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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Jan Matysiak, brewmaster at Red Hook's Sixpoint Brewery, pours a glass of 3Beans, a Baltic porter brewed ancient-style with Romano beans and cacao bean husks from Mast Brothers Chocolate, then infused with cold-brewed ...

 
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The experience of good food, made well, and enjoyed with good people, can open a portal to appreciation of all that is beautiful and right in the otherwise generally messy, brutal and petty strivings of ...

 
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Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured (right), went to Red Hook to volunteer and was assigned to help gut a flooded basement. By the end of the following day he was putting his years of cooking ...

 
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Valery Rizzo is a professional photographer based in Park Slope, and a regular contributor to NonaBrooklyn. Under normal circumstances her work here is focused on capturing the beauty and bounty of Brooklyn’s food culture. ...

 
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Christopher Nicolson, head winemaker at The Red Hook Winery. The winery, based on a Red Hook pier, was destroyed in the surge from Sandy. The Red Hook Winery doesn’t just make wine. They are ...

 
Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim built The Good Fork from scratch seven years ago. Like scores of homes and businesses in Red Hook, the restaurant was devastated by Sandy's storm surge on Monday night.

[Editor’s note: For the next few days we’ll be focusing on the stories of local farmers, makers and chefs whose fields, kitchens and restaurants were destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Sandy. ...

 
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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.  ...

 
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Editor’s Note: With so much focus on the food, and so many dishes hitting the table during the Thanksgiving feast, what to do about wine? We asked the pros at a few of our ...

 
Added Value has a program called the Urban Farm Corps, where young men and woman work with them on  the farm, through an AmeriCorps grant to a program called Green City Force.

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 ...

 
Added Value has a program called the Urban Farm Corps, where young men and woman work with them on  the farm, through an AmeriCorps grant to a program called Green City Force.

Is chocolate is better when the cacao beans travel by sail? We'll find out soon. A seafaring tale with hints of smuggling, intrigue, stormy seas and a booty of sustainably-grown cacao beans? Yes ...

 
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When I met up with Jordan Silbert, the creator of Brooklyn-based Q Tonic, I figured we’d chat about how he came up with the idea to make an old-fashioned tonic water, and maybe get ...