From its origins as a survivalist staple to its modern status as mass-produced gas station shlock, beef jerky might not necessarily come to mind when you think of quality food. Jerky, however, has undergone a similar culinary transformation as other foods with similar histories. It’s joined the likes of coffee, pickles, and sausages as culinary artisans have gone back to craft roots, embracing traditional, small-batch production methods while reclaiming and re-imagining beef jerky at large.
We’ve put together a list of the best craft jerky in the city so you can get yourself a piece of the beefy snack revolution.
Brooklyn, NY – On September 22nd, TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint will offer a one day crash course in the delicious local fare that makes up over 40 of North Brooklyn’s best restaurants, bars and breweries. This 4th annual event will grace the streets, rain or shine, with sample tastes of your choice ($25 for 4 food tastes, and 2 drink tastes, $45 for 8 food tastes and 4 drink tastes), including special performances by New York Night Train DJ Jonathan Toubin and DJ Queen Majesty.
Last Saturday, City Harvest fed Brooklynites at a fun-filled fundraising event featuring artisanal food and activities. The event was held at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park from 11am-6pm and what a day it was! The weather cooperated with City Harvest and had event-goers leaving happy and completely full.
Over 75 artisanal vendors were in attendance, showcasing their delicious snacks-- from craft beer and wine to local and gourmet food items. There was also a Tasting Tent with private seating, featuring food and drinks from some of Brooklyn's best venues, including Benchmark Restaurant, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Good Fork, and more. The Tasting Tent was curated by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats.
The Bedford (110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg) held a special sneak preview of their newly appointed Executive Chef Jason Michael Giordano’s forthcoming Tavern Menu last night in their I-Beam barroom. Jason’s new contemporary American pub snack menu was inspired by the dinner served at the White House during President Lincoln’s inaugural dinner. With such an original concept a lot of research had to be done to recreate these dishes that time had forgotten. The Tavern Menu uses old world techniques with classic American ingredients to create dishes such as arancini (risotto balls), fried duck rillette (similar to pâté), devils on horseback (bacon-wrapped dates filled with cheese), and others. Diners also enjoyed a basket of delicately fried kale chips while snacking on the Tavern Menu sampler.
We are in it: the inevitable decrescendo towards civility and normalcy. The frigid aftermath of the volatile highs of St. Paddy’s weekend are typically associated with a week-long hangover—a gradual decompression from the bombast and insanity that lulls the weekly warrior into a funk. To alleviate the languorous haze induced by the work-week grind, the natural remedy is to inject some joviality into the everyday—a proverbial week-long “hair of the dog” that lessens the sting of Reality’s cruel embrace!
With the emerald garb relegated to hibernation, the debaucheroues memories shall have to sustain for another year’s time. Until then, a little daily indulgence shall have to suffice!
Join America’s top craft beer brewers Saturday March 3rd at the Lexington Avenue Armory for the inaugural NYC American Craft Beer Festival hosted by The Hand Crafted Tasting Company. For those who enjoy day drinking there will be a session held from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. and a second session later in the evening for those of us who want a killer Saturday night pregame, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.
During either session festival goers will experience a “true celebration of American craft beer[s]” from local breweries such as Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Sixpoint Craft Ales being among the 75 featured brewers. While attempting to sample all 150 high-quality seasonal brews sample the specially prepared food designed to be paired with each tasting. The food court will include menu items such as a grilled cheddarwusrt topped with green apple on a pretzel roll, vegetarian soft tacos, and a little something called the Frito Pie made with fresh chili, sour cream, chives, and sharp cheddar cheese, all served on a bed of Frito Lays chips.
Drink Local Beer, Order Beers on Tap.
Yes it’s even possible to adopt a green stance towards going out on the town. One easy way to do this is to order beers from local breweries- they have lower costs of production and their products travel shorter distances than larger, more well-known breweries.
Ithaca Beer Co.
606 Elmira Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 607-273-0766
Our Favorite: Flower Power
79 North 11th Street Brooklyn, New York 11211 718-486-7422
Our Favorite: Brooklyn Pennant Ale
161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772 631-475-6944
Our Favorite: RastafaRye Ale
What to Drink Now at Corkbuzz Wine Studio
When: Jan 30, 7 pm - 9 pm
Where: Corkbuzz Wine Studio, 13 E. 13th St. (Bt. 5th Ave. & University Pl. ), 10003
Start your week at the newly opened Corkbuzz Wine Studio for their 'What to Drink Now' class. Join fellow wine lovers to explore the latest in everything wine --from the latest regions to where to experiment with new favorites. Get your ticket here.
Last week we attended the Belgian Beer Festival hosted by Get Real NY at the Altman Building. The evening was a tremendous success, from the wide selection of delicious Belgian beers to the incredible food provided by Petite Abeillie.
There were over 100 different kinds of Belgian Beer available to both novices and experienced drinkers alike. The volunteers were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable, and never hesitated to share their favorite beers with you. Our favorites were the Brooklyn Brewery Local 1 and Local 2 and the Quid Pro Quo from Quad. We also enjoyed some interesting brews such as the “Raging Bitch” and the “Jolly Pumpkin”.