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Alobar Restaurant Celebrates the Year of the Pig

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Happy one year anniversary to Alobar! Since opening in November 2011, this cutting-edge dining destination in Long Island City has taken “pub grub” to new heights, and has become renowned for serving rustic nose-to-tail American fare paired with carefully selected craft beers, whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails. Alobar even earned a coveted place on Michelin Guide’s 2013 Bib Gourmand List.

Alobar’s owner Jeff Blath and chef Ian Kapitan

To celebrate its first anniversary on November 15th, Alobar is hosting a week of especially delicious events:

Whiskey Tuesday with Four Roses Bourbon | Tuesday, November 13th: To kickoff the celebrations, Beverage Director Chess Lankford presents a complimentary tasting of Four Roses Bourbon, along with a brand rep to share insights on each variety of the Kentucky spirit.

Alobar Charcuterie Night | Wednesday, November 14th: Paying homage to its favorite meat curing styles, Alobar is offering one large platter of eleven of the tastiest house-made delicacies ($50; serves 2-3), with varieties including: Pig Ear Terrine, Duck Breast Prosciutto & Foie Gras-Apple Terrine.

Anniversary Beer Dinner | Thursday, November 15th: Commemorate Alobar’s one-year with an indulgent 5-course menu (including Smoked Trout, Grilled Quail & Rosemary Sausage, Roasted Rack of Lamb & Braised Shoulder, and more) paired with beers from San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company ($50 for dinner & pairings, view the full menu here).

Weekend Pig Roasts | Friday & Saturday, November 16th-17th: Kick up your heels and get ready to pig out at Alobar’s weekend-long pig-filled feast served family-style ($30 per person for mains & sides).

Reserve your spot today! AlobarNYC.com | 718.752.6000 | 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, LIC NY
 
 And to savor the flavor of Alobar at home, mix up their addictive Maple Bacon Popcorn recipe:

 Maple Bacon Popcorn | Recipe from Alobar (serves 6)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups basic popcorn
  •  
    Preheat an oven to 350°. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon strips and cook until crisp, turning occasionally. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings.

    Crumble bacon. Toss bacon, drippings, maple syrup, black pepper, and salt with popcorn. Spread popcorn mixture in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, rotating trays halfway through, stirring occasionally. Serve hot. Enjoy!

    Images courtesy of Alobar Restaurant

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    Going Mad for Meatballs at NYCWFF 2012

    Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Thursday night, the 5th annual New York City Wine and Food Festival kicked off with two of the weekend’s most anticipated events. And though I would’ve loved to witness food royalty roast Anthony Bourdain, the Italian in me couldn’t bear the thought of missing one of my favorites—Meatball Madness hosted by the lovely Giada De Laurentiis. “This is the best Meatball Madness ever,” Giada exclaimed about the ‘always sold out’ event, which is in its fourth consecutive year.

    1. People\'s Choice winner Donatella Arpaia with host Giada De Laurentiis (pic: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)
    2. Casa Nonna\'s classic veal porcini meatball came with a dollop of creamy burrata cheese
    3. Neapolitan veal and pork meatballs with lemon, capers & brown butter from Atlantic City\'s Fornelletto
    4. Meatball lovers packed into SoHo\'s 82 Mercer to chow down on 36 different varieties
    5. High Heat Pizza Burgers & Tap topped a thin crust pizza with their \"broken balls\"
    6. The ultimate ballers and last year\'s People\'s Choice winners, The Meatball Shop\'s Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow served pork balls with spicy meat sauce (pic: SeriousEats)
    7. Alison Eighteen created a homestyle meatball with pomodoro, parmigiana and fresh basil
    8. Hearth and Terrior chef-owner Marco Canora served his parm balls between bread
    9. Loved Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony\'s spicy lamb spheres with yogurt sauce
    10. One of the night\'s most unique—Edi & The Wolf\'s Austrian-style pretzel-stuffed balls
    11. Pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini sweetened things up with cake pops and an edible paint graffiti wall
    12. My favorite cocktail! Palm Bay offered Aperol Spritzes for guests to sip as they sampled
    13. City Grit\'s Sarah Simmons served a Southern slider with onions on a cracker crisp
    14. The night\'s big winner, chef Gabe Thompson of L\'apicio, celebrates with his sous chef
    15. Event judges Anne Burrell and Geoffrey Zakarian put on their best taste tester faces (pic: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)

    The large-scale tasting showcased dozens of the city’s best chefs, who rolled out their version of the perfect bite. Hundreds of meatball maniacs packed into SoHo’s 82 Mercer to sample 36 different types of saucy spheres—in styles ranging from traditional Italian polpette with tomato gravy to pretzel-stuffed Austrian balls and Spanish oxtail albondigas.

