Category Archives: The Mash

The Mash comes to London, July 27- August 3rd

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Brooklyn Brewery Mash is stepping into Londontown, July 27- August 3 for a week of food, beer, music and general East London carousing. London’s long been a cultural stalwart, long before being dubbed one of the Top Ten Hipster Neighborhoods. See below for some of the highlights of all the events we’ll be throwing, and be sure to check out the Mash website here for full event info and tickets.

Brooklyn Beer Here
July 21-26th, Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and info on all things Mash. Click here for all Brooklyn pouring locations outside our big events. Locations include: Well & Bucket, The Diner, The Rake & Kings Arm Pub.

Dinner on the Farm with Chefs Andrew Gerson, and Craig Morris
Sunday, July 27th, 5:30pm, £50, Surrey Docks Farm. We pair with some of the best culinary talent in the city to throw a dinner party right at the source, on the farm.

Mash EDU: Pasta and Beer
Monday, July 28th, 6pm, FREE with RSVP, Burro e Salvia, Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson lifts the curtain on how easy it can be to make your own pasta to go with any beer.

Brooklyn HA HA: NYC Stand-up with Judah Friedlander & London Comic Roisin Conaty
Tuesday, July 29, 9:30pm, £20, Soho Theatre, The most celebrated stand-up comedians and television writers have moved across the East River to the new capital of comedy, Brooklyn. With Mash comedian Josh Gondelman otherwise occupied we’ll have NYC favorite, World Champion Judah Friedlander stepping up to the plate.

Craft Beer Revolution with Camden Town, CRATE, Beavertown & Brooklyn Brewery
Wednesday, July 30th, 7pm, FREE with RSVP, Camden Town Brewery, After twenty-five years in the industry, Steve Hindy takes a look at the people behind the modern renaissance in craft brewing. Join us for a panel discussion on what it takes to start a business focused on the greatest libation known to man with a special focus on the American and British craft scenes with your local craft beer leaders from Beavertown, CRATE and Camden Town.

Beer & Bites Food Trail
Friday, August 1st, FREE, Borough Market

A food and beer scavenger hunt through Borough Market with Utobeer, Cannon and Cannon, Fresh Olive Company and more.

Found Footage Fest
Friday, August 1st, 7pm, £12, Leicester Square Theatre, A hilarious comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Visions Festival
Saturday, August 2nd, all day, £25, Multiple Venues, Join us at the Visions Festival for The Mash’s party with bands, video artists, local apparel collaborators, food trucks and beer. We’re partnering with Visions so that you can be sure to find Brooklyn beer at every venue, but stop by the Laundry to visit The Brooklyn Brewery Pop-Up Bar.

Slow Supper
Sunday, August 3rd, 7pm, £80, Ace Hotel, A pop-up multi-course beer dinner with Chefs Andrew Gerson and Matt Kennard.

 

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The Mash comes to Pittsburgh, June 21-28th

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Brooklyn Brewery Mash is stepping into Steel Country, coming to Pittsburgh June 21-28 for a week of food, beer, music and general Western Pennsylvania-brand rabblerousing.  Pittsburgh is home to an explosive new food scene that takes their Old World roots and throws a fresh, local focus on dishes from pierogies to sausages from nearby farms.  See below for some of the highlights of all the events we’ll be throwing in the ‘Burgh, and be sure to check out the Mash website here for full event info and tickets.

Brooklyn Beer Here
June 21st, Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and info on all things Mash. Click here for all Brooklyn pouring locations outside our big events. Locations include: Giant Eagle Market District & Industry Public House.

Dinner on the Farm with Chefs Andrew Gerson, Justin Severino & Mike Poiarkoff
Sunday, June 22nd, 3pm, $55, Blackberry Meadows Farm. We pair with some of the best culinary talent in the city to throw a dinner party right at the source, on the farm.

Craft Beer Revolution with Hop Farm, Church Brewing Company & Brooklyn Brewery
Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm, After twenty-five years in the industry, Steve Hindy takes a look at the people behind the modern renaissance in craft brewing. Join us for a panel discussion on what it takes to start a business focused on the greatest libation known to man with your local craft beer leaders from Hop Farm Brewing and The Church Key Brewing Company.

