Bread Love: Closed due to fire!

Yes, sadly it’s true.  Bread Love was a victim of arson and the space was almost totally gutted.  Freebrook Spaces experienced some damage as well, displacing most of it’s occupants at least temporarily.  What’s most important is that there was no loss of life including the fish, which were relocated and the ginger attack cat.  :) Oh! and amazingly, Hillary’s cookbooks survived although they are slightly toasted.

So many of you, friends new and old, have reached out during this time and we greatly appreciate it.  We Porters have put a lot of work and heart into the community since we’ve moved here and this [attack] truly shook us up. We also would like to thank the NYPD and FDNY for all of their efforts to solve this crime.

What’s next?

We were cleared from the various entities to begin cleaning up.  Some folks came out this afternoon (THANK YOU) and helped us get it going. The mess was bringing/keeping us down and keeping us in the moment that we truly would like to forget. The clean up continues through the rest of the week; we’ll fill the dumpster that’s due on Thursday and hopefully be able to finish the majority of the work by Friday afternoon.  Friday evening we’ll fire up the grill. VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED DURING THIS TIME!  Even if you drop by some refreshments or gloves or masks or even HD garbage bags for those who are working in the mess.  

Are you accepting donations?

At this point in time, we haven’t fully flushed that out.  We have had folks offer to help us crowdsource (or crowdfund?) and we’ve barely been able to have the conversation to get that going. Bread Love would gladly welcome support in that vein.

How soon will you reopen?

Those molasses latte, ginger scone and chocolate banana bread cravings are for real. :)  But seriously, it’s hard to tell.  We will keep you posted. We have even tossed around the idea of a pop-up shop somewhere in the neighborhood.  Bread Love will definitely continue to appear at the Summer Market on Lewis Avenue (Saturdays) as soon and as often as possible.

What happened to…?

Most of our staff have moved on… another great Bread Love loss… but NYC bills are REAL and DEMAND to be paid.  Thank you Diata, Ali-Yah, Jordan, Anthony, Michael, Shawn, Kenny, Chrissy, Denetia, Oliver and the countless other folks who helped to make Bread Love special.  Bread Love can only hope to reconnect with you in the future.

KIT

@breadlovebkny

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Goodbye #polarvortex … here comes LoveSpring!

Well! This weather has been brutal… huh, guys? The greenhouse has weathered the myriad of storms with only a little bit of minor damage. It stays nice and warm on these seemingly neverending winter days.  Mr Porter has rolled out some more green carpet for the people to encourage the springtime feel.

we love compost

Bread Lovelies are looking forward to spring planting, clean up (not so much) & gardening in the yard. Our aquaponics unit is almost ready for planting as well. We plan on re-establishing our compost area as well. Speaking of compost, a couple of neighbors have approached us about collecting fruit & veggie scraps, coffee grounds, etc for use in their own gardens… IF this is of any interest to any of you gardeners, please feel free to come by and we can arrange for this to happen.  (You will need to provide a closed container with your contact info and pick it up regularly.)

our first batch of fishbubble guppies & goldie

the nitty gritty of the unit...

the nitty gritty of the unit…

Speaking of spring, it’s spring break time for the kiddies or at least it is for ours (yay?!)… so we decided to throw a bit of a garden party. LoveSpring! A little music, some gardening activity to entertain the wee ones and a few of our local food artisans sampling some of their wares. Stop by for brunch and mix and mingle! Festivities shall begin about 1230pm on Saturday, March 22nd. 

In other news… Bread Love is on grubhub, foursquare and dealsnapt. Check out our deals… Our 1 year anniversary is coming up quick!  Stay tuned for the details… We’ll be having a party in May.

Bread Love’s Love Bug Dinner

Love Bug Valentine's Day Dinner

No babysitter? Or kinda forgot this Friday is “Vday?” Bring the kidlings and have dinner with us! We are throwing a $50 Prix Fixe dinner for adults (4 courses, dessert, drinks) and kids eat free from a Kid’s Menu. BTW… we aren’t checking ID’s so you can bring someone else’s kid, godchild, cousin, niece, nephew, etc. ;o)

Superbowl BBQ Throwdown

It’s time for another Bread Love BBQ… Order today for pickup (starting 12pm) on Sunday February 2nd. Nothing will warm up a cool winter’s day than some hot, greasy, yummy barbecue!

Or drop by and pickup a plate or two…

Or stay and watch the game with us in the greenhouse!

