“Brooklyn Eats,” the popular food-tasting showcase, is being rebranded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce with a new logo and website.
The chamber has run the food show every year since 1997 with only 20 restaurants, however this year, food producers and manufacturers will showcase their products for restaurants, potential buyers and consumers. So far, 81 vendors have registered for the event that is set to take place Wednesday, June 26 at 630 Flushing Avenue in South Williamsburg.
“Brooklyn is all about food, and lately food manufacturing has become one of our fastest growing industries,” said Brooklyn Chamber president Carlo Scissura. “To say a food product is made in Brooklyn conjures images of a high quality, interesting and tasty products.”
Scissura says the chamber accepts participation “from all Brooklyn-based food manufacturers and businesses that are involved in packaging and distributing at least one made-in-Brooklyn product.” Vendors can download an application from the new website (brooklyneats.com).
The event will start at 8 a.m. with a press breakfast featuring Stephen Munshin, publisher of Edible Brooklyn, and run to 5:30 p.m. with several other speakers throughout the day.
There will also be 61 cooking demos featuring products on display.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses that make something in Brooklyn to participate and showcase themselves to a larger audience," Scissura said. “It is also a chance for restaurants in the borough, and across New York City and the region, to see and ultimately buy products that are made in Brooklyn.”
Spoonable LLC, a confectionery sauces shop on Sterling Place will display their six flavors of caramel using local Brooklyn-based ingredients whenever possible. All of the sauces are made in a kitchen and in Sunset Park.
Brooklyn Oenology Winery, founded in 2006 and located on Wythe Avenue, will display their wine sold in over 150 stores.
In 2010, the winery opened a tasting room and hopes that participating in Brooklyn Eats will bring in similar benefits.
“I think you wind up with this great exchange where everybody gets to talk, meet and discuss,” said Craig Kayaian, a sales and marketing consultant with Brooklyn Oenology. “Not only do great ideas come out of it, but some business can come out of it as well
Wine production takes place in Brooklyn and the labels include art by artists in the borough to add a homely feel.
“We select art pieces that we feel reflect the characteristics of the specific wine on which they are going to appear,” Kayaian said.
After selecting the art pieces that will be displayed on the labels, the pieces are put on display at the oenology’s tasting room to give under-represented artists an opportunity to showcase their work, according to Kayaian.
“I think this is one of the best examples of Brooklyn as a community,” he said.