Brooklyn HA HA: NYC Stand-up with Josh Gondelman, Jesse Popp & Lee Terbosic
Tuesday, June 24th, 7pm, Atlas Bottle Works, The most celebrated stand-up comedians and television writers have moved across the East River to the new capital of comedy, Brooklyn. On tour we’ll have Josh Gondelman and a variety of our favorites performing  with local comedians for a night of guffaws, hardy-hars, and general tomfoolery.

Mash EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice
Thursday June 26th, 6pm, FREE, Marty’s Market Chef Andrew Gerson leads you on the spice road to beer-pairing nirvana.

Found Footage Fest
Tuesday June 24th, 7pm, $12, Regent Square Theater, A hilarious comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Slow Supper
Friday, June 27th, 7pm, $75, Surprise location, We’re throwing a secret location pop-up dinner to take fine dining where it’s (literally) never been before. Join us for a once in a lifetime dining experience.

Mash EDU: Homebrewing Edition
Saturday, June 28th, 2pm, FREE with RSVP, Copper Kettle Brewing Company, Learn the ins and outs of making mankind’s favorite beverage from the comfort of your own home,

Mash Bash with Speedy Ortiz, Legs Like Tree Trunks & The Lopez
Saturday, June 28th, 8pm, FREE, Club Cafe, What is a festival without music? To cap off the Mash we’re throwing a raucous Bash, featuring our favorite bands from Brooklyn, the local scene up-and-comers, and of course, beer.

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The Mash goes to Washington DC, June 1-7th

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When the Christian Heurich Brewing Co. in Washington DC closed in 1956 (after being open for 84 years), if would be another 55 years until DC Brau opened, and the city had its own brewery once again. With the beer scene burgeoning (even the White House is brewing), we’re happy to bring the Mash tour to the Capitol. See below for some highlights of all the food and happenings we’ll be throwing in the Capitol, May 31st – June 7th. For full event info and tickets, check out the Mash website here.

Brooklyn Beer Here
May 31st – June 2nd, Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and info on all things Mash. Click here for all Brooklyn pouring locations outside our big events. Locations include: City Tap House & Whole Foods.

Dinner on the Farm with Chefs Andrew Gerson, Hiyaw Gebreyohannes & Patrick Dinh
Sunday, June 1st, 3pm, $55, Georges Mill Farm. We pair with some of the best culinary talent in the city to throw a dinner party right at the source, on the farm.

Mash Beer Brunch & Mash Pass Giveaway
Sunday, June 1st, 11am, Jack Rose Dining Saloon, everyone’s favorite meal featuring a special dish paired with a Brooklyn beer, using Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s delectable brunch menu. Each order of the Brooklyn Brunch special puts you in the running to win two VIP tickets to all of the ticketed DC Mash events.

Craft Beer Revolution with Brooklyn Brewery, Atlas Brew Works & DC Brau
Tuesday, June 3rd, 7pm, $6, Atlas Brew Works, After twenty-five years in the industry, Steve Hindy takes a look at the people behind the modern renaissance in craft brewing. Join us for a panel discussion on what it takes to start a business focused on the greatest libation known to man.

Brooklyn HA HA: NYC Stand-up with Josh Gondelman & Jeff Maurer
Tuesday, June 3rd, 6pm, $6, RedRocks on H Street, The most celebrated stand-up comedians and television writers have moved across the East River to the new capital of comedy, Brooklyn. On tour we’ll have Josh Gondelman and a variety of our favorites performing  with local comedians for a night of guffaws, hardy-hars, and general tomfoolery.

Mash EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice
Wednesday, June 4th, 6pm Free with RSVP, The Coupe Chef Andrew Gerson leads you on the spice road to beer-pairing nirvana.

Found Footage Fest
Thursday, June 5th, 8pm, $12, E Street Cinema, A hilarious comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Slow Supper w/ Dinner Lab
Friday, June 6th, 7pm, $65, Surprise location, We’re partnering with Dinner Lab to take fine dining where it’s (literally) never been before. Join us for a once in a lifetime dining experience.

