With apologies to the New Yorker, we’re pleased as Hot Gin Punch to present the Hendrick’s Gin cartoon caption contest. With help from this artisanal, small-batch gin, we’re offering three lucky readers who can best caption the image above two seats apiece to an invitation-only Edible Brooklyn: The Cookbook dinner inside “The Hendrick’s Enchanted Forest,” the pretty awesome indoor forest installation they’re bringing to Brooklyn for the very first time.
Nothing beats a homemade gift during the holidays. It saves the giver the stress associated with holiday shopping–but more importantly it endears givers to receivers with the thought of the time and effort that went into that one-of-a-kind gift. So get crafty! Start by hitting the 7th Annual BUST Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair at 82 Mercer in Manhattan on Saturday, December 10 from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday, December 11 from 11 am to 7 pm.
From our point of view, it’s appropriate that The Gowanus Canal Conservancy is hosting a Winter Festival this Saturday rather than an ordinary old summer shindig. Everybody has one of those, and it somehow seems fitting to raise funds for a funky little overlooked waterway by throwing a dinner party and concert at a time when most waterfronts are shuttering up for the cold months ahead. But Brooklyn’s only canal has always done its own thing and been its own kind of place.
In the past we’ve always worn heels to the Greenmarket’s swanky annual fundraiser–usually held at some fine hall in Manhattan–but this time around we’re considering more practical footwear. In conjunction with Harvest Home, another non-profit group that runs farmers’ markets in the city, they’re hosting their first-ever dance party next Wednesday night, December 7th at the Bell House in Gowanus.
It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for The Matt & Rachel Show at 6 p.m. on Heritage Radio Network. Today’s guest on our trivia-centric game show is Joshua Bernstein, the author of the brand-new book of craft beer called Brewed Awakening and a frequent contributor to Edible Brooklyn. Listen up to hear him talk about current brewing trends and learn the answers to pressing beer-centric queries such as….
A few weeks back we asked you to tell us what seasonally and locally inspired cocktails you’re drinking now, with the idea that the reader with the best answer would score two tickets to our winter Good Spirits, the next in a series of seasonal cocktail parties we host in tandem with Edible Manhattan. As usual your answers put our own drinking habits to shame.
Years ago, long before I’d ever been to Italy, I found a copy of the 2001 cookbook Saveur Cooks Authentic Italian: Savoring the Recipes and Traditions of the World’s Favorite Cuisine. I took to the tome like I was a 13-year-old who stumbled across some dimestore bodice ripper. In other words, I devoured every page. And in particular, I was taken with a salad called Puntarelle con Salsa di Acciughe.
Considering that today is essentially national shopping day–hence a nice shot of the queue in front of Best Buy above the fold on the Times–we thought we’d point you to a blast from the past: Gabrielle Langholtz’s 2009 Brooklyn Fridge profile of Bill Talen, also known as “Reverend Billy,” who helms an anti-consumption congregation he calls the Church of Stop Shopping.
In honor of Black Friday (!) the topic of our weekly NY1 show is dark chocolate: We took a trip to Mast Brothers Chocolates in Williamsburg, where the siblings behind the city’s first true bean-to-bar operation have just expanded their factory by 3,000 square feet and hired Finnish pastry chef Vesa Parviainen to run their new test kitchen.
May your your cornbread stuffing contain loads of briny East End oysters, and your cranberries be from local bogs. Here’s to the result of those trips home from the Greenmarket with Long Island cheese pumpkins, Jersey Brussels sprouts and Upstate bacon. Pass the rolls, praise the host and don’t forget the pickle platter, without it, it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving in Brooklyn.
While many among us will spend the day goofing off at our desk jobs dreaming of the enormous meal ahead; shopping for the enormous meal ahead; or languishing in LaGuardia to make it in the nick of time to the enormous meal ahead, today is generally one of the busiest days of the year for most markets–be they Green or Whole. As you wait for those cranberries to caramelize, we’d like to offer some reading materials from posts past at our sister pub, Edible Manhattan.
You might recall that way back in April–when Spring foods were just beginning to appear–we sent out a call to Brooklyn’s professional mixologists to enter the fourth annual St. Germain elderflower liqueur Can-Can Classic Contest, a seasonal cocktail competition being co-sponsored by our parent publisher Edible Communities.