Archive for September, 2011

vegan shop-up, sunday, october 23

September 30, 2011

Come on out to the Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick for a wonderful assortment of local, vegan goodies & crafts on Sunday, October 23! I’ll be there selling herbal extracts, teas, dental care goods & more.

Details below (and follow this link to see who else will be there – yippee!!!)

Vegan Shop-up
at Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
(Off the Morgan L)

Sunday, October 23
noon to 5pm

edible body scrubs – free demo, thursday, october 6

September 30, 2011

You try to eat well, get enough rest, and move your body. But what about the stuff you put on your body?

At this free demo at Sun In Bloom next Thursday, I’ll show you the simple art of mixing your own delicious, edible face & body scrubs. I’ll be using some of these yummy ingredients: seeds, grains, herbs, sugar & salt.

Scrumptious Body Scrubs
Free Demo
Thursday, October 6
6:30 to 8:00pm

Sun In Bloom Kitchen
460 Bergen St, Brooklyn
(btwn Flatbush & 5th Ave, steps from the 2/3 stop at Bergen St)

No need to RSVP, and did I mention it’s free?


halloween costume swap!

September 30, 2011

Do you have a pile of old Halloween costumes in the corner of your closet? Or maybe you’ve been wearing the same Halloween costume every year since 1999. Perhaps it’s time to trade in that Sponge Bob Square Pants get-up for something “new.” On Saturday, October 8, I’m co-hosting a Halloween Costume Swap at LaunchPad. Bring a costume or two (kids’s costumes, too!) and find someone (or something) new to be this Hallow’s Eve.

Full details in the flyer below…

Halloween Costume Swap
at LaunchPad
721 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 8
4pm – 7pm

If you’re on facebook, you can RSVP here:

abundant october

September 26, 2011

Happy Fall! Sure, the weather will be cooling down now that we’re on the other side of the Autumnal Equinox, but things will be heating up for Raganella next month. Here’s a rundown of what’s up in October (plus, a taste of November).

Sunday, October 2
Sneak Peek at Freshkills Park
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions (salves, creams, scrubs & more!)

Thursday, October 6
Scrumptious Body Scrubs
Giving a free demo at Sun In Bloom
460 Bergen St, BK

Saturday, October 8
Halloween Costume Swap at LaunchPad
721 Franklin Ave, BK
Co-hosting with Liz Loizou-Smith of Macaroni Kid & Barefoot Books

Saturday, October 15
Crafts in Chelsea with Brooklyn Craft Central
W 21st St btwn 8th & 9th Ave, Manhattan
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions

Friday, October 21
Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons Harvest Festival fundraiser
388 Atlantic Ave, BK
Giving demos using local & seasonal ingredients to make lotion & scrubs

Sunday, October 23
Vegan Shop-up at Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St, BK
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions (herbal extracts, teas & smoke blend)

Wednesday, November 2
Make Your Own Body Care Products at Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Rd, BK
(full details to come)

Saturday, November 19
Park Slope Craft Fair at the John Jay Building
237 7th Ave, BK
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions

Sometime in November…
Workshop TBA at Brooklyn Collective
212 Columbia St, BK


sneak peek at freshkills

September 13, 2011

It may be one of the largest examples of turning trash into treasure. Where there once was (and I guess technically, still is) a landfill is now a sprawling meadow – a nature preserve and soon-to-be recreation area with views of the city skyline. At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park on Staten Island will be 3 times the size of Central Park. It’s not officially open to the public yet, but once a year the parks department opens the gates for a Sneak Peek. It’s a rare opportunity that should not be missed!

This year, there’s a market component to the event. I’ll be there selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions: plant-based body care, cleaning solutions, and herbal goodies. The event is free (as is much of the transportation, see below). There will be kayaking, hiking, walking tours, workshops, food trucks, and so much more. Oh, yes, and if you have any electronics that need disposing, there’ll be an e-waste drop-off in the parking lot. The details…

Sneak Peek at Freshkills Park

Sunday, October 2, 2011
11am to 4pm


How to get there (more info at

FREE WATER TAXI SERVICE and FREE SHUTTLE BUSES will operate regularly between the St. George Ferry Terminal and the event site.

BY PUBLIC TRANSIT Take S62 Bus to Victory Blvd and Glen St. Walk down Beresford Ave to Wild Ave.

BY BIKE Enter at the corner of Wild Ave and West Shore Expressway East Service Rd.

BY CAR Parking is available at Wild and Beresford Aves, near the Victory Blvd Exit of the West Shore Expressway and south of the Showplace Entertainment Center.


Pssst… Here’s a video I posted a couple of years ago when the park just began being developed.

update! biscuits, beer & crafts

September 9, 2011

{Mmmm, buttery biscuits. via food. people. want.}

UPDATE: This event now starts an hour later – 2 pm – making it more of a lunch than a brunch. It’ll still be great!

Jimmy’s No. 43 is at it again! Pairing delicious food & tasty suds with local handmade artisan goods. It’s the Back-to-school Biscuit & Beer Brunch and it’s happening next Saturday, September 17th. I’ll be there selling body care goods, cleaning solutions & herbal remedies at The Homemade Market. Come on out for a bite & peruse the little handmade market while you’re there. Details…

The Homemade Fare: Market & Brunch

Jimmy’s No. 43 Restaurant

43 E 7th St, Ny, Ny 10003

Back to School Biscuit & Beer Brunch

September 17th, 2011

1pm-5pm 2pm-5pm

Jimmys No. 43 is launching a brunch menu on Sept 17th, 2011 and we are coupling the local-fare focused brunch menu with a Homemade Market that promotes locally made products and small-scale business men and women by providing a vibrant market place to sell their locally made food items, handicrafts, cosmetics, body care, home care, and art!

Our Next Homemade Fare is a “Back to School Biscuit & Beer Brunch!” Participants:

SchoolHouse Kitchen – spreadable fruits & chutneys

Sour Puss Pickles

NYC Hot Sauce Co.

Raganella – all natural, plant-based body care & cleaning solutions

Emily Hanhan’s Bacon Jam

Among our featured events for The Homemade Fare: Market & Brunch, we have coordinated a Grilled Cheese and Pickle Party and an Ice Cream and Beer Social. We plan to coordinate a Cider and Apple Celebration, Pumpkin and Squash Costume Party, Thanksgiving Brunch + Market, and a Holiday Hoedown.

Grilled Cheese and Pickle Party:

Ice Cream and Beer Social:

Read the buzz from previous Jimmy’s events: