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The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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FEATURES : FOOD / DRINK

Greenpoint and the Brothers from hOmE

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
The designers of Alameda, Evan and Oliver Haslegrave of hOmE.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

At the beginning of The Big Lebowski, Sam Elliot’s gravelly voiceover brings the audience into the scene. “Sometimes there a man,” he says, “well, he’s the man for his time and place. He fits right in there.” It turns out, sometimes that man has a brother, and sometimes those brothers start a design firm. That’s the Haslegraves, and the time and place is right now in Greenpoint.

A Southern Spirit Lives in Brooklyn

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
Colin Spoelman, co-founder of Kings County Distillery, with his inventory of aging whiskey.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

When you pull into Brooklyn Navy Yard from Sands Street, a mechanical security arm is the only thing separating you from the Paymaster Building. Built in 1899, the building’s all brick façade and sturdy right angles stand 113 years later as a testament to architectural precision. The adherence to guidelines under which the building was constructed are mimicked inside, where Colin Spoelman leads a team of five distillers who make moonshine and bourbon whiskey.

URL kingscountydistillery.com/

A Sustainable Haven

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
The shop greets visitors to the first floor at Haven's Kitchen where a communal table sits in the middle encouraging interaction amongst its patrons.

Photo: Brent Herrig

“I’m going to give the challah a punch and then I’ll be right back.” With that, Alison Schneider got up from the interview. The time it took her to go downstairs to the recreational kitchen, punch the swelling out of a rising loaf of challah dough and walk back upstairs to the event space, gave me a chance to take in my surroundings. I felt like I was sitting in her home, and in a sense I was. It was her home away from home she created and opened in January on West 17th Street in Manhattan.

URL havenskitchen.com/

Behind the Bar - Karlsson’s Batch 2008

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
A family affair, Bertil Gunnarsson with his son Bo Gunnarsson.

Photo: Stefan Andersson

Potatoes are a significant part of Swedish culture. On Cape Bjare, in the south of Sweden, the soil they grow in is referred to as farmer’s gold. The country grows hundreds of different types of potatoes and certain rare varieties, like the Gammel Svensk Rod (Old Swedish Red), can sell for upwards of $100 a pound. In 2008, Gammel Svensk Rod potatoes matured perfectly on Bertil Gunnarsson’s farm. That’s the opinion of master blender Borje Karlsson anyway, who decided to make an unfiltered, single-varietal vodka sourced exclusively from Gunnarsson’s Gammel potatoes that were picked in July of 2008.

Battersby Brooklyn

Food / Drink
By Sarah Williams
Left: Chef Walker Stern Right: Chef Joseph Ogrodnek

Photo: Tuukka Koski

At Battersby, it’s all personal. Chef-owners Walker Stern and Joseph Ogrodnek have a long-standing friendship that’s taken them through culinary school to stints at some of the city’s best restaurants.

URL battersbybrooklyn.com

Chuck Miller

Food / Drink
By Caroline Hwang
Chuck Miller with his wife Jeanette Miller

Photo: Michael A. Muller

The Meatpacking District in New York is full of beautiful Manhattanites, working professionals, and stylish tourists who are staying at the nearby Gansevoort Hotel and the Standard. So when you see a tall man in a cowboy hat with a plaid cowboy shirt strolling through, you do a double take. The man is Chuck Miller, with wisps of white hair peeking out from under his hat and the deepest of blue eyes, behind which lies a history of tradition and pride.

URL moonshine.com