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Fit For A Foodie

Give the gift of good food!

To find more of our favorite holiday staples, check out our round up of locally made wares in the Greene Grape 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

It’s never the wrong time to buy gifts for friends and family, but with the holiday season in full swing, we’re all thinking of extra special treats and surprises to wow them. While you roll out a holiday feast, let us take the guesswork out of gifting with a collection of local and ethical goods sure to please even your pickiest relative, friend, or coworker.

Let’s start with cookies!

Holiday housewarming wouldn’t be complete without a tin of artisanal cookies. Unna Bakery may be in Manhattan, but they’re inspired by the traditional recipes of a Swedish grandmother. These ginger snaps and airy vanilla confections are great with afternoon coffee or tea and they come in a beautiful round tin box that’s perfect for storing odds and ends like buttons or loose change. Of course if you’d like to add to the cookie collection, we think that Fort Greene mainstay The Good Batch makes a pretty mean molasses cookie! Their holiday cookie pack includes an assortment of eight delicious cookies that are sure to pair nicely with a hot cocoa, eggnog, or Tom & Jerry.

And of course, speaking of local bakeries we would be remiss not to mention Hot Bread Kitchen!  Their sugar dusted German Stollen filled with nuts and dried fruits are lighter than fruitcake, but heartier than a panettone. This traditional treat can be served with mulled wine for dessert, and with coffee the next morning.

For savory food lover’s…

We recommend gifting practical gifts that boast something a little extra. Give a touch of sophistication to the cocktail lovers with Dashfire Bitters, four bold flavors to experiment with in an apothecary style bottle that look elegant long after Happy Hour is over. Mustard Co.’s Black Truffle Mustard will elevate any sandwich for the food connoisseur or mustard devotee. These truffles won’t break the bank!

This list wouldn’t be complete without a fancy box of chocolates.

Jon Good’s bon bons are exceptionally fantastic! These artistic candies are individually hand painted and filled with a delectable ganache that is out of this world. With flavors like bananas foster, fig, and bacon, these sweet molded chocolates are also inspired by the galaxy. Of course if, you’d prefer to stay on this planet, Bee Seasonal’s single origin mini honey jars are a celebration of the local flora in Brazil! With honey varietals like such as pink pepper, quince, and acacia, these pure honeys contain wild flavor profiles that are sure to inspire cheese plates, yogurt pairings, toast toppings and more.

Better than a gift card.

Some of us are hopelessly difficult to shop for, which is when a gift card might be recommended although we’ve got something better! Our Whole Animal Gift Cards are essentially like the ultimate meat subscription! This card allows the recipient to eat their way through all the primals of an animal. It’s our butcher’s guide to a crash course in whole animal butchery!

Angela GelsoFit For A Foodie
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Gobble-Up These Thanksgiving Pairings

There’s no time like the present to be menu planning for Thanksgiving! – And what better way to prepare for a celebration than with another celebration? Think of it like a cocktail party where the autumnal hors d’oeuvres will leave you inspired for your own holiday meal planning. Join us at Wine & Spirits for 3 free tastings in November where we’ll pair tastes of domestically made wines with samples of all the fixings and sides from our Thanksgiving Menu.

Choosing Sides

Our Annual All-American 6-Pack features American made wines in red, white, and rosé. You’re sure to find something for every wine-lover at your gathering. When picking wines, it’s also important to consider what you’ll be pairing them with.  Our tasting series is designed to give you the tools to find the perfect wines for your culinary supporting roles.

While the focal point of Thanksgiving may be the turkey, sides are an essential piece of the holiday puzzle. Whether you’re looking for a dish to bring to a dinner party or outsource some of your own cooking, we have a variety of dishes to choose from. Of course we’ll have plenty of omnivore friendly offerings, but the real star this year is our veggie friendly sides! Because when you’re feeding a large group, its hard to please everyone and we recommend leaving the meat to the turkey and the stuffing. Highlights from this year’s menu include: Maple Glazed Yams, Brussels Sprout Gratin, Mushroom-Leek & Walnut Stuffing, Cranberry Relish, and gravy made two ways! We’ll have both a traditional turkey gravy and a plant-based vegan gravy!

We want your holiday to be better than ever this year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Stop by any of these complementary events to get a taste for the holidays and set the tone for a season of good friends, family, and food.

Save the Dates!
Fridays: November 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greene Grape Wine & Spirits | 765 Fulton Street

 

Angela GelsoGobble-Up These Thanksgiving Pairings
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The Great Gobble Giveaway!

What would Thanksgiving be without the giving?

After 10 years of business on Fulton St. we know that we’ve got a lot to be thankful for: delicious food, delightful coworkers, and of course what would we be without the incredible Fort Greene community! This year we have the unique opportunity to give back. We’ve teamed up with the  Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership to donate turkeys to local families in need. We’ve set our goals high, but are confident in our ability, with the help of our community, to procure 854 lbs of turkey! While we can’t do it alone, The Greene Grape has committed to matching 50% of every dollar raised in this Great Gobble Giveaway.

Will you donate a pound or two to a local family’s Thanksgiving turkey?

