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dining & dancing

It has been a busy busy winter so far at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen: battling the “blizzard” with a hot meal, chopping veggies, slaughtering chickens, the violin serenades and sing-alongs, serving homemade desserts, cleaning projects, dreams of a new stove, lead paint disasters, cute kids in the kitchen, seriously laughing it up with the other volunteers, security patrols, piles of pickles, and lots more fun stuff.

If you would like to volunteer during the weekly wednesday meal at the soup kitchen, contact us @ craigskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com and we will hook you up with info on how to plug in. Basically, kitchen cleaning and early prep starts around 2pm. Chopping and cleaning and general organizing continues on throughout the day as we prep for mealtime @ 6pm. Neighborhood security patrols starts at 5pm (involves wearing a sexy orange security vest and greeting neighbors on the street). Serving starts @ 6pm. (and so does clean up) Clean up runs until 730pm or 8pm. We always need more helping hands and fresh smiling faces.

Don’t have the time but you can spare some cash to fight hunger in the hood; Donations always accepted through the church (see www.greenpointchurch.org)

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Diners are digging the live music at the weekly meal

As we move into the cold months of Winter, our dessert donations are keeping things sweet and scrumptious! Below is the calendar for the next six weeks. Please email us if you would like to become a volunteer baker. [craigskitchen (at) gmail (dot) com]

  • January 13:   Pineapple Upside Down Cake. (Need 0 volunteers)
  • January 20:   Babka, Cinnamon Rolls, or  Cinnamon Cake (Need 1 volunteers)
  • January 27:  Brownies (Need  0 volunteers)
  • Feb 3:  Apple Pie (Need 9 volunteers)
  • Feb 10:  Cupcake Maddness (Need 5 volunteers)
  • Feb 17:  King Cake or any type of festive “Mardis Gras” cake (Need 7 volunteers)
  • Feb 24:  Apple Bars (Need 9 volunteers)

Logistics

Regular drop off of the desserts is from 3-6pm on Wednesday @ 136 Milton St.
The meal is served at 6pm, with diners streaming in for about an hour. Dessert starts getting served around 6:15pm.
The dessert type determines the plating situation. If you drop off at the church, come back and say hey to the cooks in the kitchen.
Feel free to stay and help serve…

If Wed from 3-6pmish does not work for you, there are  other drop off  options in both Greenpoint & Williamsburg on Tues & Wed.

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

THANK YOU CRAIG’S KITCHEN SUPPORTERS!

You showered this project with so much support and this family with so much love!  You made mom and dad cry. The boys couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces.  I cant even find the words to express how cool it was to be involved with this little project. (And quite an honor to be Santa to all your generosity!)

Secret Santas

The Secret Santa project was an absolute success beyond my wildest dreams (even if, in the end, it wasn’t very secret…plans to sneak into the apartment all Santa-style were totally foiled)  It was crazy amazing, the amount of support the community gave us in helping give a Greenpoint family some special love during a tough holiday season.

Peace & Love!

Serious shout outs to everyone who donated gifts, food, cash, love, and a helping hand. We seriously blew some minds with all the books, games, food & love we delivered.

Cheers to a Happy New Year!

Below are pics of Isaiah jumping for joy and doing a happy dance (He insisted i take pics and show you’all…)

On a side note: Mom was so blown away by all the books and really feels like her prayers were answered. Their house is like the coolest library EVER now. Anyways, we had so many books and not so much wrapping paper (or energy, truth be told) so we decided to make a giant box of books for each of the boys. Kinda like a treasure chest of books! Anyways, it was absolute hilarity when delivering the goods and the boys were convinced that there was some sort of robot in the big boxes……and would not believe that it was a box of books. They were convinced I was “tricking them”. Too too funny! (Like i said, it was truly an honor to play Santa’s elf to all your generosity!)

Jumping for JOY

Happy Dance!

Secret Santa

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pic by imakeinterwebs @flickr.com

Join us in a little Secret Santa project.

Our goal is to provide a little holiday cheer for a family in the neighborhood that can’t afford Christmas.

How you can help: Donatations of  $$, gifts, decorations, and food stuffs all welcome.

  • GIFTS: The boys are age 5 and 8. They literally have no toys in their apartment. Mom is worried about the reading level of the 5 year old (he is behind at school) so cool books would be amazing. Also, art supplies like paper, paint, crayons, etc. Things like Legos or Science Experiment type things that are “educational and fun” are also key. For mom, cute things like picture frames or cute writing notebooks would make her day!
  • $$: We are collecting cash for a tree, wreath, lights, wrapping paper, and decorations.
  • Decorations: We are collecting decorations for the tree and apartment.
  • Food Stuffs: We will be gathering food and treats too!

