By Joann

Feed Your Baby Food from the Farm

Lauren and I go way back, like four years or something crazy like that. We met on a double date kind of thing and then I ran into her camping out at Queens County Farm (yes, Queens has a farm). It was right when I was about to launch Greenpoint Food Market and she was stoked to use it as a medium to sell her wicked boiled peanuts and bourbon pecan pies. She sold in many of the markets with her plaid tablecloth and vintage apron, and we even had a catering stint together under the moniker Three Blind Catering.

Lauren’s a tall southern hospitality guru and has since then attended French Culinary Institute, worked the grueling farm stands, tested recipes in the Saveur test kitchen and last but not least, launched a company making and delivering food for babies in the heart of Greenpoint.

Farm to Baby is the latest iteration of the current local, farm fresh, farm-to-table sustainability food movement to hit New York. Lauren takes produce from local farms and cooks up something healthful and delicious, grinds it all up, jars it in cute little mason jars, and delivers it to your baby’s mouth. Launching in North Brooklyn she’s on a mission to make it easy to choose the right food for your baby so he/she doesn’t develop mutant toes and brain dysfunctions due to pesticides and whatever weird stuff your kid will experience consuming food and culture in New York.

Read this interview with Lauren at my blog UpDownAcross, forward to your mommies and mommy-to-bes and try not steal a spoonful when the babe isn’t looking.

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Taste Returns September 18th

I’m pretty excited about this:

On Sunday, September 18th, the second annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint culinary benefit will showcase some of the burgeoning North Brooklyn neighborhoodsʼ food, drink, and music scenes to patrons from the five boroughs and beyond.

Last yearʼs event brought out many of the innovative restaurants that have helped put the adjoining North Brooklyn neighborhoods on the map alongside the cityʼs primary culinary destinations and helped to raise close to $100,000 to fund the renovation of the shuttered Engine 212 Firehouse into a center for arts, advocacy and activism. This yearʼs event will unite over two thousand residents, neighbors, friends and supporters from across New York on the scenic, 40,000+ sq. ft Citi-Storage waterfront property in Williamsburg.

“This year brings an exciting roster of new restaurants, as well as vets from last year.” said Taste event Co-Chair and participating restaurateur Felice Kirby. “TASTE is all about bringing community to the table for an important cause. Iʼm thrilled to be a part of it.”

Tickets for the event start at $35 for six tasting tickets, and range up to $95 for unlimited ʻtastes.ʼ VIP tickets are available for $150, including exclusive access to the waterfront boardwalk and a private bar. Advance tickets can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets beginning Monday, August 15, and will also be available for purchase on the day of the event. The event will be held rain or shine from 1– 5pm, with a ʻhappy hourʼ from 5 – 6pm.

All proceeds from the event benefit the building of the Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center. The not-for-profit center will be the home of two long time community groups Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and the Peopleʼs Firehouse, Inc. (PFI), provide affordable meeting space to local groups, and house a first floor gallery space.

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An Art & Food Collaborative Shindig July 28th

Kat & Sam are two of the wildest, foodiest, creative and talented chicks I know and I’m proud to share their upcoming food & art extravaganza: Something I Ate. Basics of the event goes like this: artists are asked to document a week’s worth of their eating experience and produce an art piece in whatever medium their choose. Using these works as inspiration, Chef Sam Kim (aka Skimkim Foods) will create a special dish paired with cocktails for everyone to indulge. Talk about indulgent consumption!

“With Something I Ate, we intend to share various perceptions of food in everyday life and give creatives a dynamic atmosphere in which to potentially collaborate with other creatives on their own future work. The idea is from food, we derive pleasure, satisfaction, energy and inspiration and these elements, whether cognizant of them or not, ignite our creative fires. We hope that by engaging in a ‘breaking bread’ environment creatives will become more at home to explore working with other creatives in the room.”

All event details in image, more info here.

