Friday, December 19, 2014

January 2015 Cooking Events At Court Tree Collective On Court Street

Court Tree Collective, the small gallery/event space at 371 Court Street between Carroll Street and First Place, has been hosting quite a few interesting events since they opened their door late last year. Besides exhibits featuring local artists like Orazio and filmmaker Mark Street, the gallery has hosted food and cooking events curated by chefs.

Just last months, the Collective was transformed into a wonderful Hong Kong-style noodle shop by chef Kar Yee to recreate the smells, tastes and memories of her childhood.
The event was so popular that  Kar Yee will bring the noodle shop back in late January.
Court Tree will also host a Cheese Tasting and a Meatball Making class at the beginning of the year.
Make sure to sing up to these events early

January 6, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm  $38.00

Never be afraid of the fancy cheese shop again! In this guided cheese tasting, we’ll cover all the basics – from cheesemaking and history, to the science of taste and the art of presentation – all while sampling 8 phenomenal cheeses that represent the best of their region and style. Be ready to delight and impress your friends with your newfound cheese mastery! Wine will be provided – for educational purposes, of course.
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I call myself a cook, cheesemonger, goodtimes maker. I love nothing more than facilitating fun, memorable experiences around food. I first started cooking in high school when I became vegan (go figure) and needed to learn, well, for survival. I realized that I had a passion for studying cookbooks, exploring new flavors, and sharing the fruits of my labor with my friends and family.
Now, having worked as a cheesemonger, sustainable food advocate, kids’ cooking instructor, and serial restaurant intern, I’m calling on my skills to uncover and share the fascinating stories behind our food with hungry, curious New Yorkers. I look forward to dining with you!
Pam Brewer

January 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm $30.00

Jay Goldstein is a busy professional who always found zen and happiness in the kitchen. He loves to create fun easy recipes! His weekly video posts on his website Chop Happy are always fun and a perfect example of a positive way to spread happiness and good food! He was a top ten finalist of Rachael Ray’s day time show for “Next American Cookbook Author” and the cook book idea was Leftover Remake! You take leftovers from the night before and a couple other ingredients and make a new meal. He also won Top Ten Best Pigs and blanket recipe on “The Daily Meal!” His dream is to be a food TV host and make people happy and enjoy life through cooking.

The Chop Happy Mission

Have fun through cooking and enjoy life to the fullest. Delicious food and cooking for someone you love can make the world a happier place and put more smiles on their faces! With Gratitude and Yummy Tummy Enjoy Chop Happy Land!

Story Behind The Meatballs:
I have lots of Italian friends whose families have amazing Italian mothers who would make the best meatballs. My Jewish dreams were filled with me being an Italian grandma in Italy making the best meatballs in the world. I tried tons of recipes and took from the yummiest parts of each. I soon found that instead of milk and bread that ricotta cheese worked better! I also always have leftover parsley and other ingredients and it would always go to waste! I decided to use those ingredients and the leftovers to make another amazing Italian meal, Ravioli Pesto. 
Jay Goldstein

In this class you will learn how to make Jay’s famous Meatballs and Pesto Ravioli from the meatball leftovers. This is a step by step class. We love Jay’s positive energy and great recipes and know you will too!

January 31, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm | $12.00 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 

Kar Yee Noodle Shop is back! From homemade broths, fresh noodles, to a flying dragon come experience a full Hong Kong take over.
Noodle Soup Menu:
Crispy pork
Wonton & scallion
Shiitake mushroom & tofu

I spent the first 6 years of my life in Hong Kong with my sister and Grandfather. On weekends my Grandfather would take us to the busy and vibrant street markets to eat. The variety of smells from the food vendors would fill the streets. The noodles became my favorite. Elbow to elbow, bowl to bowl, perfect strangers became friends. Sharing the love and appreciation for these simple yet intricate dishes. For myself, the noodle symbolizes comfort, my culture and the lasting memories of my time in Hong Kong. It’s a memory that will last with me forever.

Being the daughter of a Chinese chef, I have always been around food and have been inspired by it from a young age. Hong Kong style noodle soup is my first great memories of food. On November 22nd I will be preparing 3 Hong Kong inspired noodle soup dishes. Please join me at Court Tree. 
 Kar Yee

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play By Smith Street Stage Opens Tomorrow

Smith Street Stage, the wonderful theatre group which has brought Shakespeare to Carroll Park in Carroll Gardens for the last few summers, is presenting A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play at the Pearl Theatre on 42nd Street in Manhattan.
Smith Street Stage has performed the play in 2012 and 2013 in Carroll Park's park house, but got the opportunity to perform in a bigger venue in Manhattan this time around.  But don't worry, the group will be back for some more Shakespeare in our park in 2015.
As a special nod to the Carroll Gardens community, Smith Street Stage is offering a special 20% off the ticket price with the promo code "CARROLL".
Below please find all the information o the play. 

