Signs, especially the kinds of hand-drawn signs seemingly designed to evoke nostalgia, are often the artwork that makes up the fabric of a city. And this week on Eater NY, Emma Orlow profiled a pair of brothers who have been making these signs for New York City restaurants, grocery stores, and more for decades.
After coming to New York from Colombia, Carlos and Miguel Cevallos started making posters mostly for businesses in Queens. But since launching an Instagram, they’ve seen commissions from some of the city’s buzziest restaurants, precisely because they create the kind of signs that make a food business look like a classic neighborhood staple, even if it’s only been around for a few weeks.
Fortunately for those of us without a restaurant to advertise, commissioning work for a business isn’t the only way to own the Cevallos brothers’ work. On their website you can buy a Cevallos brothers T-shirt or choose from two available posters: One features illustrations of New York’s five boroughs, and the other reads “Tax the Rich.” Increasingly, their hand-painted posters are becoming collectible works of art. Orlow notes that the bar director at Nightmoves has a Cevallos brothers Nightmoves poster hanging in his home and will eventually make them available to purchase at the bar and, at least according to Instagram, their DMs are open for commissions.
Kachka vareniki, Fly By Jing x Fishwife smoked Atlantic salmon, a Cevallos brothers poster, and the Fly by Jing Turning Red lunchbox.
Portland, Oregon, restaurant Kachka is shipping its dumplings nationally, including the ones they recently started making for the #cookforukraine fundraiser. The Ukrainian-style sauerkraut and potato vareniki are colored blue and gold, and $1 from each package will be donated to Unicef’s Ukraine Appeal.
- Hedley & Bennett’s new
citrus collection is quite cute. It consists of two aprons, one with an orange motif and the other a lemon pattern.
- A “La Jefa” apron
from Blue Cut supports San Francisco’s La Cocina with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the nonprofit’s food hall. Orders ship out April 25, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Brightland’s latest, and quite possibly the most on-trend product to cross the pages of its site, is a ramp vinegar they’ve named Zeal. Like springtime ramps themselves, the bottles are only available while supplies last.
Turning Red is the animated film of the moment, and it’s also a veritable food movie. Jaya Saxena talked to production designer Rona Liu about how the animation team made piles of eel rice, Tim Hortons’s Timbits, and bao in all its forms look so good. Read the interview and then consider buying
Fly By Jing’s Turning Red lunchbox, which contains a trio of toppings perfect for real-life bao.
In more Fly By Jing news: tomorrow Fly By Jing meets Fishwife in a tin of smoked salmon with Sichuan chile crisp – it’s a product straight out of a 2022 food trend generator and a match made in DTC heaven.
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