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SWEET victory for Doughnut Plant | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Time for sweet seduction at one of the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s most thrilling events. So what if I just stuffed face at Burger Bash? This girl has never met a dessert that she didn’t have room for. Bring on Godiva SWEET, a treats-celebrating evening extravaganza hosted by Food Network’s Sandra Lee

  1. Doughnut Plant\'s crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly doughnuts were crowd favorites
  2. Food Network\'s Semi-Homemade chef Sandra Lee hosted the sweet soiree
  3. db Bistro Moderne\'s plum gelée delice with ricotta mousse, poundcake & candied corn
  4. The Stanton Social\'s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée was bursting with fall flavors
  5. Sprinkles created a darling display for their mini red velvet and pumpkin cupcakes
  6. The Harrison\'s sinfully delicious sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard & orange
  7. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s cinnamon cheesecake with roasted figs (photo: SeriousEats)
  8. The Blue Stove topped assorted mini pies with Godiva dark chocolate pearls and lemon
  9. Mark Israel savored the sweet taste of victory for his Doughnut Plant delights. Congrats!

The sprawling space at 82 Mercer was filled with tables upon tables of decadent desserts and confections from renowned NYC restaurants and celebrated pastry chefs. Perrier-Jouët flowed freely as the sugar-obsessed crowd sampled delicacies to satisfy every type of sweet tooth—from chocolates, cookies and cupcakes, to pies, pops and pralines.

Seasonal flavors shined in The Stanton Social’s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée, Locanda Verde’s cranberry spice cake with mascarpone gelato, and Gotham Bar and Grill’s cinnamon cheesecake with port-roasted figs—hands down one of the night’s best. Other favorites included crispy Godiva chocolate praline pops from Jean Georges pastry maven Johnny Iuzzini, sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard from The Harrison, and Park Avenue Autumn’s aged goat cheese mousse with caramelized apples.

At the end of this ambrosial affair, Doughnut Plant was named the Godiva fan favorite for their doughy crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly buns. Friday’s fifth annual SWEET left me in a sugar-filled state of bliss, and knowing that event proceeds will benefit Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength was just icing on the cake.

Until we sweet again…

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Taste of Tribeca 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

From down on Duane Street to up on Columbus Ave, the West Side of Manhattan was buzzing with some of the year’s best culinary celebrations this past weekend. On Saturday, with my sister and friends in tow (and blissful disregard for the impending swimsuit season), I ate my way through Taste of Tribeca before heading uptown to the Best of the West.

Taste of Tribeca is a day filled with food, fun and festivities to support programs for local elementary schools, P.S. 150 and P.S. 234. Besides offering some of the best dishes from more than 80 area establishments, this unique fundraiser demonstrates the camaraderie among the neighborhood’s many restaurants and families.

Unlike other tasting events, Taste of Tribeca offers you a tasting card, which is good for six plates of food—the hardest part is deciding which booths to hit. Having already tried ten of the day’s offerings at the press preview lunch a few weeks ago, made it even harder to choose! With such an incredible lineup, you need a strategic approach. My advice is to split plates with friends, so you can sample a variety and then go back for more of the ones you really loved. Though at this year’s event, there wasn’t much not to love.

Popular savory bites included Terroir’s meatball sandwich, Marc Forgione’s bison prime rib with ramp chimichurri (which drew the longest line by far), Max‘s cheesy meat lasagna and Locanda Verde’s lamb meatballs with pecorino. Sweet relief came from a variety of confections, such as creamy gelato from The Odeon, chewy s’mores cookies from Landmarc and mini cupcakes from Billy’s Bakery. And polishing off the last ooey, gooey bite of Duane Park Patisserie‘s sinfully decadent molten chocolate cake convinced me that Rapture had come a few hours early. I thought I had died and gone to Heaven.

Thalassa‘s olive oil cured Diver Scallop over Caviar Mousse and Zucchini Fritters, wrapped in Kataifi

Marc Forgione served his tender High Plains Bison Prime Rib with Smoked Salt and Ramp Chimichurri

Chunky Maine Lobster Roll with grapefruit-splashed greens from Church Lounge

Centrico turned up the heat with their Tacos de Carnitas and Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Pork Rillette Sliders with House-Made Pickles and Tomato Jam from Plein Sud

Got milk? Children and adults alike loved Landmarc‘s chewy and chunky S’mores Cookies

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