Feeling hot, hot, hot! Brooklyn is burning up with fiery food events

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The temperature may be freezing, but Brooklyn is heating up!

On Feb. 24 and 25, two bar-based events in the borough will celebrate fiery foodstuffs — first a Bloody Mary making competition in Bedford–Stuyvesant, followed by a talk on the history of hot sauce in Gowanus.

So if you can you stand the heat, get out of the kitchen and fire up your taste buds.

Bloody Monday

Brooklyn bartenders, get ready to sweat!

As part of the 2014 New York City Hot Sauce Expo, which is taking place in Manhattan on March 29 and 30, each borough is hosting its own heat of the expo’s annual “Bloody Mary Mix-Off.”

The Brooklyn throw-down will take place at bar and barbecue joint Beast of Bourbon on Feb, 24, where 22 local bartenders will compete to represent the Borough of Kings.

Each competitor will have just 90 seconds to serve up their best rendition of everyone’s favorite hangover drink, said the expo’s co-owner Lisa Seabury.

A panel of expert judges will then grade the drinks on presentation, taste, and creativity in a blind taste test.

And spectators won’t go wanting, either — those who turn up to cheer for their favorite Mary mixologist will be rewarded with free samples. The host bar will also offer some spicy specials, including a molasses and jalapeno-infused pork belly sandwich, to go along with the mix-off, said pit master Frank Davis.

The top three bartenders will go on to the final, so Monday’s competition will truly determine the best Bloody Marys in Brooklyn, Seabury said.

“We want to see who reps the borough the best,” she said.

“Bloody Mary Mix-Off” at Beast of Bourbon [708 Myrtle Ave. between Spencer and Walworth streets in Bedford-Stuyvesant. (347) 789–9901.]. Feb. 24 at 7:30 pm, Free entry.

Spice School

Are your ears burning?

Heat-seekers can get schooled on all things picante when foodie educators Masters of Social Gastronomy host a talk at Littlefield on the history of heat.

At “Burnin’ Down The Mouth” Brooklyn Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma and “historic gastronomist” Sarah Lohman will take spice fanatics back into culinary history to explain how spicy flavors melted eaters’ hearts in the 1600s.

The discussion will also explore the explosive popularity of Sriracha — the Eastern-inspired chili sauce that is really “as American as apple pie,” as Soma puts it.

Sriracha production has cooled since a a high-profile heated legal battle began between the owner and the California town it is manufactured in, and Lohman will give a brief rundown on the issue, too.

But despite the ongoing litigation, she said Sriracha isn’t going anywhere.

“It’s not a fad,” she said. “Like black pepper, I think it’s going to be a part of the American pantry for a long time.”

“Burnin’ Down The Mouth: Sriracha, Ghost Peppers, and History of Heat” at Littlefield [622 Degraw St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, (718) 855–3388,]. Feb, 25 at 8 pm. Free, RSVP at

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Masters of Social Gastronomy? Brooklyn Brainery? I'll give you one guess where Sarah Lohman is from. Care to guess? Sarah Lohman is from........Ohio! Well aw shucks and no S3IT! Care to deny it Sarah? Thanks for moving here to educate us ignorant New Yorkers
Feb. 20, 2014, 4:51 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Oh goodness me it gets worse! Masters of Social Gastronomy? Brooklyn Brainery? Want to guess what Jonathan Soma's Twitter name is? Go on ...guess.....Wait for it...Jonathan Soma's Twitter handle is "dangerscarf". Shockingly, Jonathan wears a scarf! Probably in July. Hipster much?
Feb. 20, 2014, 4:56 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Well, someone has to educate you New Yorkers who were here in 1975. You weren't doing a very good job with the city.
Feb. 20, 2014, 7:16 am
diehipster from Suplexing Soyboys says:
An alcohol fueled contest on a Monday and Tuesday night! Why not? Nothing to do the next morning anyway for these "vibrant creative and inventors of things we never knew about". And of course it's all happening in Mick Jagger's favorite old-time hang out - The Beast of Bourbon.
Feb. 20, 2014, 8:34 am
ty from pps says:
Yes. I agree, I would much prefer gang wars and widespread violence and decay.... Who would possibly want to live in a city where folks have the opportunity to fun food events or other such frivolity? We should be suffering! And like it!

And, yes, the Beast of Bourbon is such a horrible place, diehipster. Who would possibly want to go to a huge comfortable space with big tables, bourbon, beer and bbq? Sounds just horrible. Myrtle Ave should be dangerous and "real."

