Interview with Eric Demby, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg

Eric Demby is a co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg. We caught up with him at the Food Republic event on Monday. Check out his thoughts about Food Republic and men cooking in the kitchen below.

What do you think about Food Republic?

I like that the perspective seems very considered, so rather than just launching and being like, "We're going to get into this food space," there's some time and thought put into what Marcus is interested in and not just doing something for the sake of doing it, or doing something different, but doing it because it's real.

What do you think about men in the kitchen?

For instance, my friend John Donohue has this blog, Stay at Stove Dad, and he published the book Man with a Pan, and I've actually talked to him quite a lot about cooking because I'm a dad, and I cook at home.  I cook for my daughter, who's two, and I also buy all our food. I'm a full-time worker, but I'm also a sort of home-chef-slash-dad. So I pay attention to food all the time and I know it's a somewhat unique role as a man.

What do you cook for her?

I don't cook for her that much just yet, she's just 2. She eats some pretty basic foods right now, I'm trying to cultivate an adult taste for food. She prefers the yogurt that I eat in the morning. I eat Greek yogurt. My morning breakfast is greek yogurt with granola, jam, and peanut butter. So she now has cultivated an appreciation for it, which she calls "Daddy yogurt."

Check out pictures from Smorgasburg, Eric's newest venture, here.