By COLlive reporter
Photos: Shimi Kutner/COLlive
After the Tishrei guests, come the foodies.
The streets of the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn were once again swarming with people on Sunday, merely a week after the last visitors that were in town for the new year left for home.
The hundreds of people seen were attending the first ever “Crown Heights Food Crawl,” organized by JMenu, benefiting Toys For Hospitalized Children and sponsored by COLlive.com. It was a sold-out success.
The hungry bunch joined for a fun day out with family and friends, enjoying the great weather and the company of others while sampling great food from neighborhood establishments.
Showcasing were restaurants and eateries, including Albany Bakery, Baguette Express, Boeuf & Bun, Calabria, Chocolatte, Dean Street Café, Eber’s Wine & Liquor, Empire Grill, Ess & Bentch, Gombo’s Bakery, Hal’s New York Seltzer, House of Glatt, JJ’s Holy Cow, Koshertown, Mama Kitchen, Mendy’s @ the JCM, Mermelstein’s & Kohen Bros. Catering, Natural Treats Juice bar, Noribar Sushi Lounge, Prime Avenue, Raskins Fish, Sushi Spot, Sweet Expressions, Table One Catering, Turk Catering, and Wine By The Case.
Among those enjoying the kosher delicacies were New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton, Assemblywoman Diana Richardson and Matthew Pitt, Director of Constituent Affairs for Council Member Laurie Cumbo. They joined the food crawl on foot and tasted the spread at each location.
JJ Hecht, Director of Toys for Hospitalized Children and co-organizer of the event, was thrilled with the response from participants.
“The people were super excited, and everyone had a great time,” he said. “We are extremely thankful to JMenu for organizing and COLlive for sponsoring the event.”
The best “taste of Crown Heights” was chosen by both a panel of judges and the “people’s choice.”
The panel of expert judges included Elan Kornblum, Publisher of ‘Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine’, Dani Klein of “Yeah That’s Kosher” blog, Shlomo and Shifra Klein, Publishers of the Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine, Chanie Apfelbaum of Busy In Brooklyn blog, Naomi Nachman of The Aussie Gourmet blog, and Miriam Pascal of the Overtime Cook blog.
The judges chose Boeuf & Bun, represented by co-owner and chef Tzemach Woolstone, as their top taste of Crown Heights. Participants chose Mendy’s Restaurant, represented by Nati Abicassis, in the restaurant category, and Koshertown Takeout, represented by Shimi and Shoshi Benabou, in the eatery category.
“We are so excited for next year,” said Shmuly Wolf, CEO of JMenu and co-organizer of the event. “Today was just the beginning of something huge in years to come.”
Video: Crown Heights Food Crawl on InstaStory @COLliveOfficial