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Tuesday Cruise-day with Benchmarc Events

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 09:06 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Tuesday nights are about to get a whole lot cooler. Next week, Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy and NY Waterway are kicking off their first ever Summer Cruise Series, featuring special food and beverage pairings and on-ferry entertainment.


Every Tuesday in July, a ferry will set sail from World Financial NY Waterway Pier at Battery Park City and cruise around the Hudson from 8-10pm. Each week’s excursion has a different theme—from Beef, Bourbon & Beer to Swine & Sparkling Wine—and your $60 ticket includes two hours of unlimited food, specialty drinks, and a boatload of fun.

Marking the maiden voyage of the series, next Tuesday’s event will be a patriotic pre-4th of July celebration with all-American fare, red and white wine, and colorful blue cocktails. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to purchase yours here and get on board!

Photo courtesy of Benchmarc Events

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SOBEWFF’s Salute to Swine & Wine at The Biltmore

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 02:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

On SOBEWFF‘s last day, a smokin’ hot new event made its mark on the weekend lineup. Hosted by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos from the Cooking Channel’s hit show Extra Virgin, the Festival’s first ever Swine & Wine took over The Biltmore Hotel‘s elegant outdoor courtyard. This swine-celebrating evening soiree brought together more than a dozen celebrated chefs who served their tastiest version of whole roasted pig.

Each pit master spent the day preparing all natural, farm-raised Duroc and Hampshire breed hogs using a variety of techniques. Whether smoked, stuffed, roasted, glazed or rubbed down, succulent pork was spotlighted and paired with a selection of sides, wines and heavy-handed mojitos.

  1. Cooking Channel\'s sassy married duo Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar shared their love of Miami\'s weather, food and culture. \"I\'m a Cuban wannabe at heart,\" Mazar exclaimed.
  2. The beautiful and historic Biltmore Hotel in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida
  3. SOBEWFF\'s first ever Swine & Wine event at the Biltmore\'s spacious outdoor courtyard
  4. Barbuto\'s Jonathan Waxman sliced up swine for his luscious blood orange & avocado pork tacos
  5. Chef Marc Murphy and his team served up succulent Southern-style stuffed porchetta
  6. Marc Murphy\'s tasty porchetta was bursting with flavorful cornbread & andouille stuffing
  7. Seamus Mullen kept it simple and let the swine shine—resulting of one the day\'s best dishes
  8. Seamus Mullen\'s incredibly juicy smoked Berkshire pork jowl & whole suckling pig plate
  9. Chef Michael White\'s savory porchetta tigelle with pesto di lardo and salsa verde
  10. Gabriele Corcos embraced his Italian roots with a Tuscan-style pig sandwich
  11. Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar\'s Tuscan porchetta sandwich with fresh arugula & tomatoes
  12. Aww...this little piggy got all dressed up for the party
  13. Slow-roasted cochinita pibil from Food Network\'s \"Mexican Made Easy\" host Marcela Valladolid
  14. Ingrid Hoffmann\'s pulled pork taco with guava salsa negra & pickled mustard seeds was the crowd\'s favorite dish. Simply delicioso!

Representing six of the fourteen tasting stations, New York chefs had a strong showing at the swine showdown. Nick Anderer dished out tender Maialino al Forno, Marc Murphy carved up Southern-style porchetta stuffed with cornbread and andouille, and Michael White presented porchetta tigelle with pesto di lardo and salsa verde. Seamus Mullen smoked juicy Berkshire pork jowl and whole suckling pig, while Yuhi Fujinaga paired suckling pig with heirloom bean casoullet, morcilla dip and chicharrón, and Jonathan Waxman rolled out tangy blood orange pig tacos with creamy avocado.

In between savory bites, the crowd enjoyed the Biltmore’s dessert buffet, puffed Padron and La Flor Dominicana cigars, danced to live Latin beats from the Chirino Sisters and voted for their favorite pork dish. In the end, celebrichef Ingrid HoffmannMiami restaurateur and host of Food Network’s Simply Delicioso—snagged the coveted crown for her savory-meets-sweet mini pulled pork tacos with guava salsa negra and pickled mustard seeds.

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Burger Bash beefs up Brooklyn | NYCWFF 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 03:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

After maxing out my appetite at Meatball Madness, my stomach was pushed to capacity again at Friday’s Blue Moon Burger Bash, presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats. One of NYCWFF’s most popular events, this sold out meat extravaganza drew more than 20 A-list chefs and food personalities, who served up their “best between a bun” in the ultimate burger throwdown.

  1. Beauty & Essex\'s Chris Santos fired up his \"Best Dressed\" lamb and brisket burger with spicy garlic aioli, vine ripe tomato, goat-feta cheese & pickled red onion
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park\'s beautiful Tobacco Warehouse set the scene for Burger Bash
  3. DBGB\'s \"Piggy\" layered beef with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño mayo & tangy mustard slaw
  4. After jumping on stage with Lee Schrager, Guy amped up the crowd in true Fieri fashion
  5. Shake Shack\'s classic Shackburger is always a crowd-pleaser—and well worth the wait!
  6. It\'s a tough job, but someone\'s gotta do it! Judges Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern took center stage for the winner announcements
  7. Fresco by Scotto\'s gorgonzola & crispy pancetta sirloin burger with cheesy zucchini chips
  8. Guests enjoyed unlimited burgers and brews alongside stunning Brooklyn Bridge views
  9. The cover band played hits spanning decades and kept partygoers on their feet
  10. Abe & Arthur\'s chef Franklin Becker won the top trophy for his \"Wisconsin\" cheeseburger
  11. Burger & Barrel\'s enthusiastic chef Josh Capon accepted the People\'s Choice Award. Woot!

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg took over for Rachael Ray to host this year’s massive grillfest at Dumbo’s landmark Tobacco Warehouse. As aromas of sizzling meat and grease wafted through the air, carnivorous guests noshed on burgers and side dishes, sipped Blue Moon brews and Sutter Home wines, and voted for their favorite patty. Beloved burger joints Shake Shack and Bill’s Bar and Burger drew the longest lines, while last year’s People’s Choice winner Bobby Flay attracted the biggest fan mob.

Some of the night’s mouthwatering bites included Beauty and Essex’s Lamb and Brisket Burger (with spicy garlic aioli, vine ripe tomato, goat-feta & pickled red onion), DBGB’s Piggy Burger (beef with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño mayo, mustard-vinegar slaw & a cheddar bun), and Dram Shop’s Cheeseburger (two beef squares, double cheese & the works). Between burger sampling, attendees indulged in milkshakes and pie with Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and belted out 80’s, 90’s and Top 40 hits along with a rockin’ cover band.

Judges David Burke, Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern picked the cheddar cheese, Nueske bacon and brioche “Wisconsin” from Franklin Becker (Abe & Arthur’s) for the win, People’s Choice went to Josh Capon (Burger & Barrel) for his juicy bison round, and Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex) snagged the Heinz Best Dressed Burger Award. Many congrats to all!

Ultimately, this year’s Bash was a blast, even though a sudden mid-event downpour kept me from trying several of the burgers. No big deal—many more delicacies were on my evening’s agenda, and I left Brooklyn to make my way to the all-desserts soiree, SWEET.

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