Off the L at Morgan Avenue, right on Bogart–a stark industrial landscape. At the corner there’s a wine shop–Big Tree Bottles; turn right on Moore, and there, stands Roberta’s a sweet spot with thin crust brick oven pizza (pesto, mushroom, artichoke–yum!), housed in what was once a garage. Rustic and warm, yet harmonious with the barbed-wire topped cylinder-block walls outside, Roberta’s was packed for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. Outside the bar (order Sixpoint’s “Sehr Crisp” Pilsner) there’s a patio, overlooking two repurposed 20 foot shipping containers–a studio–home to Radio Heritage Network.
Founded in 2008, Heritage Radio Network is an internet-based radio station that offers 20 shows streamed live, and archived, every week. With shows such as “Urban Foragers”, “Beer Sessions Radio”, “Cutting the Curd”, and “We Dig Plants”, HRN is dedicated to celebrating “the growing movement to change how Americans eat, and by extension think, about the planet.” And if you haven’t the time to search through all shows for what might tickle your pants, the website is also a search engine–each episode tagged with multiple phrases, to ease your viewing frenzy.
How did I land here, in the midst of recycled industry and organic farming (live behind the studio)? Erin Fitzpatrick (pictured above) hosts the network’s weekly wine program, “At the Root of It,” where she interviews a range of wine aficionados, including those from the Fat Radish (ate there last night…yum!) and Brooklyn Oenology. At the Wine Media Guild’s Malbec/Cahors luncheon, Erin worked with Jean-Louis Carbonnier, representing the French side of the table, and this is where we met. But she’s also created wine lists, and consulted a number of restaurants and wine bars from start to finish. You can check her blog, Bohedonist, here.
Thanks to Erin and the folks at Roberta’s and Radio Heritage Network for an awesome BK afternoon. You can catch the episode (#67) here.