Featuring Alabama Joe’s Famous Marinade Sauce

Preorder platters for your Superbowl party.

Chickens half $10 / whole $15
Pork Spare Ribs half $12 / whole $22
Smoked (Whole) Fish $15 ea

Check out Alabama Joe’s BBQ Grills available for purchase at www.drumgrills.com

New Year, New Face, New Love…

Greenhouse #1 Greenhouse 2

 

Have you seen it?

Bread Love has an year around outdoor space bringing lots of light to chase away the winter blues and it’s heated too.  This is our greenhouse setting for our daily customer seating as well as our upcoming February events that include “Dinner and a Movie” Saturday nights, and a Valentine’s Day prix fixe Dinner.

The new space was constructed using many reclaimed, repurposed and non-traditional items, lots of vision and creativity as well as some handy neighbors. A special shout out to Skye, our resident architect who labored no matter the weather to bring this to completion.

 

greenhouse #3Greenhouse Nightlight 

Our selection of treats, upcoming events and meals are constantly changing so be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook to get the latest details and menus.  Shop small business and shop Bed Stuy!

A Greenhouse Grows in Bed Stuy

Greenhouse Under ConstructionIf you’ve passed by our place recently you may be wondering what the heck is going on and why your idyllic summer chill spot looks like a plastic construction site. To keep it simple, we’re building a greenhouse and it’s for you.

While not as massive as Duggal or the new Whole Foods rooftop we plan to be every bit as useful and cutting edge while adding a little Bed-Stuy “swag” if you will. We want our neighbors to feel a part of the ecosystem and decided that having outdoor seating probably wasn’t enough. Two weeks away from opening, here’s your guide to what our greenhouse is and what it decidedly isn’t.

  1. A Space for the Entire Community – we know that our Stuy Heights neighborhood is a changing one, some of us couldn’t tell hydroponic from hydrocortisone, we will be hosting workshops to educate people on what this all means probably with some house music playing in the background.
  2. A Place to Grow Traditions – *cue the take it back rap intro* we’ll be hosting canning, pickling, and a host of other classes on old world traditions that we want to revive, it’s healthy, it’s tasty, and the furnaces inside mean it’s warm.
  3. A Farming Hub – care about heirloom seeds and seed propagation, we are learning from the farms we work with every day and will be sharing this knowledge with you. Urban farming is more than a “thing” it can be a way of life with some help.
  4. NOT a pretentious, Birkenstock only establishment funneling wares to a big corporation and passing ourselves off as local. We are local, we are Brooklyn, and we are Bed-Stuy. Our Greenhouse is your house and we can’t wait to have you in it!

Be on the lookout for our End-of-Year, Greenhouse Opening Party the last week of December. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @breadlovebkny and like our Facebook page to get updates (and an invitation). See you soon!

Falling in [Bread] Love…

The leaves and temperature is dropping, only one of those things is pretty…. Bread Love is also changing for the season… We are getting a face-lift of sorts.  A funky fresh outdoor space that will allow us to accommodate our customers and grow some stuff too.  Bread Love will truly have farm fresh produce, y’all.

Hmmm…. let’s see what else is happening? Oh yes! In addition to our selection of sandwiches and salads, we have lunch and dinner menus too.  Anything from enchiladas to smothered chicken to cheeseburgers and fries are available now.  Our menu constantly changes… follow us @breadlovebkny for current offerings.

New Stuff:

Emmy’s Organic Macaroons

Better off Spread, artisinal peanut butter in crazy good sweet & savory flavors

Fresh Tofu from Upstate New York

Want to impress the folks with your own freshly baked goodies, but don’t actually have the time or inclination to make the dough yourself? Stay tuned for details on purchasing “bake your own” cookie dough.

Need a quick gift idea? We have lots of “Made in Brooklyn” items and getting more for the holidays! We also bake to order so you can bring your favorite scones or bread to the morning staff meeting. Just give us 24 hrs notice for best selection or drop in and inquire at the counter.

Going home for the holidays?  Don’t forget to drop by Bread Love and pick up a Brooklyn treat or order a loaf of your favorite bread to travel with you.  Our holiday menu will be available this weekend, special orders will require a 50% deposit. A limited quantity of items will be available up to Thanksgiving eve.  We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day – sorry! Brunch will definitely be on Saturday & Sunday.

Be sure to support small businesses this holiday season.