Megan Sipe might have the coolest job description around. She’s a Choreographer/Chocolatier and she’s melded both of her passions, dance and chocolate making, into one exciting company: Chocolate Dances.Through Chocolate Dances, Sipe and her creative partners create multi-sensory performances paired with handcrafted chocolates, which they serve to the audience during each performance. The result is a natural connection between performers and audience members.
This week Chocolate Dances’ newest performance is coming to Greenpoint, and you can be part of it! The Chocolate Dances Costume Party Tasting Performance will be in the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street) Tonight (10/11) and Saturday (10/14) at 8pm. The performance is sure to showcase Chocolate Dances in all its decadent glory, and promises to be an event that “taps into your gustatory cortex, that mysterious part of your brain that allows you to taste the deepest, darkest (or milkiest) chocolate truffles we’ll be serving and provokes the question, what if you could let yourself fully live out your chocolate fantasy without reservation?”Continue reading →
Cacao Market opened this week on Guernsey street and is the newest venture by Maribel Lieberman, the Honduras-born owner of Soho’s chocolate boutique MarieBelle New York.
The new Greenpoint store is housed beneath the existing MarieBelle chocolate factory, which has been quietly churning out sweet treats since 2004. When the downstairs space recently became available it seemed the perfect opportunity to open a Brooklyn outlet. Continue reading →
Drop those yeasted baked goods, my friends, because tonight Passover begins! This very important week on the Jewish calendar, sometimes referred to as the “season of freedom” (what could be better?!?) and “festival of the matzo,” is a sacred commemoration of the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery by the Egyptians 3,300 years ago. So in honor of Passover, I’m cookin’ with Matzo, that blank-canvas of a cracker—thin, crunchy, and, toasty, ready to absorb any flavor combo you throw it’s way . While talking to Greenpointer’s own Gina Pollack at our Spring Market yesterday, she described to me this chilled, no-bake chocolate matzo cake that her Grandma, Ethel Harvey, used to make for the family…and I new we had to share it! Continue reading →
Happy snow day! Correction: If I was a school kid I’d be having a happy snow day. Then things would be different. I’d still be in my pajamas, burning my mouth on Poptart no. 2 while watching unusually extroverted adults talk about their weird problems on daytime television. Or I’d be buckled into a snow suit, arms capped by giant mittens smelling of wet leather, in search of something icy and steep to hurl myself down. With a red nose and frozen toes, my next mission would be to find a hot, sugary beverage. When I was a kid, we always had a box of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa in the pantry, the variety with the freeze-dried marshmallows in it–mighty tasty as I recall. But these days I like to make hot cocoa from scratch. It’s a little less sweet (depending on your recipe of course) and, in my opinion, even more tasty than Swiss Miss. But you don’t have to be totally gourmet or sophisticated about home-made cocoa. You can doctor it up in a myriad of fun ways (e.g. mexican spices, pumpkin pie spice, peppermint, et al.), but my current fave is this: S’mores Campfire Cocoa. Nothing conjurs up fireside fun like a blazing-hot s’more, right? So put on your Woolrich socks, slide into the kitchen, and get that broiler crankin’.
Truffles by Coquetteis an artisanal chocolate boutique located in New York City, founded by Jennifer Faylor in 2012. They offering Greenpointers 20% off all orders for Valentine’s Day! Use code GREENPOINTERS
“Our food philosophy is inspired by the French: to eat as an art form and derive unabashed pleasure from gastronomy without batting an eye! We focus here on little bites of luxury. To us that means that our chocolate creations are crafted from high quality couverture chocolate (the creme de la creme!). Even the smallest ingredient details are sourced meticulously, for example– the salt atop our Colette Truffle [a French caramel style truffle] is no ordinary table salt, but rather it is Fleur de Sel de Guerande, the finest of sea salts from the marshes in Brittany, France”.
Join the one well on Thursday February 9th from 6-8pm for a Whiskey & Chocolate Tasting & Friday February 10th from 7-10pm for an Opening Reception for Artist Chris Platt. More info below…
Don’t forget, the one well features many excellent Valentine’s Day gifts including: yummy local goat milk caramel sauces (perfect for Valentine’s dessert), one-of-a-kind vintage heart boxes, pillows, baskets, & dishes, recycled paper Valentine’s Day cards & gift wrap, an incredible selection of jewelry, (because isn’t that what she really wants?!) and an entirely organic shaving needs line (because isn’t that what he really needs?!)
Chocolate & Whisky Tasting Thursday, February 9th, 6-8. With expert Jonathan Wingo from the Whiskey Shop. Great deals on all killer vintage glassware with the purchase of a bottle of whisky. (After all, what better Valentine’s Day gift than booze and special glassware?!)
Opening Reception: Artist Chris Platt Friday, February 10th, 7-10. Chris’ stunning yet subtle works draw attention to the laws of physics, and what amazing art is made in nature. Stop by and enjoy bites, sips, and jams from good friend and DJ extraordinaire Scott Kiernan.