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Get Your Sound On at McCarren Park Tomorrow


No Bills: Stories of North Brooklyn combines sound installation and documentary by featuring oral histories of the North Brooklyn community. Organized by North Brooklyn Public Art with artist Nick Yulman, live stations are installed throughout the neighborhood including McCarren Park Pool. “By presenting these stories as a public sound installation, we hope to create serendipitous encounters for people on the street that will pique their curiosity about the neighborhood and encourage them to ask questions of those around them” says Yulman, who will be hosting tours tomorrow at 1:30 & 2:30pm. Find more details and rsvp here and make sure to check out and support North Brooklyn Public Art’s Kickstarter campaign!

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Northside Open Studios: June 16 – 19th

Over the last three months I’ve been bustin’ my chops producing this art festival that begins TODAY and runs through Sunday. Northside Open Studios stems off of Greenpoint Open Studios and is celebrating it’s third year anniversary. We’re super proud to be sponsored by L mag’s music festival extravaganza and hope you will join us in what will be the biggest art festival to hit Williamsburg and Greenpoint!

The main event of Northside Open Studios occurs June 18th & 19th where over 200 participating artists will be opening their studios to share their artistic practice, providing an in-depth and unique experience that incites dialogue and harvests community.

In addition to artists opening studios throughout Williamsburg and Greenpoint curators, organizations, and local businesses are hosting myriad exhibitions and events throughout the area. Whether it’s a show about hardware, a live mural painting on the street, an exhibition dedicated to Burt Reynolds or a Bikini Reading Series, there’s no telling what you’ll expect during this four day art extravaganza. Check our events page for more.

The NOS team has also produced four special events during each day of the festival including a panel discussion, a screening, a street festival, and a group exhibition of participating artists followed by a launch party. Each attached flier features our general flier and individual special event. The celebration will be non-stop so free up your calendar and join us!

NOS maps and programs will be available at our hub spaces and downloadable from our website.

Hub Spaces:

Causey Contemporary
: 92 Wythe Ave

Crest Hardware Store: 558 Metropolitan Ave

Camel Art Space: 722 Metropolitan Ave

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream: 632 Manhattan Ave

Brouwerij Lane
: 78 Greenpoint Ave


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Balls Out: Food Competition: May 26

My girl Jen organizes art shows under the moniker Ugly Art Room and is hosting a food competition fundraiser May 26th. Details below:

“BALLS OUT!” Food Competition to benefit Ugly Art Room

Calling all food competitors!

The Ugly Art Room is throwing a food competition fundraiser at Veronica People’s Club (105 Franklin St, Greenpoint) on Thursday, May 26, 2011, 7-10pm.

Put your best balls forward! 10 creative food contestants will be chosen to compete. Each will be given $20 to buy food and the winner will win $100, and bragging rights! You will need to make 100 balls. We are expecting 50-75 guests.

Chocolate balls, meatballs, rice balls, cheese balls, any balls! The more crazy the better! You will be judged on taste, presentation and creativity…

Submission deadline: Friday, 5/20/2011

Email your balls idea to: [email protected]

Include: “BALLS OUT (your name)” in the subject line.

In the body include: your phone number, website/food blog, balls idea in detail, a title for your balls dish. You will be notified by Monday, 5/23/11

If you are chosen, you must be able to bring your balls to VPC club on 5/26/2011 by 6:00pm and you must stay until 10pm to present your balls to guests who will vote on the winner.

Event Details:

“BALLS OUT!” Food Competition to Benefit Ugly Art Room

Date: Thursday May 26, 2011

Time: 7-10pm

Location: Veronica People’s Club – 105 Franklin St, Greenpoint

Ticket: $15*, includes food, prizes, DJ

*100% of proceeds go to funding 5 art exhibits produced by Ugly Art Room during Northside Open Studios (June 16-19, 2011)

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Something I Ate: April 29th

I’m co-curating this riotous food and art event, Something I Ate. Artists are invited to create an artwork somehow reflecting a week’s worth of their eating habits and Sam Kim of (Skimkim fame) will concoct a dish derived from each artist’s work. Visitors fall victim to this visual-sensual gluttony, a multi-consumptive experience that very well may leave you passed out in a state of oversaturated art-food coma. Thirty bucks for entry might sound steep but consider the fact this ain’t your run of the mill art show. There will be thoughtfully created dishes for your eating pleasure, drinks provided by Kanon Organic Vodka, and music provided by Skimkim herself. This is one event you won’t want to miss.

