Midwood resident Sunny Anderson will debut her new Food Network show, “How’d That Get On My Plate?” on Monday, July 7.
Each episode will follow the path of one ingredient from its raw state to a final product, with Anderson — who already hosts “Cooking For Real” on the same channel — traveling around the country to see just where her food is coming from.
“I love doing my research, so this will be a great show for me. It’s all about finding out where the products and the foods we eat every day start off,” said Anderson.
And what does she eat every day when she’s home in Brooklyn?
“I love Cafe K on Avenue K and Coney Island Avenue. I also love DiFara’s pizza and Kosher Delight, even though I don’t keep kosher.”
Anderson doesn’t have plans to feature foods native to the borough on her new show just yet, but as far as ingredients from Brooklyn go, we think the lady herself is a pretty sweet find.
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It’s not as much fun to be fancy.
So Brooklyn is taking on Manhattan’s annual Fancy Food Show — June 29 through July 1 at the Jacob Javits Center — with its rival UnFancy Food Show, to be held Sunday, at the East River Bar [97 S. Sixth St. at Berry Street, (718) 302-0511] in Williamsburg.
“The UnFancy Food Show” was created last year by food industry veterans Sasha Davies of Cheese by Hand blog and Tom Mylan (butcher at Diner and Marlow & Sons), who were upset by the pricey goods and lack of local, independent companies at the “fancy” show across the river.
Their unfancy show will be different in a few key ways: It will be cheap (there’s a $5 suggested donation to attend as opposed to $35 at the Javits). It will feature about 20 smaller and more local food producers. And there will be $3 pints of beer!
Organizers expect this year’s show to have more food to taste than its first effort — from Hot Bread Kitchen, helmed by Boerum Hill’s Jessamyn Waldman, Salvatore Brooklyn’s fresh ricotta, Williamsburg’s own Mast Brothers Chocolate and others — and more things to do, like get your copy of “The Shameless Carnivore” signed by author Scott Gold.
The second annual “UnFancy Food Show” will be held from noon to 6 pm on June 29. For more information, visit www.unfancyfoo
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We’ve heard the importance of using local produce in your kitchen — resulting in fresher food delivered with less fuel — but this weekend, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will help us take it one step further, teaching us how to grow — and use — the ingredients.
On Saturday at 2 pm, garden instructor Leda Meredith leads “Beyond Oregano: Expand Your Herbal Palate in the Garden and Kitchen,” a class in cultivating and cooking with our very own herbs.
Attendees will learn how to harvest and use “za’atar” (a mixture of spices common in Middle Eastern food), wild ginger, “monarda” (an oregano-like plant often used for seasoning game), orange thyme, chocolate mint and golden marjoram — not exactly staples of the everyday spice rack.
To register for the June 28 class, which costs $39, call (718) 623-7220.
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If fireworks aren’t exciting enough for your Independence Day, stop by Cafe on Clinton [268 Clinton St. at Warren Street in Cobble Hill] for the July Fourth “Pig Fest.”
From 11 am to 11 pm, the restaurant will be dishing out unlimited pig and half-price drinks all day for a $12 cover charge.
Folks can return to the restaurant after watching the fireworks displays in Brooklyn Heights, when the price of beer will drop to $1.
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If IKEA wasn’t enough, come July, Red Hook will be invaded by more boxes — pizza boxes from Anselmo’s! With two brick ovens, the shop — which will open at 351 Van Brunt St. at Wolcott Street — will dish out classic pies as well as soups, salads, panini sandwiches and desserts.
Namesake owner Anselmo Garcia said, “I want to use fresh stuff, nothing from the can; fresh tomatoes, fresh herbs and to make all the bread. I’m excited because I know I’ve got a lot of stuff to show the people.”
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Earlier this month, DUMBO joined Park Slope, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Borough Park, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Flatbush and Williamsburg by getting its very own farmer’s market.
From now until Nov. 23, the market will operate every Sunday near the intersection of Main and Plymouth streets, from 11 am to 5 pm.
“We had a very good turnout for our first week,” said organizer Miriam Haas. “It was busy in spite of the hour of rain that left us standing in water. The farmers and the vendors were very pleased, and I think it’s going to a be a very good market.”
And while a weekly market certainly doesn’t take the place of a supermarket, thanks to the weekly bazaar — sponsored by the DUMBO Business Improvement District — locals can scoop up produce, pickles, nuts, bread, pastries, meat, honey, maple syrup and more.
In the coming weeks, the market will add fresh fish as well as cooking demonstrations featuring ingredients that are on the stands that very day.
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Over at Studio B, a Greenpoint nightclub, there’s finally something hotter than the late-night dance parties: the rooftop barbecue. Starting last week, the club is throwing a monthly barbecue party featuring DJs, drink specials and a rotating cast of guest chefs — Avery Wittkamp (Marlow & Sons), Lesley Stockton (Dram Shop) and Heather Meldrom (ex-Craftsteak) are already lined up — dishing out $4 plates of gourmet grub.
“We wanted to offer something to the community,” said Justine Delaney, the club’s events director. “Sometimes, there’s going to be free barbecue. It’s just a nice option, to go somewhere within the neighborhood to sit on a nice comfortable rooftop and have good food and good music.”