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FABfest Schedule for June 13

An awesome foodie-based lineup this wknd at FABfest!  My personal picks- the mozzarella and jam-making sessions.

Cooking demos, food tastings, moonshine sipping and a chilled organic soup pureed making — with the aid of a human-powered bike-blender are all part of the line-up for second weekend of FABfest a month-long three-block street festival EVERY SUNDAY IN JUNE on Fulton Street between Lafayette Avenue and South Oxford Street, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

A schedule of demos and tastings is below.

Also at FABfest on Sunday June 13, from 12noon-6pm:

• 12noon-1:30pm:  Salsa Dance Party & Dance Lessons featuring Brooklyn Salsa Party (everyone is welcome to join in!)

• 1:30-2:00:  Live Gospel Concert featuring the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble (performing as they make their way down Fulton Street to the stage!)

• 2:00-6:00:  Toasters Delight: a Reggae Party featuring DJs Geko Jones and Matt Shadetek of Dutty Artz, Jahdan Blakkamore, Cool Places Soundsystem, Gael Dubourg, DJ Gravy, and special guests. Toasters Delight celebrates the June 15th BAMcinemaFEST screening of the Brooklyn indie film Wah Do Dem.
Visit for screening info

Plus games, crafts, balloons and activities and…. 3-on-3 soccer on the street… all afternoon!

Schedule forA Taste of Fulton… at FABfest 2010

12 noon
– Louisa Shafia, author of LUCID FOODS shows how vegetarian food is both delicious and healthy – creating a chilled cucumber soup from organic produce from Fulton Street’s MetFoods (985 Fulton @ St. James) with the aid of the Bike Blender from Habana Outpost (757 Fulton @ S. Portland), and powered by…. spectators at FABfest.

– Mozzarella-making at Greene Grape Provisions (753 Fulton @ S. Portland)

– Buka (946 Fulton @ Cambridge Place), Nigerian restaurant

– Jam-making by Anarchy in a Jar, available at Greene Grape Provisions

– Chef Michael Allen of Desserts by Michael Allen (1015 Fulton @ Grand) shares his secrets on sugar and decorating an elaborate cake – a demo you don’t want to miss!

– Max Watman, the author of Chasing the White Dog will be in conversation with Gable Erenzo, son of the founder of Tuthilltown Distillery, the first (legal!) distillery in NY since Prohibition, at Greenlight Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton @ S. Portland). Tasting to follow at 4:00 at The Greene Grape

– Pickling by Rick’s Picks, also available at Provisions

– Comparative tasting of white whiskies at The Greene Grape (765 Fulton @ S. Portland)

– Deniz (662 Fulton @ S. Elliott),Turkish cuisine

In front of Bati Restaurant (747 Fulton @ S. Portland) samples and an introduction on Ethiopian food and Smoke Joint (87 S. Elliott Place @ Fulton) will be offering samples of house-made grilled sausages.

For updates on the list of activities and schedules visit or facebook at fab fulton

About The FAB Alliance
The Fulton Area Business (FAB) Alliance is a newly formed Business Improvement District working on behalf of property owners, merchants, residents and stakeholders along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill—from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue (plus adjacent blocks of Lafayette, Greene and Putnam Avenues). Goals are to retain current businesses and improve the atmosphere to make this area of Fulton Street a clean, safe and retail diverse environment that is a destination for people work, shop, dine and play. For more information, visit:


FABfest is presented by the FAB Alliance, the newly formed Fulton Street Business Improvement District in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. FABfest is part of the Weekend Walks Program of the New York City Department of Transportation.

Gross Met Meat

Awhile back on CHB, we received several complaints about the state of fresh produce at the Met on Fulton Street (see here).  All’s been quiet in the last 1.5 years until last week when I received a horror story about a meat purchase:

After what happened at the Met on Fulton last weekend I felt obligated to send you a message as a warning to your other readers.  We all know how about the rotten produce and terrible service but they reached a new low last weekend.  I went to buy some chicken and as usual I bought the Murray’s organic chicken.  It was 3 days before the use by date but when I brought it home it was completely spoiled.  It clearly had not been properly refrigerated.  There were also about 5 stickers on the back of the package which makes me think they knew it was spoiled and lowered the price accordingly, or perhaps they altered the sell by date and put it out there regardless.  Nothing would surprise me at that place.  The scariest part was when I brought it back nobody at the store was the slightest bit surprised.  Apparently it had happened before and they had done nothing about it.  They gave my money back but that’s not really the point.  Bad produce is one thing but spoiled chicken is unsafe and unacceptable.

