For years Naturally Delicious has been catering Brooklyn weddings from its storefront space on Court Street, using its organic garden out back to add fresh flavor to its locavore-inspired meals. Now, owner Loren Michelle has recently opened a private dining room, called PDR, naturally, and is hosting one of its first intimate dinners next Friday. The First of Summer Four Course Chefs Table Wine Dinner will feature many wines to taste and tips to glean from sommelier Brandon St. Martin of Brooklyn Oenology, who will share everything you need to know about enjoying and appreciating wine as the PDR chefs cook up an excellent feast including summer squash ricotta ravioli, coriander dusted sea scallops, wood grilled sirloin, and nectarine and strawberry shortcake, plus starters, all paired with local wines. There are only 12 seats at the table, each $125 or $220 per couple. Call (718-237-3727) or email to RSVP.
Because we’re all way too old to be going away to summer camp, the peeps at Brooklyn Craft Company are doing us a favor. They’ve created a day–for adults only–where you will participate in eight summer camp-inspired DIY projects while listening to tunes, eating snacks and throwing back a few drinks. On June 21, at Brooklyn Craft Company’s space in the Old Pencil Factory, spend the day at Summer Craft Camp. The day will be split into 90-minute workshop sessions, with 15-minute breaks in between, with time to spend at several DIY crafts bars. Make a hand-stitched leather sunglass case, tangle together your very own flower-child floral head wreath, and learn a few new styles of braids to keep you cool this summer. Your Instagram is gonna look awesome. You can buy tickets here, and we’ve got one free camp pass to give away to a BB reader. Enter for a chance to win here between now and June 16, and we’ll inform the winner on June 17.
Next week we’ve got two events whose tickets are disappearing as you read this. Our Total South Slope Immersion with Brooklyn Brewery on June 7 includes four Brooklyn beers at four great bars (Freddy’s, South, Quarter Bar and Sea Witch), lunch to keep you on your toes and lots more deals at nearby bars, restaurants and shops, so gather your friends for a day of drinking and exploring. On Monday, June 2, we’re bringing our popular crash course, Buying into Brooklyn, back to Brooklyn Brewery with four experts from Realty Collective, Gold Scollar Moshan, PLLC and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage who will school you on the NYC home buying process, plus FlatRate Moving is giving away $500 off a move to one random attendee. Tickets are $10 and include light bites from Sahadi’s.
Last week, and this week, about half of you got the Tip Sheet, and for the other half, the Tip Sheet went M.I.A., in your spam folder. How could this happen, when you open this gem of an email every week? While we would love to call Google and complain, and find out if we really have to wait till 2029 for “Google Brain,” we know they will not assist us much. The only way to ensure you get our curated event picks each week is to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts, and move us to your primary tab to boot. We will thank you with a thousand great things to do this summer.
Another season of outdoor music concerts is almost upon us, with open spaces and parks across the city preparing to host some of the hottest music acts of the moment–most of whom will be performing for free. All this is enough to make our serotonin levels spike, but the key to taking advantage of all this awesome free programming is to have your name put on the RSVP list before it fills up faster than your great-aunt’s purse at an all-you can eat buffet. The lineup for the 2014 Northside Festival, which will return to Williamsburg for the sixth year next month, was announced last week. Both The Oh Sees and CHVRCHES are playing free shows in McCarren Park this year, and tickets to see The War on Drugs (June 13) and Beirut (June 14) are already for sale as well. Titus Andronicus, Talib Kweli, Dan Croll, Albert Hammond Jr., and Animal Collective will also perform indoor sets at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the festival. If you want to snag tickets to the free shows however, you’ll need to sign up for Brooklyn Briefly and stay tuned for word as to when reservations open.
The world is awash in recipes and restaurant reviews, celebrity chefs and cooking smackdowns, but for substantial discussions about food culture, The Food Book Fair fills a serious niche in the food world. From April 25-27, the fair returns to The Wythe Hotel with creative panels and parties like the Food Book Slam, where our favorite butcher Tom Mylan, author of The Meat Hook Meat Book, and Tanoreen’s Rawia Bishara, author of Olives, Lemon and Za’atar, will read their books alongside other food stars and “battle” each other for the prize of best book at the fair. Pete Meehan of Lucky Peach will moderate a panel with staff from Bon Appetit and Phaidon to discus whether cookbooks are turning into coffee-table art, and Midwestern chefs and authors, including Emily Elsen of Four & Twenty Blackbirds, will talk about food from the Heartland. When planning out the panels you want to attend, make sure to build in time to browse the country’s best “Foodieodicals” on Saturday. There are lots more special events like these, including Brew Pub, where you can sample the hopped-up work of 20 NYC home brewers handpicked by artist Eric Steen. We have a pair of tickets for the second Brew Pub session from 6-9pm to give away. Just email us to enter–we’ll contact a random winner on Monday.
Get ready for the best 66th birthday party you’ve ever been to! From May 1 to May 18, Israel Independence Day BKLYN will be hosting events all across Brooklyn to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut, the 66th anniversary of Israel’s Independence. More than a dozen Jewish organizations are working together, in collaboration with and funded by UJA-Federation of New York, to make this an unforgettable week.
Can’t-miss events during Israel Independence Day BKLYN include: (more…)
A while back we wrote about music lessons for adults, including a weekly violin lesson that offered both booze and instrumental instruction for beginners. Bantam Studios’ winter sessions got such a big response that they’ve decided to add a new instrument to their spring offerings. You can now crack open two cold ones and learn to play either guitar, or violin, once a week in Clinton Hill, where Ginger Dolden and Pete Lanctot hold their weekly lessons by the Brooklyn Navy Yard. There is still room to register for either Booze Violin or Booze Guitar; classes start the week of March 28 and run through May 21. Instruments are available for rental if you don’t have your own.
We’re still amazed by all the objects you can 3D print nowadays, from home decor to clothing. From Feb. 12 to 16, New Yorkers will get a chance to get up close and personal with the technology at the 3D Printshow, arriving to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. In case you think 3D Printshow is just for tech nerds, there’s going to be 3D Printshow: INSPIRE catwalk opening on Feb. 12 to kick off a three-day fashion exhibit showing pieces produced using 3D printers. Continuing the conversation the next evening on Feb. 13, 3D Printshow: CREATE will be a dedicated three-hour arts and fashion meetup where you can discuss and listen to an open debate about the issues around 3D wearable technology. Other highlights include a 3D Printshow Education Session open to the public, a full show floor exhibit of 3D printing industry exhibitors, and a one-day conference with industry insiders.