Some say the distinctly artisanal culture rooted in Brooklyn is a new phenomenon, but we say it’s old. From pickles and home-brews to oysters and craft cocktails, all served in the ubiquitous mason jar, the borough has somehow forged a culture of nostalgia — centuries-old nostalgia — and nowhere is it as inventive as in its culinary reaches. Tonight, in “Brooklyn as a Brand,” some of the people responsible for shaping the neighborhood-turned-product where quite a few of us live explain how this shift from creativity to consumerism happened. Food critic Gabriella Gershenson mediates Eric Denby, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg; Allison Kave, founder of First Prize Pies; Rachel Wharton, editor in chief of Edible Brooklyn; and Marty Markowitz, the former borough president who oversaw its transformation, in this talk that’s sure to enlighten.

Tue., Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m., 2015