I was honored to be asked to judge a Cupcake Bake-Off fundraiser for NAG a few weeks back and I actually delayed my vacation a day in order to attend. Cupcakes in mass quantity totally beat vacations. It’s instant brain happiness.
This is the second major “celebrity” judge opportunity I’ve had – the last one was the Halloween Dog Parade Costume Contest. I admit it’s starting to get to my head. The other judges were Ovenly’s head baker Hannah Duke, Carmen Rodriguez of Brooklyn Cupcake, and Councilmember Diana Reyna.
The Cupcake Bake-Off was held in The Brooklyn Kitchen’s awesome event space and as the contestants filed in with their goodies, I was drooling. The colors, shapes, sizes – cupcake overload! Continue reading →
Is your cupcake the best in North Brooklyn? Or do you just love to eat them (who doesn’t?) NAG invites amateur bakers of all stripes to compete for the honor of North Brooklyn’s Best Cupcake. To compete email: nag.bklyn at gmail.com
Categories include Best Overall, Best Presentation, Best Savory, and Best Vegan!
Judges include Jen G (me!) from Greenpointers.com, Ovenly Head Baker Hannah Duke, Carmen Rodriguez of Brooklyn Cupcake, and Councilmember Diana Reyna!
Prizes from Brooklyn Slate, Ovenly, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and more! Beer from Brooklyn Brewery!
CMJ is in full swing and recommended shows are highlighted in plum.
WEDNESDAY 10/17 ♥ Pumpkin Carving Party @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 6pm, cheap cocktails and beer • Oktoberfest Open Bar @ One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Ave) 8-9pm, Over 100 beers! ♫ Gunfight! / Backwords / Quiet Loudly / Indian Rebound / Sharkmuffin @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, RSVP ♫ Dead Leaf Echo / Andre Obin / Some Ember / Rarechild / Treasure Teeth @ Tandem (236 Troutman St) 8pm, $5, RSVP ♫ Chains of Love / Heliotropes / Papercranes / Aact Rrasier / The Analog Girl / Young Girls @ The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, $10
THURSDAY 10/18 ♫ Ava Luna / Fergus & Geronimo / Royal Canoe / Murals / Starlight Girls / Sinkane / Chains of Love / Spanish Prisoners @ Ran Tea House (269 Kent Ave) 3pm, RSVP ♫ Body Language / Opossom / Devin / Donora / Echo-Friendly / Night Panther @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, FREE
FRIDAY 10/19 ♫ Valleys / Beach Day / Bleeding Rainbow / Eternal Summers / Zambri / Moon King / Roommates @ Cameo Gallery (93 No. 6th St) Noon, Free, Beer Specials, RSVP ♦ Exhibit B @ Calico (67 West St, #206) 7-9pm, the second of two inaugural group art shows, More info ♦ Bring Your Own Beamer @ The Autumn Bowl (67 West St) 8pm, NBNY invites anyone to bring a projector and playback device (laptop, media player, DVD player) and project on any and all surfaces, creating a collaborative tapestry of overlapping moving imagery. Electricity provided. $5 before 10pm, $10 after 10pm, Free with Beamer ♫ Unstoppable Death Machines / ZZZ’s / Ben Robey / Netherlands @ Big Snow (89 Varet St) 8pm, $5 ♫ Terekke / Anthony Naples / Aquarian / Nooka Jones / Evan Michael / Judge Wise / T’Angelo @ 70 No. 6th St Loft, 10pm, $5
SATURDAY 10/20 • Fall Festival @ East River State Park (No. 8th & Kent St) 10am-3pm, Pumpkins, music, food and family activities. • Mulchtoberfest @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (Paige & Provost) noon-4pm, Join Newtown Creek Alliance to tuck the Nature Walk in for the winter by mulching and feeding all of the planting beds. ♫ The Suzan / ZZZ’s / Trabajo / 1200 Trees / Unkle Yva Punkfaggot @ Free Candy (905 Atlantic Ave, Bed-Stuy) Noon, Free ♫ Greenpointers / Super Crush Studios / Carabella Presents CMJ Showcase @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 3pm, $7, Spanish Prisoners / Neighbors / Ra Ra Rasputin / Young Heel / Il Abanico, RSVP * 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest @ Crest Hardware (558 Metropolitan Ave) 7-11pm, Free, $5 to compete, pumpkins must be carved upon arrival, More info ♦ The New Brutalists @ Parallel Art Space (17-17 Troutman Street #220, Ridgewood) 6-9pm, an exhibition featuring artwork by Samuel T. Adams, Guy Nelson, Leah Raintree, and Frank Zadlo, More info ♫ Sinkane / Slowdance / We Can’t Enjoy Ourselves / Weeknight @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 8pm, $8 ♫ Blonde Summer / The Outside / Dune Rats / Suburban Living / Cool Serbia @ Trash Bar (256 Grand St) 8pm, $8
