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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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Chef Elise Kornack, in her Prospect Heights garden, where she hosts her Brooklyn Rooted dinners. “We started having friends over, and we were grilling, we were gardening, we were cooking, and we were like, “...
Jessica Applestone, co-owner of Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats outside their new Park Slope location. The new shop opens today. (Pictured with Schmutz Applestone - and yes, Fleisher's makes their own ...
Caroline Bell (owner) and Colleen Duhamel (coffee buyer) of Cafe Grumpy “I don’t know…maybe that sounds like a hippie thing or something…but that’s just the way we do things!” ...
Peter Shelsky of Shelsky's Smoked Fish in Carroll Gardens is bringing 'Appetizing' back to Brooklyn “The Dutch think that’s crazy – ‘Pickled herring with cream sauce!? Heresy!’ But ...
The Added Value Farm in Red Hook is one of the largest and oldest (current) farming projects in Brooklyn. In 2003, the founders, Ian Marvy and Michael Hurwitz, worked with the Department of Parks to ...
Chef Cara Baker and Co-owner Anna D'Agrosa of Bushwick's Cafe Ghia “I call it the Bushwick Triangle. It’s like the Bermuda Triangle, but in a good way. It’s ...
The Iliamna Fish Co. crew. Few who know him would argue with the suggestion that Christoper Nicolson is of the more adventurous members of Brooklyn’s illustrious food world. Greenpoint resident and winemaker at ...
Matt Ross behind the counter at Court Street Grocers in Carroll Gardens. “People like the fact that these are classic sandwiches. Sandwiches they grew up with. Before you eat one, you know what you ...
Tenth Acre Farms is located in the schoolyard of the former St. Cecilia's School at 215 Richardson St. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. This is their second year of operation. “We found out that ...
Tenth Acre Farms in Greenpoint opened in the Spring of 2009. Founders Jordan Hall and Bennett Wilson have a successful film production studio, but when both found themselves Jonesin’ for the farming and gardening ...
Chuko, a ramen restaurant brought to you by Morimito vets Jamison Blankenship and David Koon, is opening soon in Prospect Heights Ramen fiends in Brooklyn have been salivating since word leaked a few months ago ...
Michael Hegedus, founder of Three Sisters Honey, works on the hive. “[The bees] pinpoint the location of the nectar source through the dances. And what’s amazing is that they do this within the ...
George Weld, owner of Egg restaurant and Goatfell Farm “He came over one morning and looked at that shovel leaning up against the house, and he didn’t say anything, but I just saw ...
Josh Sharkey and Brandon Gillis of Park Slope's Bark Hot Dogs “Some people thought we were crazy. They’d ask, ‘So what are you guys gonna do?’ We’d say, ...
It’s that time of the year when many of us city dwellers make our annual pilgrimage to lie in the sand at the edge of the sea, for a few hours, or a few ...