Laura and Brian live in a one bedroom, railroad apartment, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The best thing about the three-story building they live in is the fabulous communal backyard which all of the tenants share. Originally from Georgia, Laura has been lucky enough to find many of her friends from her home state also living in Brooklyn, so every year her and Brian throw a huge southern style shrimp boil in their yard.
Guests are encouraged to make or bring a dish and Laura cooks up a smorgasbord of amazing food, to accompany the star attraction: the shrimp boil. It was a beautiful afternoon of friends and family, laughing, eating, drinking and cooking, all with the anticipation of the moment when the boil is done and the interior basket gets hoisted out of the boiling water and dumped into a garden wheel barrel filled with newspapers. Then all at once the hungry guests attack. Click here for recipes from the afternoon’s full spread.
01. Valery Rizzo