We’re big fans of all the food artisans in Brooklyn (hopefully that much is apparent), but we’re especially jazzed about people who really make an effort to support them and the local food scene. Enter Joann Kim, organizer of the Greenpoint Food Market, a gathering of dozens of small, local food vendors in Brooklyn that was set to take place each month. Last month, the New York Times did a story on the burgeoning market, and although this should have helped the fledgling market take flight, instead it attracted the attention of the food police (DOH!), who stepped in to ensure that commercial kitchens were being used. Yeah, yeah, safety first, but we miss the crazy-awesome food!
Not to fear, JK’s got a plan. She’s throwing a Pot Luck this weekend and inviting members of the Department of Health, lots of food artisans and purveyors, and YOU to be a part of it. The “Think Tank Pot Luck” will include an open discussion about potential solutions and, of course, an exchange of food (they’d like you to bring something along, too). This is a great opportunity to support your community and help local food startups put together a viable plan to get their food in your bellies. Joann writes:
Please join us June 26th, 1pm at the Church of Messiah as we commence for Think Tank Potluck. It will be an open discussion where vendors can meet the public, questions can be asked, changes can be requested, and food can be shared. We would love to see everyone walk in with a very delicious dish. More than anything, we need EVERYONE’s support and attendance to exemplify how pivotal the food movement is within a failing economy, what business opportunities it offers, and how the lack of resources hinder individuals from pursuing their food dreams. We hope to see you there, hungry and curious. Please do RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org so we have a general headcount.
Topics to discuss include:
- How you know when you’ve got a viable product to start a small food business with.
- How to figure out city codes and regulations.
- How to tap into available commercial kitchen resources.
- What changes need to be made in legislation to make it more accessible to food start ups with high overhead and low profit margins.
- How possible it would be to run a non-profit incubator kitchen funded and supported by local gov that all vendors can use and can host GFM (long term project).
Speakers in the panel include:
- A rep from Dept of Health
- Council member Stephen Levin
- Harry and Taylor of Brooklyn Kitchen
- Rich Awn of Mombucha<
- Kelly Geary of Sweet Deliverance<
- Terry Frishman of Creative Marketing Workshops
- Joshua Kace of Slantshack Jerky
- Allison Robicelli of Robicelli’s
- Shamus Jones of Brooklyn Brine
- Danielle Gould of Brooklyn Food Coalition
Thank you for all the love and support you’ve shown Greenpoint Food Market so far. It brings tears to our eyes, seriously.
More information can be found on the GFM website here. Good luck to Joann and the Greenpoint Food Market–come out and show your support!