Please let me know if you can help us bring Christmas to this corner of Greenpoint. We can pick stuff up or you can drop stuff off. Our thought is to deliver everything next Wed, Dec 23rd. (Probably sneak in and set up the tree and presents while the family is dining at the soup kitchen although that plan depends on neighbors, etc so it is a little in flux…..)

Any donations can be dropped off at 140 Metropolitan Ave. First Floor. Typically, any time will work. If no one is home (or answering the doorbell) stuff can be dropped off at our neighbors, Bar Berry (on the corner of Berry and Metropolitan). Cash can be dropped in the mail, Craigs Kitchen 140 Metropolitan Ave. First Floor, Brooklyn NY 11211. (Checks to Craigs Kitchen w/ Secret Santa in memo).

Feel free to email craigskitchen [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions or to arrange pickups or drop offs…

IMG_9993 Join the Dessert Corps and become a volunteer baker, supporting the sweet spot in the meal of our neighborhood soup kitchen. Each week 10 locals bake up a storm around a collective theme, delivering them* for the weekly Wednesday night meal at the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.  Weekly themes are likely to include seasonal fruit-based desserts.

Send an email to craigskitchen@gmail.com in order to plug into the baking calendar.

Weekly Themes

  • November 18. Apple Crisp, Crumble, or Buckle. [Ya’all Rock! Need 0 volunteers]
  • November 25. Homemade Whipped Topping and/or Homemade Cranberry Sauce [Need volunteers!]
  • December 2.  Bread Pudding. [Need 4 Volunteers]
  • December 9. Honey Cake. [Need 4 Volunteers]
  • December 16. Holiday Cookies. [Need 2 Volunteers]
  • December 23. Chocolate Pie. [Need 7 Volunteers]
  • December 30. New Years Cake. [Need 6 Volunteers]
  • January 6. Apple Cake. [Need 7 Volunteers]

**Exact delivery logistics are sent in a reminder email the weekend before. In general, bakers can drop off at the soup kitchen before 6pm or we offer a drop off on tuesday & wednesday at a Williamsburg and a Greenpoint location.

Fall Baking Schedule

pic by volunteer baker missginsu @ flickr.com

pic by volunteer baker missginsu @ flickr.com

email craigskitchen@gmail.com to sign up to bake a sweet treat for the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.  [list last updated sat oct 10]

  • October 7. Pear Cake. 0 bakers needed
  • October 14. Pear or Apple Upside Down Cake. 4 bakers needed.
  • October 21. Pear or Apple Bars. 7 bakers needed.
  • October 28. Halloween-y Chocolate & Pumpkin Pie. 5 bakers needed
  • November 4. Apple Pie. 6 bakers needed
  • November 11. Apple Crumb Cake. 6 bakers needed.
  • November 18. Apple Crisp, Crumble or Buckle. 5 bakers needed.
  • November 25. Thanksgiving PIE. 13 bakers needed.

Volunteer bakers bake yummy dishes riffed off a central theme and deliver them to drop off points in Greenpoint or Williamsburg on Tues or Wed or at the soup kitchen on Wednesday afternoons. Meal is served at 6 on Wed. Logistics and some sampler recipes are mailed the preceding weekend to participating volunteers.

Our weekly desserts will be riffed of our weekly donations from neighborhood CSAs

Our weekly desserts will be riffed of our weekly donations from neighborhood CSAs

Our Spring/Summer schedule over here at the kitchen is gonna go a little something like this…

From here on out, we (hopefully) provide the fruit for you to bake into something  (*fruit donations are from a local csa and a local farm;amount and availability depends on the harvest.)

  • June 17. Rhubarb (Upside Down) Cake. (No more bakers needed) Rhubarb donated by GW-CSA
Local Donations = Divine Desserts!

Local Donations = Divine Desserts!

  • June 24. Angel Food Cake. 7 bakers needed. (We are still working logistics on this. Most likely the soup kitchen cooks will prep a fruit compote to top the donated cakes with. Will keep volunteers posted)
  • July 1. Lemon Sponge Cake with a fruit topping or Pink Lemonade Bars. 4 bakers needed. (Fruit pickup on June 27th)
  • July 8. 5 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest.)
  • July 15. 5 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest)
  • July 22. 6 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest)
  • July 29. 10 bakers needed. Seasonal Fruit Crisps or Cobblers, Pies or Cakes (Even Custards or Cupcakes. Or cookies–Local based baking at its funest)

If you would like to get involved with the volunteer baking project, shoot us an email so we can plug  you into our email list. craigskitchen[at]gmail[dot]com.

Local volunteers + Local fruit = Dessert Corps Magic!!

Local volunteers + Local fruit = Dessert Corps Magic!!