Man oh man- I’ve been so busy with all sort of stuff: developing new products and recipes, working on my writing for Nona Brooklyn and our theoretical cookbook, booking events for the summer and fighting for LGBT rights……I think we’re long overdue for a news update so I can keep you all in the loop on the insanity we go through every day. I will omit the details of all the boring parts, like the endless stacks of paperwork I’m desperately trying to catch up on, or the 8,000 hours we spent on the phone with Dell customer service in India because Windows installed updates that fried our brand new computer. I’m sure when I’m on my deathbed, I’ll remember those hours where instead of creating precious memories with my children, I was on the phone saying “No, it’s still not working. YES, I’m sure. WHY WOULD I SAY IT’S NOT WORKING IF IT WAS WORKING.” over and over again, and realize they were some of the most magical of my life. Thank you for that gift, Windows XP.
THE CUPCAKE STAND: A few weeks back, the folks from Crespella opened up a combination Uncle Louie G’s/cupcake store in Sunset Park on 5th Avenue right off 60th street, and they’re exclusively selling our cupcakes! Which means that since they’ve got a big old store to fill, they’re getting a lot more than just the weekly rotation- and we’re making flavors exclusively for them, like our Cookies n’Cream made with homemade dark chocolate wafer cookies. If you’re in South Brooklyn and need cupcakes for a small party or event, contact them- they do cupcake stands, set-up, and they deliver!
DEKALB MARKET: The project FINALLY got approval from the Department of Buildings, meaning that after sitting in a holding pattern for what seems like forever, we are finally going into the building phase in just a few short weeks! There’s going to be a crapton of discussion about the process on this blog and on our Facebook page, where I’m going to be running every stupid decision by you guys because I’m a nervous wreck about all of this. Right now I’m elbows deep in electrical specs, blueprints, permits, DOH paperwork, paint samples, lighting design, refrigeration quotes etc etc etc. The plan is to wrap lots of that up today and over the weekend, then next Monday I’ll be able to make a spreadsheet of all our IndieGoGo folks to I can reach out to every single one of you personally. Or next Monday, I take up drinking again. Really can go either way at this point.
EVENTS UP THE WAZOO: Since DeKalb got delayed, I’ve been trying to make up for it by making sure we’ll be popping up all over the place through the summer. We just confirmed our second consecutive appearance in the VIP area at Meatopia in July, and this year it’s going to be EXTRA epic. This event will sell out, so get your tickets sooner rather than later. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also probably the best food event that will happen in NYC all year. Plus, I’m pretty sure you get a t-shirt!
If you can’t wait until July to see us, here’s what’s on tap for the next week:
-Monday our family will be participating in the RALLY FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY in Bay Ridge. We hope that many of you will be able to come down and join us as we support my aunts and our many gay friends in their fight to be recognized as equal citizens under the law! (this has nothing to do with cupcakes- it’s just really important to us and our family)
-Thursday we’re at Tasting Table’s LOBSTER ROLL RUMBLE, the most delicious non-meat NYC food event of the year. Mini whoopie pies will be there as well as cupcakes!
-Saturday 6/11 day we’re sponsoring TECHMUNCH, and hanging out with all you food bloggers and media types. See my idiocy at all things technological firsthand, as I make my Blackberry crash multiple times and ask questions like “why doesn’t my Blackberry fix itself when I scream at it really loudly and say dirty things about it’s mother?”
-Saturday 6/11 night we’ll be at the Brooklyn Lyceum for the POST GAY PRIDE PARADE PARTY. Who doesn’t love a dance party?
-Sunday 6/12 we’ll be at the HESTER STREET FAIR PICNIC, an all-food event with ping pong tables!
And then the next Monday….
OUR FIRST VACATION IN TWO YEARS! We’ve decided that it’s really not fair how our kids are constantly getting screwed by our insane work schedules, so we’re shutting down for one Wednesday delivery day, driving down to our favorite vacation spot of Route 1, New Jersey, and spending three glorious days at Sesame Place! Glorious Sesame Place- the only place on earth where I can walk around in a swimsuit and not feel as if my body is being scrutinized, because every woman there has given birth at least once. It shall be a long needed vacation from pants as well!!!
But all these things are in the future, and the cupcakes you see below are in stores NOW. Or really close to now if you’re reading this before all the deliveries are finished. No matter- you should eat one, because you’ve probably had a tough week, and you deserve something nice. :)
Clockwise from front: Strawberry Shortcake, CPB, Banana Cashew, Car Bomb
Banana Cashew: Banana cake, cashew buttercream, homemade cashew brittle
Strawberry Shortcake: Vanilla cake splashed with strawberry juice, mascarpone buttercream, strawberry compote
CPB: Chocolate cake, peanut butter buttercream, roasted peanuts, ganache
Car Bomb: Chocolate Guinness cake, Jameson ganache, Bailey’s buttecream
CAFE AT SAM’S BAKERY- 94th Street off 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge
THE CUPCAKE STAND: Fifth Avenue between 60th and 61st, Sunset Park
CRESPELLA CREPE & ESPRESSO BAR- 321 7th Avenue at 9th Street, Park Slope
BLUE APRON FOODS- Union Street off 7th Avenue, Park Slope
TAZZA CAFES- Henry off Atlantic and Clark off Henry, Brooklyn Heights
COURT STREET GROCERS: 485 Court Street, Carroll Gardens
RADISH- Bedford Ave off N8th, Williamsburg
EASTERN DISTRICT- Manhattan Ave off Eagle St, Greenpoint
BROOKLYN STANDARD: Nassau Ave & Jewel St, Greenpoint
RED HOOK LOBSTER POUND: 284 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook and Roving Food Truck *Whoopie Pies and Wild Maine Blueberry Cobbler cupcakes only*
CAKESHOP- Ludlow btwn Stanton & Rivington, Lower East Side
LINK CAFE @ THE SHERATON TRIBECA: 307 Canal Street, Tribeca
*Note: Not all locations receive all flavors. The flavors recieved are determined by each store’s management, not by us. If there’s something in the upcoming rotation you want to see, let them know directly