This Week in Food: Shake Shack Run, A Square Meal, and Beer Trolley 3.0

Becoming a Food Entrepreneur
Brooklyn FoodWorks (630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Terry Frishman of culinary consultancy firm Culinest is leading a class on ways to help create your own food start up. The class will cover everything from legal requirements to production and sales. Reservations are $40; secure a spot here.

Run and Drink
Shake Shack (1 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Shake Shack’s DUMBO location is offering free community runs on the second Tuesday of every month, with runners of all ages invited to grab a free drink at that Shake Shack location afterwards.

A Square Meal in 1930’s America
NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health (411 Lafayette St., 5th Fl.)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Examine the cuisine of the Great Depression and sample recipes from the era at this talk and tasting from the Culinary Historians of New York. Reservations are $40 for general admission; rsvp here.

The Food Funny
QED (27-16 23rd Avenue, Queens)
Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Comedy and cooking mix at this live show which features select chefs performing stand up comedy while comedians try their hands at making a few dishes. Tickets are $7 and can be reserved here.

Beer Trolley 3.0
Gun Hill Tavern (780 E 133rd Street, Bronx)
Thursday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Beer industry veterans Chris Cuzme and Kelly Taylor are touring four Bronx based breweries in a trolley and inviting guests to hop aboard. The tour includes drinks on the trolley, a bottle share, and two half pours of beer or a pint at each brewery; food is available for cash purchase at select stops.  Tickets are $40 and include drinks; rsvp here.


This Week’s Four Best Food Events – 10/20/2014

Looking to extend the magic of a fall weekend spent idling in a pumpkin patch? Check out these five uplifting events.

Dine in Brooklyn, multiple locations, Monday through Thursday

Hop aboard the G train and explore Brooklyn through its food this week, when over 150 restaurants will offer $25 prix fixe dinners and $15 lunches. Participants include old school classics like L & B Spumoni Gardens and new favorites like The Good Fork. A full line up of restaurants and their special offers can be viewed on the event website.

League of Kitchens, Tenement Museum, 108 Orchard Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Join this free hands-on cooking experience, which features immigrants discussing various cooking methods in their homes with eager-to-learn students. Dinner is meant to facilitate cultural exchanges through eating and cooking, and a food writer and the event’s founder will help moderate the interactive conversation. Seating is on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6 p.m.

La Cosecha Comida: Pop-up dinner w/ Local Roots NYC and Chef Eduardo Sandoval, 55 John Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Ex-Mission Cantina chef Eduardo Sandoval hosts an evening under the Manhattan Bridge with a menu featuring beef heart and cabbage tacos, and chicken mole. The Mexican menu also includes a warm shrimp soup and a dessert course, plus two Sixpoint brews, in the price of each $55 ticket.

Dinner Express: Brazilian Suppers, Bowery Culinary Center – Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, Thursday, 7 p.m.

If the cool fall air is giving you the chills, learn how to warm up with a few Brazilian specialties. During this two-hour class, students will learn to cook shrimp and peppers in yucca cream sauce along with Brazil-nut pineapple smoothies, among other dishes. Tickets are $35.


Here Are This Week’s Four Best Food Events – 5/27/2014

Not ready to say goodbye to the long weekend just yet? Ease into a four-day week with these, the best food events this week.

Farm Tour, Brooklyn Grange, BLDG 92 — Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 1 or 2:30 p.m.

The world’s largest rooftop farm is conducting free tours every Wednesday at its Brooklyn Navy Yard location. Tours will cover the basics of Brooklyn Grange’s business model along with its operations and the environmental benefits of urban rooftop farming, and guests will also have time to explore the grounds unguided. Pre-registration is required, and a contribution of $10 to support the farm’s efforts is suggested.

Burger Challenge, Professor Thom’s, 219 Second Avenue, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Think you have what it takes to beat out a professional competitive eater? If you can find a few friends to stuff their faces, you may just be able to defeat pro-eater Crazy Legs Conti in the finals and achieve everlasting glory. For $60, teams of four to five people receive two pitchers of beer and four burgers total, one for each team member. Burgers get progressively larger (double patty, triple patty, etc.), so distribute the goods accordingly. The finals will pit one member from each of the three top teams, who all must eat the bar’s grand slam go blue! burger, against Conti. The competitive eater will have to eat the bar’s wolverine burger — 20 patties, toppings, and super-size bun — before everyone else finishes their own burger in order to win. Prizes will be awarded, and those who wish to watch the festivities can enjoy a two-hour open bar for $20.

Beer Making Class, The DUMBO Spot, 160 Water Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

The Brooklyn Brew Shop is inviting the curious DIY crowd out for an evening of beer making conversation. Founders Erica Shea and Steven Valand will take attendees through a step-by-step process of making beer at home, and guests are invited to stick around for samples afterwards. The couple’s book, Make Some Beer: Small-Batch Recipes From Brooklyn To Bamberg, is also included in the cost of a $40 ticket, which can be purchased through the brew shop’s website.

