Meet Krrb member George Xanthopoulos. Known around these parts as George X, this ultimate ‘man-in-the-know’ makes a business out of throwing parties (you know, concerts and other festive events) so that folks like us can have a good time and maybe even experience something new in the process. He’s also a damned good cook. Read on to learn how this Williamsburg gourmand gets his grove on.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’ve been a George for thirty odd years. I consume culture, witticisms and every little bite served on my plate at quite a lick. I’d like to say that I love to cook, but closer to the truth is that I love to collect and execute recipes.
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
I hail from Northern California but have called New York home – north Brooklyn, mostly – for over a decade now. Some days I still miss the weather, but seasons are great and who needs cars?
What is the most awesome thing in or about your neighborhood?
Oh, Williamsburg is just such an amazing neighborhood. For starters, it’s not Park Slope. Seriously, it’s way more convenient. Come summertime, it’s nice to grab a margarita to-go from Turkey’s Nest and people watch in McCarren Park. Or catch a show at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Or check out the Greenmarket at Smorgasburg on Saturdays.
List the top 5 places you go locally to discover hidden treasures.
Well, the Brooklyn Flea at the Edge development is part of my Sunday routine. I just picked up a gorgeous new cutting board there from Brooklyn Butcher Blocks. I also stop in regularly at Whisk on Bedford for kitchen knick knacks. And if Saturday brunching doesn’t run too late, I like to round out my weekly groceries from the McCarren Park Greenmarket.
What blog or website do you visit regularly?
I ♥ tastespotting.com lots.
As a kid, were your toys and clothes hand-me-downs? Stories please!
Yep, but it didn’t matter really, as house rules were that my brother and I had to keep all of our toys in this room called the Sharing Room. We had a similar system for the music – first records and then compact-discs – and my pops would pay me a quarter to deejay from the living room while they were eating breakfast.
Today, how often do you go to garage sales, flea markets, etc.? What is your modus operandi? Any personal tips you’d like to share?
I see signs periodically for yard sales in the neighborhood, but to be honest I don’t make it out to those that often. I love to wander, iced-coffee in hand, along Bedford Ave, checking out the street vendors’ wares, mostly books and plants these days. And as mentioned I’m a big fan of the Flea. Whether it’s online or in the real world, I like the convenience of a market, with oodles of sellers in one place, versus schlepping to a lot of different sites or boutiques.
Have you ever taken home an object you found in the street or dumpster?
Oh, gosh, no. What, with bed bugs, my roommate would murder me.
What is your most cherished thrifted, secondhand, vintage, or upcycled object you possess? What’s the story behind it?
Recently, it’s been two jokes – one about grandparents and one about a speeding ticket – that a friend’s father generously shared with me. My poor friends have probably heard them 10 or 20 times by now.
Do you create/make things? What are you working on these days?
While waiting on the packaging mock-ups for my air guitar boutique, I’ve been busying myself redecorating the apartment, with generous help provided by entries in the Small/Cool 2011 contest on Apartment Therapy. I’m also gearing up to use Krrb again to trade surplus produce from the Southside CSA, when the new season starts.
Personally speaking, is scavenging, thrifting or buying secondhand a political statement, fashion statement or simply a reality of life?
It’s part of my reality, and more and more, I hope it’s part of the reality of my new acquaintances.
By the way, what’s your day job?
I produce concerts and events for a music marketing agency.
Voila! For more, check out George’s corner at krrb.com/brooklyngeorge. And send him a message asking him to tell us those jokes!