Matt Timms

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    November 17, 2014

    A 'Classic Texas-Style with a Little Brooklyn Hipster' Makes for a Winning Chili Recipe

    Sunday marked the annual return of the Brooklyn Chili Takedown, which happened this year at the Bell House in Gowanus. Matt Timms, originator of the Takedowns series of food cook-offs that now includes bacon, cookies, mac & cheese, ice cream, and more, has seen his idea spread to other U.S. cities, ... More >>

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    November 12, 2014


    Arm your tongue and prepare for battle.

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    October 15, 2014


    Brooklyn is bringing home the good stuff.

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    July 23, 2014


    Follow the butter brickle road

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    December 4, 2013


    Anything goes at the Cookie Takedown

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    October 16, 2013


    The Bacon Takedown is back

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    March 13, 2013


    Artists face off for charity

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    December 12, 2012


    Do you take yours with milk?

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    November 14, 2012


    Choose the best chili in town

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    October 10, 2012


    Vegans and vegetarians, look away!

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    July 4, 2012


    A better option than chasing the truck

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    December 14, 2011


    Bakers face off in the Cookie Takedown

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    September 9, 2011

    The NYC Food Film Festival Will Return on Oct. 13

    ​Although we're still getting our heads around the fact it's September, the organizers of the NYC Food Film Festival have announced that they'll be returning for the fifth year in a row on October 13.

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    July 11, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Bastille Day, Good Beer

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Bastille Day Bouchon Bakery Thursday, July 14 at 6:30 p.m. Thomas Keller invites you to celebrate Bastille Day with his take on French-boulangerie fare and music by ... More >>

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    January 18, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Free Wine; World's Biggest Jerk-Off

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Beer Tasting Dinner Loreley Williamsburg Wednesday, January 19, 7 p.m. Join German beer expert Rudi Eilers for a three-course, nine-beer tasting menu of German brew ... More >>

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    November 16, 2010

    With the Holiday Food Experiment, the Brooklyn Food Experiments Return Dec. 5 - And Will Go National Next Year

    Festive, but can it be divided into 300 tasting portions?​Aside from an appearance at the Farm City Fair in September, the Brooklyn Food Experiments have been simmering at a low burn for awhile. But on Sunday, Dec. 5, they'll come to a boil once more with the Holiday Food Experiment, which wil ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Food & Wine Rolls Out Its 40 Big Thinkers 40 & Under List

    ​In its November issue, Food & Wine is providing yet more reading material for the numerically fixated with its 40 Thinkers 40 & Under list.

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    June 1, 2010

    Leonard Lopate Will Host a Cooking Smackdown

    Leonard Lopate invites you to bask in the heat of culinary competition.​Matt Timms and the Food Experiment guys aren't the only ones with makeshift cooking competitions on the brain: on June 15, WNYC's Leonard Lopate will host the Great Lopate Hot Plate Cook-Off, in which Jacques Pepin and Mic ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    The Next Brooklyn Takedown Will Be Grits

    theeathenpath.comKiss these grits.​Matt Timms has announced the next installment in his series of amateur cooking Takedowns -- and its Grits. The event will take place June 27 at the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO as part of the NYC Food Film Festival. A little pricier than former Takedowns, ticke ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Roberta's to Slap Around Some Meatballs This Friday

    ​Back in November, Roberta's announced it would be starting its own rooftop farm, to be named Brooklyn Grange. And to do that, the restaurant needs to raise some cash. So on Friday, it's throwing a Meatball Slapdown.

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    December 21, 2009

    Monster Magnet, Bourbon Eggnog, and Potty-Mouthed Kids at the Bell House's Cookie Takedown

    Syd LondonThe spread at the Cookie Takedown​ The Cookie Takedown, brainchild of Matt Timms (he of the Bacon, Chili, Fondue and Cheese Takedowns), took place under the dangling chandeliers of Brooklyn's Bell House last night to the strains of stoner metal. "I bet people would prefer a DJ, but I ... More >>

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    December 18, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, and time for a look back at the best posts of the past five days: The Good Fork's Sohui Kim talked about steak and eggs, the contents of her refrigerator, and the labor pains involved with opening a restaurant. We ranked Our 10 Best Fried Chickens. Port Clyde Fresh Catch is ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    The Chili and Cookie Takedown's Matt Timms on His Risk-Taking Amateur Cooks, Fine Dining Disappointments, and His Dream of Hosting a Hare Krishna Cook-Off

    Jenny MillerMatt Timms will take you down.​ Matt Timms threw his first Chili Takedown, a no-rules cook-off for amateurs, five years ago on "a lark." These days that takedown is a biannual event, while tofu, lamb, cookies, fondue, and more have since gone head-to-head, and a host of other cook ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009


    Get the Tums. It's going to be a long night.

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    October 29, 2009

    After Takedowns Lamb, Tofu & Bacon, Chili Returns

    serenejournal/flickr​ Following the success of his first Chili Takedown five years ago, Matt Timms dabbled in lamb, toyed with tofu, and is even taking his Takedown show on the road for mac 'n' cheese in Massachusetts. But, come November 22, he's going back to his roots for The Brooklyn Chili ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    On Sunday, Have a Little Lamb

    Felix Renicks/flickr​The competitive cooking craze continues this Sunday with the Lamb Takedown, the latest incarnation of Matt Timms's four-year-old amateur cook-off extravaganza. Twenty competitors will face off at the Highline Ballroom for a $100 grand prize and unquantifiable glory. The $1 ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    New York Goes Cook-off Crazy; Recession Dining Has a Silver Lining

    Big food companies are hijacking the locavore label: Frito-Lay will run five different ads in Florida that highlight small, local farmers who grow some of the two billion pounds of potatoes that go into its bags of chips. [NY Times] Several studies are researching the benefits of manuka honey. Nati ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Tofu Takedown--Soy Many Desserts

    We attended the Tofu Takedown this past Sunday, held at Highline Ballroom and hosted by Matt Timms of Chili (as well as Bacon, Fondue and Cookie) Takedown fame. This one was for the herbivores, of which we decidedly are not, but we went with an open mind and empty belly in the hopes of being dazzled ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Afloat in a Sea of Green--Guactacular Invitational 2009 Guacamole Contest

                        I knew enough from my previous attendance at the Bacon Takedown  and Chowder Slam that I'd better get to this event early: Guactacular Invitational 2009 was to be a competition among nine avocado-wi ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009


    Padma Lakshmi doesn't know shit about chili

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    November 12, 2008


    Fondue party plans to get steaming hot