Food Network fans are familiar with the sodium fiesta/Upper Midwest Lutheran church fusion cuisine which is the style of semi-homemade cooking by Food Network star Sandra Lee. New York political wonks also know that the condensed-soup aficionada is possibly the next first lady of the Empire State by way of her long-term relationship with state Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo. Apparently to his mother’s dismay, the politico’s favorite dish is Sandra Lee’s tomato soup and cottage cheese lasagna.
But in the northern end of Kings County we can look beyond the pantry for nourishment. Enter Homemade: Brooklyn, a free pop-up festival celebrating local crafts, food, design and all-around artistry. It kicks off tonight and lasts through Sunday.
Going down at Metropolitan Green (439 Metropolitan Ave, bet. N 5th and Marcy), hands-on workshops, free shows and shopping abound. Local vendors setting up shop include the in-house line of Graham Ave indie boutique/vintage shop treehouseNYC, Williamsburg designer Fay Andrada, the mind behind these swingin’ London-inspired earrings.
Homemade: Brooklyn has a bevy of events free for the taking, including tonight’s 7-10 pm kickoff with free food (BYOB). Take in a concert or three on Saturday evening, starting with a 6pm parade/operetta heading from K &M Bar (225 N 8th St) to Metropolitan Green, led by Lady Magma front woman Andrea Mersits parade/operetta—that’s in conjunction with Northside Festival. Perfect your grilling Sunday afternoon with Brooklyn Brainery. And barter artistic trade for a haircut from Woodley and Bunny stylist Sarah Butler, both weekend days.
For a full schedule of events and vendor roster, see Homemade: Brooklyn’s website.