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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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Don’t Miss Meatopia 2012: Bigger, Better & Beefier!

Monday, August 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Carnivores, get your appetites ready! Meatopia is back and it’s better than ever.

On September 8, the massive meat celebration presented by Whole Foods will feature the most ambitious line-up of chefs and entertainment in the event’s history. “For as long as I’ve been putting this event on, this is the coolest one by far,” says founder Josh Ozersky.  “…we have the greatest chef roster that’s ever come together preparing dishes that aren’t available in their restaurants… You go there to eat and drink and learn about the joys of progressive meat-eating.”

Highlights from Meatopia 2011:

  1. IPA braised short ribs with mustard-green pesto & black truffle shavings from Creekstone Farms
  2. Grilled Kalamansi-spiced chicken thighs with scallion-tomatillo salsa from Abe & Arthur\'s chef Franklin Becker
  3. Pat LaFrieda\'s massive 850-lb steer
  4. Sean Brock\'s Carolina whole Ossabaw hog BBQ with field pea & ramp chow chow
  5. April Bloomfield\'s barbecued whole Mulefoot hog sliders
  6. Smoked bacon lollipops from New Jersey’s Mosefund Farm
  7. Sumac and za\'atar-spiced grilled lamb ribs with Lebanese salad from chef Philippe Massoud of ilili restaurant
  8. Grilled chicken hearts with burnt eggplant puree from Animal\'s Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo
  9. Guisado of veal breast with pistachio mole, fresno chile & cotija crema from La Esquina chef Akhtar Nawab
  10. Chef Robert Newton\'s bacon and sorghum-glazed quail with watermelon-sweet corn salad
  11. Chef Michael White\'s succulent porchetta sandwich from Osteria Morini

This year’s carnivorous carnival will showcase a best butcher competition, live music, unlimited samples of all natural, humane meat dishes from more than 40 of the country’s most celebrated chefs (including Michael White, Adam Perry Lang, Marc Forgione, April Bloomfield, Sean Brock, Aaron Franklin and Michael Toscano), premium beer, wine and spirits, and Pat LaFrieda of Food Network’s Meat Men cooking up a whole, 1000-pound Creekstone steer. Hungry yet?

All the meaty madness is happening at Randall’s Island Park and tickets (which include a ferry ride to and from the event) are available at Meatopia.org. Get yours today!

And check out my recap from last year’s Meatopia here.

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2012 Burger Bash: Michael Symon for the Three-Peat!

Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 05:02 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

“It’s all about the meat on meat, baby!” exclaimed Michael Symon as he proudly displayed his second People’s Choice Award trophy during last year’s 2011 SOBEWFF Burger Bash. A year later, his meat mixing mastery has paid off again.

On Friday, the B Spot chef was named crowd winner of the 2012 Amstel Light Burger Bash for the third year in a row—ultimately surprising guests, the judges, and especially friendly rival Bobby Flay.

“This year, we ground the bacon right into the burger meat,” said Symon of his winning Porky Burger — a bacon-speckled ground pork patty topped with pulled pork and slaw, with crispy pork cracklings on the side.

One of the most popular events of the Festival, the annual “best between the bun” throwdown hosted by Rachael Ray drew dozens of top name chefs and Food Network personalities from around the country to cook up their best burger creations. Thousands of attendees gathered into a massive Miami beachfront tent to nosh on a whopping amount of burgers and sides, sip Amstel Light and vote for their favorite patty. 

  1. 2012 Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Allen Brothers Steaks and Diet Pepsi
  2. Bacon cheeseburgers from NYC\'s The Little Owl topped with Guss\' Half Sour Pickles
  3. Thousands of burger fans swarmed into the warmly lit beachside Burger Bash tent
  4. Guy Fieri amps up the crowd to vote for his \"Straight‐Up with a Pig Patty\" burger
  5. Smokey BBQ burger with homemade sweet \'n\' spicy pickles from Rachael Ray
  6. Rachael Ray swings by the Amstel Light booth to greet Fatty \'Cue\'s chef Zak Pelaccio
  7. Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity 3 provided a perfectly sweet post-meat treat
  8. Festival founder Lee Schrager and host Rachael Ray address the burger-loving crowd
  9. Heinz presented Triple D\'s Guy Fieri with the Best Dressed Burger Award. Off da hook!
  10. Whisk scored the Golden Grill Award for having the highest quality meat on the beach
  11. Whisk\'s delicious crispy shallot, bacon and swiss rendition scored judge\'s choice of the night
  12. Three-peat! A shocked Michael Symon is People\'s Choice Winner for the third year in a row
  13. Michael Symon\'s winning Porky burger with bacon, pulled pork and slaw (image via YumSugar)
  14. B Spot chef Michael Symon revels in sweet victory after his big Burger Bash win. Congrats!

There were 32 different burgers in all — more than enough to satisfy even the hungriest carnivores. Josh Capon (Burger & Barrel) put a sweet and savory spin on his with onion and bacon jam, shaved pickles and secret sauce, while Angelo Sosa (Social Eatz) spiced things up with his Korean-inspired bulgogi burger. The Meatball Shop guys impressed during their Bash debut with a chili-flavored cheddar and caramelized onion version, and the Amstel Light-sponsored Fatty ‘Cue patty from Zak Pelaccio was also a favorite—succulent lamb meat with salted chilis and rye barrel aged worcestershire.

Surprisingly, beloved burger joint Shake Shack switched up their classic Shack Burger for an American and applewood smoked bacon-topped beef patty slathered with pepper relish and Shack Sauce. Not surprisingly, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray drew the biggest fan mobs.

Event judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, Marc Murphy and Susie Fogelson picked the crispy shallot, bacon and swiss burger from Whisk for the Golden Grill Award, and Guy Fieri snagged the Heinz Best Dressed Award for topping his bacon patty with thick tomato, onion rings and oozy “donkey sauce.” Many congrats to all the participants — this year’s Bash was juicier than ever!

Check out the complete 2012 Burger Bash menu here and additional Burger Bash coverage: 2011 SOBEWFF, 2011 NYCWFF

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