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dinner is served: chelsea neighborhood favorite tbsp is now open for dinner!

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

At long last Melissa Chmelar, founder of tbsp restaurant and spoon catering, will finally ring the dinner bell. tbsp will expand to include dinner service starting this week after killing it at her already successful breakfast and lunch business. With solidly good, casual dining and new sure-fire vintage cocktails, this friendly, local neighborhood joint will soon become part of the family.

Dishing out comforting starters and family-style dishes like Market Table Toast (grilled Balthazar bread smothered with fresh local ricotta and favorite seasonal ingredients), Beer Braised Pork Shoulder (with avocado tomatillo salsa, arroz verde & simmered black beans), Mushroom Papardelle (crisp roasted shitake mushrooms, Tuscan kale, fresh ricotta & chili flakes), Skillet Mac & Four Cheese goodness, the classic tbsp burger and more, accompanied with a sure-to-please kids menu. House-made desserts like gooey skillet cookies served with ice cream end the meal with a sweet moment. Dinner service will also boast full wine and specialty cocktail offerings, slung from behind a beautifully redesigned bar. Cocktail standouts on the new menu include the Corpse Reviver #2 (Gin, lillet, triple sec, absinthe & lemon), and the Garden Greyhound (Vodka, fresh grapefruit, thyme sprig & black peppercorn). Start calling yourself a regular now… tbsp tends to churn ‘em out.

After stopping in ourselves during last week’s Friends & Family service, we cannot wait to make tbsp a weekly staple. Some of our favorites were the skirt steak with chimichurri sauce, the chicken pot pie (pictured) and a brownie dessert topped with melting vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of caramel popcorn, making for one genius bite. My handsome 19-month old dinner companion dug deep into his bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, grinning ear to ear. He is also very good at sharing and made sure his entire body got in on some of that delicious sauce action. The drink of the night had to be the Corpse Reviver, and boy did I need it (just kidding! But hah, wow, kids are a lot of work!).

With the stormy weather New York is having this week, tonight is the perfect night to stop by and try tbsp’s dinner. Warm up with a bowl of hearty soup (varies daily, made from scratch) and let tbsp feed your cravings. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

~jamie

ABOUT TBSP AND SPOON:

Family-owned and operated since 1999, spoon started in a five story walk-up with belief in using hand picked, seasonal organic produce grown in upstate New York sourced by Mountain Dell Farms, From Farm to Chef, and other local purveyors. Fresh and local is the cornerstone upon which spoon and tbsp is built. Delivered daily, all of spoon’s produce, meats and fish are fresh. Desserts, muffins and sweet and savory treats are hot out of the oven. spoon also produces a full line of frozen entrees, baking mixes and home canned sauces, condiments, relishes, rubs and jams. spoon specializes in providing innovative culinary options for photo shoots, corporate meetings and private events. Melissa continues to bring creativity and integrity to the table.

A picturesque, Chelsea neighborhood favorite, tbsp joined the spoon family in 2008 and was founded on the idea that local ingredients and quality recipes make for culinary success. First launching with daily lunch service, eventually launching an ever-popular brunch service, tbsp is now very excited to announce, it’s time for dinner.

tbsp Dinner

Wednesday through Saturday – 5 pm to 10 pm

Sunday – 4pm to 8pm

17 West 20th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

New York, NY 10011

646.230.7000

www.spoonnyc.com

Don’t Be a Monkey, Vote!

Friday, October 26th, 2012
With the election right around the corner, U.S. of Awesome has launched their “Don’t Be A Monkey, Vote!” campaign. U.S. of Awesome, founded in 2011, has created a line of All-American soft cotton and blended t-shirts that celebrate Americana and our shared experiences as Americans. “Don’t Be A Monkey, Vote!” is a cheeky and pretty darned adorable video featuring a toddler in a monkey costume wrecking a voting booth. The video, produced by Gotta Kid To Feed Productions, is meant as a non-preachy reminder that one of our most awesome and hard fought rights is our right to vote. As one of our greatest Americans, Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today”.

Don’t Be a Monkey, Vote! Video:
http://www.usofawesome.com/blog/2012/10/19/dont-be-a-monkey-vote/

U.S. of Awesome also features some really cool (and oh so comfortable) t-shirts meant to rile everyone up for the elections.


