Articles by

Rebecca Schwartz

03/11/16 11:01am
Amanda Dell and Kimberly Chou, directors of the Food Book Fair. Photo by Liz Clayman.

Amanda Dell and Kimberly Chou, directors of the Food Book Fair. Photo by Liz Clayman.

Tell the truth. Your newsfeed is clogged with how-to-cook videos and articles on where to find the best Hot Chicken in Brooklyn (it’s at the Commodore, btw). Netflix has started suggesting obscure cooking shows to you because of your recent Chef’s Table binge. You’ve Snapchatted a pic of your Smorgasburg snack with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background, and Seamless ads on the L always make you crave cheeseburgers. That’s OK, you’re not alone. Everyone in Brooklyn is obsessed with food media, and that’s the way we like it.

That’s where Amanda Dell and Kimberly Chou come in. They’re not just food media mavens — they’re the new directors of Brooklyn’s own Food Book Fair, coming back this year on May 1 at the Wythe Hotel. Now in its fifth year, FBF is part food festival, part media conference, and totally delicious. Recently, I got this girl boss duo to dish about event producing, waitressing, and why they decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign to expand the fest. Before this, Dell worked in restaurants and Chou worked for the Wall Street Journal. So how’d they get this cool job?  (more…)

02/10/16 12:19pm
Chef Eric Kayser opened his new Brooklyn location in January.

Chef Eric Kayser opened his new Brooklyn location in January.

Paris is alive and well in Brooklyn. I catch snippets of French as I enter the subway. Bistro cuisine is almost as prevalent as ramen bars. And, no matter where I shop for wine, someone’s always suggesting that “super affordable bottle of Beaujolais.” The latest addition in this Francophile-ification of the borough? BK’s first-ever Maison Kayser, a multi-national bakery known for its piping-hot baguettes and grab-and-go lunches.

Chef Eric Kayser’s latest expansion just opened a few weeks ago in Downtown Brooklyn, so we figured we should take some time to chat with him about French bread, his love for Kings County, and how he turned his raison d’etre into a paycheck (after all, we could all use a little more dough). What is this pastry-mogul’s recipe for hard-earned success and how can you replicate it? Kayser explained it all to me — in heavily French-accented English — the night before his Brooklyn store’s grand opening on Court Street last month. (more…)

12/03/15 10:09am
The croque madame is a cheaper way to try the food at Le Barricou. Via facebook

The croque madame is a cheaper way to try the food at Le Barricou. Via facebook

Every morning, just checking my phone makes me hungry. I find myself me drooling over the latest additions to the Brooklyn restaurant scene, the Instas, the New York Times reviews, the chef cred … until I check the menu and see the kinds of prices that can really kill an appetite.

One trick I’ve learned for saving money when it comes to trying a new place: brunch. It’s a great way to test out the kitchen’s chops and it’s almost always way cheaper than a dinner bill. Plus, some places offer special drink deals in the morning. Just a note: brunch still gets kinda pricey, but once you do the math, all these meals come out the winner compared to their nighttime counterpart. And besides, it’s the weekend: treat yo’self. (more…)

10/28/15 8:00am
The house-made rolls are served with whipped honey & thyme butter. Photo via Meadowsweet.

The house-made rolls are served with whipped honey & thyme butter. Photo via Meadowsweet.

I’ll admit it right now: free food is usually a ploy. Samples at Costco are just tricks to make you buy that 20-inch chocolate cheesecake, and if a restaurant sends you a basket of free fries, you can be sure your food is on it’s way … about a month from now. But I don’t care — I love me some free food anyway, especially in Williamsburg, where the restaurants lately have been trending away from free snacks and toward overpriced toast.

Too few restaurants understand the power of serving delicious freebies along with their delicious meals. I mean seriously: where-oh-where has the bread basket gone. Are we in Europe!? Some people get it though. Here’s a list of my favorite Williamsburg spots that understand the power of freebies. (more…)