SUNDAY 10/21 * Gunk Under Greenpoint Bike Ride @ Nag Office (110 Kent Ave) 2-5:30pm, tour industrial North Brooklyn and learn about “black mayonnaise” and other nastiness that lurks beneath the surface, discuss the future of this rapidly developing neighborhood. ♥ Apple Pie Contest @ Enid’s (560 Manhattan Ave) 5pm, More info ♥ 3rd Annual Mac-Off @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 5pm, Free to compete, $15 at door, $10 in advance ♫ Unstoppable Death Machines / Juggernaut / Cinema Cinema / Bambara / Hounds Basket / The Benjees / Osekre & The Lucky Bastards / The Brooklyn What / Ravenous / Inky Jack / Going Green @ Rock Bottom (175 Stockholm) 5pm, $5
MONDAY 10/22 * Yummy Eats Presidential Debate Dinner @ TBD (222 Franklin St) 8pm, Korean Menu, RSVP
TUESDAY 10/23 ♦ Watercolor on Prepared Paper Workshop @ Arts@Renaissance (2 Kingsland Ave) 6:30-9:30pm, experiment with watercolor while being able to get the white of the paper back by simply wiping it away, all levels.
WEDNESDAY 10/24 • Open House @ Awakening NY (607 Manhattan Ave) 2-8pm, Explore Free movement classes, personal consultations and massages while eating complimentary, mouth-watering, healthy and organic snacks.
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event
For corn-lovers, Greenpoint was the center of the known universe this Sunday, as TBD Bar hosted the first ever Kings County Corn Bowl. This fiercely contested cook-off settled a question as old as time itself: “what are the weirdest, wildest, and mother-shucking tastiestthings you can make with corn?”
Brooklyn Star previewed the main event with incredible Chicken and Waffle-Cones, topped with a tangy corn-slaw and lathered in syrup.
Then came the main event. Twelve culinary kooks brought incredible offerings, all crafted from freshly picked upstate corn. The dapper Kendall Holmes of Cloud Coffee Carts wowed with his corn soda (stop by his weekend pop-up outside the Artists and Flea Market to try his incredible coffee soda). Art of Eating Inauthor Carney Erway twisted a staple Asian congee porridge – ditching the rice and creating a “Corngee”, topped with succulent roast duck. Another honorable mention goes Julie Tanous and Ted Rosen to the Corn “Gaznacho”: a corn gazpacho with parsley oil, whimsically entering the Corn Bowl in… an edible corn nacho bowl. Continue reading →
This Sunday was a gorgeous day for the Brew n’ Chew food competition at The Diamond, when 6 teams competed with their best home brew and food pairing, which was judged by guests and all proceeds (over $1700!) were donated to NY Harbor School which has an Aquaculture curriculum structured around growing oysters to restore NY Harbor. That sounds like the coolest school I have ever heard of!
My beer palate has grown since last year, and this year’s teams really brought there A-games. As always I am distracted by all the food, which was really impressive this year, too.
There were three categories to vote: Best Beer, Best Food & Best Pairing, but guests could only vote for a separate team in each category. If I had my way I would have voted for the same team in all categories. Strong Rope Brewery was my first and best taste. They made a slightly sweet Brown Ale perfectly paired with Black Sesame Seed and Hawaiian Sea Salt Brittle with Hazelnut Bleu Cheese and Dark Cherry Compote. Now that was a lot of words to say deliciously awesome! If you give me sweet bleu cheese cream, I’ll give you my heart! Continue reading →
In addition to the first place winner in each of the men’s and women’s division receiving $1,000, the East River Ferry will match the highest number of dumplings eaten in ferry tickets (Each winner will receive the combined number, adding both the highest men’s and highest women’s number of dumplings eaten together).
And the best part is: all the proceeds from the event benefit Food Bank for New York City. Last year, $44,200 was raised for the Food Bank, which provided 230,000 meals to assist the 1.4 million people in New York that rely on soup kitchens and food pantries.
There are two food competitions happening this Sunday 9/16/12 right here in Greenpoint and Greenpointers will be at both!
Brew n’ Chew @ The Diamond (43 Franklin St) 3-5pm, $25
Greenpointers covered last year’s Brew n’ Chew, a home brewing and food pairing competition. It was delicious and a good time. This year’s competitive food items will include home made pretzels with home made mustard, sausage and pickled pepper pizza, onion tart, duck pistols and a brown ale/sesame seed cracker with hazelnut smoked blue cheese and dark cherry compote. And lots of home made beer to boot! All proceeds will be donated to The New York Charter School.
