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Meatball Madness kicks off the 2011 NYCWFF

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 08:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Thursday night, meatballs reigned supreme at the fourth annual NYC Wine & Food Festival kickoff event, Meatball Madness. Food Network’s Italian beauty Giada De Laurentiis played host to dozens of the city’s best chefs who rolled out their version of the perfect bite.

  1. Festival founder Lee Schrager and host Giada De Laurentiis with People\'s Choice Winners, Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop
  2. San Pellegrino\'s Meatball Madness kicked off the NYC Wine & Food Festival on Thursday night
  3. A meatball-loving crowd filled NYC\'s sexy event venue at 82 Mercer Street
  4. Le Cirque chef Craig Hopson rolled out Tuscan-style polpette with polenta and panzarotti
  5. Maialino\'s luscious rabbit rendition with creamy pecorino \'whiz\' sauce over rapini
  6. Abboccato\'s Jim Botsacos did Nonna proud with his roasted pepper and ricotta meatballs
  7. Campari poured classic Negroni cocktails and sparkling Negroni Sbagliato with prosecco
  8. Le Caprice\'s pork and scamorza meatball with spicy cherry pepper salsa and fig antipasti
  9. The Meatball Shop\'s steak \'n\' bacon cheddar biscuit sliders with mushroom gravy
  10. The Little Owl\'s chef Joey Campanaro took home top honors for his gravy meatball sliders

Nearly 1,000 meatball maniacs flooded into SoHo’s 82 Mercer to sample saucy spheres and sliders made from blends of beef, pork, veal, rabbit, goat, seitan and lobster. Styles ranged from traditional Italian polpette with tomato gravy (Donatella Arpaia’s braised veal version was delizioso) to exotic Thai-inspired goat meatballs with boiled peanuts, tatsoi and panang curry from Kin Shop’s Harold Dieterle. Giada got sweet and smoky with mozzarella, fig and honey, Maialino’s Nick Anderer dished out rabbit smothered in creamy pecorino ‘whiz’ over rapini, and Osteria Morini chef Michael White’s melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto and mortadella version was another standout.

Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Dana Cowin and Lee Anne Wong crowned The Little Owl’s Joey Campanaro the night’s big winner for his grandma’s gravy meatball slider with pickled fennel. The crowd also casted their votes and The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow snagged the coveted People’s Choice Award for their steak ‘n’ bacon cheddar balls with mushroom gravy on a buttermilk biscuit.

Classic Campari cocktails, a selection of vino and sparkling San Pellegrino refreshed partygoers, while A Voce provided sweet relief with scrumptious chocolate cannoli over roasted cherries. Meatball Madness certainly started off the Festival in style and everyone seemed to have a ball—while devouring dozens!

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