Chocolate, Pops, and Live Bluegrass, Cacao Prieto, 218 Conover Street, Friday, 7 p.m.

Celebrating the launch of the chocolate factory’s new partnership with People’s Pops, guests are invited out for an evening of small plates, chocolates, and a first look at the latest pop flavor to hit the streets just in time for summer. Then head over to Botanica next door, where you’ll find an after party with custom curated cocktails and a chocolate-centric menu. Tickets are $35.


Real Irish Cooking and Whiskey Wars Tour on This Weekend’s Agenda

St. Paddy’s Day weekend is upon us, which means you have an excuse, if you want, to don green and drink Guinness until you’re kicked out of a bar. Not your bag? Check out this list of things to do instead.

Bed-Stuy Fresh and Local’s March Tasting Party, 210 Patchen Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday, 5:30 p.m.

Free sample fiend? This market will be offering up complimentary tastes from a number of local vendors as a way to welcome in the weekend. Look for snacks from Chutney Fix, Brooklyn Delhi, and Blue Marble Ice Cream, which will dole out scoops.

Real Irish Cooking, Bowery Culinary Center, Whole Foods, 95 East Houston Street, Saturday, 2 p.m.

If you’d like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with more than just that aforementioned Guinness, this class will cover a selection of iconic Irish dishes, including an Irishman’s omelette, beef and Guinness stew, and traditional Irish sweet cake. Tickets are $45.

Paella Brunch, Pulperia on Essex, 131 Essex Street, Sunday, noon

Eat as much seafood paella as you can handle over the course of this two-hour all-you-can-eat brunch, and then wash it down with unlimited sangria and wine. Settle into your meal under an in-house DJ, and stick around later for a live book reading.

Factory Tours: Whiskey Wars, BLDG-92, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, 3:45 p.m.

If you get a thrill from distilling, join this tour and learn about the history of illegal moonshine-making in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Check out Kings County Distillery’s current operation, and then stick around for a tasting. Tickets are $15.



Armory Show and New Brunches on this Weekend’s To-Do List

Need a reprieve from an intense week? Or maybe you just need to get out more? This weekend’s line-up includes plenty of art, music, endless drinks, and food, of course, too.

Chez Jef, 241 Bowery

Mathieu Palombino may not have a full time replacement for his Bowery Diner space yet, but that isn’t stopping him from getting good use out of it. His French bistro pop-up opened this week and is cooking up steak frites, moules mariniere, and even a three-course $35 prix fixe. There’s also plenty of French red and white wine along with cocktails and beer. Reservations can be made by clicking on the Bowery Diner’s old website.

Armory Show, Pier 94 – 711 Twelfth Avenue, Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m.

The annual Armory Show is adding a culinary twist to this year’s showcases. Hôtel Americano, whose restaurant specializes in French-Latin cuisine, will have a pop-up restaurant and bar set up in the gallery’s VIP lounge area; enjoy mushroom tacos and salmon a la plancha before carrying home a painting or two. Treats from Mile End and Boqueria will also be available. Reservations for dining in the VIP lounge can be made by emailing

New Brunches, multiple locations, Saturday and Sunday

To remind everyone it really is okay to order bottomless brunch, The Windsor is debuting an $18 bottomless special at its Gramercy Park location on Sunday. The deal is valid with the purchase of an entree, and the kitchen serves everything from egg sandwiches to tuna steak BLT’s. Elsewhere, Pergola’s (36 West 28 Street; 212-679-4842) in Flatiron is unveiling its new Arabic breakfast to share for $35. The meal includes hummus, baklava, babaganoush, and falafels. Or order from an a la carte menu drawing dishes from various Mediterranean countries.

Music Night by Vinegar Hill House, Hillside, 70 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Music with dinner doesn’t have to mean ear blasting techno. Roman cellist and current member of the London Chamber Orchestra Mihai Marica will play for the crowd as Hillside chef Mike Poiarkoff prepares a seasonal menu of bites. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased on the Vinegar Hill House website.



Governor in Dumbo Will Not Reopen After Hurricane Destruction

UPDATE: The team at Governor released a statement to Eater saying they will refund all the donations made through the crowdfunding campaign. See the full statement here.

Dumbo restaurant Governor was ravaged by five feet of storm water during Hurricane Sandy, and the Strong Buzz reported this morning that the restaurant will not reopen. According to a statement from the owners, executive chef Brad McDonald, known for his surprising and thoughtful dishes, will be leaving the operation.

Tamer Hamawi, Emelie Kihlstrom, and Elise Rosenberg released this statement:

When hurricane Sandy struck our area several months ago, many people experienced great losses. Our heartfelt prayers go out to all of those who suffered and those who continue to do so.

In the aftermath of this dreadful storm, we assessed the destruction at Governor caused by five feet of water, and we were determined to rebuild our fledgling restaurant. But despite our commitment and the subsequent and remarkable outpouring of support in all forms–from individuals, the restaurant industry and the community, we have, regrettably, been forced to accept that the scope and scale of repairing the damage to our restaurant is beyond our means financially.

