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Tuesday
Aug072012

Interview with Michele Smith; Wine and Service Director at Brooklyn Fare

Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare didn’t have a liquor license when it opened in 2009.  The early BYOB status, coupled with Chef Cesar Ramirez’s back-to-basics, bright, elegant food, the restaurant quickly became a haven for collectors, wine eccentrics, and anyone looking to eat at one of Brooklyn’s most exciting restaurants.

Michele Smith started working at Brooklyn Fare in the summer of 2010.  She was hired with the intention of building a wine list that would pair with Cesar’s food once the restaurant got its license.  That happened in January this year.  You can’t bring your own booze to 200 Schermerhorn Street anymore, but you can pick from Michele’s wonderfully curated list.

Digest NY recently talked with Michele about putting the list together, her philosophies about wine, and what it’s like to work with the same six people six days a week.

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Monday
Aug062012

Scouting Summer Corn

It happens at every farmers' market once summer corn is in season.  Now that it is, every farm that sells corn has to deal with obsessed shoppers ripping back corn husks looking for what they think is an optimally ripened piece.  There are other ways to tell though, apart from tearing back corn's clothes.

Obviously, a bigger ear of corn is better if you want a bigger ear of corn.  It'll have more kernals, but bigger isn't always better when it comes to summer's sweet crop.  What matters is that the cob has no holes or missing kernels.  You don't have to go all toddler-on-Christmas-morning to find out.  Instead, just feel for divits and soft spots that might have resulted from worms or uneven ripening.

Monday
Aug062012

Justin Warner Talks About Being the Next Food Network Star

Justin Warner became the next Food Network star two weeks ago.  Voting was left open to the public and it voted 4.5 million strong in favor of the Bed-Stuy food wiz.  Employee's at his restaurant Do or Dine all wore "Team Alton" T-shirts during the voting period.  Bed Stuy Patch got ahold of Justin to talk about his new path

“I didn’t really think I was gonna win in all honesty, because I do weird stuff, and I didn’t know for sure that America was ready,” Warner told Bed-Stuy Patch. “But what I’m really excited about is, because it came down to a national vote, it’s really an endorsement of America than it is of myself.

Filming dates for the new show haven't been revealed but shooting will definitely start sooner than later.  The show is set to premiere this fall.

Friday
Aug032012

Donde Dinner?

Friday is Donde Dinner? day.  Digest NY wants to make your next restaurant outing an adventure.  So, we picked a restaurant and are going to post its address for you.  The catch is, that's all the information you get.  No name, no type of cuisine, and no Googling allowed!  Price, quality, and accessibility are all being taken into concern.  We promise you won't be waiting at the bar for two hours with $15 cocktails, and since we're not fancy folk, you never have to worry about a dress code.  Just hop on the train, or your feet, or your bike, and head to:

30 East 13th Street (btwn University and 5th)

Friday
Aug032012

Signage Up At Pork Slope

Last week, Digest NY introduced Triple Play to bring continued coverage on the development of Calexico, Terroir, and Pork Slope; all opening within the same two blocks on 5th Avenue in Park Slope.  Today's update is to reveal the signage up at Pork Slope, set to open two weeks from tomorrow on August 18th.

Another new sign up on the front door encourages job seekers to "Inquire Within."  This could be done through a propped open front door.  Digest NY knocked and got a peak but construction workers were reluctant to permit photos without consent from the owner's, who weren't there at the time.

We'll head back soon.  Stay tuned.

Friday
Aug032012

Shuck Yea!

This Sunday is National Oyster Day.  If you need some ideas for where to partake, check out our list of mollusk menus we put together a couple of months ago.

Word comes via Grub Street that restaurant group BR Guest is getting in on Sunday's shuck show.  The group's seafood and steakhouse restaurants are serving $1.50 oysters all day with a $5 glass of muscadet if you order a half dozen or more bivalves.

Thursday
Aug022012

Pig Island Sails to Governor's Island Labor Day Weekend

Pig Island is an annual celebration of pork and booze held on Governor's Island.  Tickets are available here.  General admission is $85 but there's an Early Bird package for $70 available for purchase until August 17th.  Ticket price includes food and booze.

The event includes 25 of the best chefs from around the city, butchering and cooking demos, local beer, local pigs, and local wine from New York State's Finger Lakes and North Fork.  King Phojanakong (featured in the video) will be there.  As will Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono and John Stage, the man behind Dinosaur BBQ.  Dale Talde will also take a boat to the island for the event September 1st.  It'll probably his first chance to leave Brooklyn as his latest project Pork Slope, opening August 18th, will be just two weeks old.

Pig Island | Saturday, September 1st | 1130am - 4pm | rain or shine

Thursday
Aug022012

Party With The Pines this Saturday

Signs advertising a backyard party this Saturday, August 4th are hanging up in the windows at The PinesThe restaurant's website confirms.  The Pines is the new project from the guys behind neighboring Gowanus storefront Littleneck.  RSVP through info@thepinesbrooklyn.com and get a sneak peek at chef Angelo Romano's cooking.  You can get another peek by dining at Littleneck on Wednesday nights when Angelo is in the kitchen making dishes he plans on serving at The Pines when it opens in September.

The menu for Saturday's party looks to the Caribbean for inspiration: pigeon peas & rice, jerk chicken, and curry goat are part of the $30 ticket price.