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Meatopia 2011 Beefs Up Brooklyn

Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 04:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

Talk about a meatwave! As triple-digit temperatures blazed through NYC this Saturday, the hottest meat-centric celebration of the year took over Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Presented by Whole Foods Market, Amstel Light Meatopia paired local farmers with over 45 of the nation’s top chefs, who dished up a dizzying array of meats prepared in every way, shape and form. The chefs focused on utilizing whole animals, from the brains to the testicles (yikes!) and everything in between.

IPA Braised Short Ribs with Mustard-Green Pesto and Black Truffle Shavings (Chefs Erica Wades & Beej Flamholz, Creekstone Farms)

The carnivorous crowd battled the intense heat to nosh on plates of Roast Baby Goat with Arugula and Sweet Onion Salad (Floyd Cardoz, North End Grill), Taiwanese-Style Pig Foot, Oxtail and Beef Cheek Stew (Eddie Huang, Baohaus), Grilled Chicken Hearts with Burnt Eggplant Puree (Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, Animal) and Greek Lamb Offal of Kidneys, Hearts, Sweetbreads and Brains (Michael Psilakis, KEFI).

Over the course of the snout-to-tail event, Pat LaFrieda butchers showcased the carnage of a 850-lb steer, while a tented main stage featured The Whole Foods 2011 “Best Butcher” Competition, an interview with event creator Josh Ozersky and meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda, and demos from chefs Michael Psilakis (KEFI) and Michael White (Osteria Morini). Balmy river breezes kept temperatures at bay, and guests stayed cool and hydrated with an unlimited flow of Amstel Light, Fiji water and Capogiro Gelato—the ever-so-necessary post-meat treat.

Meatopia is certainly not for the faint of heart (or stomach), and vegetarians need not step foot near this place next year. As adventurous as an eater as I am, some of the dishes were just a bit too much to swallow. But with such an impressive selection to choose from, I definitely filled up on a plethora of meaty delicacies, including favorites of Barbecued Whole Mulefoot Hog (The Breslin Bar & Dining Room), Spicy Lamb Sloppy Joes (The Meatball Shop), Carolina Whole Ossabaw Hog BBQ with Field Pea and Ramp Chow Chow (Husk), and the Sumac and Zataar-Spiced Grilled Lamb Ribs with Lebanese Salad (ilili Restaurant), among many others.

Carolina Whole Ossabaw Hog BBQ with Field Pea and Ramp Chow Chow (Sean Brock, Husk)

Pat LaFrieda roasting a massive 850-lb steer

Smoked bacon lollipops from New Jersey’s Mosefund Farm

Barbecued Whole Mulefoot Hog Sliders (April Bloomfield, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room)

Guisado of Veal Breast with Pistachio Mole, Fresno Chile and Cotija Crema (Akhtar Nawab, La Esquina)

 Sumac and Zataar-Spiced Grilled Lamb Ribs with Lebanese Salad (Philippe Massoud, ilili Restaurant)

Guests of Meatopia took in stunning skyline views from Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park


A full day later and I am still completely in a meat coma…

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