Greenpoint Gazette

Come Eat, Drink at TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint

BY Megan Soyars

On Sunday, September 9th, the Williamsburg waterfront will become a foodie’s paradise, when nearly fifty of North Brooklyn’s culinary masterminds set up shop at North 11th Street’s CitiStorage, for TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint.

This is the third annual TASTE, an event that allows North Brooklynites to experience what the area’s top restaurants and bars have to offer, all in one location. Buy a ticket, and a variety of hometown food and drink will be available from: Brooklyn Brewery, Dressler & DuMont, The Shanty, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, and many more.

What do the “golden” tickets buy you at TASTE? For $40, one can enjoy six food tastes and four complimentary drink tastes. $75 gets twelve and eight and $95 buys unlimited tastes! With $150 comes VIP status and first access to the tastes (beginning at 12:30pm), as well as access to the private promenade and indoor facilities. Tastes are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to arrive early to get the best pickings.

Food tastes come in 4oz appetizer portions, and will feature a wide range of choice combinations. “We’ll be making grilled ricotta toast with blistered peppers, garlic, capers, anchovies, and preserved lemon,” said Erin Gerken, manager of Café Colette, during a TASTE interview. Seafood hotspot Maison Premiere will be offering oysters and absinthe drips, as well as a cocktail made with local gin and raspberry shrubb, topped with sparkling wine. And make sure to visit Teddy’s Bar and Grill for some Irish pork belly and a spicy salsa margarita with ginger and jalapeño.

In addition to the great food, there will also be plenty of live music throughout the day. Presented by Brooklyn Bowl and sponsored by Jameson Black Barrel, scheduled bands include the Tropic of Pisces, The Dukes of Brooklyn, and Ikebe Shakedown, along with sets from DJ Jesse Mann.
After the main tasting, which lasts from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, patrons can stay for Taste Happy Hour and watch the sun set along the City skyline while sipping cocktails, beer, and wine.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint illustrates how North Brooklyn is quickly becoming a food Mecca, thanks to its innovative and culturally diverse population. Spanish, Polish, and Italian influences abound, and chefs are constantly trying new techniques to compete with new restaurants opening up around the neighborhood.

North Brooklynites are also passionate about their community, which gives this event a personable, neighborly feel. Patrons sampling different cuisines can learn more about their local eateries, and perhaps become a restaurant’s next best customer. “I think it’s really important to support the community that you live in and work in. And it’s nice to be a part of something that other local businesses are coming together for,” explained Carolyn Bane, owner of Pies ’n’ Thighs, during an interview with TASTE.

“We want it to feel like a huge block party for the entire neighborhood. Everything’s benefiting the community; all the bands playing are Brooklyn-based, and all the bars and restaurants are from Greenpoint or Williamsburg”, said Les Brown, Community & Events Organizer for Northside Town Hall Community and Cultural Center (NTHCCC).

The event benefits the Town Hall, which is receiving funds from TASTE’s ticket sales. The NTHCCC is currently under works, and will be located in Engine 212, an historic Williamsburg firehouse. Once completed, the facility will house two important local nonprofits—Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) and the People’s Firehouse and also function as a community meeting space and arts venue.

“This is a great chance for all the area’s bars and restaurants to give back to their community, and just come together to have a good time,” said Brown.

“It’s a worthwhile cause to help save the firehouse, which is still here because of commitment from past generations in Williamsburg. It’s a vital part of our community,” said Felice Kirby, owner of Teddy’s Bar and Grill. “Teddy’s is a long-standing popular institution itself too, so we’re thrilled to be giving back [through TASTE].”

“We’ve also started a Kickstarter [online fundraising] campaign in tandem with TASTE to help raise more money for the Town Hall,” added Brown. They are accepting donations until September 13th. Folks contributing to the Town Hall’s Kickstarter campaign can also score tickets to TASTE, so it’s a win-win situation for all.”

Visit tastewg.com to purchase tickets. Discounts are also available: when ordering online, use the code TASTE15 to receive 15% off. Discount is available until midnight, September 7th. Visit nthccc.org and www.kickstarter.com to learn more about Northside Town Hall and their Kickstarter Campaign.

TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint
Sunday, September 9th from 1-5pm
CitiStorage
5 North 11th Street

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