Want to get an early start on Thanksgiving, Brooklyn-style? This Saturday, head over to 61 Local, where they’re serving up locally-made treats and locally-brewed beer, and hosting a raffle to raise funds for Carlo Scissura’s campaign for Brooklyn Borough President. The connection between 61 and Mr. Scissura? Turns out Carlo was critical in helping to get 61 Local up and running, and in giving momentum to a project to help local food producers find affordable production space.
61 Local owner Dave Liatti says:
“When we were building 61 Local we ran up against some major delays with the Department of Buildings. I turned to Carlo, who was formerly Marty’s Chief of Staff. Carlo understood that our intention was to help small craft manufacturing in Brooklyn, so he appointed a liaison from his office at Borough Hall to the DOB. Once that happened, our project got the attention it needed at the DOB and we were able to make progress with construction and open our doors. It was a life saver.
“After opening 61 and working closely with our Brooklyn producers, it became clear that almost everyone needed help finding food production space and a possible central distribution point. Again, I turned to Carlo to see if his office could help with that effort. He came through in a big way by making direct introductions to three major development firms in Brooklyn… Many of our food and beverage companies are now entering negotiations with these developers for affordable commercial kitchen space with the possibility of combined distribution.
“We want to throw a hip, fun, raucous party for our Brooklyn producers that also happens to be a fundraiser for a really good guy who has actively helped 61Local and the people we work with. I believe if he wins the election for Brooklyn Borough President, it will be a big step in the right direction for a cause we are all trying to support.”
It’s refreshing to hear a positive story about politics. Local politicians helping to make things happen for small local independent businesses? That’s what democracy is supposed to look like, right?
So, who all is going to be there Saturday? Some of our favorites: Red Hook Winery, Saxelby Cheese Mongers, Brooklyn Soda Works, KBBK Kombucha, BK Farmyards, Cut Brooklyn, Brooklyn Brine, Oslo Coffee, and Mast Brothers Chocolate…and if that all sounds delicious, check out the raffle to win the tasty prizes they’re bringing. We’re feeling thankful already.
Here are the deets:
Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen St. Brooklyn
When: Saturday Nov 19th 1pm – 11pm
Schedule of events:
1pm: the Kings County Special – a beer and bite combo sourced from you guessed it… Brooklyn. Purchase raffle tickets for gift baskets filled with Kings County products and take some local goodness home.
6pm – 8pm: Meet + Greet session with Carlo on the mezzanine to answer questions and talk about how he is involved with local production, small business and building the Brooklyn community.
8pm: Brooklyn’s first “Orange Wine” from Red Hook Winery goes on-tap. This northern Italian specialty was crafted in the new world facility of Brooklyn’s Red Hook Winery and contains all the love and character that the old world intended. Sample this unique wine and meet Christopher Nicholson from the winery.
10pm: Raffle prizes are drawn and everyone’s a winner! (Redeem any raffle ticket for a ½ price Brooklyn made craft beer or wine.)