It is with a very heavy heart that we must humbly face up to this fact. The response from Dumbo’s neighborhood residents, the city at large and the food journalism community regarding our rebuilding effort was gracious, thoughtful and deeply touching to us all.
We will continue to operate Colonie and Gran Electrica and refocus our efforts on making these businesses viable in their Brooklyn neighborhoods for the long term.

Additionally, our chef, partner and friend Brad McDonald has decided to leave our restaurant to spend time with his wife and two young children. This split is mutually agreed upon and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

Finally, we want to thank everyone who supported and continues to support our restaurants Colonie and Gran Electrica. With much gratitude, we remain committed to offering our diners a wonderful experience.

Originally, Governor hoped to reopen in February after major construction. Governor was one of the earliest restaurants to begin crowdfunding on GoFundMe after the Hurricane — perhaps because owners Kihlstrom, Rosenberg, and Hamawi raised money through Kickstarter to open their first restaurant Colonie. The page is unavailable now, but Eater reported that they raised about $40,000 in two months. Their hopeful goal was $150,000. David Chang and his posse at Momofuku held a benefit in the restaurant’s honor at Booker and Dax that cost $325 a plate. But it’s unclear what will happen to the funds that were raised to rebuild the restaurant.

We’ve reached out to the owners and will be back with any updates.


Huazontle: DUMBO’s Gran Electrica Gives It a Green Whirl

It’s the season for huazontle, a spindly plant from Mexico with bright green branches with thousands of tiny buds, somewhat similar to the beads on broccoli florets. Eaten around the Holy Week of Lent, the buds have a mild spinachy flavor. Though beautiful specimens have been popping up in Mexican markets lately, it is rare to see them on outer-borough taqueria menus.

The most common preparation is to take finger-sized stems of the plant, bundle a few around a baton of cheese, dip the mass in an eggy batter, and then fry it. The branches stick out of the fritter like the stick on a corn dog, and you have to carefully nibble the greenery from the fibrous stems.

Gran Electrica, a Mexican restaurant in DUMBO that opened on Monday, is making it a little easier. They are serving tortitas de huazontle, a vegetarian frittata of sorts. The pinhead-sized huazontle buds are plucked from their stems, blanched, and then pan-fried into a small oval omelet with queso fresco and epazote. A pile of huazontle clusters sit on top and the pool of tomato chile sauce underneath has a slow burn that builds to a fiery crescendo, long after your plate is clean.

Where to buy it:

El Pueblo Mexicano Grocery
239 East 116th Street

Where to eat it:

Gran Electrica
5 Front Street, Brooklyn


There Will Soon Be Two One Girl Cookies

Five and a half years after opening its wee storefront in Cobble Hill, One Girl Cookies is expanding to a second location, in DUMBO.

Crain’s reports that Dawn Casale, who founded One Girl with her husband, Dave, has signed a lease for a 1,434-square-foot storefront in the ground floor of the ClockTower Building at 1 Main Street, which also houses Bubby’s. In addition to their signature minuscule cookies, the location will also feature breakfast, cakes, cupcakes, and other sweets.

Casale told Crain’s that she and her husband hope to “fill a void” in DUMBO by bestowing cupcakes and birthday cakes upon the neighborhood. Given that its residents have until now had to make do with Jacques Torres and Almondine, “void” is a very relative concept here.


Now Hiring: Rich Families, Stadium Opportunists, Fox

OK, kids. Time to put on your thinking caps. What chef has three restaurants in New York, at least one dog and one child, lives or works out of Tribeca, and is looking for a personal assistant?

An “Upscale-Casual Contemporary American Restaurant” is currently looking for a pasty cook. These guys toil away in windowless basements, so it might be hard to narrow it down.

Park Slope is getting an organic vegetarian take-out place, which needs some cooks.

A new wine bar thing on Ludlow is looking for “enthusiastic individual” and starting interviews tomorrow.

If it is your dream to have Gordon Ramsay and a camera crew from Fox come into your restaurant to do a version of Nanny 911, but with a lot more verbal abuse, well, this is your big moment. Kitchen Nightmares is looking for restaurants with, perhaps, horrible communication problems or whose food costs are too high to survive. Lucky you.

Prospect Heights, or should we say “THE UP AND COMING PROSPECT HIEGHTS NIEGHBORHOOD; WHICH IS SOON TO BE HOME OF THE NEW BROOKLYN STADIUM” is getting a new pizza place. The owners are looking for a chef to design the concept.

In further Prospect Heights news, Aliseo Osteria is in need of a sous chef.

The Mudspot is looking for a cook who can bake and is interested in the world of “Caffeine Sunshine.” We love this place because it feels like college. If you went to Oberlin.

Five Front is hiring cooks.

Peter Hoffman is looking for cooks at Back Forty. Perhaps it’s you who can take the place from serviceable to crave-able?

An Upper West Side family is looking for a private chef who loves making organic baby food and throwing fancy dinner party, and also doing the dishes.

Red Mango is ready to take New York. They’re hiring in the Village, Midtown, and Flushing.