Home cooks take pot luck to new heights

EAT UP!: Bianca Pappas and Frank Tilelli, founders of South Brooklyn Food and Drink, hosting their second Pot Luck Dinner at Irish Haven.
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Standing O is asking, “Did ya eat yet?” Yes, it’s the second annual Pot Luck event hosted by South Brooklyn Food and Drink, founded by favorite gastronomes Frank Tilelli and Bianca Pappas.

“It was a smash,” said Frank. The culinary couple really know how to host a ’do. This second pot luck soiree invited members to come eat and enjoy at the Irish Haven in Bay Ridge on June 2. Members were asked to either bring their own home-cooked specialties or pay a stipend for the cause. Non-members were also invited to attend.

Bianca, Frank’s partner in cookery, shared: “There was excellent food donated and brought by the best local restaurants and home cooks — a really great bunch of people — and others who just wanted to come and sample everyone’s food.”

Participating eateries included, Cebu Bar and Bistro, Somethingreek Bay Ridge, The Kettle Black, Ho’Brah Taco Joint, A.L.C. Italian Grocery, Embers Steakhouse, Paneantico Bakery Cafe Inc., Patsy’s Pizzeria of Bay Ridge, Schnitzel Haus, and Miss American Pie.

The pair started a Facebook page, where members post snaps of their meals with brief reviews of restaurants, nearby foodie news and events, how-to videos, and swap recipes for some ambitious eats, to let the folks in the borough know where the best places to pin on a bib, pull up a chair, and enjoy the best dang food anywhere, anytime.

Frank let the O know that since last time the O covered the Pot Luck in January, membership has mushroomed to more than 7,000 members. Way to go, Frank!

If you want to join in, e-mail Frank at for more info or check out South Brooklyn Food and Drink on Facebook.

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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