Mash EDU: Homebrewing Edition
Saturday, June 7th, 2pm, FREE with RSVP, 3 Stars Brewing Co, Learn the ins and outs of making mankind’s favorite beverage from the comfort of your own home,

Mash Bash with The Men, Passing Phases & Heavy Breating
Saturday, June 7th, 8pm, $5, Rock & Roll Hotel, What is a festival without music? To cap off the Mash we’re throwing a raucous Bash, featuring our favorite bands from Brooklyn, the local scene up-and-comers, and of course, beer.

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The Mash comes to Stockholm, May 17-24

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Sweden loves Brooklyn almost as much as Brooklyn loves Sweden. We love Sweden so much that we just opened a brewery there. For this reason and so many more… the Brooklyn Brewery Mash is heading to Stockholm. In the Mash’s first international foray, Stockholm will be privy to the largest traveling food and beer festival in the world. See below for some highlights of all the food and happenings we’ll be throwing in the city of many islands, May 17 – 24th For full event info and tickets go to brooklynbrewerymash.com/stockholm

Brooklyn Beer Here
May 17th – 22nd, Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and info on all things Mash. Click here for all Brooklyn pouring locations outside our big events. Locations include: Oliver Twist, Akkurat, Urban Deli, and Debaser Strand.

Dinner on the Farm with Chef Andrew Gerson & Chef Richard Poland
Saturday, May 17th, 3pm, $50 USD, approx. 327 SEK, Säby Gård, We pair with some of the best culinary talent in the city to throw a dinner party right at the source, on the farm.

Mash Beer Brunch & Mash Pass Giveaway
Sunday, May 18th, Urban Deli, everyone’s favorite meal featuring a special dish paired with a Brooklyn beer, utilizing Urban Deli’s delectable brunch menu. Each order of the Brooklyn Brunch special puts you in the running to win two VIP tickets to all of the ticketed Stockholm Mash events.

Craft Beer Revolution with Brooklyn Brewery, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet & PangPang
Tuesday, May 20, 6pm, Free with RSVP, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, After twenty-five years in the industry, Steve Hindy takes a look at the people behind the modern renaissance in craft brewing. Join us for a panel discussion on what it takes to start a business focused on the greatest libation known to man.

Brooklyn HA HA: NYC Stand-up with Josh Gondelman, Greg Poehler & More
Tuesday, May 20, 7pm, Free, Debaser Strand, The most celebrated stand-up comedians and television writers have moved across the East River to the new capital of comedy, Brooklyn. On tour we’ll have Josh Gondelman and a variety of our favorites performing  with local comedians for a night of guffaws, hardy-hars, and general tomfoolery.

On The Line Beer Dinner with Chef Johan Jureskog & Andrew Gerson
Wednesday, May 21, 6pm & 8pm, $130 USD, approx. 849 SEK, Restaurang AG, On The Line pits our very own Chef Andrew Gerson alongside a local chef in their own kitchen. With inspiration from local collaborators, Chef Gerson finds local sustainable ties in every dish he presents, whether it be greens from the local rooftop farm or mushrooms foraged in the Scandinavian forests.

Mash EDU: Beer & Spice, Making Nice
Thursday, May 22, 6pm, Free with RSVP, Johan & NyströmChef Andrew Gerson leads you on the spice road to beer-pairing nirvana.

Found Footage Fest
Thursday, May 22, 8:30pm, 50 SEK, approx. $7.65 USD, Bio Rio, A hilarious comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Slow Supper 
Friday, May 23, 7pm, $75, approx. 490 SEK, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, We’ve partnered up with Culinary Artist, Emilie Baltz to open an exclusive pop-up. Join us for a once in a lifetime dining experience.

Mash EDU: Beer School with Josefine Karlsson
Saturday, May 24th, 2pm, FREE with RSVP, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, Josefine Karlsson of Nya Carnegiebryggeriet makes brewing knowledge available to anyone who’d like to learn a little more about the process, discussing everything from homebrew practices to lab tech micro-biology.

