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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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