The Art of Farming

By Tom Ran

Published: September 21, 2010 under Dining & Food

"The Art of Farming" at Sotheby's

Photo: Sotheby's

At first glance, “The Art of Farming” appears to be somewhat of a gimmick – an auction of edible heirlooms held by Sotheby’s. But in actuality, it’s entirely charitable, all of the proceeds will benefit GrowNYC New Farmer Development Project which helps immigrants with agricultural experience develop their own farms in the region. Rare vegetables like Turkish Orange Eggplant, Lady Godiva Squash and Pink Banana Pumpkins along with special packages like a private tour at Stone Barns will be made available to patrons. The event will also be supported by gallery talks and a gala dinner towards the end of the evening. Visit “The Art of Faming” for more details. (via TWBE)

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The Mast Brothers In Photographs

By Tom Ran

Published: August 12, 2010 under Dining & Food

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

Every one of our docs have been accompanied by a photographer, not only shooting portraits of the subjects and the process but to also capture the behind the scenes. This time around we brought on Mindy Best for the Mast Brothers. She’s been a long time contributor to The Scout helping with shoots in our retail and dining sections. Unfortunately we couldn’t include all her photos here, we do however have more on flickr. Enjoy.

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A Visit to Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain

By Tom Ran

Published: August 11, 2010 under Dining & Food

Brooklyn Farmacy

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Take a trip back in time to your grandparent’s youth at Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain. The ice cream shop couldn’t have opened at a better time. At the height of record breaking heat, Carroll Gardens was treated to a much needed reprieve from the scorching temperatures with ice cream and cold beverages. From sundaes to egg creams it will bring back childhood memories, even if it is from another era. Have a look inside the renovated pharmacy and see how details of the space have been meticulously restored.

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Rene Redzepi

By Tom Ran

Published: July 12, 2010 under Dining & Food

Rene Redzepi at Noma

Photo: The New York Times

Chef Rene Redzepi believes in two essentials when it comes to Nordic cuisine – time and place. It’s the basis for his cooking and what has brought the world’s attention to Noma, his restaurant in Copenhagen. Time, being what the earth yields during a particular season and place, being the region in which the food is served. The fundamentals are no different than what many restaurants preach today, local and seasonal. However, it’s Redzepi’s interpretation on the ideas that is so unique. Root vegetables are served in a terra cotta pot with soil made of malt and hazelnut flour. Flora found in a nearby forest is used generously throughout his dishes. Quail eggs? How about puffin eggs instead? He even works with Danish food historians in his research to develop new dishes. Looking to and reinterpreting the past to develop new flavors.

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The Supper Room

By Maggie Shi

Published: May 17, 2010 under Dining & Food

The Supper Room's dining space in a Williamsburg loft

Photo: Olly Hamm

On a recent Saturday night, The Supper Room – a brand-new NYC dinner club – held its inaugural event in a Williamsburg loft. The sold-out event served a crowd of more than 50 guests an elegant five-course tasting menu that included salt-cured duck, seared sea scallops with a pea shoot and fennel salad, Berkshire pork belly with sautéed ramps, and chocolate-spice rubbed steak with a smoky potato puree. Diners finished off the night with a rich Catalan version of crème brulee and red velvet cake balls provided by Sweet Jewels NYC. It wasn’t just about the food, though – guests enjoyed live music courtesy of Brazilian guitarist and singer Veronica Nunes while also admiring a photo exhibit by Daniel P. Eiras. Best of all, the event was for charity – all of the proceeds were donated to Doctors Without Borders.

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Urban Foraging

By Maggie Shi

Published: May 5, 2010 under Dining & Food

"Wildman" Steve Brill sampling some shepher's-purse

Photo: Maggie Shi

Having a picnic in Central Park takes on a very different meaning if you’re hanging out with “Wildman” Steve Brill, the infamous naturalist who’s been leading foraging tours in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania for 28 years. You don’t need to bring any food with you to eat an abundance of seasonal, local produce. In fact, there’s a plethora of edible plants and roots all over the park right in the middle of Manhattan – if you only know what you’re looking for. More photos after the jump.

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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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