Anyone else have meat problems at the Met?  If many of you have, probably cause for alarm.  How prevalent is spoiled meat in the supermarket industry?

Fresh Fruit on Kent Ave.

fruit shack on kent

In a most unlikely place for a fresh fruit stand, a small building on Kent Ave just south of Myrtle has been painted bright orange and transformed into a makeshift produce shop.

I stopped in to check it out and as promised, prices were good.  And I mean GOOD.  A selection:

potatoes: 35 cents / lb
red onions: 49 cents / lb
garlic bulbs: 5/$1


The folks running the place, who said they’d been open for four weeks now, were very friendly.  If you live nearby, it’ definitely worth stopping by.

Greene Grape Blog

Local wine/gourmet food peddler Greene Grape just started their own blog!  Looks like they have general store info, plus food/wine tips and news.

I hip up Provisions in July before having a party, and the staff was mind-blowingly helpful.  This could turn out to be a great resource.

Fresh Fruit on Atlantic Ave!

A few days ago, a reader sent me this intriguing email:

as bizarre as it is, i just noticed that a fresh fruit and vegetable market is opening on atlantic avenue right around grand (towards classon on the prospect heights/crown heights side of the street). it’s the produce equivalent of frank white — meaning, they’re putting a lot of work into the space and it’s going to be really nice, but it will probably ultimately suffer from its atlantic ave location (zero foot traffic).

i can’t understand why they wouldn’t choose fulton for this very necessary place, i guess the rents are a lot cheaper on atlantic.

Readers, this is why I love you. Because I would probably never, ever be walking around in that particular area and this is a very exciting tip!

It was not easy to find. I walked down a very desolate section of Atlantic, populated only by auto repair and restaurant equipment retailers, all completely shuttered on a Sunday afternoon. But then, I saw it: two gorgeous wooden planters with green fern spilling over at a storefront on the south side of the street.

new fruit store!

The beauty of the fruit (both standard and exotic), as well as the interior renovation was shockingly gorgeous. Where on earth did this place come from?!


The owner (whose name escapes me, since I didn’t write it down), said he expects to be fully operational within the next few days. He is also open to suggestions on what people would like to see him carry!

People, check it out, NOW.

Atlantic Tropics
Atlantic Ave. nr. Grand

Food Co-Op Meeting: TOMORROW


The next co-op meeting is coming right up on July 9th. As decided at the General Meeting on June 17, this meeting will not follow the General Meeting structure and instead will take the form of a general discussion about the work of the various committees, cross-cutting issues, and what decisions are on the horizon. The Governance Committee would like to suggest that special attention be given to the question of working v. non-working co-op (although since it’s not a General Meeting, there will be no decision-making process).

In anticipation of this meeting, we’d like to ask each committee to prepare a summary of what you have been doing and what you have planned for the coming months. These summaries will be compiled and distributed prior to the meeting. This will give everyone a chance to update themselves on the work of each committee and will leave more time at the meeting for broader discussion and collaboration.

Please send your written summaries to Nick Collins ( by July 3rd. Committees may also send other agenda items to Nick for discussion.

Meeting details:

Wednesday, July 9th, 7-9pm

Queen of All Saints Church, Vanderbilt and Lafayette

See you then,

Clara Presler

Greene Hill Food Co-Op

Gluten-Free Suggestions Wanted

Received this email from a reader, who coincidentally went to the same high school as I did (small world!):

I have a quick question to ask – I’ve been trying to read the blog for any
suggestions on gluten-free food/ideas in the FG/CH area. I’ve been diagnosed
with Celiacs for over four years now, and it’s been really tough to find
gluten-free products in the area. I know of the organic food store on
Myrtle (Karrots), and the Met on Fulton is hit or miss (but they seem to have the GF
beer), and the Associated on Myrtle carries a small selection. Any chance
you could make a request/post about it in an upcoming blog entry?

Ideas? I’d also suggest:

  • Green Planet (Fulton at Washington)
  • Fresh Garden (Fulton and Lafayette)
  • Provisions (Fulton at S. Portland)

(More info on these places here.)