Mash Bash with Small Black, MF/MB/, R Stevie Moore & Georgian Waters
Saturday, May 24, 7pm, FREE, Debaser Medis, What is a festival without music? To cap off the Mash we’re throwing a raucous Bash, featuring our favorite bands from Brooklyn, the local scene up-and-comers, and of course, beer.

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The Mash comes to New Orleans, Mar 29 – Apr 5

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Get out your shiniest brass and finest parasol… the Brooklyn Brewery Mash is heading to NOLA. For the second year, New Orleans will be privy to the largest traveling food and beer festival in the world. See below for some highlights of all the food and happenings we’ll be throwing at the Big Easy, March 29th – April 5th. Check out all of our events here at BrooklynBreweryMash.com/New-Orleans.

Brooklyn Beer Here
Mar 29th – Apr 5th, Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and info on all things Mash. Click here for all Brooklyn pouring locations outside our big events. Locations include: Rouses, Winn-Dixie, DBA, Trèo, The Avenue Pub, One Eyed Jacks, and The Howlin’ Wolf

Dinner on the Farm with Chef Andrew Gerson & Chef Eman Loubier
Sunday, Mar 30th, $65, Grow Dat Youth Farm, We pair with some of the best culinary talent in the city to throw a dinner party right at the source, on the farm.

Craft Beer Revolution with Brooklyn Brewery, NOLA Brewing, & Abita
Tuesday, Apr 1st, $6, NOLA Brewing, After twenty-five years in the industry, Steve Hindy takes a look at the people behind the modern renaissance in craft brewing. Join us for a panel discussion on what it takes to start a business focused on the greatest libation known to man.

Mash EDU: Beer School with Mary Wiles
Wednesday, April 2nd, 7pm, FREE, The Avenue Pub, Our Technical Director, Mary Wiles, makes her lifetime of brewing knowledge available to anyone who’d like to learn a little more about the brewing process. Join us at The Avenue Pub for the insights and science that go into creating that perfect pint.

Brooklyn HA HA: NYC Stand-up with Josh Gondelman & Doug Smith
Wednesday, April 2nd, 9pm, $10, The Howlin’ Wolf, The most celebrated stand-up comedians and television writers have moved across the East River to the new capital of comedy, Brooklyn. On tour we’ll have Josh Gondelman and a variety of our favorites performing  with local comedians for a night of guffaws, hardy-hars, and general tomfoolery.

Found Footage Fest
Thursday, April 3rd, 7pm, $12, One Eyed Jacks, A hilarious comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Slow Supper with Dinner Lab
Friday, April 4th, 7pm, $65, Location TBA, We’ve partnered up with Dinner Lab to open their exclusive pop-up, secret location dinner parties to the public. Join us for a once in a lifetime dining experience.

Mash Bash with Marnie Stern and Native America
Saturday, April 5th, 8pm, FREE, One Eyed Jacks, What is a festival without music? To cap off the Mash we’re throwing a raucous Bash, featuring our favorite bands from Brooklyn, collaborations with local vendors and artisans, food trucks, the local scene up-and-comers, and of course, beer.

Brooklyn Brewery Mash 2014

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The Brooklyn Brewery Mash, the nation’s largest travelling food & arts festival, is hitting 12 cities this year, starting off in Nashville, next week. Now in its second year, The Mash aims to present some of our favorite chefs, bands, comics, writers and, of course beer, in some of the most interesting places in the country (and two cities outside of the country). Whether from Brooklyn, Stockholm or Miami, our goal is to celebrate emerging talent.

NASHVILLE, TN: March 2 – 8
NEW ORLEANS, LA: March 30 – April 5
CHICAGO, IL: April 27 – May 3
STOCKHOLM, SWE: May 18 – 24
WASHINGTON, DC: June 1 – 7
PITTSBURGH, PA: June 22 – 28
LONDON, UK: July 27 – August 2
TWIN CITIES: August 10 – 16
PHILADELPHIA, PA:  September 28 – October 4
BOSTON, MA: October 12 – 18
MIAMI, FL: October 26 – November 1
AUSTIN, TX: November 16 – 22

This year we’ll have a full week of programming in each city. From presenting pop-up dinners in surprising locations with the best chefs and locally sourced ingredients, to a round table discussion on the growth and future of craft beer, The Mash attempts to bring you the best of what’s next on the cultural horizon.

