Jimmy Lyons preps the raw cocoa beans on baking sheets before roasting them in a convection oven. Cacao  Pods together with beans from Peru and Madagascar. Cacao beans were used as currency by the Aztecs and  considered food of the gods.

In Brooklyn, a culture of refined chocolate making, using the finest cacao beans sourced directly from farmers in Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa, is on the rise. The last decade alone has seen the ...

 
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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 ...

 
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Today we stop by Brooklyn Victory Garden, a Clinton Hill shop specializing in regionally produced meats, dairy, bread and…just about anything, really. They started making sandwiches about a year ago. We thought we probably ...

 
A crowd of hundreds clamored for gefilte at The Gefilteria's launch party last weekend. The Clinton Hill 'pushcart startup' is on a mission to reimagine traditional Jewish foods and to make them with sustainable ingredients.

A crowd of hundreds clamored for gefilte at The Gefilteria's launch party last weekend. The Clinton Hill 'pushcart startup' is on a mission to reimagine traditional Jewish foods and to make ...

 
Is using wood-fired ovens for more than pizza becoming a trend? At Mercado on Kent, Isa and the soon-to-open Speedy Romeo, wood-burning ovens take center stage.

Is using wood-fired ovens for more than pizza becoming a trend? At Mercado on Kent, Isa and the soon-to-open Speedy Romeo, wood-burning ovens take center stage. How far we’ve come…Humankind, that is…When ...

 
Ben heaves half a pig - and its head - into the smoker.

By Clay Williams As reported a couple weeks ago, Little Brother, the new barbecue venture by Smoke Joint and Peaches owners Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman, recently opened on Clinton Avenue, between Atlantic and Fulton ...

 
Little Brother BBQ, from the folks behind Smoke Joint, Peaches and Peaches HotHouse, is open in Clinton Hill. The menu features only 'humanely-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free meats' and is notably vegetarian friendly. Photo from Brownstoner

Little Brother BBQ, from the folks behind Smoke Joint, Peaches and Peaches HotHouse, is open in Clinton Hill. The menu features only 'humanely-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free meats' and is notably vegetarian friendly. Photo ...

 
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A couple weeks ago, Fort Greene newbie Food Freaks won Brooklyn Based’s Grilled Cheese-Off, narrowly beating out Brooklyn Flea favorite Milk Truck for the title of the neighborhood’s Best Grilled Cheese. ...

 
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The Brewery Show‘s latest episode features Kelly Taylor, founder of the Clinton Hill brewery Kelso of Brooklyn and long-time head brewer for Manhattan’s Heartland Brewery. Check out the video for an ...

 
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We’re big fans of Liza de Guia’s Food Curated. Her video profiles of local artisanal food makers, farmers, fishermen and chefs bring Brooklyn’s food community to life in a way that’s ...

 
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Remember when the arrival of red-breasted robin or the emergence of those shocking green crocus shoots were the first harbingers of spring? Nowadays you know spring is lurking when the seasonal CSA buzz begins to ...

 
Brooklyn Victory Garden

Tess Gill and Tom Bartos of Brooklyn Victory Garden When we stopped by Brooklyn Victory Garden on what we thought would be a quiet night a few weeks ago to chat with Tess Gill and ...