Brooklyn is Ringing the Bell for Brunch: You Coming?

What: The Brunch Experiment
Where: The Bell House, Gowanus, Brooklyn
When: March 28th 12-4 p.m.
Why:
Nearly four years ago, Slate magazine dated the development of New York brunch culture to the early 80’s and a six-block stretch of Amsterdam on the Upper West Side. But, in a city like New York where having a meal is an event, foodies travel tedious hours to hop hoods where they’ll severally stand on sidewalks in willing-to-wait lines for the taste of what occurs between the hours of 12 and 4.    Soon, brunch will feel as epic as its city start when cook-off organizers Nick Suarez and Theodore Peck take on Brunch for the fifth installment of their Brooklyn based Food Experiments.
As past chef-testants themselves, Suarez and Peck are aware of the broad spectrum of ingredients that the 20 chefs must choose from.  Their advice is simple, “Make sure your dish is highly seasoned and balanced, logistically possible given the parameters and can be transported and re-heated using a chafing dish,” said Suarez.
While Suarez enjoys brunch-ing in his own kitchen or at Bark Hot Dogs before an Experiment he’s excited about a contestant doing a brunch pairing including a mini-drink and a contestant going the molecular gastronomy route with an egg quiche using uni and sous-vide techniques.
With Stonyfield  donating yogurt, milk and cream and an egg sponsor is still to be announced contestants will have ample supplies to wow judges;  Andrew Knowlton, restaurant editor at Bon Appétit Magazine and Iron Chef judge, Sean Remboldt, chef from Diner/Marlow and Sons, and a surprise judge.
The amateur chef whose equal logistics and taste who gets the majority of the 300 attendees to swoon over their table and vote will win prizes including a nights stay at Le Parker Meridian, a brunch for two at Norma’s and a grand prize of two round trip tickets from Jet Blue.
“We are looking for the perfect bite, not a whole brunch meal,” said Suarez.
Cost: $20 Advance (free after party) A portion of ticket sales will help support Ovarian Cancer Research
How to get there: Take the F train to Brooklyn. Exit 4th Avenue near 9th street. Walk North on 4th avenue towards 8th street. Turn left on 7th to the address. (The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 718.643.6510, thefoodexperiments.com)

What: The Brunch Experiment

Where: The Bell House, Gowanus, Brooklyn

When: Sunday, March 28th, 12-4 p.m.

Why: Nearly four years ago, Slate dated the development of New York brunch culture to the early 80’s and a six-block stretch of Amsterdam on the Upper West Side. These days in New York, having a meal is not just a basic human need it’s an event. Big Apple foodies have shown they will travel tedious hours, hopping ‘hoods, and standing in sidewalk lines for the taste of something special. And we have people like cook-off organizers Nick Suarez and Theodore Peck to thank for giving us such culinary adventures like the Brooklyn Beer, Cheese, and Chocolate Experiments, and now this, the fifth installment of their Brooklyn-based Food Experiment: Brunch. 

As past chef-testants themselves, Suarez and Peck are aware of the broad spectrum of ingredients that the 20 chefs must choose from. Yet their advice is simple. “Make sure your dish is highly seasoned and balanced, logistically possible given the parameters. And the food could be transported and re-heated using a chafing dish,” said Suarez.

Suarez, who enjoys brunching in his own kitchen or at Bark Hot Dogs, said he is particularly egg-cited about a contestant who might do a mini-drink or go the molecular gastronomy route with an egg quiche using uni and sous-vide techniques.

With Stonyfield donating yogurt and milk, and Organic Valley providing the eggs, cream, and butter, contestants will have ample supplies to wow judges like Andrew Knowlton, Iron Chef judge and restaurant editor at Bon Appétit Magazine, chef Sean Remboldt from Diner/Marlow and Sons, plus a surprise judge.

The stakes are higher than ever for this spring’s Food Experiment. The amateur chef who gets the majority of the 300 attendees to swoon and subsequently vote for their table will win delicious prizes, including a night’s stay at Le Parker Meridian, a brunch for two at Norma’s, and two round trip tickets from Jet Blue.

“We are looking for the perfect bite, not a whole brunch meal,” said Suarez.

Cost: $20 Advance (free after party). A portion of ticket sales will help support Ovarian Cancer Research.

How to get there: Take the F train to Brooklyn. Exit 4th Avenue near 9th street. Walk North on 4th avenue towards 8th street. Turn left on 7th to the address. (The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn, 718.643.6510, thefoodexperiments.com)

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Comment(2)

  • James S.
    March 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Something must be happening in Brooklyn. This weekend there will be the First Annual Brooklyn Brisket Bash to be held in a private home in Cobble Hill. Five contestants and a tribe of admirers will asseemble to taste what each participant has claimed to be the best brisket in America. Included among the chefs is a 94 year old woman who says the recipe has been in her family for more than 100 years! So, while this BBB is a closed affair (no space for more people), I think oM should sponsor similar good-natured (mostly) competitions. Yes? Comments?

  • chermelle
    March 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Hi James,

    Thanks for the feedback. And, this home-based Cobble Hill event sounds like a lot of home-grown Brooklyn fun. Now that we know we’ll be on the look-out for more like it. Thank you.

    Chermelle

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