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2013 Cochon 555 NYC: Princess of Porc Competition

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 01:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555 kicked off in NYC with the tour’s first-ever all-female lineup of chefs. The nationwide traveling culinary competition, designed to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs and sustainable practices, challenged Big Apple chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Missy Robbins, Elizabeth Falkner, Leah Cohen and Shanna Pacifico to create a multi-course menu using an entire 200-lb. porker, from nose-to-tail. Hundreds of swine-loving gourmands gathered in Chelsea’s Pier Sixty to savor the meat-centric spread, while sipping wine from five different producers, a variety of spirits and punches from local mixologists.

A panel of esteemed chefs and judges, along with the crowd, voted for their favorite of the day. Besides scoring the ultimate bragging rights, the winning chef was crowned Princess of Porc and will advance to compete at Grand Cochon during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe invited me to shoot a video at the action-packed event. Check out the clip below to see which fierce female was crowned 2013 NYC Princess of Porc!

Congratulations to Brady and everyone who participated!

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A Voce Columbus

Monday, September 27, 2010 at 05:09 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

A Voce has been one of my favorite Italian restaurants ever since celebrated Chef, Andrew Carmellini, held rank in it’s kitchen (oh, how I miss his duck meatballs!)—but the popular Madison Avenue hotspot hasn’t skipped a beat since Missy Robbins, named one of Food & Wine‘s Best New Chefs of 2010, took over as Executive Chef in 2008. This much-acclaimed modern eatery offers classic and accessible Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. The menu celebrates the traditional ingredients and flavors of Italy with memorable dishes that are executed simply, with a touch flair and elegance.

A Voce Columbus (photo courtesy of Grub Street)

A Voce opened a second location late last year on the 3rd floor of the Time Warner Center (in the former Café Gray space) and I recently dropped in to have lunch at the new locale. The clean, modern interior features an intimate bar area, exposed kitchen and a spacious, sun-drenched dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows offering magnificent views of Columbus Circle and Central Park.

Sagne Alla Amatriciana pasta diamonds with pancetta bacon, san marzano tomatoes & pecorino

The all-new, moderately priced menu pays tribute to Carmellini’s original, but clearly Robbins had no hesitation in making it her own. She masterfully enhances rustic Italian classics to create straightforward dishes with delicately balanced flavor profiles.

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