Summer Salads 101

Have you been by our Prepared Foods counter lately? Our chef has created summer salads that are light and flavorful, and show us how even the most simple of ingredients can create the most stunning dish. Try out this recipe for our raw zucchini salad and be amazed at the flavors you bring to life!

 Ingredients:
1 clove fresh garlic
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Large pinch of chili flakes
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 medium sized zucchini
4 fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Prep Dressing:

Crush garlic, add lemon juice, lemon zest and chili flakes
Whisk in 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (such as Biolea or Merula)
Let sit and begin slicing zucchini

Prep Zucchini:
Using a mandoline or sharp peeler, thinly slice the zucchini lengthwise
Chop fresh basil into long strips
Toss zucchini, basil and dressing in a bowl
Top with freshly grated cheese, and salt and pepper to taste

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The Mighty Burger

The Mighty Burger

The most quintessential item at any Fourth of July cookout, the burger is as classic as it gets, but not all burgers are made the same! Our whole animal butchers grind specific cuts of beef to create our All-Star line-up of burgers. Let us introduce you to the team!

Ribeye Cap: lean and satisfying
pair with: Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op’s Blue Hills Bleu

Short Rib: extra juicy
pair with: Jasper Hills Clothbound Cheddar

La Ranchera: skirt steak burger with extra beefy flavor
pair with:a juicy pickle

Bacon Brisket: our most popular burger
enhance with:a sweet alpine cheese for extra melt factor!

Extra-Dry Aged Ribeye Cap: tender with highly concentrated flavor
pair with:
nothing

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Gin is In!

There is something about gin, the often overlooked spirit, that pairs perfectly with the transition from spring to summer.  We invite you to join us at Wine & Spirits (765 Fulton St.) all month long as we celebrate the many tastes of gin in June!
Citrus – Friday, Jun 5 6-8pm- Breuckelen Distillery
Mint – Friday, Jun 12 5-8pm – Bluecoat Gin
Spice – Friday, Jun 19 5-8pm- Junipero Organic Gin
Anise
Friday, Jun 26 5-8pm- Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin
Named for a former Commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, this 114 proof gin can handle the high seas…or the poolside. Citrus plays with anise in this gin and begs to become a gimlet!
Honey
Saturday, Jun 27 5-8pm- Caledonia Barr Hill Gin
We’ll finish off our Gin in June series with a most interesting gin from Vermont. Before bottling, this gin is mixed with raw Vermont honey. It’s something you might find yourself in the mood for all summer long!
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Grill’s Night Out!

Can’t decide what to grill this weekend? Take a tip from our butchers! It doesn’t take much to bring out the incredible flavor of our grass-fed meats.
Beef: Dry Aged Rib-eye, Top Sirloin or NY Strip
Pork: Top Sirloin, T-Bone Chop
Sausage: Any kind!!
Pro-Tip: Use fresh soaked bundles of herbs in place of a basting brush, the slight abrasions they create increase the surface area for browning and impart light flavors throughout the meat.

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!

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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! 😉

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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!

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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

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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!

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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!

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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!
And while you’re here- pick up a coloring page with an emphasis on sustainability. We created an image for Earth Day to serve as reminder of the beautiful systems that are created by sustainable farms where biodiversity is respected and where natural processes are left intact. Color to your hearts content and bring it back to be proudly displayed on our walls!
With your help Fort Greene, we’re getting even greener… one bite at a time!

 

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