Restaurant Resurrection: Putting Gage & Tollner Back on the Map, December 9
The iconic Brooklyn steak and chop house, first opened in 1879 and unfortunately closed in 2004, is bringing a piece of neighborhood history back to its original location on Fulton Street. The Brooklyn Historical Society hosts a presentation on the restaurant’s unique history, with a viewing of archival G&T materials from the Othmer Library’s collection and a panel discussion with new co-owner St. John Frizell, head chef Sohui Kim, and Janet Pawlukiewicz, whose family ran G&T for 40 years. New York Times cocktail columnist and author Robert Simonson will moderate.
Brooklyn Historical Society. Tickets $5–$10. More info: eventbrite.com
Farming and Specialty Coffee, December 2, 9 & 16
For budding coffee snobs wanting a deeper understanding of farming and production techniques, Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists offers this comprehensive course that takes you from berry, to bean, to roastery, and right to your cup. They’ll cover farming, production, sustainability, and basic cupping, grading, and roasting knowledge, plus the low-down on blends vs. single-origin brews.
Abbotsford Road Coffee Specialists. Tickets $25. More info: eventbrite.com
Industry City/Brooklyn Design Center: Behind the Scenes Tour, December 6, 13 & 20
Take a tour of Industry City, a premier hub for Brooklyn’s food and beverage makers, plus dozens of art and design studios. Go behind the scenes at makers’ workshops including Ernest Porcelli Glass Art, Brooklyn Candle Studio, Micol Ceramics and others. You can also enjoy tours and tastings shops and restaurants like Li-Lac Chocolate, Sahadi’s, Blue Marble Ice Cream, and Table87 Pizza. The evening will finish with a beer tasting from Big aLICe Brewing and a chance to shop for holiday gifts, (with a special tour discount).
Filament at Industry City. Tickets $68. More info: eventbrite.com
Gowanus Holiday Flea Market, December 7, 8, 14, 15 & 21
Stay toasty warm inside the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse as you browse a selection of Brooklyn-made food, drinks, arts, and crafts. Children can take part in art and learning activities and help run the Hip2BHealthy Market with local non-profit Seeds in the Middle. The market is fully dog and kid-friendly, so you can bring the whole family to help with holiday shopping.
Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse. Free admission. More info: eventbrite.com
Greg’s Trees Greenwood Park Beer Garden Tree Lighting, December 7
Watch one of Brooklyn’s largest Christmas trees light up at Greenwood Park Beer Garden, which will be fully decorated with lights and a holiday mural. Santa will be visiting from 5-8 pm, and Greg’s Christmas Trees will be selling their huge variety of trees, (Fraser Fir, Noble, Nordmann, Balsam, and Silver). Enjoy a hot toddy or spiked hot chocolate in the heated beer garden, or stay inside by the fireplace.
Greenwood Park Beer Garden. Free entry. More info: gregstrees.com