Smith Street Stage presents
By Charles Dickens
Adapted & Directed by Beth Ann Hopkins

The Pearl Theater Company
555 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

December 18, 19, & 20 at 8:00 p.m.
December 21 at 3:00 p.m.00 p.m.
December 21 at 3:00 p.m.

(20% OFF Coupon Code: CARROLL)

Patrick Harvey, Jonathan Hopkins, Charlie Kravits, Eleanor McCormick, Pete McElligott, Elliot Roth, Leigh Ellen, Corey Whelihan, Jessica Lane Weiss, Katie Willmorth

"A troupe of 1940’s radio actors meet in the studio on Christmas Eve to bring to life the characters and soundscapes of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. The audience is invited to engage on two levels: Watch the goings-on at the 1940’s radio studio as this group of actors must work together to create a very special Christmas Eve radio performance; or listen to the world of 19th Century London come to life and get swept up in Scrooge’s miraculous Christmas transformation.

Set in the 1940’s, a time when radio was reshaping imaginative storytelling, Smith Street Stage’s production of A Christmas Carol brings to life multiple layers of Christmas cheer and nostalgia. The setting of the 1940’s radio studio will deliver the spirit and glamour of Christmas Eve in New York City. The retelling of Dickens’ story will inspire the warm feeling of a family Christmas around the fireplace."

The Story Behind The Small Gingerbread House At 351 Court Street in Carroll Gardens

For the past few years, a small gingerbread house has been displayed in front of 351 Court Street between Union and President Streets during the holiday season. I have taken photographs of it and posted them on PMFA in the past, wondering who had made it.
Well, I now have the answer.  A few days ago, I received an email from Carroll Gardener Gordon Hawkins, the person behind this charming little house, which is his "Christmas gift to the kids...young and old."
He writes:
"I've done it for a few years. The past few years, it had its roof smashed, then repaired and hit again. So I retired it. Undaunted, I made a new one, more intricate and elaborate.
This year's version has a lit Christmas tree inside and tiny colored lights around the eves of the roof. Check it out at night.
The kids were great.   I'd hang about and listen. I didn't have the clear skylight last year and the kids would look into the windows and see the scene inside. The parents, unaware of it, had to be brought up to speed by the kids. "But Mommy, look in through the windows. Santa is inside." It was heart warming.
Something about looking in through the windows at it.. makes it more real in a voyeuristic way for them. Hence more house items this year... couch and fireplace and art on the walls, curtains.
Maybe we can get through the holidays with out the Grinches bothering it.  HA ha …"

Thank you, Gordon, for bringing joy and wonder to the kids in the neighborhood.  The house is absolutely adorable.  I hope it makes it through the season without damage.

Community Board 6 Celebrates The Holidays

Monday night at Bahche on 7th Street in Gowanus
CB6 staff members  Craig Hammerman with Sarah Phillips, Helena Miskel,
Liza Santiago-Sierra, Leroy Branch
David Mazzuca, Community Boar 6 Manager Craig Hammerman, Glenn Kelly and Suzanne TuretIMG_2375
New CB6 treasurer Jerry Armer with Tom Miskel
New CB6 Chair Gary Riley with new First Vice-Chair Sayar Lonial
Bob Levine with Anthony Vigilante
Ariel Krasnow with CB6 Chair Daniel Kummer
Rick Luftglass and Ben Solotaire
Josh Levin of Comptroller Scott Stringer's office with Sarah Phillips
Tyler Maganzini and Regina Myers
Democratic District Leader Paige Bellenbaum and Bob Levine
New CB6 Chair Gary Riley
Tamar Smith, Assemblywoman Joan Millman with CB6 Chair Daniel Kummer
Council member Stephen Levin
Councilman Brad Lander presenting a Proclamation to CB6 Chair Daniel Kumer
Council Member Brad Lander, Assemblywoman-Elect Jo Ann Simon, outgoing CB6 Chair Daniel Kummer, Council Member Stephen Levin, 
Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman Jim Brennan.