The only education you idiot need is directions to Camden, NJ. I'm sure you'd love it there.
Feb. 20, 2014, 9:41 am
Greg from DUMBO says:
And event w/ alcohol on a Monday and Tuesday night?!?! In NYC! Whaaa......

Not on diehipsters watch!!
Feb. 20, 2014, 10:11 am
ty from pps says:
I'm going out drinking tonight... How will I ever get to work in the morning!!??
Feb. 20, 2014, 10:23 am
Greg from DUMBO says:
Maybe diehipster should move to Salt Lake City. It seems more his speed.
Feb. 20, 2014, 10:25 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Diehipster's pearl-clutching act was the first amusing thing he's written. Someone ought to let him know that people have been drinking on weeknights in New York City for generations. That's not just a habit people bring with them from Iowa. In fact, I bet people drink on weeknights more here than most places.
Feb. 20, 2014, 10:50 am
ty from pps says:
I wonder if diehipster is also shocked that businesses are open after 5:00pm and shops are open on Sunday?
Feb. 20, 2014, 11:24 am
diehipster from Suplexing Soyboys says:
I wonder why the BP erased my comment where I said I don't about people moving here as long as they are not hipsters or smug yups.

And as for drinking on work nights - duh of course we all do it. But It's just been another exaggerated characteristic of the useless transient liberal art school reject crowd who use Brooklyn as an extension of their Wisconsin campus. That's what I meant you smug yups.
Feb. 20, 2014, 11:28 am
NYPD from NY says:
WOW! swampy and diehipster are such whiney complainers. AND Dude was up at 4:51 am to complain?!?!
She is from Ohio? OH NOES!!!! The humanity!
And just how many articles were written about swampyankee? Talk about pathetic.
Feb. 20, 2014, 11:33 am
ty from pps says:
Oh no... diehipster just went all soft in the knees. No doubling down? No adding self-insult to self-injury?

It is kind of sad that diehipster and swampy were never in their 20s. Skipped directly from suffering child laborer to 60-year old whiner.
Feb. 20, 2014, 11:56 am
Greg from DUMBO says:
"And as for drinking on work nights - duh of course we all do it. But It's just been another exaggerated characteristic of the useless transient liberal art school reject crowd who use Brooklyn as an extension of their Wisconsin campus."

This thought is nonsense. If "we all do it" how could it be a trait of any particular group? It's absurd.

This diehipster guy has no point. I don't think that he even believes anything he writes. He's just a very dedicated internet troll. I know personally, this will be the last bit of attention I give him.
Feb. 20, 2014, 12:03 pm
NYPD from NY says:
Greg from DUMBO,

Good strategy, I will do the same. Really sad that people have to act this way on the internet. Must be a sad sad existence to live that way.
Feb. 20, 2014, 12:16 pm
diehipster from Suplexing Soyboys says:
Hahaahaha love how any little peep out of me sends 15 yups into a nasally tornado of defensive rage! Works everytime!


See you yups on the next gentrification cheerleading BP article.
Feb. 20, 2014, 12:28 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
If you never tire of embarrassing yourself, I suppose we will see you on another article's comments.
Feb. 20, 2014, 1:01 pm
NYPD from NY says:
^^^Look at this TOOL^^^
Feb. 20, 2014, 1:02 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Pardon me, but: "lol", "lol" "diehipster, lol"
Feb. 20, 2014, 1:12 pm
bkmanhatposeur from nubrucklyn says:
all kinds of trolling! Yes! day drinking!!!
Feb. 20, 2014, 3:15 pm
mikenypdtychoochned says:
No work today. Time iz tuff.
Feb. 20, 2014, 3:48 pm
look from moms basement says:
Feb. 20, 2014, 4:14 pm
U toob says:
Feb. 21, 2014, 9:21 pm
Culinary Pyro from Seattle, WA says:
Come on now! An article about spicy food turns into who is the coolest at putting people down? Let's celebrate all things spicy!!! BTW, feel free to make fun of me since I am not from NY. I will happily enjoy your culinary treats. Spicy Bloody Contest? sounds AWESOME!!!
Feb. 25, 2014, 12:39 am
Jamie says:
This article is awesome! I've been craving for bloody mary mixes. I just discovered LAVA Bloody Mary mix and it's sooo good. Perfect spiciness too imho and love that they use non-gmo tomatoes. You should try it
April 8, 2015, 1:28 pm

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