Continuing in our quest to showcase all of the artistic talent that is brimming in Crown Heights, we introduce Brandon Maya Johnson … Okay, so Ms. Johnson is not an artist in the sense of paintbrush or camera. Her artistry is achieved in the kitchen and behind the scenes at a dinner party:
Brandon, a businesswoman and designer in DC, found herself having too many dinner parties and so decided to change careers to culinary. Brandon went from managing an Internet company in Maryland and writing short films in DC to The French Culinary Institute’s classic culinary program in NY, where she started her cooking and blogging journey. Her food travels have lead her to write and cook for famous brands including Saveur Magazine, Share Our Strength, The French Culinary Institute, Union Square Hospitality Group, Cooking Channel and Food Network. With her hands dipped in various culinary projects, one of her greatest passions is making creative appetizers like easy mussels and white wine for friends.
I met Brandon randomly at one of the shops on Nostrand and we hit it off right away – she has that consummate “great host” air about her. Not to mention that she is also a blogger, so we had a lot to chat about on that front.
Brandon also caters for Danny Meyers (you know, the owner of Shake Shack and other notable NYC restaurants). If you are like me and love entertaining (or to be exact since my place is not yet in order to invite guests over … if you like the idea of entertaining and hope to one day be able to do so) definitely check out Brandon’s blog Dresses and Appetizers, named so for her two loves. And who knows, maybe we’ll convince her to cater our next NP event.
If you know of any other notable Crown Heights artists, hit us up with an email!
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