Ask your cashier, or click here to donate a pound or two to a local family in need.

Cocktails For Turkeys!

To kick off the fundraising, we’re hosting a cocktail party at  Annex on Tuesday November 13th from 6:00-9pm. All proceeds from our signature beer and cocktail sales will go to buying turkeys for 61 local families. Come out and mingle, and drink for a great cause! TOAST Ale and Ford’s Gin will be slinging beverages until we close. Mix and mingle with a spirited group of community members, local businesses and community organizers, this will be an evening to remember!

Who will be getting these turkeys?

TheMyrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership works with the Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry which gives about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community each year. In addition, they work with local businesses and residents to provide the community with turkeys. This year, they have asked us to help extend their turkey donation with 61 turkeys to help provide for families living at the The Emerson Davis Family Center. This local organization offers housing, child care, medical, and mental health services. Emerson-Davis is a transitional family preservation and reunification program designed to serve parents with histories of homelessness and mental illness, and their families.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Getting Your Turkeys in a Row

The holidays are our favorite time of year at the Greene Grape. We love playing a part in all of our customers’ celebrations, and doing what we do best: food. As you’re getting your ducks (and turkeys, chickens, etc.) in a row for Thanksgiving, please keep in mind our revised hours for the holiday:

Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/23

Annex: 8AM – 1PM
Provisions: 8AM-2PM
Scoops & Sweets: CLOSED
Wine & Spirits: 10AM – 3PM

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a first time turkey roaster, you may find yourself overwhelmed when planning your holiday menu. We’ll be open until the early afternoon on Thursday to help you cover any last minute bases. We’ll have pies, sides, and that one stick of butter or onion even the best of us can forget. If you find yourself struggling with any more questions, like “How do I select wines for my meal?” or “How do I even cook this turkey?”, our FAQ page can help you out! We hope you have a very happy holiday, Fort Greene!

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Thanksgiving is so close, you can taste it!

There’s no time like the present to be menu planning for Thanksgiving! – And what better way to prepare for a celebration than with another celebration? Think of it like a cocktail party where the autumnal hors d’oeuvres will leave you inspired for your own holiday meal planning. Join us at Wine & Spirits for 3 free tastings in November where we’ll pair tastes of domestically made wines with samples of all the fixings and sides from our Thanksgiving Menu.

Choosing Sides

Our Annual All-American 6-Pack features American made wines in red, white, and rosé. You’re sure to find something for every wine-lover at your gathering. When picking wines, it’s also important to consider what you’ll be pairing them with.  Our tasting series is designed to give you the tools to find the perfect wines for your culinary supporting roles.

While the focal point of Thanksgiving may be the turkey, sides are an essential piece of the holiday puzzle. Whether you’re looking for a dish to bring to a dinner party or outsource some of your own cooking, we have a variety of sides to choose from. If you’re looking to spice things up, we’ll have Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing, as well as a traditional Sausage & Sourdough. If you’re looking for vegetarian-friendly fare, as can be a challenge with the holidays, we’ll have Mushroom & Leek Stuffing made with shiitake, oyster, and trumpet mushrooms. We’ll have classic sides like Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans, and more!

We want your holiday to be better than ever this year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Stop by any of these complementary events to get a taste for the holidays and set the tone for a season of good friends, family, and food.

Save the Dates!
Fridays: November 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greene Grape Wine & Spirits | 765 Fulton Street

 

Mike FunkThanksgiving is so close, you can taste it!
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Braised Goat: An Unfor-goat-able Fall Recipe

Sustainable meats are always on the table at our Butcher counter, and we’ve got a recipe to help you grab goat season by the horns! There’s more to fall feasting than just Turkey, and goat is in season but twice a year. In honor of its return, we thought we’d share a recipe to give you some ideas on how to use this delicious, lean red meat!

Braised Goat with Eggplant & Pomegranate Molasses Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1½ pounds eggplant, peeled
  • 3 lbs goat meat, cut into 2 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons ground sumac, divided
  • 1¼ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 5 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup Goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley, divided
  • ½ cup Pomegranate seeds

Instructions:

  1. Rub goat meat with 1 tablespoon sumac, salt and pepper. Slice eggplant lengthwise into ½ -inch-wide slices, then crosswise into 1-inch-wide pieces; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 5- to 6-quart pot or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the goat and cook, turning often, until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes total. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot, and brown in batches if necessary. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pot; add bell pepper, onion, 3 minced garlic cloves and the remaining tablespoon sumac. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Return the goat to the pot. Stir in the eggplant, tomatoes, pomegranate molasses, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally and turning the meat over once about halfway through, until the goat is very tender, about 2 hours.
  4. Remove the goat to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high and cook sauce until slightly reduced and thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup parsley.
  5. Combine the remaining ¼ cup parsley, pomegranate seeds, and goat cheese in a small bowl.
  6. Serve the lamb and vegetable sauce topped with the parsley-garlic mixture.
Mike FunkBraised Goat: An Unfor-goat-able Fall Recipe
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Raising The Bar! – Granola Bar Recipe

The trouble with tasty snacks is they’re just as often unhealthy as they are tedious to make. Scoops & Sweets granola bars are neither, and we’re going to give you the goods on how you can make these power snacks at home. Executive Pastry Chef Caroline Schiff is our resident expert not only for her baking prowess but also for her status as a marathon-running athlete. Her nutty seeded granola bars are packed with protein and contain no refined sugars or dairy, and will keep for up to ten days stored in an airtight container. Bring them along for long bike rides, hiking, camping, or for a quick power-up for your busy schedule!

