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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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