Joining us on the road is Brooklyn Brewery Co-founder and President, Steve Hindy. Steve’s new book, Craft Beer Revolution, examines the rise of craft beer culture with the stories from the men and women who made it happen. There will be a panel discussions (paired w/local beer) with unfettered access to the insights and stories that only the leaders of this industry can provide.

Slow Super with Dinner Lab will be held at a surprise location with setting and music provided by local artists. Dinner Lab has quickly become the fastest growing members-only pop-up dinner club, and since we partnered with them for our Slow Supper in New Orleans, we’ve looked forward to every secret adventure they produce. Now we’re combining forces to present an evening of delicacy and delights, each one paired with a different Brooklyn beer.

Being stuck in the concrete jungle all year, Dinner on the Farm has to be one of our favorite concepts. Their focus is to create unique local food experiences designed to celebrate farms, chefs, breweries, and food entrepreneurs dedicated to good, sustainable food. And there’s no better feeling than watching a rusty sunset after a full meal with beer pairings.

Here in Brooklyn we’ve become a comedy mecca as the writers and comedians from your favorite shows have migrated from across the river to call Kings County home sweet home. At Brooklyn HA HA we’ll have the freshest faces of Brooklyn’s comedy scene pair up with local favorites, to tickle your funny bones. All of them. Them bones.

Mash Bash, our closing party, presents exciting local acts with some of Brooklyn’s young rock luminaries. We’ll have a food truck stationed outside and some local vendors inside to feature artisans of all industries. It’s like a very small, very cool music festival, except the beer will be cheaper and there will be no port-o-potties.

We’re doing an apparel collaboration in every city, starting off with imogene + willie in Nashville. We wanted to combine forces with manufacturers and brands in each city that represent more than just mass-produced merch. We support local businesses and it doesn’t hurt to look a tad cooler in the process.

Check out BrooklynBreweryMash.com for all the details of what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

NYC Beer Week Returns

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Now under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild, the 6th Annual New York City Beer Week happens February 21 – March 2, and will bring together 16 NYC craft breweries, nationally & internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year. We’re proud to be a founding member of this organization, so we planned a few fun evenings:

Opening Night Bash @ Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal
7pm, Friday, February 21
$75 Tickets Available Here

A spectacular setting for New York City’s premier craft beer spectacle of the year, the New York City Brewers Guild hosts its Opening Night Bash at the iconic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal featuring rare and obscure beers from 30 breweries from NYC and friends around the region and across the country.

The $75 ticket gets you unlimited samples from your favorite breweries, with some of the finest food vendors NYC has to offer providing light snacks through the night. We’ll be bringing Hammarby Syndrome & 1/2 Ale.

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Bash with Dinner Lab @ The Brooklyn Brewery & Brooklyn Bowl
8pm, Saturday, February 22
Sold Out; Tickets For Soul Clap & Dance Off Nationals Available Here

Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson and Dinner Lab Dinner Lab Chef Brandon Byrd come together for the first time since their collaboration during Mash New Orleans to create a multi-course beer feast with Mash Chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes.

Guests can expect pairings of Brooklyn Brewery’s most popular beers, rare brews, and some added surprises to complement each dish dreamt up by the evening’s culinary stars. The experience will be illuminated by projection artists Nuit Blanche New York.

Immediately following Mash Bash will be The National Championships of Mr. Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off, next door at Brooklyn Bowl (open to all Mash Bash Dinner Lab guests). At each Mash stop during our 2013 tour we crowned a different Soul Clap winner and we’ve brought them in from all 11 cities to see who will rise above the Brooklyn fray. A portion of proceeds will help support Slow Food USA, co-founded by Garrett Oliver.