Community Board 6, which represents  Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Gowanus and the Columbia Street District, gathered this past Monday night at Bahche on 7th Street for its annual holiday party.
In addition to celebrating the season, CB6 members were able to thank out-going Chair Daniel Kummer for his four years of service.  Kummer received well earned accolades from his fellow board members.  Council Member Brad Lander, Assemblywoman-Elect Jo Ann Simon, Council Member Stephen Levin, Assemblywoman Joan Millman and Assemblyman Jim Brennan presented him with several proclamations.

Community Board 6 members just voted in Gary Reilly as the new chair earlier this month.  It is the first time in about 30 years that a resident from Carroll Gardens will lead the Board.

The holiday party was also a fundraiser for Friends Of Community Board 6, a non-profit organization established to support our community Board by providing resources to improve the quality of life in the community.  Local merchants donated some great prizes that were raffled off.

Click here to learn more about getting more involved in our local community board.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Say Good-Bye To Assemblywoman Joan Millman At An Open House On Friday

Assemblywoman Joan Millman with her successor, Assemblywoman-elect Jo Ann Simon

Since 1997,  Joan Millman has been representing District 52, which includes our neighborhood, in the New York State Assembly. Earlier this year, the Assemblywoman announced that she would not seek re-election. This Friday, December 19 will be her last day in the office at 341 Smith Street at the corner of Carroll Street. She and her staff will be hosting an informal open house on that day from 10am to 5pm to "say good-bye with cookies."
Everyone in the neighborhood who would like to stop by is welcome to do so.

December 19th is also the last day to donate socks to the drive Joan is doing "to help a local middle schooler collecting donations of new, packaged socks for men, women, and children which will be distributed to shelter residents throughout Brooklyn. Donations are being accepted at the office all week too. Last year the student collected 800 pairs - we'd like to help him collect even more to make homeless shelter residents more comfortable this winter!"


Take a look at this very cute 'good-bye" video made by Tamar Smith of Joan's office.

Sing-It-Yourself Messiah At St. Paul's Church In Carroll Gardens

Like me, you probably don't have a particularly great singing voice, but that won't matter at all on Sunday, December 21 at 4 pm.  That's when St. Paul's Church at the corner of Carroll Street and Henry Street will once again encourage all to sing along to Georg Friedrich Händel's Messiah.

Here is more information:
"Join St. Paul's Church for their Annual Messiah Sing at 4pm on Sunday, December 21st. This lively performance of Handel's masterpiece will be conducted by Music Director, Vince Peterson, and sung by YOU. Hear top notch soloists sing Recitatives and Arias from parts 1 and 2 of Handel's unparalleled masterwork, and then sing the choruses yourself with other Sopranos, Altos, Tenors, and Basses in your section. Bring your own score or borrow one from us! Bid on your chance to take the podium and conduct the great Hallelujah Chorus. Afterwards join us in our Parish Hall for light refreshments."

Tickets are $20
Children under 12 tickets are $10 online /$15 at the door.
For advance tickets please click here.
St. Paul’s is located at 199 Carroll St. (Corner of Carroll and Clinton Sts.)

Lola's Tapas Bar On Smith Street Now Closed And For Sale

I just noticed that Lola's Tapa Bar at 221 Smith Street near Butler Street has closed its doors.  I must admit that I have never eaten there, but was told by a neighborhood friend that the food was actually quite good and that it was reasonably priced.
This location has gone through quite a few chanced one the past few years.  It was first  Caserta Vecchia, then TJ's Wood Burning Oven Pizza before it became Lola's.
Smith Hanten Realty his currently selling the business for $120,000.00.  The remaining lease can be taken over at $7,500 a month.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Picture Of The Day: For Rent

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Seen on Carroll Street between Hoyt and Bond Streets.

Have A Drink For A Good Cause! Bar San Miguel To Contribute Proceeds From This Tuesday To CHIPS.

Here is a perfect excuse for having a Margarita. I just heard from Regina Myers, co-owner of Bar San Miguel at 307 Smith Street, that the establishment will contribute proceeds from Tuesday, December 16th's sales to CHIPS, a local soup kitchen and shelter. Please stop by for dinner or drinks and help make a contribution!

I'll see you there.

El Milagro Opens Pop-Up Store On Smith Street. Will Get Permanent Home Across the Street In Spring

Owner Roberto LopezIMG_2342

El Milagro, a jewelry, gift, and home decor store has opened a Holiday pop-up location that will remain open throughout December at 180 Smith Street.
The merchandise is sourced from around the world by owner Roberto Lopez, who already owns similar store on 5th and 7th  Avenues and  Park Slope.  Come April, Lopez will be taking over Tony's Hardware Store at 181 Smith Street as a more permanent home for El Milagro in Boerum Hill.
You can follow El Milagro on Facebook here.