Kings County Corn Bowl @ TBD (224 Franklin St) 2-5pm, $15
Nature’s most versatile vegetable is the guest of honor at this local celebration of food, music and moonshine. The Brooklynauts, our friends who judged the espresso tour with us, will be there, along with twelve of the city’s most innovative chef cooking off freshly prepared dishes of NY State Corn, along with games, live music from the Sundelles and a raffle. Proceeds from the event will go toward launching a new competitive cooking league and the Food Bank of New York City.The Brooklyn Star will also be preparing chicken n’ waffle cones!
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There is so much art happening in Greenpoint - it’s insane!
WEDNESDAY 9/5 ♦ Flora e Fauna: Exhibition of Botanical Drawings by KT Smail @ Nights & Weekends (1 Bedford Ave) 6-9pm ♦ James Bellizia Opening Reception @ Dandelion Wine (153 Franklin St) 7-9pm ♦ Do It Awake @ The Heliopolis Project (154 Huron St.) 7-10pm, More info • Gabrielle Bell and Julia Wertz, in conversation with Jami Attenberg @ Word (126 Franklin St) 7pm, Comics artist and Greenpoint local Gabrielle Bell will launch her new graphic novel The Voyeurs with artist Julia Wertz followed by a conversation with novelist Jami Attenberg.
THURSDAY 9/6 • Fashion Night Out Greenpoint ♦ Red Left Blue Right @ Picture Farm (338 Wythe Ave) 6-9pm, Double Triple is presenting a show of art and design for red/blue 3-D glasses, cocktails, snacks, music, 3-D photo booth, More info ♫ Bust Magazine Issue Release Party @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 8pm, Free music from Mannequin Pussy, Leda & DJ set from Permanent Wave ♫ Dinowalrus / Xray Eyeballs / Life Size Maps / Grand Resort / Psychobuildings @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $4
FRIDAY 9/7 ♦ This Is How My Brain Works @ Radiator Gallery (10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC) 6-8pm, 16 artists who practice collage ranging from works on paper to video, sculpture, books, photography ♦ 744 Hr Photo & Tanning @ Rawson Projects (223 Franklin St) 6-8pm, Choit will continue her practice of utilizing a modified UV-light-emitting tanning bed as a photographic tool, further exploring her interest in the effect of photochemical processes on found objects. ♦ Odd Job @ Fowler Arts (67 West St, #216) 7-10pm, An exhibition of new work by artists Ted Carey, Jacob Goudreault, and Simon Slater. Painting in the 21st century is an odd job. With no rules or boundaries, how does one beat a path to new possibilities? ♦ Malado Baldwin Opening Reception @ The One Well (165 Greenpoint Ave) 7-10pm, a retrospective ♫ Ava Luna / Ed Schrader’s Music Beat / Lost Boy? / Indian Rebound @ Living Bread Deli (2 Knickerbocker Ave) 8pm, $10
SATURDAY 9/8 ♦ Newtown Creek Armada Opening Ceremony @ Newtown Creek Nature Walk (50 Paidge Ave at Provist St) 1-4pm, Visitors to The Armada will pilot a fleet of artist-made, miniature, remote-controlled boats along the surface of the Newtown Creek while documenting the hidden world of its waters using waterproof cameras and microphones, More info • Samantha Pleet X Wolverine Pop Up Shop @ In God We Trust (70 Greenpoint Ave) 6-10pm, Special SP x Wolverine shoe pre-order, Bonny boots on sale, goodie bags, Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Brewery brews, and Samantha’s Pie Faces. ♫ Noon / Foster Care / Pink Reason @ Lulu’s (113 Franklin St) 4-8pm, Free ♫ Octant / Backwords / Starlight Girls / Zula / Ping Pong @ Party XPO (929 Broadway, Bed-Stuy) 9pm, $6
SUNDAY 9/9 Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint @ CitiStorage (5 N 11th St @ Kent Ave) 1-5pm, an outdoor celebration of North Brooklyn’s local flavor to benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall, featuring sample tastes from over 50 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, bars, breweries, and wineries, along with live music and more, Buy Tix • Some like It Cold – Soup Competition @ Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St) 5-8pm, It’s free to compete! It’s $10 to judge and eat! Mezcal Cocktails, more info ♫ The Shivers @ Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave) 10pm, Free
WEDNESDAY 9/12 • Nora Ephron’s Heartburn – BK Kitchen Book Club @ The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) $10, discuss Nora Ephron’s novel HEARTBURN and enjoy a no-pressure potluck inspired by the book (drinks provided), More info
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event