Le Fooding: The Brooklyn Version

The famous French eating festival has finally arrived in Brooklyn, which, some might say, has the most European restaurant scene in New York. Created by Alexandre Cammas in Paris, Le Fooding has spread a concept of modern, edgier, and culture-focused eating in France, New York, and Milano for the last twelve yeras. Now, after three turns in NYC, Le Fooding has concentrated its efforts in Brooklyn.

And you, dear readers, can buy tickets for the event early by clicking this link.

This year they have four main events: Le Clicquot Brooklyn tour, cinematic brunches, Le Fooding lunches at the flea markets, and the Le Fooding Campfire Session. For the Clicquot Brooklyn Tour, they will feature four $75 dinners, complete with a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot, that pair Brooklyn chefs with their foreign “twins.” Meaning at the September 19 dinner, Brian Leth, the Vinegar Hill House chef, will cook with Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, the guys from the popular Los Angeles restaurant Animal. On the 20th, you get a lovely pairing of Frankies 457 Spuntino’s owners Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli with southern darling Sean Brock, who runs the farm-to-table joint Husk in Charleston, North Carolina. For the third dinner, they have Neal Harden and Alain Senderens preparing a vegan meal with the Paris-based chef Daniel Rose. Finally, the last meal of the series features a nomadic feast where Le Fooding organizers have opened up a kitchen in Dustin Yellin’s new building, The Intercourse, to host great chefs who currently don’t have their own restaurant. This means you can sample fare by British chaps Isaac McHale and James Lowe of the Young Turks, Ignacio Mattos, formally of Isa, and Hugue Dufour, formally of M. Wells.

The cinematic brunches will be held September 22 and 23 at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, and they plan on screening Brooklyn classics like Saturday Night Fever and The Warriors to pair with dishes that represent the borough. Also on the 22nd and 23rd, the Fort Greene and Williamsburg flea markets will open up a food stand featuring vintage eats by various Le Fooding chefs. Finally, for the last night, they will have the Campfire Session, an energetic event at the Brooklyn Waterfront with live music and, of course, more food. 

This event will sell out, so get your tickets early!

Ticket Problems Arise for Burning Man

Burning Man, the desert costume party where people create theme camps, make crazy looking cars and consume massive quantities of drugs, has gotten more and more popular over the years.  Last year they sold out for the first time in history and this year things are looking bleak for the festival that’s basic tenant is “radical inclusion.” There’s already a “ticket fiasco” at hand.

The organizers held a lottery ticket sale which did not go over well with veterans who have been going year after year.  According to the AP, an email was sent following, stating:  "The hard truth is that there are a lot of you who want to come to Black Rock City to celebrate your participation in the Burning Man culture this year, but not everyone will be able to attend."

Freak out. Cue the cries for yesteryear and the passing of the beloved Golden Age when everyone could easily get a ticket; the worries that the culture will no longer be the same and that those who participate the most, a major component of the event, will be left by the wayside for those who contribute nothing to what is actually part of a larger social experiment in creating community.

Burning Man spokeswoman Marian Goodell said on the web site, "We are trying to solve the problem of the community feeling ripped apart.  At the same time, it was going to come to this at some point."

The solution at this point is to allocate tickets to leaders of certain camps, performance groups and others of their choosing.  Not an elite, Burning Man VIP?  Last year, when a new list of rules was put in place and tickets were being scalped for up to $25,000, many people created their own similar festivals so there is always an option of trying something new.  Good luck and remember, all good things must come to an end but drum circles can happen anywhere.