Super (Duper) Market

By Tom Ran

Published: July 3, 2012 under Dining & Food

Super Duper Market

Photo: PAPER Magazine

There’s no shortage of restaurants, food carts, markets, or events in NYC, especially in the summer. So what does one need to do to stand out from the glut of food events? Bring in the big guns. PAPER magazine takes a stab at the scene with their interpretation. Super (Duper) Market is a three day event in Chelsea that will include East and West Coast purveyors along with big names like Mario Batali and Andre Balazs. He’ll be selling eggs from his upstate farm according to Grubstreet. The extravaganza will include some familiar vendors and restaurants like Red Rooster, Mile End, Ovenly, Empire Mayo and the famed bakery from San Francisco, Tartine. Food won’t be the only focus, PAPER has invited Maira Kalman, an artist and champion of slow food, as well as Artware Editions. This all takes place next Friday, July 13th to Sunday July 15th. Have a look at Super (Duper) Market for a list of more vendors, time, and location.

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The Way We Ate

By Tom Ran

Published: May 31, 2012 under Dining & Food

Lemon Ginger Chicken Wings - Gourmet: March 1988

Photo: The Way We Ate

Storyboard is tumblr’s content driven site profiling people behind some of the most popular tumblr’s out there. They recently interviewed Noah Fecks and Paul Wagtouicz from The Way We Ate. Two professional photographers with an obsession over Gourmet magazine. Fecks owns every issue that was ever published over its 70 year lifespan. The magazine abruptly ceased its operations in late 2009, leaving many to speculate that the web was responsible for its demise. Well the web is now resuscitating Gourmet with Fecks and Wagtouicz’s project, albeit in their own way. The site alternates between lush photographs and scans and photographs from the magazine itself. It’s a simple enough concept but the result is stunning. The Way We Ate utilizes tumblr’s asset as a stripped down photo blogging tool by occupying the entire screen’s real estate with its photographs. Though some recipes date back into the 1940’s, the aesthetic and styling is fresh and clean. The Way We Ate has been consistently publishing recipes since January 2011. If they keep this up they will finish the project in 2025. By then we may see a new media format that will kill the web.

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Hole Foods

By Tom Ran

Published: May 9, 2012 under Dining & Food

Joe Grillo

Photo: The Hole

Bowery gallery The Hole, is set to launch Hole Foods, a three month pop up restaurant offering patrons a new way of dining. Hole Foods will take over the former space occupied by the Meatball Factory by incorporating art and food. The experience will be enhanced visually and aurally by the works of artist Joe Grillo with his neon mural and interactive sound sculptures. Grillo has customized everything from the furniture and table clothes, to the chef’s outfit. The food will have equal attention as Robert Rubba has been brought in as the executive chef. Rubba has worked under Todd English and Gordon Ramsay. Hole Foods is located at 231 2nd Avenue @ 14th Street, NYC. For more information visit The Hole’s website.

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Christoph Keller

By Tom Ran

Published: March 28, 2012 under Dining & Food

Christoph Keller

Photo: Courtesy of Gestalten Verlag

Christoph Keller’s story is to be admired. He was not a former stock broker or an accountant before he found his calling as a master distiller of fine spirits. He was already engaged in a highly successful creative career as the founder of REVOLVER, a Frankfurt based art publishing house, internationally recognized for its conceptual artists books and exhibition catalogs. He left that behind after visiting a picturesque town in Southern Germany where he discovered a dormant schnaps distillery. It was there that he decided to revive the mill and launched Stählemühle, producing approximately 70 different kinds of spirits and liquor. The key to his operation is the use of rare and exotic fruits. And just like REVOLVER’s accolades, Stählemühle has received numerous awards and recognition being named one of the top ten distilleries in the world and winning the “Best Gin in the World” in London. Gestalten has produced a short film on Keller’s process of distilling and will be hosting a tasting at Gestalten Space in Berlin on April 20th. Visit the site to register.

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The Great GoogaMooga

By Tom Ran

Published: March 15, 2012 under Dining & Food

The Great GoogaMooga festival at Prospect Park

Photo: The Great GoogaMooga

This is what we’re talking about. Forget about the rides and the games, it’s all about the food when it comes to street fairs. The Great GoogaMooga will be taking over Prospect Park for the weekend of May 19th and 20th. Dubbed the amusement park of food and drink the vendor list includes an all star group of high and low end restaurants. Blue Ribbon, Colicchio & Sons, M. Wells, The Meat Hook, Frankies, Joseph Leonard, and more, a lot more. This is going to be bananas, so registration is a must. The good thing is that it’s free for general admission. Registration starts at noon today.

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Battersby Brooklyn

By Sarah Williams

Published: December 13, 2011 under Dining & Food

Battersby on Smith Street

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Chefs Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek have found their sweet spot—it’s a delicate balance between meticulous control and creative improvisation at Battersby on Smith Street in Brooklyn. The first come, first serve restaurant focuses on cooking to the highest standards in an utterly unpretentious space. From their pocket-sized kitchen, Stern and Ogrodnek preside over sumptuous dishes, and challenge themselves to constantly reinvent the menu. Read about our visit.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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