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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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SoBe BubbleQ 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 01:02 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Under a moonlit sky behind SoBe’s elegant Delano hotel, grillmaster Bobbly Flay played host at Friday’s 10th annual BubbleQ—one of the Festival’s biggest signature events. During the sexy evening soiree, a lively crowd of partygoers enjoyed free flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne and gourmet bites from barbecue’s best.

An elegant open-air atmosphere graced guests under the BubbleQ tent

Dozens of BBQ gurus, including host Bobbly Flay himself, along with Rick Bayless, Cat Cora, Todd English, the Allen Brothers, Adam Perry Lang, Marc Vetri, Michael Symon and others, were dishing up their succulent ‘cue—everything from smoky pulled pork sandwiches to saucy shanks, steaks and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Having a selection of this caliber drew really long food lines—the event’s only drawback—but with a flute of bubbly in hand and a rockin’ live band on stage, the waits seemed to fly by. The night was capped off in the Godiva Lounge, which displayed a decadent array of desserts created by Godiva Chocolatier David Funaro. Hmm…Champagne, BBQ and chocolate—does it get any better than this!?


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Big Apple BBQ Block Party

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 08:06 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Talk about hog heaven! This weekend, I attended one of my favorite NYC food celebrations—the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party at Madison Square Park. Every June, the country’s top pitmasters and meat mavens come together to cook up their authentic and award-winning BBQ delicacies. Everything from ribs, pulled pork, whole hog and sausage was smoked, sauced and served to thousands of hog-hungry patrons. This year’s finger lickin’ good festivities paid tribute to regional BBQ styles from across the nation and proceeds supported the Madison Square Park Conservancy—so you can feel good about chowing down for a cause. The 4th BBQ festival I’ve attended so far this year (clearly, I’m a fan) did not disappoint and I left feeling stuffed like a pig.

Food highlights: Whole hog sandwich from The Pit (Raleigh, NC), Pulled pork shoulder from Udon’s Barbecue of Yazoo (Yazoo City, MS), Beef brisket from Hill Country (NYC), St.Louis-style ribs from Baker’s Ribs (Dallas, TX), and Homemade smoked sausage from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (Birmingham, AL).

St. Louis-style ribs from Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, TX

The renowned Pitmaster, Ed Mitchell, serving up his famous whole hog

Whole pig smokers

Carolina-style whole hog sandwich from The Pit

Homemade smoked sausage from Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Birmingham

Pulled pork shoulder from Udon’s Barbecue of Yazoo in Yazoo City, MS

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