Durazzo and Friends at Mister Sunday
Back in 2011 I had the opportunity while working as a line cook at Mile End Delicatessen to work the line at Mister Sunday with my brother. At the time we were both looking for something to engage us. We had a taste of what Mister Sunday offered, a laid back setting with a diverse crowd on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. People get to enjoy music and food in an area of Brooklyn that has rapidly become a food destination for all New Yorkers.
Early this summer, the opportunity came upon us to start our own food stand at Mister Sunday. In conjuction with some of our closest friends, we were able to pull this off rather quickly. It's amazing how fast you can pull something off when you have the ambition and support of friends and family to spur the process along. Let's not forget without Uhaul, and a few too many 5 hour energy drinks, we laid out a plan to get started immediately. From the very first week, we all kept learning and feeding off of eachother, coming up with ways to make our stand better, more interactive with the crowd, and most importantly trying to have fun.
Looking back on this summer, I have to say it was once of the most exciting summers of my life, to be affiliated with the Mister Sunday event, working in such a unique yet somewhat remote area of Brooklyn.
It was exciting to the point where you want to tell everyone about it, "hey, you should check out Mister Sunday." People respond, "what's it called again?" For those who come for the first time, they're always amazed at how lively and active it is, starting with the crowd, music, food, and atmosphere.
Our goal was to allow people to come join us , interact with us while we're serving or cooking food. We wanted to make everyone feel as if they are a part of our crew. We had various friends from week to week who would help either on the line stations, or behind the grill. Seeing everyone in action participating was a great feeling. Despite the fact that we all have different backgrounds and day jobs, we can still come together each week to feed the people, have fun, and most importantly enjoy Brooklyn and all it's glory.
Our business card and referral center
This box used to be our complimentary cigar box, now it's a box where we display our cards, as well as some of our other affiliates we know and work with. It's pretty cool, and looks awesome on display. My brother-in-law actually took this photo, so thank you Frank.
Durazzo and Friends in action
This was during the first week or so. It got crazy, people were hungry, and lines started to form. We all had to adjust and find a rhythm that would help us get food out without making people wait long. We had help from the bountiful supply of sangrias and Modelo's which kept us all feeling smooth.
Everyone loves our flag, we have to thank our friend Johan and my brother Justin for finding this on one of their weekend adventures throughout Brooklyn. We learned that large flags are hard to find when you need them. Every week Justin and akoma, who happens to be our chief finance manager, make sure everything is in alignment with our flag. Everything must be centered once setup is complete. They're perfectionists.
Each week our friend Thibault would arrive, help us setup, then he would carefully disappear for twenty minutes or so to write up the menu board. Occasionally he would yell out, "Are we serving pickles with the hot dog?"
That's our front counter
Justin, Johan, my father Neil, and our friend Frank each had a hand in constructing this piece. It sits atop a salvaged antique laundry crate which we all stumbled upon while walking around Brooklyn one hot Sunday afternoon. Justin and Johan thought it would be cool to reinforce the crate, and make it a centerpiece along with our flag. It's a great piece, we display lemonade, fresh herbs, fruit, and our tip jar.
A tribute to the dads out there
Our friend Thibault thought it would be cool and unique to bring a few Darth Vader masks on Father's Day weekend. He's always a step ahead of us in the creative department.
The veggie sandwich
When we realized we needed to amp up our game to feed vegetarians and vegans, I put some thought into making this sandwich packed with flavors and texture. I wanted the non meat eaters to feel satisfied while indulging in a sandwich that offers almost seven different vegetables. I'm proud of this sandwich, it reminds me of the different types of antipasti I grew up eating. It took about two or three Sundays to perfect the combinations, but now our line does a great job making these every Sunday.