Butcher Paper Dinner: Rooftop Crawfish Boil!
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
Long Island City, NY
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Butcher Paper Dinner: Rooftop Crawfish Boil!
Everyone's favorite dinner series is back and we can't wait to feast with you again!  We're bringing in the big guns to kick off the season: crawfish master Chef Mike Ciardi will be boiling up a whole heap of Louisiana style crawfish, served with farm-fresh veggies!  And Neal Sugarman of Daptone Records will be spinning funk and soul on vinyl to keep us groovin' while we feast!

You can always tell a New Orleansian by how quickly they can dismantle a crawfish. And let's just say, Ciardi could take his craw hustle on the road. After realizing his deep passion for food during his undergraduate years in The Big Easy, Mike went on to launch a career in public service. But food kept calling to him, and eventually he decided to pursue his passion, enrolling at French Culinary Institute and cooking his way across Brooklyn in the kitchens of Marcey Browstein, Radish, and ultimately landing at the helm of Union Market.

Chef Ciardi has developed a distinctive style: comfort food with all the elegance of French technique, which guests will instantly recognize in his classic beignets. But elegance goes out the window when it comes to a proper crawfish boil, and Mike will be getting down and dirty with us on the 25th, piling fresh Louisiana catch and Andouille from Poche's Market in Breaux Bridge, LA, high atop our enormous reclaimed-oak communal table. As the sun sets over stunning views of the Long Island City and the Manhattan skyline, we'll tuck into hand pies by Nora Lidgus from Runner and Stone Bakery, all while sipping on Heron Hill Winery's 2012 Riesling and Pinot Blanc, or tossing back cold drafts of Salt & Pepper Saison courtesy of LIC's Big Alice Brewery.

Tunes will be spun throughout the afternoon and evening by celebrated DJ and saxophonist Neal Sugarman, co-owner of funk/soul label Daptone Records and resident of neighboring Sunnyside.

Folks better be ready to get dirty, and to have some fun.  This is not a stuffy supper club; this is a Butcher Paper Dinner!


Tasso and lemon thyme beignets
Grange Salad Greens

Louisiana crawfish
with potatoes, artichokes, corn, and andouille sausage

Strawberry basil hand pies

Heron Hill Reisling and Pinot Blanc
Big Alice Brewery "Salt & Pepper Saison" Farmhouse Ale

This series of fun, inventive dinner parties to be held spring through fall at Brooklyn Grange's flagship rooftop will center around the farm's massive, reclaimed white oak communal table down the length of which organizers will roll butcher paper.  A rotating lineup of the city's most innovative chefs will bring their unique culinary stylings to play with the farm's fresh, seasonal produce, serving family-style meals directly atop the paper-lined table.  This style of hands-on dining allows guests to really engage with their food, and their neighboring diners around them. Participating chefs will hail from all over the New York City area but will draw their inspiration from the eclectic diversity and bold flavors of Queens' signature culinary culture.

Edible Queens is the premier food magazine in Queens focusing on the culinary resources and food scenes of New York City's most diverse borough. Published quarterly and enjoyed in print and online by over 100,000 readers per issue, Edible Queens is part of Edible Communities, a North American franchise with 81 titles covering the specific regions in which they are located.

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world's largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 40,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and we partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.

Established over 35 years ago, and owned by John Ingle, Heron Hill Winery has set the highest standards for wine quality.  Overlooking Keuka Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region, Heron Hill has grown from a small 5,000 case winery into a dynamic 20,000 case winery, while still committed to hand maintaining the vineyards.  

Our neighbors in Long Island City, Big Alice Brewing is a very small nano-brewery -- meaning most of their brews are no more than a third of a barrel. Their small-batch production allows them to play around with a variety of styles, and we will be the happy subjects of one such experiment: the highly successful and delicious Salt and Pepper Saison!  Made from second runnings of 4 different mashes, this blend is rich in color and complexity, fermented by a traditional Belgian Saison yeast with a hint of Fleur de Sel and fresh ground black pepper resulting in an earthy farmhouse character that demands a place at our table.

Established in 1911, Douglas Elliman has grown to become the largest regional and the nation's fourth largest real estate company, with a current network of more than 4,100 agents in over 70 offices throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island (including the Hamptons and North Fork), Westchester and Putnam Counties, as well as South Florida. In addition, through a strategic partnership with Knight Frank Residential, Douglas Elliman's powerful network extends to 43 countries across six continents.

Major thanks to Douglas Elliman for sponsoring this soul nourishing dinner at Brooklyn Grange. Douglas Elliman has supported our Butcher Paper Dinner series since the inaugural Crab Boil last fall, and we are excited to have them with us for the 2014 season!


Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm (View)
37-18 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States


Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Markets & Farms

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No