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The Takedowns Have Come Home to Greenpoint

15 years ago, Matt Timms, a struggling actor, began hosting friendly chili cook-offs in his home, partly as a way to hang with friends on the cheap. The parties became popular enough that in 2005, he moved them to Bar Matchless, got 100 people to pay to eat chili, and thus the Takedowns began. Since then, the Takedowns have expanded and gone to other cities, but a few months ago, Matt brought them home to Greenpoint and the new Brooklyn Bazaar. And this month’s Takedown, happening next Sunday the 21st, is all about one of the best foods ever created on this Earth, tacos. Continue reading

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Beer Pairings + Tips for Mac n’ Cheese Perfection – PLUS SKI TRIP! Only at The Diamond (1/25)

Every year The Diamond (43 Franklin St) – the Greenpoint bar with the gondola in the yard – organizes a ski trip to Plattekill Mountain in upstate New York, followed by an Aprés Ski Party. This year the after party involves a Mac n’ Cheese competition, live ski lounge music and free drinking for skiers from 8-10pm!

Over some delicious mulled wine, I chatted with bar owner and beer genius Dave Pollack about the three most important things in his life (this weekend) – skiing, beer, and mac n’ cheese.

This adventurous and cheesy day is happening this Saturday 1/25/14. Skiing is 6am-7pm. After party starts at 8pm. If you want to get in on this ski trip or enter your mac n’ cheese into the competition, email Dave dave (at) thediamondbrooklyn (dot) com. Continue reading

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Enid’s Apple Pie Contest Winner – Our Own Libby V!

We are so proud that the talented and amazing Greenpointers contributor responsible for the hilarious and adorable illustrations in her Friday column “Recipes Gone Wild” – is the champion of Enid’s Apple Pie Contest that happened this past Sunday!!! We asked her how it feels to win the most competitive Apple Pie contest in the universe:

GP: So, how many pies were you up against?
Libby: Somewhere around 28-30.

GP: Did you think you had a chance at winning?
Libby: I didn’t think I’d win because my pie looked like a lumpy, primitive life form in a world of civilized, beautiful pies. But I did have one special ingredient in my arsenal, which I was hoping would give me an edge. Continue reading

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Calling All Bakers and Sweet Tooths! Sugar Sweets Festival Sunday (10/6)

This Sunday 10/6/13 is the 4th Annual Sugar Sweets Festival at City Reliquary Museum (370 Metropolitan Ave) from 10am-4pm.

Donate freshly baked goodies to be sold at the festival.  All proceeds will benefit the museum.

If you’re feeling competitive – enter your delicious (and non-professional) baked sweets to be judged by food writers and professional bakers for a chance to win prizes from The Brooklyn Kitchen and more!

Or just come and stuff your face, enjoy great music, make an apron and have an awesome day – all in support of City Reliquary.

Visit or email Jeff (at) for more information.

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Brew n’ Chew at The Diamond Bar This Sunday (9/15)

This Sunday September 15, 2013 from 3-5pm – five brewing/foodie teams battle for the title of Brew n’ Chew Champions at The Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St). This is an exciting day to try delicious home brews along with specifically concocted food pairings – all for charity – all for only $20. Buy tickets.

Get pumped for the delicious competition by checking out the recap of last year’s Brew n’ Chew.

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NAG’s Cupcake Bake-Off Recap

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.

From Left: Carmen, Hanna, Jen G (me), Diana

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

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Calling Cupcakes Bakers & Eaters! Bake-Off to Support NAG – Saturday (5/18)

Join Greenpointers at The Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St) on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 6-9pm for a Cupcake Bake-Off to support NAG!

It’s $15 to compete or just to stuff your face with delicious cupcakes! And I am one of the judges!!! (I couldn’t say no to this opportunity!)

Get your tickets here! RSVP on Facebook!

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

Categories include Best Overall, Best Presentation, Best Savory, and Best Vegan!

Judges include Jen G (me!) from, 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!

See you there, Greenpoint!

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Meatball Slapdown at Brooklyn Brewery (4/4)

On Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 7-10pm at Brooklyn Brewery (79 No. 11th St) – The Brooklyn Kitchen & The Brooklyn Grange present The 4th Annual Meatball Slapdown. For $50, taste the balls of the bestest chef’s in NYC then watch as celebrities judge the balls – all for Kids! All proceeds go to Classrooms in the Kitchen! City Growers! 

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Sugar Sweets Festival Sunday 10/21 @ City Reliquary

sugar sweets festivalEat treats for City Reliquary!

Tomorrow, Sunday 10/21/12 from 10am-4pm is the 3rd Annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival at City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Ave).

Stuff your face at this gigantic bake sale and baking competition to raise money for City Reliquary, a not-for-profit community museum and civic organization located in Williamsburg.

Prizes will be awarded for Most Decadant Vegan, Best Sweet Slice, Best Booze-Infused…

There will also be live music and Henry O. Havemeyer will be there!

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CMJ Shows, Calico Opening, Pumpkin Carving, Apple Pie Competition, Mac-Off: What’s Happening? (10/17-10/24)

There are more events in our weekly calendarSubmit Greenpoint events, too!

CMJ is in full swing and recommended shows are highlighted in plum.

cmj 2012 muchmore's williamsburg music venue♥ 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

♫ 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

cmj 2012 cameo bar brooklyn breweryFRIDAY 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

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• 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 / NeighborsRa 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

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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

♦ Watercolor on Prepared Paper Workshop @ [email protected] (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.

• 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
♫ Music
♥ Pheremones Likely
♦ Art Event

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