Monday, September 13, 2010

Meet Chef Anton Nocito of P&H Soda and Syrup

Chef Anton Nocito of P&H Soda
One of the things we are most proud of at the Brooklyn Farmacy is that a majority of our products, both in our fountain and on our grocery shelves, are produced by people we know and see on a regular basis. Local People. This makes an enormous difference both professionally, and as a way of life—fresh, friendly, local.
     On that note, please allow us to introduce you to Chef Anton Nocito of P&H Soda and Syrup, or as we refer to him, "Our Syrup Guy." Each Thursday Anton or his wife Erica hand deliver a micro batch of artisanal syrups that we use for a week's worth of fresh sodas at the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. P&H's syrups have been on our menu from day one, and continue to delight our customers with every sip. While you can regularly enjoy flavors such as Cream, Hibiscus, Coffee, Lime and Ginger, seasonal syrups are a wonderful way to experience what's ripe, now. This past month we've enjoyed a fresh concord grape syrup: a soda so fresh, it was like drinking a handful of grapes. With just a few more weeks of this seasonal delight, we encourage you to stop on in and enjoy!

A little back story on Anton. (we love a good story)
Chef Anton Nocito has dreamt of owning his own restaurant his whole life.  In 2009 he finally decided to create a product to compliment the style of restaurant he wanted to own, and P&H soda and syrup was born. The P&H stands for Pumpkin & Honey Bunny. The name Anton’s wife, Erica Rothchild, uses for her line of screen printed greeting cards. It refers to the diner-robbing couple in the first and last scenes in “Pulp Fiction.” The name was lifted and then shortened.
     Anton knows his way around a professional kitchen. You could say it’s in his blood. His grandfather owned a bakery, which gave him the chance to do his own baking as a child. But Anton chose a different path and became a butcher. During that time he also dabbled in coffee in roasting. After a decade of carving beef, he decided to attend the French Culinary Institute. With degree in hand, he ended up working in some of New York’s top restaurants including Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe and the CafĂ©’s at the Museum of Modern Art. He is currently the Executive Chef at A Cafe in the AKA Hotel Central Park. While he works toward opening his own modern version of a soda fountain, he currently sells his product to restaurants, bars and retail stores. (Lucky us!) Anton will be at the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain for a tasting event soon. We'll keep you posted on the date!

Fresh. P&H Syrups are made fresh, weekly.
Friendly.  Yup, he sure is. And so is Erica.
Local.  Made in Brooklyn.

Two weeks ago Anton delighted us further by introducing retail bottles of P&H Syrups (12 oz. 12$). Lime, Ginger, Hibiscus and Cream. For mixing sodas or cocktails, these syrups are fantastic!
Erica's Seltzer Totes and Greeting Cards can be found at the Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain.