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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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Support ACS at the 7th Annual Taste of Hope Gala

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 05:04 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

All you need is a glimmer of hope to help make a difference. On Thursday, May 3, the American Cancer Society will host the 7th Annual Taste of Hope event, which brings together hundreds of New York’s food enthusiasts and the city’s most notable chefs. Taking over the sprawling space at 82 Mercer in Soho, this year’s gala will honor celebrity chef Todd English for his dedication to the cancer research community.

 
Guests can sample dishes from dozens of NYC’s hottest restaurants, including Beauty & Essex, Blue Ribbon Sushi, Ça Va Brasserie, Coppelia, Delicatessen, The Harrison and Empellon, sip Italian vinos from Vinitaly, creative Stoli cocktails and Nespresso beverages, and mingle with acclaimed chefs Jimmy Bradley, Michael Ferraro, Julian Medina, Eric Levine and many others.

Festivities will also include a silent auction featuring a variety of exceptional items and experiences. Wouldn’t you love to score an Iron Chef-style dinner for four prepared by chef Marc Forgione, dinner for two at the James Beard House, or a luxurious week-long stay in Los Cabos? And with all event and auction proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, it’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Join me in supporting ACS in their mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. Stay connected on Twitter @ACSTasteofHope and see you next Thursday!

Image courtesy of Taste of Hope

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Bobby Flay’s The Art of the Taco | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 04:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

“Tacos, Yo!” exclaimed host Bobby Flay as he manned the mic at his Saturday night soiree, Patron Tequila’s The Art of the Taco. Presented by Creekstone Farms, the event featured nearly 30 of the country’s hottest chefs who put their own unique spin on the South of the Border staple—with styles ranging from traditional, Mexican-inspired to elevated with French flair.

  1. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s veggie version with wild mushroom, white truffle & queso fresco
  2. The evening\'s host, chef Bobby Flay, spices up the taco throwdown. \"Tacos, Yo!\"
  3. Guests packed into 82 Mercer to sip tequila and crunch on the best tacos around
  4. Pampano Taqueria\'s charred tuna wonton taco with mango salsa & guacamole
  5. Buddakan topped a moo shu pancake with savory Peking duck glazed in chili hoisin
  6. Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian were all smiles
  7. Laurent Tourondel brought the heat with his green chili braised pork shoulder taco
  8. Michael Psilakis dished out his Cretan spiced lamb
  9. Slow-roasted pork shoulder with salsa roja from La Esquina\'s Akhtar Nawab
  10. Chilaquiles with Mexican chocolate chili sauce drizzle over organic vanilla ice cream

This time at 82 MercerPatron and Corona flowed as taco-lovers bounced from station to station sampling tortillas stuffed with creative combos of steak, lamb, shrimp, tuna, beef tongue, duck, pastrami, lobster, bone marrow, oysters and foie gras.

Tender braised pork carnitas from Mercadito, a Cretan spiced lamb pocket from Kefi’s Michael Psilakis, and Scarpetta chef Scott Conant’s spice crusted lamb neck tacos all made me swoon, while versions with oysters from Riverpark and foie gras from Recette palatably expanded my taco horizons.

Dozens of celebrated chefs and TV personalities (including Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Claire Robinson, Marcela Valladolid, Debi Mazar, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian) were seen doling out their taco creations, mingling with the crowd and even belting out Bon Jovi. Awesome.

After taking in tons of savory tacos, sweet relief was welcomed by ice cream chilaquiles drizzled with Mexican chocolate chili sauce and Gramercy Tavern’s salted chocolate hazelnut tacos. And after many of Bobby’s margaritas were had by all (hello, Sunday hangover!), the event turned into a late night dance party and guests and chefs alike let loose and had a grand ol’ time.

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SWEET victory for Doughnut Plant | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Time for sweet seduction at one of the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s most thrilling events. So what if I just stuffed face at Burger Bash? This girl has never met a dessert that she didn’t have room for. Bring on Godiva SWEET, a treats-celebrating evening extravaganza hosted by Food Network’s Sandra Lee

  1. Doughnut Plant\'s crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly doughnuts were crowd favorites
  2. Food Network\'s Semi-Homemade chef Sandra Lee hosted the sweet soiree
  3. db Bistro Moderne\'s plum gelée delice with ricotta mousse, poundcake & candied corn
  4. The Stanton Social\'s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée was bursting with fall flavors
  5. Sprinkles created a darling display for their mini red velvet and pumpkin cupcakes
  6. The Harrison\'s sinfully delicious sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard & orange
  7. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s cinnamon cheesecake with roasted figs (photo: SeriousEats)
  8. The Blue Stove topped assorted mini pies with Godiva dark chocolate pearls and lemon
  9. Mark Israel savored the sweet taste of victory for his Doughnut Plant delights. Congrats!

The sprawling space at 82 Mercer was filled with tables upon tables of decadent desserts and confections from renowned NYC restaurants and celebrated pastry chefs. Perrier-Jouët flowed freely as the sugar-obsessed crowd sampled delicacies to satisfy every type of sweet tooth—from chocolates, cookies and cupcakes, to pies, pops and pralines.

Seasonal flavors shined in The Stanton Social’s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée, Locanda Verde’s cranberry spice cake with mascarpone gelato, and Gotham Bar and Grill’s cinnamon cheesecake with port-roasted figs—hands down one of the night’s best. Other favorites included crispy Godiva chocolate praline pops from Jean Georges pastry maven Johnny Iuzzini, sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard from The Harrison, and Park Avenue Autumn’s aged goat cheese mousse with caramelized apples.

At the end of this ambrosial affair, Doughnut Plant was named the Godiva fan favorite for their doughy crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly buns. Friday’s fifth annual SWEET left me in a sugar-filled state of bliss, and knowing that event proceeds will benefit Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength was just icing on the cake.

Until we sweet again…

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