Brooklyn Tap Takeover & Tasting @ Top Hops
6-8pm, Wednesday, February 26

We’re bringing out our best at Top Hops for a tap takeover. Sample our newest Brewmaster’s Reserve, Hammarby Syndrome, and our first ever Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment, Wild Streak, alongside past Brewmaster’s Reserves and perennial favorites. We’ll even be raffling off 6 bottles of a highly whispered about beer that doesn’t exist at the end of the night. Check out the beer list here.

NYC Brewer’s Choice
6pm, Wednesday, February 26
$65 Tickets Available Here

NYC Brewer’s Choice returns on February 26 from 6-10pm as a featured event of NYC Beer Week. This year’s event, which will be held for the first time at The Wythe Hotel here in Williamsburg, has an all New York focus. More than 16 NY state brewers, including our own Garrett Oliver, will be on hand to pour and discuss some of their most special beers, all of with will be served alongside a loving food pairing provided by some of the city’s best restaurants. Jeff O’Neil of Peekskill Brewery will deliver the keynote address.

Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves @ The Historic Nassau Brewery
1-5pm, Saturday, March 1
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Join Josh Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course and host of the NYC homebrew tours, as he hosts Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves. These caves have remained largely untouched and unseen since their 19th century hay-day, but on March 1st, you can descend, partake in pretzels, and learn about the history of the former brewery. We will be pouring Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager,  Brooklyn 1/2 Pils, and Brooklyn Lager.

Brooklyn Tastings
Sample new releases Wild Streak & Hammarby Syndrome.

The Sampler
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn
6-8pm, Wednesday, February 26

Hops & Hocks
2 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn
6-8pm, Thursday, February 27

Stinky Brooklyn
215 Smith Street, Brooklyn
7-9pm, Thursday, February 27

Brunch Finale @ Houston Hall
12pm, Sunday, March 2
$15 Tickets Available Here

After a long and relentlessly enthusiastic New York City Beer Week complete with revelry, comradeship and delicious beer, you know need a more relaxed setting. Celebrate the awesomeness by coming to a meet-some-brewers closing brunch at Houston Hall! Beer selections from each brewery member will be available along with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Your ticket includes one beer plus the buffet.

 

Mash Files: Chicago Edition

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All Mash Cities have a certain charm, but Chicago is the city I had the most trouble saying goodbye to. Diverse neighborhoods bleed into each other ripe with unique and delectable restaurants serving fall inspired dishes with a laid back feel. I haven’t experienced this concentration of incredible eating locales in any other city but the one I reside in. The array of talented chefs that grace this town are not doing anything incredibly different than other cities we have visited along the Mash, but they are doing it consistently, creatively  and  collaboratively across the board. The “Shi” is an artistic metropolis with a true neighborhood feel, offering as many cultural perspectives as The Bean (Cloud Gate) itself. Steel bridges connect this lakeside city and add as much character as the myriad restaurants we frequented.

Lake Michigan provides a gorgeous city backdrop, but it also creates the brisk winds and chilling temps that make Chicago one of the coldest cities in the country. I think the chefs there understand this better than others and truly value the short growing season, preserving the rich bounty for the cold months to come, and honoring the fresh ingredients in a simple, yet sophisticated manner. The network of chefs that I encountered was truly inspiring, and everyone seemed to know everyone creating a culinary community that spans many bridges.

Slow supper prep at Found restaurant reminded me of Chris Sheppard’s kitchen (at Underbelly, Houston), with more preserves and pickles then I could imagine. The walk in refrigerator boasts a rainbow of pickled produce that could have easily been an installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Packed Mason jars abounded like the preservation kitchen at Blackberry Farm, as captivating as the amphitheater and BP Bridge in Millennium Park, by architect and artist Frank Gehry. Nicole Pederson might be a pickle queen but she sure knows her way around rabbit rillettes, and presses a mean goat pate that tastes of barnyard and pistachio, a perfect accompaniment for one of our Ghost Bottles of Crochet Rouge Riesling. Combined with pickled sausage, fresh made mustard, and sweet but tangy plum butter. This course and many others demonstrated the typical style of many of the chefs we encountered, with a full understanding of local ingredients and a playful, yet traditional approach.

