It’s the best thing since sliced bread!
Brooklyn Slate Company will celebrate the opening of its first storefront on Saturday by handing out free grilled cheese sandwiches to all visitors.
Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka decided to move their four-year-old company, which manufacturers natural slate boards for coasters and cheese and charcuterie presentation, out of its warehouse and into the new Red Hook showroom so customers will have a rock-solid place to check out their slabs.
“In the past chefs and other customers would stop by the warehouse, and we realized we needed a more welcoming place for visitors to stop by,” said Tice of Greenpoint, who added that the new shop will host events and classes that involve food plating and cheese pairing.
Tice said he hopes to give away as much grilled cheese as he can at the opening of the shop, which comes in the midst of National Grilled Cheese Month and one day after National Grilled Cheese Day.
“Cheese, or at least serving cheese, is central to what we create as a company, so we thought grilled cheeses would be a great fit,” said Tice, who added that all gooey sandwiches will be made with bread from Roberta’s in Bushwick and domestic cheddar.
Hungry passersby will have their choice of a classic grilled cheese or one with pickles from Rick’s Picks. A cheesy sandwich with homemade onion jam will also be up for the taking.
“We just tasted all the options,” said Tice, whose company sources its stone from Hadeck’s family’s third-generation quarry upstate. “They’re spot on.”
Free grilled cheeses for Brooklyn Slate Company’s grand opening [305 Van Brunt St. between King and Pioneer streets in Red Hook, www.brookl