August 23, 2012
Philly is getting ready for the Made in America Festival this Labor Day. Check out what we will be listening to, wearing and eating before we head to the Parkway. Cheers!
August 21, 2012
Bringing the cookbook to life was a long, and at times, arduous process. However, there was a lot of fun to be had along the way. The most fun was the prep that went into the actual dessert photo shoot. A lot went into it -- sketching, propping, styling, designing and, finally, shooting. Yes, we are still talking about cake. Who knew, right? Have a look at our trailer and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of a cookbook photo shoot and learn a little bit about what led us to want to write a book in the first place. Happy viewing! Hope you enjoy!
August 16, 2012
August 8, 2012
It seems as though Marcus Samuelsson is everywhere, no? I was at Solé East in Montauk where he was on his way as part of his book tour. We took a meeting a couple of weeks later at Soho House -- he had just been there. I was reading Arrive on a recent Amtrak trip and there was an article about, you guessed, Marcus Samuelsson. You know him right? The Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised, Top Chef, White House State Dinner menu-creator, married to gorgeous supermodel Gate Maya Haile. His star is super bright and an inspiration to anyone in the culinary business, especially to people of color. He is playing a big part in the New Harlem (food) Renaissance, or so I read (in the aforementioned Arrive article)
THE BIRTHDAY GIRL
In honor of, BFF Khalilah's (who is also taken with MS) birthday we headed north for dinner. Just up the street from soul-food mainstay Sylvia's, there it was: Samuelsson's Red Rooster & Ginny's Supper Club. We stepped inside and the bar was humming. It could have been an editorial shoot with all the beautiful people and their beautiful drinks. This was no ordinary soul food spot. It was hipper, stark, fresh, and diverse. Nouveau Harlem? The banquettes - chic. The chalkboard hand-drawn graphics - so now. You could get lost in the bathroom where vintage pictures hung. I was feeling the place. But we had come for the food. So order we did.
To start, we had the Dirty Rice and Shrimp and the Red Caesar. Both were nice. Not wow, but not bad. We ordered on. Khalilah had the Mac & Greens, Fareed had the Fried Yard Bird, and Jon and I had the Catfish and Grits. Khallilah, you should know, is a perennial optimist. She enjoyed hers, using words like "different" and "tasty." Everyone else -- silent. I mean who wants to ruin someone's birthday dinner with complaints? Surely, dessert - the sweet potato donuts - wouldn't disappoint. It did, much to our chargrin. We had to search the little nugget to find the sweet potato part – a bit of crème at the center, but hardly enough to satisfy. The only person that was happy was BFF Maygen who had joined late and ordered a nice glass of prosecco. And that was that. We paid a large bill and were on our way.
I was hesitant to write this post. Don't you feel guilty when you don't love what everyone says you should? I do. And I mean this is Marcus Samuelsson?! He is kind of a big deal -- a culinary god, even. Who am I to judge? Who cares what I think? I am no food critic. But I am a lover of soul food. I know fried chicken when I taste it and catfish and macaroni and greens, for that matter. These are not things that should leave you feeling "ehh," especially when eaten in Harlem on the storied corner 125th and Lenox.
So, what's my point? Marcus Samuelsson is an inspiration. He has the Midas touch when it comes to big-name kitchens. And you should go to his handsome Red Rooster. Yes. Go. Sit at the bar. (Speaking of bars, I should say we ended the evening at Tillman’s, which was super-cute and deserves its own post.) Get a beautiful drink and sip it among beautiful people. Why not? Order a small plate, perhaps, but if it is soul food you are seeking (and not just "soul food" by name), maybe it's best to go visit your momma instead.
Red Rooster is open Monday to Friday, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm; Monday to Thursday, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm; Friday, to 11:00 pm; Saturday, 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Sunday, 11:00 am to 9:30 pm. Reservations are strongly recommended, although the bar is first-come, first served. All major credit cards accepted.
July 27, 2012
How has summer been treating you?? It has been so busy for us!
For starters, we are so happy to welcome you to our new site! Take a look around. The lovely Courtney Apple shot the gorgeous photos and we could not be happier with them. There is much more information about all of the desserts, including our wedding cakes. Plus, pictures of our past work will be frequently updated to keep you inspired. Oh, and we finally have a blog! We will be sharing trends in the industry (did you see the ombré cupcakes in the recent edition of Philadelphia Weddings?), the best work coming out of our kitchen, sneak peeks of new projects on the horizon, the best places we have eaten dessert (and more) lately - it is really going to be a little peek into our life at Brown Betty (i.e., a lot of food, with decent meausres of fashion and lifestyle). In short, this blog will be your one-stop spot to check out all the latest events, plans, and news in the Brown Betty world. Along with our Twitter tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook status updates, you will be in on all the Brown Betty goings-on.
Second, as mentioned above, there is a lot bubbling over at Brown Betty and we can hardly wait to share it with you! Namely, our first cookbook is coming out in October (!!) and we will be sharing everything on the blog from it's origins, behind-the-scenes conceptualizing, and the final outcome of the book, not to mention the book tour dates and parties and events.
Lastly, thank you so much to all of our customers. You guys are the best! Your loyalty helped us win Best of Philly for our Red Velvet Cupcake this year!
Until then, xoxo!
April 5, 2012
Welcome to the brand new Brown Betty Desserts site!