– And if you don’t have time for baking, we’ll do it for you! Stop by Scoops & Sweets at 680 Fulton St. to pick up some of these seeded homemade granola bars!

Ingredients:
• 3 large egg whites -2 ½ cups rolled oats, non-instant, gluten free certified if you prefer
• 1 cup white sesame seeds, toasted -¾ cup golden raisins, packed in -¾ cup creamy peanut butter -½ cup dark maple syrup, B Grade if possible -2 tablespoons          ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds -½ cup honey
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt -½ cup dried cranberries, dried cherries or dried blueberries, or use a mixture (try to use ones without any added sugars)!
• 1 cup of toasted nuts of your choice, raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, or use a mixture!

Instructions:
Preheat your oven to 315 degrees
1. Lightly oil (you can use cooking spray or a thin coat of olive or canola oil) a 9”x9” square baking dish, and line with a square of parchment paper
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix thoroughly
3. Press the mixture into the baking dish in an even, packed layer
4. Bake at 315 degrees for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden
5. Let cool fully
6. Turn the bar out onto a cutting board and cut into squares of your desired size
7. Wrap each square individually in saran wrap or ziplock bags

Angela GelsoRaising The Bar! – Granola Bar Recipe
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We Like To Party

Have you ever gazed longingly at the Provisions cheese case and wished the delectable dairy within could star at your next book club meeting? Ever peered hungrily at the sandwiches stacked in the deli case and thought how good they’d taste at your coming office lunch? If you have, you’re in luck! We are proud to offer our catering services for any type of event you can dream up. Our chefs, cheesemongers, and bakers lovingly prepare and plate all the food for you, using the same fresh, top quality ingredients we pride ourselves in stocking at the store. We’ll even deliver the food and drinks right to you.

Here at The Greene Grape, we don’t just want to put groceries in your fridge and wine in your glass. We want our food to make your next social gathering spectacular and your corporate events something to look forward to. From artfully plated cheese and charcuterie to customized sweet treats to fresh and colorful salads, we’ve got it all. We’ve also got a spiffy online menu which we think really simplifies the ordering process.

Let us help you make your next party a smash hit, and don’t worry, we promise not to crash.

Meg ChristmanWe Like To Party
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Pro Tips From Our Produce Team Pt. 2

Provisions Produce Buyer Nailah Griffin is no stranger to over-ripened and underused produce. To make the most of the fruits and veggies that come home from the market, Nailah has prepared some tips and tricks that go beyond snacks and traditional uses. You’ll be wasting less and re-purposing more in no time!

Part 2: Berries
Dandruff Fighter:
This one is great for those overripe strawberries you forgot about in the fridge! Mash 2 ripe strawberries and mix with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Apply the mixture to your scalp and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water. This recipe also helps with fungal growth on the scalp due to the inhibiting properties of the magnesium, copper, and other organic compounds found in strawberries.

Compound Butter: This recipe can work for any overripe berries. Simply take 2 sticks of softened butter and add mashed overripe berries, blending until evenly distributed. In no time flat, you have a spread! Store in the fridge, or place on parchment paper, shape into a log, and freeze for later use.

Meg ChristmanPro Tips From Our Produce Team Pt. 2
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Pro Tips from our Produce Team

Provisions Produce Buyer Nailah Griffin is no stranger to over-ripened and underused produce. To make the most of the fruits and veggies that come home from the market, Nailah has prepared some tips and tricks that go beyond snacks and traditional uses. You’ll be wasting less and repurposing more in no time!

Citrus Peels

    1. Oven Cleaner:

For this tried and true cleaning tip you can use any type of citrus peel. Place leftover peels in a jar and cover with white vinegar, making sure peels are covered to prevent rotting. Let sit in the covered jar for 5 days to 2 weeks. Transfer to spray bottle, apply to oven and scrub. For more stuck on stains, add a few spoonfuls of baking soda!

    1. Lemon Pepper Seasoning:

Lemons offer a bright burst of flavor, but you can also use any citrus peel of your preference. This recipe is flexible depending on the number of peels you have around to use. Use a ratio of one grated peel to one tbsp ground pepper. Mix together and spread onto a lined cookie sheet. Place the sheet  in the oven at 200 degrees. Check periodically, giving a toss here and there until completely dried (about an hour). To achieve a fine grind, place peels in a spice blender, or use a mortar and pestle for a more coarse blend. Next, season with one tbsp of salt per peel. Mix and enjoy. Stored in a mason jar with a tight lid, this keeps well for about a month in the cabinet.

    1. Deodorant:

For a natural alternative, just rub the lemon pulp under your arms! The acid in lemon eats at the bacteria that causes odor.

Meg ChristmanPro Tips from our Produce Team
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