Small Bar’s rabbit pate, marmalade, and parsley salad also accented the nuances of Crochet Rouge Sauvignon Blanc, expertly prepared by Executive Chef Justin White.  Ghost Bottles graced the tables at both of our meals, but  Carnegie Special 175th Anniversary Porter was most appropriate in capturing the essence of our 1883 World Fair Slow Supper feast, and a perfect accompaniment to the dramatic reading by Paul Durica, author of Chicago by Day and Night, as well as the delectable poached pear and sponge cake it was served with.

Our week of Mash events melded perfectly  with the intoxicating energy of Chicago, from its many farmers markets, artistic and thoughtfully designed green spaces, diverse neighborhoods, talented chefs, and impressive architecture. From Longman and Eagle, to Lula café, Nightwood, Fat Rice, Little Goat, there were more great restaurants then I could imagine, or find time to eat at. Whether sitting in a hole in the wall Mexican place on the east side, dining on Randolph street, or out in Evanston you can be sure that Chicago’s food scene will leave you satiated, smiling, and extremely impressed. I just hope your stay is longer than mine. I am in agreement with my cousin Ari, Chicago may be the greatest city in the country, at least four months out of the year. I hope your larders are packed for the remaining eight months. Stay warm Chicago, can’t wait to see you next year!

Mash Files: Boston

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Mash Boston reaffirmed my love for bodies of water.  This sounds strange but bays, oceans, tributaries and the beauty they encompass set a perfect backdrop for our week of events.   My past Boston culinary experiences were limited to super carnitas burritos at Anna’s Taqueria when I would visit an old girlfriend during college. Things have changed quite dramatically over the last ten years, and great restaurants are popping up all over offering interesting riffs on traditional New England cuisine along with many other styles of food.  I had one of the best clam chowders of my life at Island Creek oyster bar, New England of course, none of that tomato malarkey.

I was able to gain a new respect, and perspective on aquaculture and the vital role it plays in New England life.   The Atlantic Ocean, its tributaries, and the many rivers that lead into it have long been a source of sustenance, income and leisure, for New Englanders, playing a vital role in the areas evolution.  Much of our week was focused on maritime activity or its byproducts.  A small detour from our seafood centric meals was our Local Two Ways dinner at Poe’s Tip Tap Room with Chef Brian Poe, and many happy hour events at Stoddard’s Pub.  If you think I am busy you should check out Brian Poe, juggling three restaurants with the expert skill and precision of a veteran circus clown (the talented ones that hurl multiple flaming bowling pins effortlessly, while telling jokes). Brian and I prepared antelope tips and kangaroo tartar with a pistachio and yuzu gremolata.  I don’t know about you, but I have never eaten, let alone prepared kangaroo in my life, needless to say it was a night to remember, and as  I hop from city to city it is a flavor I will hold onto and savor.

We were back to the sea the next morning as we headed out of Boston towards Duxbury bay, home of Island Creek Oyster Co.  We arrived nursing hangovers that would make a college student proud, and were met with the sweet salty air of the ocean and Chris Sherman the Vice President of ICO, and one of the most knowledgeable, well spoken, and  downright enjoyable people I have met in a while.  Our trip began in the hatchery where oysters are bred, reared and transferred to holding tanks below the docks where they spend their first six months of life.  The algae lab is the most essential part of this process.  Multiple strains of algae (oyster feed) are grown in tanks and tubes of various sizes and pumped into the tanks that house these growing prehistoric creatures.  We boarded a small boat and headed out to the oyster beds that dot the bay, protected by a large half moon strip known as Duxbury Beach, and boarded the floating house where oysters are sorted into three different grades.  The passion and expertise of these rugged oyster farmers, and savvy business men, have made these oysters a coveted mainstay at Thomas Keller’s Per Se, French Laundry, and many other fine dining institutions across the couomtry.

