09/10/14 1:08pm
Immersion photo by Alison Brockhouse

Spend the day drinking with us, and your favorite group of friends, during the Total Bushwick Immersion. Photo: Alison Brockhouse

So many festivals, so little time. The Beat Festival kicks off tomorrow with site-specific shows throughout Brooklyn, like a dance performance that takes its audience on an evening tour of Green-Wood Cemetery. Lovers of Nordic food will want to dig into The North Festival, which brings Scandinavian cooking demos and dinners to New York, including a beer-paired dinner at Brooklyn Brewery (get 30% off tickets with the code BROOKLYN at purchase). Nonesuch Records at BAM , a celebration of the adventurous music label’s 50th year, is also underway, and tickets for the Escape Music Fest, coming to Red Hook in October and featuring Yeasayer and Girl Talk, are on sale now.(Speaking of tickets, have you gotten yours for the Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest yet?) It’s not just festivals on the horizon—the week to come is full of big anniversaries, launch parties, even the start of a revolution. (more…)

09/09/13 5:00pm
Sat September 14, 2013 - Sun September 15, 2013

Looking for culinary superstars like Mario Batali, April Bloomfield and Jonathan Waxman this weekend? They will all be in Williamsburg at the inaugural Taste Talks festival we wrote about on BB last month. It’s a two-day event featuring panels and workshops led by top talent from the NYC food scene. Hit up Saturday’s Blue Ribbon Pancake Breakfast hosted by My Morning Jacket’s Patrick Hallahan; attend a discussion on Tracking the Brooklyn Food Boom panel led by the people behind Paulie Gee’s, Saul, Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, Tom’s Restaurant and the Red Hook Lobster Pound; hear Chef Horror Stories from Dale Talde and Carl McCoy; or listen to Wylie Dufresne, ?uestlove and Jennifer Rubell wax poetic about the Intersection of Art and Commerce. Tickets vary in price and are available here, but if you can only attend one event we suggest Sunday’s All-Star Cookout, where a bevy of big name chefs have been paired up to collaborate on original new dishes created just for Taste Talks. For the price of a $65 ticket, you get to try all of them, which will surely be enough to impress the snobbiest foodie you know.

08/27/13 12:42pm

Chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig curated a lineup of food industry darlings for the first Taste Talks conference happening in Williamsburg in September. Photo: Northside Media Group

Chef April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig curated a lineup of food industry heavyweights for the first Taste Talks happening in Williamsburg next month. Photo: Northside Media Group

Pound for pound, Brooklyn’s food scene has some of the best chefs, restauranteurs, butchers and picklemakers in the business, and with so much food culture concentrated in one place, Daniel Stedman and April Bloomfield felt the time was ripe for the borough to host its own food conference, Taste Talks, celebrating both the depth of Brooklyn’s current foodie talent pool and the effect it’s having on the food industry at large.

“For years Brooklyn has become this destination for music that has just been such a driving force in the transformation of Brooklyn culture,” says Stedman, the founder of Northside Media Group, which publishes The L Magazine and hosts The Northside Fest every year in Williamsburg. “In that way, Brooklyn has touched and influenced other cities, but now we’re seeing that food has really surpassed music as sort of something everyone is excited about.” On occasion, Stedman’s enthusiasm for the conference has overflowed as support from industry heavyweights wanting to get involved has come flooding in. “There have been a few moments where I’ve screamed at the top of my lungs in the office,” he says. “People turn around, and they’re like ‘What are you doing?'”

The lineup of participants reads like a veritable who’s who of some of the world’s most celebrated chefs, starting with Bloomfield, the chef and co-owner of The Spotted Pig in the West Village. She’ll be joined by Mario Batali, Wylie Dufresne, Ken Friedman, Francis Mallman and Alessandro Porcelli, as well as local favorites, with Carolyn Bane (Pies ‘N’ Thighs), Robert Newton (Smith Canteen), Brian Leth (Vinegar Hill House), Nicholas Kayser (Fatty Cue), Susan Povich (Red Hook Lobster Pound), Eli Sussman (Mile End) and Andrew Tarlow, among them. “A lot of these people are friends of April’s and everything has kind of germinated from our conversations,” Stedman says. “We wanted to create this conference to talk about the culture of food really through the lens of Brooklyn, but it goes far beyond Brooklyn.” (more…)

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