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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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"The whole time Gino was making yogurt at home and I was making toppings for the yogurt... And we'd be eating our yougurt and going, "What should we do?" Until one day we were like, wait a minute, we're making this great yogurt every day, this is what we're going to do!" - Jennie Ammirati, Co-owner of Culture
To start the Feast, Allison Robicelli, chef, baker extraordinaire, and owner of Robicelli's, shares her father's recipe for Broiled (not baked!) Clams by Allison Robicelli, Chef, and Owner of Robicelli’...
by Saul Bolton, Chef/Owner of Saul in Boerum Hill, The Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights, and the soon-to-open Red Gravy in Brooklyn Heights The feast of the Seven Fishes has become an annual Christmas Eve ...
By Andrew Feinberg, Chef/Owner of Franny’s in Prospect Heights Ruby red shrimp are some of the most flavorful shrimp available. That’s why we use them at Franny’s. They are ...
Allswell chef/owner Nate Smith shares his Warm Potato Salad with Smoked Trout and Soft Boiled Egg. Photo © Donny Tsang by Nate Smith, Chef/Owner of Allswell, in Williamsburg This dish in particular was definitely ...
by Brian Leth, chef at Vinegar Hill House in Vinegar Hill I love the classic combination of fresh, local squid and roasted red peppers in this stew. Local Squid Stew Vinegar Hill House Chef Brian ...
Sean Rembold, Executive Chef of Marolw & Sons and Diner, drops his Caccuicco for our Feast of The Seven Fishes by Sean Rembold, Executive Chef of Marlow & Sons and Diner This Cacciucco holds personal ...
By Cal Elliot, chef/owner of Rye in Williamsburg My grandfather worked in Alaska in canneries and on boats trapping fish before Alaska became a state. He later sold fish for a living in the ...
By Sohui Kim, chef and co-owner of The Good Fork in Red Hook This is a recipe that I came up with that is modeled after my mom’s recipe of spicy rice cakes. ...
by Steve Haritopoulos, Chef de Cuisine/Pitmaster, Fatty ‘Cue Brooklyn I really love this dish because it evokes warm, holiday feelings for me. It has background autumnal notes which remind me of the days ...
The Egg & Grog, Four & Twenty Blackbirds' new holiday pie, is made with an egg nog custard with rum, nutmeg and cinnamon, and a gingerbread crumb crust. Photo by Donny Tsang Four & ...
Noah Bernamoff of Mile End Delicatessen in Boerum Hill. Mile End hosts a 'Traditional Jewish Christmas' feast of Chinese food on Christmas. Photo by Daniel Krieger (http://www.nycfoodphotographer.com/) Among the many ...
Mike Kurtz discovered a chili-infused honey at a pizzeria in a tiny town in the jungles of Brazil, and became obsessed. He created Mike's Hot Honey - his own version of the fiery ...
Most of us enjoy raising a glass (or two) of wine, beer, or a fine spirit with friends – particularly in this season of good cheer. While some know something about where those drinks come from, ...
The Brooklyn Thanksgiving Potluck - Recipes and memories from some of our favorite Brooklyn chefs Once again, Thanksgiving is upon us. It seems to happen this way every year. We know the holidays are coming. ...
Editor’s Note: Eastern District is a cheese and beer shop on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint. Beth curates the cheese case and Chris manages the beer selection. Both focus primarily on regional products, but always ...