Speaking of Mr. Lincoln, U.S. of Awesome has a whole line dedicated to the president. With two new movies coming out this fall portraying Lincoln as both a leader determined to end slavery and a principled vampire slayer, we are reminded how Abraham Lincoln is still very vital in our cultural and political consciousness. The shirts feature original designs and inspiring quotes by the man who on top of being one of our greatest Presidents was also one of our most inspiring writers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now remember, Left wing, right wing, chicken wing… it doesn’t matter how you vote – just exercise your right!

- jennifer

 

lisa frank for grownups

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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friend:  stickers

me:  don’t worry about it

friend: what are you, 12

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that is an actual g-chat conversation with a friend as i tried, and failed, recently to explain my excitement over the discovery i’m mere sentences away from revealing below. granted, the magic lies in the visual and words do not do my latest obsession an ounce of justice, but here, just look at this beauty (just forgive me the photograph).

those are stickers and this is art. meet artist payton cosell turner of flat vernacular, who creates elaborate sticker installations to meet a need you never knew you had. flat vernacular is a brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed, and bespoke wallpapers, and for all you design aficionados out there (or any child of the 80s who could boast of a robust and devotedly harvested sticker collection), i stoutly suggest checking them out.

i had actually been a big fan of payton’s “too much stuff” design long before i ever had this project on my radar or even knew the name attached to it. i became obsessed with her sticker concept in particular after seeing a house tour on a site called theaesthete.com, featuring some unbelievable sticker panels in a brooklyn heights apartment that recently belonged to lena dunham (of hbo’s girls). from a distance, the stickers successfully look like intricately patterned wallpaper and i immediately did my homework to see how i could get my paws on some.

this sticker wallpaper falls under the “custom” umbrella of flat vernacular and is entirely unique. size, colors, intricacy of the design, and subject matter are the most important concerns and the entire process takes about 3 weeks. per their website, “keeping things on a smaller and more personal scale is very important to the craft as well as the spirit behind flat vernacular”, an ideal the markoff group relates to and believes in wholeheartedly. to begin the commission, i started off an email correspondence with the lovely payton and initiated my consultation for a singular sticker piece of my own. like the coolest pen-pal you’ve ever had, payton asked me about my interests and she incorporated some of those things in the sticker panel she created especially for me. if you look closely, you can see planets, taxicabs, tennis balls, movie tickets, musical instruments, ice-cream, pizza, and flowers. was she wrong to infer i would also enjoy animals,  daiquiris and walkie-talkies? not at all.

tiny stickers everywhere, like a cheerful, jamie-shaped constellation.

~jamie

a color story: featuring hester van eeghen

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

according to rachel schechtman, founder of fabulous new shop story, the landscape of retail is ripe for change. ”one of my beliefs is that the future of retail is going to be less about consumption and more about content and community,” she says. and that’s precisely why rachel created the concept of story. story is a 2000 square foot store located on 10th avenue in chelsea, overlooking the gorgeous highline, that has the point of view of a magazine. its offerings change every 4 to 6 weeks like a gallery, and it sells products just like a normal store. what sets story apart, however, is that story will change out all its merchandise, design, and fixtures and completely reinvent the entire theme every couple of weeks around a new idea. story debuted with the theme of love when it first opened in february. this month’s theme? color!

this month is extra exciting for us here at the markoff group because story will also be featuring one of our own beloved clients, hester van eeghen, a natural fit when it comes to to color. don’t you agree? we highly recommend stopping by this bright, colorful space. and if you have yet to get your hands on hester van eeghen’s vibrant designs, you must stop by for a unique opportunity to see, feel and try the pieces on for yourself. we just know you’ll fall in love.

here are some photos we took on our most recent visit to story.

let’s take a look inside, shall we? (location: 144 10th avenue at 19th street)

this month’s theme: color

hester van eeghen’s confetti clutch dipped in brown, orange, pink, and green – what a burst of color!

hester van eeghen’s confetti clutch in black, grey, and cream – perfect for anytime of day!

on the right: hester’s fishy ray in deep red
on the left: hester’s amazon clutch in red and orange

 

here’s another fishy ray in a mesmerizing turquoise. i absolutely love the sparkle. this is one of my absolute favorites and always a great conversation starter at parties.

as you can see, each section of story is sectioned off into different vibrant colors – oranges, pinks, greens, and hester van eeghen fits right in. i love the concept, and can’t wait to go back to pick up some lovely trinkets for myself. what’s your story?

~ irin