If you weren't able to make the sold-out Next Big Small Brand judging party at Brooklyn Winery last night, we checked it out for you. The five finalists (chosen from more than 200 small food brands) showed off their edibles to vie for both a People's Choice and judges' trophy. Though we were quite taken with Bombay Emerald Chutney's fiery mint sauce served over potatoes (that vendor received our vote), the awards resulted in a clean sweep.
Twenty-five-year-old Loren Brill of Sweet Loren's, which makes dairy- and refined-sugar-free cookies and brownies from whole-wheat flour (despite this abstemious preparation, they actually taste delicious), took home both trophies, plus a free month at the Brooklyn Flea, a re-branding from Rooster Design Group, and some other prizes.
During the course of the evening, Brooklyn Winery CEO Brian Leventhal told us he's no longer serving food from local take-out shop Radish and has instead begun offering a menu of nibbles made on site. A commercial kitchen is in the works with an eye toward catering upcoming events in the space. Behold the new food menu.
Cheese & Charcuterie
Choose 3 - $12
Choose 5 - $17
Choose 7 - $22
Choose All - $30
Maple Cayenne Nuts with Rosemary - $4.5
Herbes de Provence Popcorn - $3
Both Nuts & Popcorn - $7
Baked Bried with Fig Jam - $12
Arugula Pesto & Pear Crostini - $7
Warm Brussels Sprouts & Pear Salad - $8.5
Potato & Leek Soup - $7
Winter Short Rib Stew - $11
Housemade Sausage with Lamb & Pork Belly - $11
Brian's Brownie with Creme Anglaise Duo & Nut Dust - $7