TOURS

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

The Mast Brothers

Food / Drink
By Tom Ran
Michael Mast and Rick Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

The Mast Brothers Chocolate factory occupies only three rooms in a nondescript building in Williamsburg. The first doubles as a storefront that opens on the weekend to customers with much of the equipment fully exposed to the public.

The Sweet Life

Food / Drink
By Sarah Williams
Craig Thompson

Photo: Tuukka Koski

It’s a cool and rainy day in the Catskills (worthy of a Rip Van Winkle nap), but the oven keeps baker Craig Thompson’s cottage toasty and warm. The country home is tucked between a rocky creek and the rising slopes of muffin-shaped mountains. Surrounded by patches of garden, everything here is thriving and lush, made greener by the rain.

URL shandakenbake.com

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm Benefit

Food / Drink
By Leigh Patterson
Annie Novak harvesting for the benefit at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm

Photo: Michael A. Muller

There is a New York City circle that begins and ends with Brooklyn brothers Evan and Oliver Haslegrave (of “hOmE” design firm fame) No one is exactly sure how they met the brothers, but the circle of their influence is ever-widening.

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

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

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.