Sunday, October 19, 2014

Meet Your Maker! Join Us on Nov. 6th!

Enjoy 1 incredible meal curated by 3 top NYC chefs, a cheese course, local beer and wine, a silent auction and more. This meal promises to be seasonal, delicious, and veggie-forward.

Our 2nd annual Meet Your Maker event will raise money for farm-based educational programming at the Youth Farm, enabling hundreds of students to learn about everything from food justice to environmental science on the farm!


Rob Newton has been one of the farm's biggest supporters since we broke ground in 2011. He purchases Youth Farm produce and flowers devotedly every week, donates his incredible skill and southern hospitality for our events, and is an all-around awesome guy. We love his partner Kerry Diamond, too! She founded Cherry Bombe magazine, was named 1 of 50 most influential people in Brooklyn food, and delivered copious amounts of shaved collard green salad a la N9 last fall. Three cheers for Rob and Kerry!

ON WILMA JEAN: "...and with its craggy crust and high-decibel crunch, the bird’s as juicy and flavorful as any you’ll find in New York. The old Seersucker Robert Newton and Dr. Mary T. Bassett wouldn’t recommend it, but you’ll want to eat this chicken much more frequently than once a week. " - Grubstreet/NY Mag

ON NIGHTINGALE 9: "The best version of Hanoi-style beef pho" he's enjoyed outside of Hanoi is from Nightingale 9." - NY Mag's head food honcho Adam Platt

Read more on Eater about Rob and partner Kerry Diamond's story here.

Zahra Tangorra has wowed us from the beginning, when we plopped down one drizzly late fall afternoon, became awestruck by Brucie's ambiance and bowled over by the menu. She agreed to start purchasing flowers from the Youth Farm site unseen, and has championed us ever since. We love her bravado and creativity in the kitchen, and of course love that she's a woman running a successful business.  Zahra has earned many feathers for her chef's hat, including being named among Brooklyn's top 5 female chefs, and among Brooklyn's 50 most influential people in food (right along with Kerry Diamond).

ON BRUCIE: "Brucie, which opened two years ago in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, is the sort of low-key but extremely charming restaurant everyone wishes was around the corner from their apartment. The mostly Italian menu changes daily, bartenders pour cocktails with ingredients like blossom water, and diners break bread in a subterranean, wood-accented dining room. Overseeing it all is chef-owner Zahra Tangorra, a brassy native Long Islander with a warm laugh, a penchant for chunky jewelry, and absolutely no professional training." - Aritzia

Read another mouthwatering review on Serious Eats here. Read more about Zahra's story here.

Introduced to Andres's culinary talents through farmer-friend Ben Flanner of the Brooklyn Grange, we were instantly taken with his veggie-forward menu, crowding out the small plates section with items like a shaved celery salad with yuzu, and charred brussel sprouts with fish sauce. The tastes were full and satisfying - Andres is a champion of seasonal, local food and it shows. We're so excited and honored to have him as part of our 2nd annual Meet Your Maker!

ON MARTHA: "We tucked into a dish of the pungent little cabbages at Martha, a homey, inviting, sort-of-new restaurant located along a leafy stretch of Fort Greene’s restaurant row. The Brussels in question were sliced in half and deeply charred, some would say burnt, but deliciously so. They came mingled with honey and pickled jalapeƱo in a piping hot cast-iron pan with a pink hand-knit cozy wrapped around the handle. The masterstroke, though, was the zingy addition of fish sauce....Martha’s menu is a cannily calibrated take on the big, cravable flavors that dominate today’s culinary landscape..." - Grubstreet/NY  Mag

Read more about Andres's story on The Village Voice here.