Grill’s Night Out!
Don’t forget the wine! While you’re grilling, open up a bottle of Chad Pinot Noir ’13 ($20), a tasty Cali pinot packed with lush, tart red fruits with underpinnings of fresh, mulchy earth.
Sourced from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County, the wine is medium-bodied, versatile, and intense in flavor, allowing it to hold its own with whatever you’re throwing on the grill.
Happy grillin’ Fort Greene!
Of Poems & Picnics
Spring is here and that can mean only one thing.
Picnics in the park! Here’s what you should bring:
Start with a snack- a nice big bag of Bjorn Quorn,
Head over to the Cheesemonger for some Swiss Schnebelhorn.
Put it in your basket with a Bien Cuit Baguette,
Don’t forget the House-made Pork Rillette!
For a trendy touch add some Empire Mayo,
And finish it off with a juicy heirloom tomato.
Meet at the top of Fort Greene Park on the hill,
Savor your treats and enjoy sitting still.
Make sure that you packed the wine and the beer,
But be discreet and remember, you didn’t get it here! 😉
Now Bring Us Some Piggy Pudding
Join our Head Butcher Lena Diaz in Williamsburg this Saturday as she dishes out our best house cured bacon three ways in one! She’ll be competing against some of NYC’s finest chefs for the highest honors at the Great Big Bacon Picnic. Come out and try our Provisions Piggy Pudding – house cured bacon with eggs and Vermont cheddar cheese folded into housemade brioche, topped with whipped lardo “icing” and pork jowl bacon granola crumble.
What? The Great Big Bacon Picnic
Where? The Old Pfizer Factory – 630 Flushing Ave
When? Saturday, May 16h from 12pm-2:30pm and again from 6:3opm-9pm
Why? To taste as much bacon as possible from some of Brooklyn’s best chefs, and to wash it down with beer and spirits provided by over 30 different vendors.
How? Buy tickets online at http://greatbigbacon.com/ use the code “Greene” for a 10% discount- tickets are still available!
I Got It For My Mama!
We have a number of ways you can treat the moms, mothers and mamas in your life this Sunday!
Send her some love- we’re offering a special Mother’s Day Gift Basket that can be shipped nationwide or picked up right here in our shop!
Make breakfast in bed- create a custom menu with all of her favorite treats, or look around for suggestions at each of our counters.
Decorate a coloring page– our beautiful Mother’s Day coloring pages are available at the registers. Get creative, get expressive and don’t be afraid to color outside the lines!
Pick up some flowers– we will have gorgeous fresh bouquets available from Stem and for those looking for a more lasting gift, take home a paper blossom branch by local artist Bespoke Brooklyn.
We’re wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mom’s we see each day here at the shop!
If love is sweet as a flower,
then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” —Stevie Wonder
Get Cultured at Annex!
Join us as we host award winning author Cheryl Sternman Rule, author of Yogurt Culture: A Global Look at how to Make, Bake, Sip and Chill the World’s Creamiest, Healthiest Food, as she talks all things yogurt with local makers Homa Dashtaki of The White Moustache, and John and Angela Fout of Sohha Savory Yogurt.
New York Times Food columnist Melissa Clark will be moderating this discussion with time for questions, book signings and of course tastings to follow!
This FREE event will start promptly at 6pm on Monday, May 4th at the Greene Grape Annex (753 Fulton Street).
We can’t wait to see you there!
Honey, We’ve Got You Covered
Whether you’re winding down or turning up, we’ve got you covered with local honey!
Collected in Park Slope by Union Street Honey, you can grab a jar from the early or the late season of last year’s harvest. Like the Riesling of honey, these jars are filled with a nectar that is fruity and bright- perfect for a cocktail, mocktail or evening cup of tea!
Not only is this honey delicious, but it also comes to us from a well cared for hive of bees that live right around the corner on a Union street rooftop. This honey helps keep a local beekeeper in business and it helps protect the declining honeybee population.
Sourced and harvested locally, this honey is a true taste of Brooklyn!
We Give It Away and You Bring It Back!
Come into Provisions on Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22nd – as we promote earth friendly shopping habits with a free re-usable tote for purchases of $25 or more!
Celebrate Earth Day the Brooklyn Way
Supporting Local Farms… from Afar!
With Earth Day around the corner, we have been taking stock of our environmental impact. The most basic way to make sure our carbon footprint stays low is to support local farms businesses whenever possible. But in order to provide pantry staples year round, we sometimes need to go outside of that 250 mile radius. Let’s look at two staples, rice and beans, and consider how companies we source from can keep us committed to supporting small and sustainable farms!
We carry many varieties of Rancho Gordo beans. While they travel from California to get to us, the company’s commitment to growing heirloom beans and working with local growers is without comparison.
Heirloom varieties are important for preserving genetic diversity and they also remind us that our food doesn’t have to look uniform! The Rancho Gordo-Xoxoc Project creates a market for small farms in Mexico to grow heirloom beans indigenous to their areas. These beans also taste amazing! You’ll find a creaminess and earthiness in each bag that is impossible to replicate out of a can.
Lotus Foods brings us rice from afar in order to support small and family farms in areas of the world where rice as a commodity crop leads to overproduction and damages local environments and economies.
By providing market incentives for small sustainable farms in these regions, Lotus Foods creates a system that encourages environmentally friendly growing practices. The heirloom varieties of rice that we carry come from Indonesia and China. Volcano Rice has a dark color that reflects the high concentration of minerals such as magnesium and zinc, found in the volcanic soils where it grows. Forbidden Rice comes from a farm that uses a System of Rice Intensification that reduces water use while boosting production.
So try out an heirloom bean or two, marvel at their colorful complexity, enjoy a bowl of Volcanic Rice and stay tuned for more info on our sustainable buying practices. It’s not always easy being green, but we’re getting there one bite at a time!
Read more about Rancho Gordo here
Read more about Lotus Foods here