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Friday, March 20, 2009

Why I love New York

Talk about a food community - a chowder slam (via Not Eating Out in New York) and a Mac and Cheese off (via Blondie and Brownie) in one weekend!

I think I'm going to the mac and cheese off, then seeing I Love You, Man. I keep wanting to try the mac and cheese at Bar Matchless when I'm there Tuesdays for the Greenpoint Chess Meetup, but haven't yet. I've had the burger there twice and it's been delicious, plus it seems that french fries aid in the chess playing. If you have any interest in the madness that is bughouse (tag team chess), do join us. The later it gets, the crazier it gets, and I mean crazy as in cursing, screaming, and, in my case, being told I'm "mean" when I play bughouse. I think I'm just "passionate" about the game, but come join us and decide. I will try to bring cupcakes cause they went over really well last time.



Saturday, March 21, noon-5pm
First Annual NYC Chowder Slam
Jimmy's No. 43
43 East 7th Street, Manhattan
New Amsterdam Public is on its way, and it feels like the whole foodie
community is pulling together to see the project through. Jimmy's No.
43 (your local hotbed of activity for all projects sustainably
food-minded) is hosting a chowda' cook off on March 21 in effort to
raise funds for the little market that could (and will)! Plus, the bar
will have a smattering of good New England brews on tap to make the
party just that much more merry. $20 at the door gets you in and shows
your support to this organization that aims to bring sustainable, local
food back to a market on the seaport.



Date: Sunday, March 22nd
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Various Locations in Greenpoint
Cost: Free

"Four of Greenpoint’s best bars will be participating in the first Great Greenpoint Mac Off... Starting at 4pm at Red Star chef, John Manzo serves up his menu’s Mac ‘N Cheese the day. At its own pace, the crawl moves to The Habitat where chef/owner Ashley Engmann offers samples from their standard menu. Participants then cross the road to The Mark Bar, the tried and true Greenpoint watering hole celebrating its 5th year, where Chef Michael Diprima of Lamb and Jaffee and Dream Cuisine Catering fame serves the group from their all day menu. The crawl moves one block to t.b.d. Brooklyn to receive a final sample prepared by chef Cody Utzman, owner of local Cali-Mex eatery Papacitos and the soon to open Brooklyn Standard. Judging takes place at 8pm at t.b.d. Brooklyn by local 'celebrity' judges giving their own critiques of the fare from each bar while customer voting will determine the winner of the highly coveted title of 'Greenpoint’s Best Mac & Cheese'... Cost is free to participate, with each bar providing a free sample of their signature mac and cheese, as well as a different drink special per bar." Addresses after the jump.

Red Star
37 Greenpoint Ave
(718) 349-0149.

The Habitat
988 Manhattan Ave
(718) 383-5815

The Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Ave
(718) 349-2340

t.b.d. Brooklyn
244 Franklin St.
(718) 349-6727

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