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We can’t say we love the snow, but we can say we’re making the most of the stay-indoors winter weather — with crafts! And wine! And good conversation with fun ladies! Join us for all of the above, in a comfy, cozy setting, this Saturday. Here are the details:

She*s CraftyAt 61 Local — 61 Bergen Street, bet Smith and Court Sts
2 to 6pm
$35, includes a welcome glass of vino and all fab craft materials
To make: sweetheart cards for Valentine’s Day, sassy zipper cuffs, t-shirt scarves, glittery gumball necklaces + more!
Tix: Please purchase in advance

Cheers! We’ll see you there!



We’ve got some upcoming winter events to announce — and we’re super-excited!

The first is via Curious Jane, an all-day crafting event for girls on MLK Day.

The other is back by popular demand via GG — a DIY event for ladies. With wine!

Here are the details! Mark your calendar!

Make It / Take It — Monday, January 20th
* at The Old Stone House in Park Slope
* 9am to 4pm
* for girls ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 11
* $75 for the day ($65 each for siblings)
* full info + tix (please book in advance!)

She’s Crafty — Saturday, February 8
* 2pm to 6pm
* at 61 Local in Carroll Gardens
* for ladies, 21 + over — crafts, gossip, wine, glitter + good cheer!
* $35 — includes a welcome glass of vino + all fab craft supplies
* for tix on Feb 8 (please book in advance!)

Come get your craft on with us! See you soon!


An Afternoon of DIY + Gossip + Wine!

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who attended our first-ever She*s Crafty — what a success! We had so much fun, and we hope you did too!

You can get a taste of our evening here. There will definitely be more to come…



An Afternoon of DIY + Gossip + Wine!

You’ve asked for it — we’re producing it!

Gowanus Girls is the for-adults alter ego of Curious Jane — inventive summer camps + after-school programs for girls, all focused on design and creativity. Ladies tell us all the time that we should create similar programs and events for adults — with wine, of course! And we’re happy to oblige, starting with our first one this fall.

Join us this Sunday (the next day is a holiday) for an extended afternoon of crafts + socializing for ladies (21+ please). Come get your DIY on with other fun, female crafty types. We’ll have all the supplies, wine + snakcs, and be ready to get to know each other in a great setting.

Think… glitter + gossip + vino… to make:
* sparkly winter leg warmers, dangly charm earrings + more (see below!)

Say yes! We’ll see you there!

The details:
Sunday November 10 • 2–8pm
61 Local • Carroll Gardens (61 Bergen St, bt Smith and Court)
$35 includes your first glass of bubbly + light nibbles + all fabulous DIY / crafting materials!
Tix at



We’re at it again — Chaos Cooking! — this time, for Halloween!

It’s going to be a par-tay! Get your tix!

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Mix, mingle, whip up some wicked fun!

And here are the details:

Chaos Cooking: Blood + Guts!
A Saucy Halloween Event
Hosted by Gowanus Girls

Come in costume, cook, mix + mingle! Take the Blood + Guts Halloween theme and get your creative culinary juices flowing to prepare a dish that’s devilishly delicious!

Thursday, October 31st, 8pm – midnight
Gowanus Loft – 61 9th Street, #C8, Brooklyn
$25 / person in advance if you cook
$45 / person in advance if you don’t cook — space is limited! 21 + over! tix more at the door!

Appetizing details:
* BYO everything — utensils, pots + pans, recipe ingredients, attitude!
* $25 party-goers: cook a sumptuous dish to share; ALL party-goers: bring a bottle of wine to pour.
* Come in a gory, glam, get-noticed costume + get your photo taken with friends!
* We’ll provide a glass of something sparkly to sip!

Chaos Cooking: A social community centered around cooking + conversation. Revelers bring the ingredients to make a tasty dish of their choice, then cook + share it. Everyone brings a bottle of wine to pass; we’ll provide warm ovens, work surfaces, a chilled glass of bubbly and a spooky, sultry setting.

Gowanus Girls: A local creative arts and community events organization focused on great experiences, good design and a dash of whimsy + surprise.

See you there — for food, fun and a frightfully good time!


Older Posts — Chaos Cooking Cambodia + more….


5 Reasons YOU Should Come to Chaos Cooking, Brooklyn-Style, Hosted by GG

So, what’s up with Chaos Cooking?

We’re hooked! We can tell you that.

Here’s why….

Forward Festival Chaos Cooking

Samantha + I read about Chaos Cooking in Edible Brooklyn last fall and we were intrigued — a bunch of strangers cooking together and sharing food and wine? We’re in!

We attended a Chaos Cooking event at an apartment in Bushwick — thanks, Crystal Heller, for hosting! — we had sooo much fun, and met CC founder Joe Che there. In our usual way, chatting turned to brainstorming and then to planning in earnest — and before we’d left for the evening, we were telling Joe that Gowanus Girls would love to host a special Valentine’s Day edition of Chaos Cooking.

We did. And it was FUN. 150 people in a truly magical loft setting, mingling, sipping wine and whipping up over 100 dishes of delicious food. Plus a little fun flirting and dancing and, you know, etc.

It’s random and social — but what makes it so fun + addictive? Joe has hit on something for sure; here’s what we think it is:

* the sheer chaos! — the energy created by a bunch of strangers getting to know each other over good food — sampling, sharing, tasting — is contagious. it’s a turn-on.
* the people — food brings people together in the most basic way, and CC draws like-minded folks who love to cook and eat and share a bit of a sense of adventure.
* a mix of the unexpected — you’ve never done anything quite like it. and that’s intoxicating!
* the food — it’s a kitchen chock full of cooks turning out some awesome deliciousness. these people like to cook and they turn it out a little for CC. you get to taste tons of great food, and many of the dishes are more sophisticated than you might expect.
* it’s tres Brooklyn! — you know it — all of the coolest stuff is happening in Brooklyn right now! this is where, through Joe + his fiancee, Margaret, CC got it’s start (though it’s in other cities around the country now, too), and it captures the spirit of cool + social + fun + community all swirled into one appealing mix.