Tickets here.

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Northside Open Studios: Meet & Greet: April 26th

Greenpoint Open Studios (which I’ve been organizing with an amazing team and is proudly in its third year running) is teaming up with L magazine’s Northside Festival this year to bring you NORTHSIDE OPEN STUDIOS, a four day event celebrating a burgeoning art scene in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn. As artist studios and exhibition spaces continue to emerge in the neighborhood we hope to facilitate the growth of a thriving art community.

Registration is now OPEN and we encourage artists working in all mediums to register online by May 15th. There is a Meet & Greet on April 26th 7:30pm at Brooklyn Brewery located at 79 North 11th Street and we will discuss registration, programming, and any questions you may have. It is very important that you join us in the meeting and get to know each other and learn about NOS over a complimentary free beer!

Please help us spread the word, our goal is to reach 300 participating artists who can take advantage of the 10,000 brochure copies that will be widely printed and distributed throghout brooklyn, not to mention a vast opportunity for viewership and attendance.

Follow us on twitter, like us on Facebook, and share the open call invite. Feel free to also post any announcements and listings on our page, whether it’s an upcoming show or an available studio down the hall.

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Work It Brooklyn: Industry Focus: Music

The lovely ladies of Work It Brooklyn is at it again! In this industry focused edition, music will be the center of attention and WIB has teamed up with Women in Music to bring you an evening of productive speed networking and professional guidance from the likes of Tunecore and MusicSUBMIT. Full details below, tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Industry Focus: Music
A Networking & Panel Event presented by Work It Brooklyn & Women In Music

BROOKLYN- more than just a cherished outer-borough of New York City and home for many, has come to represent a mecca of rich culture for progress, diversity, independent thinkers, and creativity, especially for those who are involved in the independent music scene.
On Wednesday April 20th from 7-10 pm, Brooklyn based organization “Work It Brooklyn” (WIB), a progressive event-based networking organization formed to connect inspired creatives working independently within the creative fields is teaming up with  “Women in Music” (WIM), a not for profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the music business, for the next Work it Brooklyn “Industry Focus Event.”

The Industry Focus event will start with an opportunity for guests to mix and mingle over casual rounds of speednetworking, followed by an intimate industry panel discussion with some of the best experts in the DIY music field: Jeff Price, Founder and CEO of Tunecore; Liz Leahy, Co-Founder and CEO of  Section 101; Michael Corcoran, President of MusicSUBMIT; Ben Markowitz, Product Experience Manager of Fanbridge; and Jayce Varden, Co-founder and Director of Pledgemusic.

Panel moderator and Entertainment Attorney Shamita Carriman Esq. of Carriman Law Group and Women In Music will encourage the panelists to speak freely, openly, and candidly on strategies for success for DIY musicians.

The event will also feature an invited list of local “VIP’s” in the DIY music field outside of the panelists who will be ready to directly network with guests during the mingling time slots of the event.

“ Having these great industry panelists at an event in the heart of the national independent music scene is amazing– we’re going to have a blast” notes Work It Brooklyn Co-Founder Aja Marsh. Women In Music President Evange Livanos is equally excited about the event and notes: “Its an honor having WIM be a part of this panel bringing all of these industry professionals to our members and the public.”

Date: Wednesday April 20th
Cost: [email protected] the door, space provided. Free for Women In Music Members.
Schedule: 7pm doors|  7:15 pm speednetworking | 7:45 pm Panel discussion | 8:45 pm – 10pm mingling.
Venue: Coco 66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11222
Subway & Directions: G train to Greenpoint Avenue Stop, transfer available from the L train Metropolitan Avenue Stop

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