Ah, the dog days of summer – sweaty afternoons, breezy nights, the last days to relax before the fall kicks in. Why not spend these remaining weeks perusing our frozen section? We’ve got all kinds of new frosty treats in store for you, from local Ronnybrook and Blue Marble Ice Creams, to decadent dairy-free G.S. Blood Orange and Raspberry Sorbets, to the unpredictably outrageous flavor concoctions of individually wrapped People’s Pops. As always, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream brings adventurous combinations to their velvety ice cream, It’s Its ice cream sandwiches represent the West Coast, and Bubbie’s Mochi from Hawaii add a touch of the tropical. Before the leaves fall and you don that scarf, do yourself a favor and indulge in the last month of New York summer with us!
Founded by two close friends back in 2007, Blue Marble quickly expanded from its humble beginnings in Boerum Hill and now has full service shops and mobile units throughout Brooklyn. With their staunch dedication to environmental responsibility, they use only the freshest ingredients in their ice cream, and even go out of their way to use sustainable building materials and techniques in their shops. With that, only one question remains – how is their ice cream?
Made from local, organic milk with no artificial colors or flavors, Blue Marble creates rich versions of classic flavors at an affordable price. In stock at Provisions, we’ve got three standard flavors no frozen confectionery connoisseur should be without. Check out our frozen section and pick up their creamy Vanilla, decadent Chocolate and refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip flavors while they last!
Join us today, Saturday, March 26 from 2-4pm to try samples of LaLoo’s goat milk ice cream.
Delicious and creamy, Laloo’s is made with 100% goat’s milk and combines a custard-like-old-fashioned-ice-cream-parlor-taste with superior digestibility. Goat’s milk has more protein and calcium and a natural structure with alkaline properties that allow lactose sensitive people to indulge, too! Smooth, rich and dense, Laloo’s rivals has less than half the fat of gelato.
From 2-3pm Saturday we’ll sample Bubbie’s Mochi Ice Cream in their Sakura (Cherry Blossom) flavor. Mochi is a Japanese treat of rice paste wrapped around ice cream and we think the Sakura flavor is a great way to tide yourself over until the cherry blossoms come out in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
The beginning of cherry blossom season at the BBG is April 2 and their annual Cherry Blossom Festival is held the weekend of April 30. For more information click here.
It’s Pi Day (3.14), the perfect day to announce we’re carrying mini-pies from First Prize Pie Company. Currently available in flavors like Smores, Apple Brandy, Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel, Lemon and Spicy Hot Chocolate.
First Prize Pies are baked with love in Brooklyn by Alison Kave, winner of the first annual Brooklyn Pie Bake-Off! More information about Alison and her tasty wares here.
Don’t tell us you forgot it’s Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry, we have you covered. From Nunu chocolates, we’ve got salt caramel hearts, assorted truffles and chocolate-covered graham crackers (being sampled at the coffee bar). Check out the video on Justine Pringle and Andy Laird and how they started their chocolate company on Food Curated here.
From Christopher Norman we’ve got Valentine’s tiles and very special assortments and of course we’ve got selections from all the best chocolatiers, including Vosges, Askinosie, Liddabit Sweets, Amano, Taza and more!
This Saturday from 5-7pm at the wine store meet Lisa Hill-Ries, founder of Girl Next Door Baked Goods that is located literally next door in Clinton Hill! We’ll try her tipsy (bourbon and cherry) and cheesy (cream cheese streaked) brownies along with our wine of the week, Tenuta Maselli Brunello di Montalcino 2005 ($29).
Brunello di Montalcino never comes cheap. After all, time is money. By law, no Brunello can go to market without being aged 2 years in oak and another 4 months in the bottle. Fanatical producers won’t release before peak perfection, which can be another three years or more. No wonder there has been consolidation in this famous italian region, with smaller traditional Brunello producers selling their vineyards. Imagine having to wait 6 years to get paid for your work!
As part of the purchase price of one estate, a well-known producer received a small amount of classicly-styled Brunello at its peak. The wine had spent 30 months in oak and another 3 years aging in the bottle. But the old winery’s brand was gone and the wine couldn’t bear the new winery’s label because they hadn’t made it. The solution? A new label, a price set to make the wine move and a special offer to ‘friends in the business’ (presumably to curry favor for the winery’s own higher-priced wines). A major downtown restaurateur snapped up most of this wine but we were able to get 10 cases that we’re offering at $29 a bottle, easily the best value we’ve seen so far this year. Under the old winery’s label, this wine would have commanded $60 or more.
Filled with notes of cherry and cedar, Tenuta Maselli Brunello di Montalcino 2005 represents old-school classic Brunello. Use of traditional Slavonian oak (instead of the french oak barrels that are increasingly used to adapt Brunello to a more ‘modern’ style) allowed this wine to age elegantly. A perfect pair to winter fare like roasts and stews, the cherry notes of the wine will also marry perfectly with chocolate, elevating both to sublime heights. But don’t just take our word for it, join us on Saturday.
As featured in New York Magazine’s Shop-A-Matic feature for suggested Valentine’s gifts, we’ve got four flavors of Brooklyn Hard Candy in stock. And a tasting of these gorgeous goodies where you can meet their maker on Sunday Feb. 13 from 6-8pm at Provisions.
These hard candies come in flavors like pineapple, tangerine, concord grape and green apple and are made locally. You don’t need a sweetie to indulge in these sweets. They come in cute apothecary bottles, so they may be just what the doctor ordered if you or a friend is having one of those heartbreak Valentine’s Days.
A holiday tradition, Steenstra’s Almond St. Claus Cookies are a type of dutch windmill cookie made in Michigan. There are five different shapes that relate to the dutch version of Santa, Sinter Klaas: Santa Claus on a horse (his mode of travel in the Netherlands) a boy and a girl who love to receive presents; a rooster because Santa starts his day at sun up; an owl because Santa works until sun down; and a windmill because that’s where Santa lives.
While being a fun way to think about traditions in other countries, these cookies are also certified kosher and are vegan!