So, come join us on Thursday, April 11 for the next edition of Chaos Cooking!

Mix, mingle, cook… get undone with us in Gowanus!

And look out for a few fun twists — we’ll have a fab tarot card reader (Theda Jackson-Mau — she was also at our market last fall and she’s phenomenal), food prep tunes by DJ/Mr. and retro-fun from our friends over at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Parlor.

Chaos Cooking Cambodia Hosted by Gowanus Girls
A Spontaneous, 100-Course Meal * Part of the Forward Festival, celebrating Cambodian Arts + Culture * A Very Loose Theme, Cook What You Like!
Thursday, April 11, 7pm – midnight
Gowanus Loft – 61 9th Street, #C8, bet 2nd Ave + Smith St, Brooklyn
$20 / person in advance, $25 at the door, space limited

Tix + full info!


Gowanus Girls is an extension of Curious Jane — we’re a local creative arts + community events organization. We founded an all-female designers + food makers market last year and we’ve hosted other events since. The latest: a new edition of Chaos Cooking. Come cook with us in Gowanus!

Here’s the info….


Chaos Cooking Cambodia, Hosted by Gowanus Girls
Thursday, April 11, 7pm – midnight
Gowanus Loft – 61 9th Street, #C8, bet 2nd Ave + Smith St, Brooklyn
$20 / person in advance, $25 at the door, space limited

Get tix + full info!

Sizzling details:
* Presented as part of the Forward Festival at Gowanus Loft to support the Season of Cambodia
* Be inspired by Asian / international cultures when you select your dish, or go for it and cook Cambodian! Think globally! Cook what you like!
* $20 (includes a glass of bubbly, great music and a fun surprise or two!)
* Everyone must cook a dish to share + bring a bottle of wine to pour
* Limited to 200 tix! (the Valentine’s Day event sold out!)
* Don’t forget — it’s BYO everything! utensils, pots + pans, ingredients, sense of adventure!

Chaos Cooking is a social community centered around cooking + conversation. Guests bring ingredients + utensils to make a tasty dish of their choice and a nice bottle of wine to drink + share. We provide ovens, work surfaces, a chilled glass of bubbly and a fun setting.


So, via Curious Jane, we just ran Make It / Take It: A Roving Hackerspace for Cool, Creative Girls, on MLK Day — and several of our crafty Gowanus Girls were on hand leading fun specialty workshops!

But we’ve also got another fun event brewing — this one for grown-ups! And with a great group we’ve recently met. Chaos Cooking!

Chaos Cooking is a social community centered around cooking + conversation. We’re hosting a special Valentine’s Day edition. Come! It’s going to be a great time. With music by DJ Misbehaviour, goodies by Babeland, photo booth fun by Magnolia Photo Booth and beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery!

Here’s how it will work….

Guests will bring ingredients + utensils to make a tasty, creative dish of their choice and a nice bottle of wine to drink + share. We will provide warm ovens, work surfaces, a chilled glass of bubbly and a fun setting, complete with cuddle puddles and a few sultry surprises.

Sizzling details:

* BYO everything — knives, cutting boards, pots + pans, recipe ingredients, attitude!

* Everyone must cook a dish to share, bring a bottle of wine to pour, and help restore the space to its original condition

* Come on your own or come as a pair

* Wear red, cream or black — dress sharp! Look festive.

* Thursday, February 14, 7 to 11pm, Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street, #C8

Meet, mingle, cook… get undone!

Intrigued? Get full info and buy tickets here.

See you on Valentine’s Day!


Thanks to everyone — visitors + vendors — who joined us for our first market days in October!

Here are some super-fun pics from Gowanus Girls!

Everyone had a great time, our talented lady designers and food makers sold lots of wonderful things and many people asked us about doing a holiday market. We were tempted! But Gowanus Grove is closed for the season, and we’re choosy about space. So no holiday market this year — but stay tuned for more markets, and other Gowanus Girls events, in the winter and spring.

In fact, we’ve got a great one coming up in January — right here in Gowanus, of course.

Details very soon!

And in the meantime, if you’re feeling it for Gowanus, the holidays and fun shopping finds — and who isn’t?! — pop on over to the Gowanus Nite Market and Build It Green’s Crafted at the Canal.

We’ll see you there!


Hi there. We’re the women — though we don’t mind at all thinking of ourselves as girls — behind Curious Jane, a summer camp and after-school program for girls focused on design and creativity.

We operate out of several schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and other cities, but our business offices are in Gowanus, and we have a little home-grown idea that we’ve decided to turn into a reality.

We’re always looking for fun new ways to extend the Curious Jane brand and to focus on what we love and do well — girls + design + community — in new ways.

So, how about a Gowanus-based market focused on original designs and fabulous food from tremendously talented local ladies?

Yeah, how about it?!

We found the perfect spot, we’re running it pop-up style two weekends in October with more markets coming in spring, we’ll have great craft activities to keep kids busy while you shop, we’re adding a fundraising element to give back to the revitalization of the areas surrounding the Gowanus Canal (a designated Superfund site), and we’re sussing out a stellar roster of the best, most compelling Brooklyn-based lady designers and food makers we can find.


To the Gowanus Girls Indie Design + Food Mart.

Two October Saturdays, the 13th and the 27th, noon to sunset, rain or shine.

See the list of VENDORS who’ll be joining us!

Shop, support, sip some sangria.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Event Sponsor: Manufacture New York

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