Highlighting the vitality of the North Brooklyn food production system, Brooklyn Brewery is returning with its Dinner Party series next week, to be held at the newly opened tasting room, Humboldt & Jackson.
This time around, the Brewery chef, Andrew Gerson is partnering up with Ben Flanner, co-founder of Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farming business with over two and a half acres of green roofs throughout the city that produces fruits, vegetables, and herbs for groceries, CSAs, restaurants, and farmers’ markets, and provides consultation and installation services to clients throughout the world.
“For me, it is the spirit of collaboration,” said Gerson. “I am constantly learning and becoming a better chef by working with others. It is amazing to make so many friends and lasting relationships in the food world, but most importantly I feel that collaboration leads to better more interesting food and beer pairings.”
For the past year and a half, the Brewery has been experimenting, cooking similar meals in different restaurants throughout the country as part of the Mash, its traveling food and arts festival.
But now the dinner series has found a home at Humboldt & Jackson.
The idea behind the series was to allow Gerson to collaborate with local innovators, farmers, and craftsmen to create new menus that would highlight the local food culture.
At the first Dinner Party, held last month, Gerson worked with Momofuku’s research kitchen, Kaizen Trading Co. and concentrated on applying East Asian fermentation techniques while crafting the menu. The event was sold out, with 60 people in attendance.
This time around, the Dinner will feature a five to seven course meal, and will be vegetarian centric. Sungold and heirloom tomatoes, Shiso, devilish peppers, and Thai basil herbs are just some of the ingredients that will be featured at the Dinner.
And of course no meal would be complete without rare beer pairings provided by the Brewery.
Seating at next week’s event is open to 50 people, and The Brewery envisions this to be a continued series with another Dinner Party to follow in September.
Dinner Party No. 2, Humbold & Jackson, 434 Humboldt Street, August 7, 6:30 p.m., for more information and to purchase tickets visit http://brooklynbrewery.com/blog/dinner-party/dinner-party-no-2-with-brooklyn-grange/.
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