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Last week, Melissa Murphy, chef and owner of Sweet Melissa Patisseries in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, was brimming with excitement thanks to the release of her new cookbook, “The Sweet Melissa Baking Book” ($27, Viking Studio).

“It’s been really fun [to write], but the best part is being able to pull it off the shelf to use,” she said. Chock full of her favorite concoctions from Irish soda bread to strawberry shortcake to her mother’s pancakes, Murphy said, “about 95 percent of the recipes you could walk [into the kitchen] and make.”

Although some of her customers worried it would hurt business, Murphy said the feedback has been great and enabled her “to express a little more of who I was and where my style of baking came from.”

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Make way for two new cafes in Park Slope! From the owner of Sotto Voce comes Aperitivo, a European-style cafe opening next month at 279 Fifth Ave. at First Street. From espresso and pastries in the morning to a glass of wine with a plate of charcuterie, manager Ahmed Hannachi said, “If you want to meet your friend for a quick bite, it’s the spot.”

Also keep an eye out for the family-style Italian restaurant Alta Voce, opening nearby in early May, which will feature a large outdoor garden, two floors and a wine cellar.

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If the vegetarians in Park Slope weren’t already lucky enough to have V-Spot in the neighborhood, they’ll be thrilled to hear that S’Nice, a veggie and vegan-friendly sandwich and coffee shop, has opened on Fifth Avenue at Third Street. It should nicely complement Earth Tonez, another eatery with meatless delights, which opened a few weeks back on Fifth Avenue at Fifth Street. One local foodie told us that S’nice’s “Vegan Pot Pie Wrap” was the best new dish on the block!

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On April 2, Loki Lounge in Park Slope will host “The Risotto Challenge,” a contest dreamed up by home-cooking blog www. NotEatingOutinNY.com that invites amateur chefs to bring in their best homemade risotto to be judged by a panel of experts.

Those who wow the judges — GO Brooklyn pal and foodie blogger Adam Kuban, “Saveur” magazine editor Georgia Freedman and cookbook editor Jenni Ferrari-Adler — could walk away with prizes from The Brooklyn Kitchen, Stinky Bklyn, Thirst Wine Merchants and more. For information, visit www.NotEatingOutinNY.com.

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Tickets are now on sale for the April 30th return of the ultimate tasting event, Brooklyn Eats — this time at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Admission ranges from $90 to $115, and tickets can be purchased online at www.brooklyneats.com.

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Park Slope’s Brooklyn Burger Bar has new ownership. A source inside the restaurant tells us that they’ll be undergoing renovation and reopening with a new name — but a similar burger-heavy menu — in April.

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Sushi has come to Forager’s Market in DUMBO. The pricey purveyor of salads, sandwiches and sundries has added an in-house “sushi master” to its roster and will be offering catering and platters in addition to rolls for the hungry lunch crowd.

Elsewhere in DUMBO, we hear that Toro is closed for renovations and will be re-opening in mid-April with a new chef and an overhauled menu.

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Congratulations to our pals at Luna Rossa in Carroll Gardens; the shop, serving brick oven pizza and pasta since November, just got its liquor license. Salute!

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It’s not too late to experience “Dine in Brooklyn,” which continues through March 31. With over 175 of the borough’s restaurants participating, you have plenty of eateries to choose from. Visit www.visitbrooklyn.org.

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GO Brooklyn hates to be wrong. But thankfully when we reported that beloved Williamsburg eatery Brick Oven Gallery had closed, we were way off the mark. With spring finally here, we can think of no better way to celebrate than enjoying a plate of “Brooklyn caviar” and one of the Gallery’s tasty pizzas in their charming backyard. Here’s hoping they’ll still let us in!

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