    Judges Alex GuarnaschelliGeoffrey Zakarian and Anne Burrell, along with Pat LaFrieda and Mark Pastore of sponsor La Frieda Meats, crowned Gabe Thompson of the soon-to-open L’Apicio the night’s big winner for his Amatriciana version. The carnivorous crowd also casted their votes and Donatella Arpaia snagged the coveted People’s Choice Award for her mother’s classic recipe of melt-in-your-mouth tomato braised veal meatballs.

    Aperol Spritz cocktails, a selection of vino and sparkling San Pellegrino refreshed partygoers, while a display of cake pops from pastry hotshot Johnny Iuzzini provided some sweet relief. Meatball Madness started off the NYCWFF in delicious fashion and everyone seemed to have a ball—while devouring dozens!

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    Raising the Bar at Meatopia 2012

    Friday, September 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    More than 40 chefs, hundreds of hungry carnivores, thousands of pounds of meat. Last Saturday’s Meatopia on Randall’s Island was an ambitious culinary spectacular where whisky and beer flowed freely and meat reigned supreme. Event founder Josh Ozersky seriously upped the ante from last year’s meat-filled fest and successfully executed one of the most organized and enjoyable food events of the year—in spite of some wet weather.

    Some of the highlights and best bites from Meatopia 2012:

    1. Meatopia 2012 brought dozens of chefs & hundreds of carnivores to the grounds at Randall\'s Island
    2. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria\'s signature Spit-Roasted Short Ribs with olives, celery, walnuts & horseradish
    3. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli preparing her Canard A La Presse with Sauce Chasseur
    4. Marc Forgione\'s massive grilled rib steaks were served with marrow butter & pickled grilled onions
    5. Chef Naomi Pomeroy of Portland\'s Beast restaurant wood searing her meat
    6. Pomeroy\'s jerky-like seared intercoastal \"finger meat\" with pickled watermelon remoulade
    7. The team from 42 Restaurant cooked a giant pan of pork belly for their savory Portuguese-style paella
    8. Pat \"Meat Master\" LaFrieda cooked a 1,000-pound Creekstone Angus steer over hard-wood charcoal
    9. Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Competition hosted by Meatopia founder Josh Ozersky
    10. Austin pit master Aaron Franklin drew the longest lines for his BBQ beef brisket
    11. The team at Hill Country Barbecue fired up zesty Bell and Evans chicken
    12. Aaron Franklin holding up a hunk of his world-famous BBQ beef brisket. Mmmm, best brisket ever.
    13. Majestic night on Randall\'s Island, complete with skyline views and stormy skies
    14. During the event, Discovery Channel\'s Jimmy DiResta handcrafted an entire bar in the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky tent (image: Diageo)
    15. Jimmy DiResta\'s completed bar impressed the whisky-loving crowd in the George Dickel tent (image: Diageo)

    The talented lineup of chefs and pit masters showcased at this year’s “City of Meat” (including Marc Forgione, Alex Guarnaschelli, Franklin BeckerApril Bloomfield, Naomi Pomeroy and many others) focused on utilizing whole animals, and dished up a dizzying array of meats prepared in every way, shape and form. A few of the most mouthwatering dishes included Pat LaFrieda‘s whole marinated Creekstone steer, Justin Smillie‘s succulent spit-roasted short ribs, Portuguese paella with soft egg and jalapeños from Anthony Goncalves, tender grilled rib steak with bone marrow butter and pickled grilled onions from Marc Forgione, and the undeniable crowd favorite, Aaron Franklin’s BBQ beef brisket—which blew away any preconceived notions of what brisket should taste like.

    While the event was in full swing, dark grey clouds rolled in and the sky opened up on the carnivorous crowd. Luckily, the Amstel Light and Diageo tents provided shelter from the rain, along with music, entertainment and unlimited tasty beverages. While weathering the storm in the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky tent, I had a blast watching Discovery Channel’s Jimmy DiResta handcraft an entire wooden bar from scratch and downed delicious whisky cocktails like the “Possum Eatin’ Peach Pits”—my favorite drink of the night, and the perfect complement to the savory all-meat menu.

    Congrats to another successful Meatopia! Looking forward to even more meaty madness in 2013. And to tempt your taste buds in the meantime, dive into the peachy punch cocktail recipe below:
     

     
    Possum Eatin’ Peach Pits Recipe

    1 ounce George Dickel Tennessee Whisky
    1/4 ounce Stirrings Peach Liqueur
    1/2 ounce Olorosso Sherry
    1 teaspoon Amaro CioCiaro
    1/2 ounce black tea
    1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
    1/4 ounce simple syrup
    Slices peaches and strawberries for garnish

    Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker; Shake well. Pour contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with sliced peaches and strawberries. Cheers!

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