Lowell’s Boat house, the oldest active boat house in the country was the setting for our Slow Supper dinner with Chef Marc Sheehan of Brasstacks (a local pop up restaurant concept). Marc honed his skills at Blue Hill, under Dan Barber before taking over some of Boston’s best kitchens.  I was thrilled to put out plates that mirrored the flowing history of the Merrimack River and work with such a young and talented chef whose historically relevant and technical approach to cooking left our guest begging for more.  Quahog bread and Black Ops pretzels where paired with Silver Anniversary Lager, and the boisterous conversation and glass clinking echoed far across the river just feet from the long wooden  planked  communal table constructed for our dinner by master boat maker and teacher Graham McKay of Lowell’s boat shop.

Our week culminated in a cyclical manner with our Togather event featuring Erin Byers Murray, author of Shucked, Chris Sherman, and Graham McKay discussing the waters that have shaped their lives, careers, and outlooks.  My sea legs felt much sturdier after absorbing bits of their passionate conversation that flowed effortlessly like the Merrimack, or the tides of Duxbury Bay.  All hands from our week of adventures were on deck for this memorable event. Sipping Brooklyn Summer Ales, and slurping oysters felt more like an outing with old friends then a literary reception. Boston I can’t wait to set sail for your waters next year. Ahoy Mattie’s!

 

 

Mash Files: Twin Cities

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Lakes, Gnomes, boats, a City rivalry, large communal feasts, outrageous storms, winding rivers, and a castle, no this is not the next episode of Game of Thrones, but the Twin Cities Mash I speak of. Our week kicked off with a dinner hosted by Monica Walch of Dinner on The Farm, on the rooftop of Solera, overlooking scenic downtown Minneapolis, and ended with our Slow Supper dinner hosted by The Brooklyn Brewery team, Jamie Malone of Sea Change and Monica Walch at Soap Factory, cyclical or what?

Our whirlwind week continued at Happy Gnome (our Mash Headquarters) where beer and cheese abounded, and I had the opportunity to get to know some Twin City beer aficionados as well as sample some local brews. Besides being home to a slew of Craft Breweries, Twin Cities has a cutting edge restaurant scene that is borderline incestual, but incredibly delicious. All the young talent of the last 10 years seems to have worked together at one point or another as they trained under their predecessors, and are now operating (or own) the best kitchens in town. I had the chance to work with two of these rising stars who are running great teams, cooking exceptional food, and inspiring those who work alongside them (and me).

Our Local 2 Ways dinner with Landon Shoenfeld, Executive chef, and owner of Haute Dish was one of the best meals I have collaborated on. Each dish not only paired perfectly with the beers selected but had incredible nuances, flawless execution, and were true visual works of art. I have never been in a kitchen where so many chefs seemed genuinely happy to be there, engaged, knowledgeable and incredibly motivated to follow the lead of their Phish loving, easy going leader. Haute Dish was a night to remember, even if the high gravity of the beers consumed made it easy to forget.
Landon is not the only talented chef in town, Jamie Malone of Sea Change not only impressed me (a far easier task), but the folks at Food & Wine, earning herself a place on the list for top ten chefs of 2013 (insert applause here) Jamie may be leading a crazy jet setter life these days ( I can sympathize) but her humbleness, composure, good natured humor, incredible skill, dedication, and mischievous smile make her a great gal to work with and learn from. Slow Supper in a giant art space, langoustine crudo, Sweet bread tortellini, potato pave seared to look like drift wood, Ghost bottles abounding, and a room full of boisterous happy guests, throw in an installation from Nuit Blanche, Stephanie Jarrett (vintage day dreams), and you have one hell of a dynamic eating experience.

Two great meals, boat trips on the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka, a specialized Found footage Fest, a king sized temperpedic mattress at Castle El Maraghy ( anything feels like a castle compared to my Brooklyn apartment), a stop at The Beer Dabbler to see my main man Joe Alton for all the copies of the Growler, the greatest lightning storm of my life, The sounds of Jonathan Toubin, and riding tandem on a tube with my favorite event producer in the whole wide world, yah you could say it was a great week, Ya-knoow?