysterious marmalade talk about its almost magical, mystical properties when added to a sandwich, stirred into pan with greens or seafood, or used as a marinade on [...]
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Author Archives: peter.hobbs
Jonathan Greenberg of Rosco's Pizza in Crown Heights mastered the art of simple Italian cooking and pizza making at Franny's and Paulie Gee's. Now, he's channeling all ...
Joseph Aponte intended to make his living as catcher for the New York Mets. By chance, he applied for a job as a barback at Littleneck and ended up as chef. Littleneck touts itself as ...
Leonardo Molina, the owner of Bushwick’s Arepera Guacuco, grew up on the island of Margarita, which lies just off the coast of Venezuela, in a typically warm, azure, swath of the Caribbean Sea. He ...
It all started with cassoulet. Sung Park, chef and owner of Williamsburg’s tiny Café Petit, grew up in Seoul. He cultivated his cooking skills working as chef in one of his family’s restaurants. ...
At Arthur on Smith, Chef Joe Isidori reinterprets the Italian-American dishes he grew up on with his own more modern (Michelin-starred) sensibilities and techniques. Chef Joe Isidori grew up in the Bronx, in a home ...
Polenta with a simple sauce made with preserved summer tomatoes, topped with beets, shredded cabbage, fennel fronds and pickled peppers, with a baked egg, at Eat. Every restaurant has a thing – new school or ...
Chefs Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek at Battersby, their high-flying new restaurant on Smith Street in Carroll Gardens Most chefs dream the same dream: To work in the best kitchens they can, under the best ...
Christmas Day is the centerpiece of ‘the holidays,’ here in the United States – a whirlwind of family, food, and gifts all crunched into a 48-hour period. By the time January rolls around, ...
Omer Shemesh and Alexandra Costin of Newtown, an oasis offering a selection of scratch-made vegetarian sandwiches, salads and soups amid the manufacturing sites and artist's studios of industrial East Williamsburg. To those who ...
New York is known across the planet as the city of relentless reinvention. The skyline reaches ever higher into the clouds; time warps neighborhoods like funhouse mirrors as wave after wave of newcomers erode and ...
Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured (right), went to Red Hook to volunteer and was assigned to help gut a flooded basement. By the end of the following day he was putting his years of cooking ...
Ian Marvy, founder and director of the Red Hook Community Farm, weathered the storm in Red Hook. The farm was completely submerged. Long before the dawn of the rooftop farm era, there was the Added ...
Valery Rizzo is a professional photographer based in Park Slope, and a regular contributor to NonaBrooklyn. Under normal circumstances her work here is focused on capturing the beauty and bounty of Brooklyn’s food culture. ...
Photography by Michael Harlan Turkell Governor, where chef Bradford McDonald has been raising the bar for seasonal, regional cuisine, was destroyed in the flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Brad McDonald has worked in many kitchens, honing ...
Christopher Nicolson, head winemaker at The Red Hook Winery. The winery, based on a Red Hook pier, was destroyed in the surge from Sandy. The Red Hook Winery doesn’t just make wine. They are ...