A restaurant group in Brooklyn known for its tasty offerings is also cooking up a feast for the eyes and mind. Rachel Wharton from Edible Manhattan magazine filed the following report.
The cafe, store and dining room at Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg is part of a quirky group of Brooklyn food businesses that includes the restaurant Diner next door and a butcher shop up the street. Now they've converted the old apartment upstairs into an art space and the offices of the Diner Journal, a print magazine edited by Diner barkeep Anna Dunn.
"The journals began as the answer to a desire to write a cookbook, and kind of nobody nobody having time to take out of their schedules to write a book, and as it always is when you think you are doing the easy thing you end up doing the harder thing," Dunn said.
Written by staff, chefs and regulars, Dunn's early issues documented life at the restaurants, complete with recipes and stories for famous dishes like Marlow & Sons 45-minute brick chicken. It's sweet juiciness and ultra crispy skin are created with help from a massive 40 pound metal weight.
"There's some romance to these weights because they're made out of old battleship material from the harbor here, and, it's a very dramatic bird," Dunn said.
Diner Journal still has recipes, but has grown to include art, poetry and stories using food as a lens. There are three issues a year, each with themes ranging from poultry to "Fire and Fiction".
"As we became kind of hooked on the creative process we started turning our eye outward, and it became sort of about the cheesemakers and winemakers and about music or poetry or art or anything. Anywhere that our imaginations wanted to go," Dunn said.
You'll now find some of that on the walls of the new Diner Journal gallery, which is also home to cooking classes and readings and plenty of past issues. This weekend you can also pick up the publication at the first-ever New York City Food Book Fair in Brooklyn.