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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Panelist Added for Upcoming Speak Easy! Get Your Advance Ticket Now

Tue, Apr 5 at 8pm - Panel Conversation: 
Local Collaboration: Brooklyn's Secret Ingredient for a Successful Food Business
Advance tickets on sale:

Clockwise from top L:
Oliver and Evan Haslegrave (hOmE); Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin (Ovenly);
Paul Giannone (Paulie Gee's); Sean Dimin (Sea2Table); Christopher Nicolson (Iliamna Fish Co.)

Who: Speak Easy Series Presents 

Local Collaboration: Brooklyn's Secret Ingredient for a Successful Food Business
a panel conversation moderated by Cara Cannella

When: Tuesday, April 5, 8 to 9:30pm

What: In celebration of Brooklyn’s innovative culinary collaborations, Cara Cannella will interview a group of entrepreneurs about their serendipitous and successful partnerships.

Part 1:

Iliamna Fish Co.: Christopher Nicolson ( - JUST ADDED!
(Chef Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo will be traveling and won't be joining us as originally planned.) 

Christopher, an Alaskan fisherman living in Brooklyn, and Sean, a fishmonger from Brooklyn, work together to get beautiful wild fish directly from where they are caught to chefs around the country.

Part 2:

Ovenly: Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin (
hOmE: Oliver & Evan Haslegrave (
Paulie Gee's: Paul Giannone (

Oliver & Evan designed and built Paulie Gee's, a wood-fired pizzeria (recently named among Food & Wine's best places for pizza nationwide) where Agatha & Erin bake and provide desserts including cheesecake made with Paulie's homemade limoncello. 

Where: Veronica Peoples Club (
105 Franklin St (between Greenpoint Ave & Milton St), Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Tickets: On Sale Now: 
(a portion of proceeds benefits Slow Food Japan)
$8 includes tastings from Paulie Gee’s & Ovenly

Press Inquiries:; 646.623.8793

Panelist Bios

Ovenly: Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin met in a food-focused book club and, after tasting each other’s potluck dishes, immediately began spending time together experimenting in the kitchen. Soon after, they developed a small but thriving business baking for birthdays, weddings, and other events. Agatha and Erin received such enthusiastic responses that they decided to start Ovenly in order to offer their goods to a wider audience. Ovenly represents their passion for cooking, shared interest in their Eastern European food traditions, years in the restaurant industry, and love of everything made with butter.

hOmE: Evan and Oliver Haslegrave are hOmE, a Brooklyn-based design partnership.  They have two sisters, Hadley and Morgan, and hOmE is an acronym of the four siblings' names. Their clients include: Paulie Gee's, Goat Town, Kings county Distillery, duckduck, Motorino, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Manhattan Inn, Against Nature, and Elsa. Currently hOmE is designing the restaurant Little One in Tribeca.

Paulie Gee’s: Brooklyn native Paul Giannone is owner of Paulie Gee’s, a wood-fired pizza restaurant in Greenpoint. A self-taught pizzaiolo who masqueraded as a computer geek for thirty years, Giannone has gone from hosting pizza tastings for friends and family from his backyard oven to owning one of Brooklyn’s most celebrated and community oriented restaurants. The restaurant, built by Greenpoint based design partnership hOmE, serves all New York beers and sources local produce and honey; local bakers Ovenly provide desserts. In February 2011, he was named among his heroes as one of Food & Wine’s top 25 pizza places in the U.S.

Sea to Table: Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sean Dimin is co-founder of Sea to Table. Enabling small-scale sustainable wild fisheries to ship directly from the point of landing to the point of consumption allows chefs across America to enjoy impossibly fresh seafood. Since graduating from Brown University in 2006, Sean has worked to expand this model to fisheries throughout Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and from the Carolinas up to New England. By directly connecting fishermen with the market, Sea to Table not only creates value for the chef, but value to fishermen, fisheries, and fishing cultures.

Iliamna Fish Co.: Christopher Nicolson is a fifth-generation wild Alaskan sockeye salmon fisherman. He fishes with his family in Bristol Bay, Alaska during the summers and lives with his wife and two children in Greenpoint, Brooklyn during the rest of the year. Christopher and his family host a wild sockeye "CSA" in Greenpoint. He also provides Dan Barber at Blue Hill and David Shea of Applewood with wild Alaskan sockeye. During the winters in New York, Christopher makes wine at the Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn (the wines of which are focused upon the viticulture of the North Fork of Long Island).

Speak Easy Series: Cara Cannella is founder of SPEAK EASY: Conversations with Artists & Entrepreneurs. Cara is an endlessly curious  interviewer who brings her journalistic talents to the stage for this unique moderated live series. She has written for The Boston Globe, Inc., AOL Small Business, The L Magazine, and Edible Communities and has worked with Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and LIVE from the NYPL (New York Public Library). She works in the digital media department at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).