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Andrew Zimmern’s Carts in the Parc | NYCWFF 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 07:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

The street cart craze continues to sweep the nation and on Sunday afternoon, over a dozen of the city’s top vendors parked their notorious trucks at Jeffrey Chodorow’s modern food marketplace, FoodParc. Hosted by bizarre-food guru, Andrew Zimmern, Carts in the Parc is the ultimate celebration of the best fare served on four wheels.

  1. Guy Fieri and Andrew Zimmern go crazy for cream puffs from Sweet Street Desserts (photo: Worldredeye.com)
  2. Carts in the Parc celebrates the best local food truck and street cart fare
  3. Pat LaFrieda No. 7 Hanger Blend cheeseburger bites from FoodParc stand 3B\'s
  4. Greek eats from the Souvlaki GR truck drew one of the day\'s longest lines
  5. Fresh and fiery spiced up pork taco from El Rey del Sabor
  6. Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man! Host Andrew Zimmern jumped on stage to sing with the band
  7. Sweet Street Desserts served a selection of tasty treats—cupcakes, cookies, cream puffs & more! (photo: Worldredeye.com)
  8. Now, that\'s a cream puff! Rich chocolate covered pastry bomb from Sweet Street Desserts
  9. The Milk Truck\'s grilled cheese goes gourmet with gruyere, bleu, cheddar & mushrooms
  10. Tender plum and sesame glazed lamb ribs from the China Grill truck
  11. Mexicue dished up \"Mexican meets BBQ\" chili sliders with cilantro-lime crema & jalapeños
  12. Biryani Cart wins the People’s Choice Award!

During the casual three-hour event, live bluegrass beats played as guests walked around the spacious outdoor courtyard to sample an assortment of street eats—including spicy beef and pork tacos from El Rey del Sabor, melted gruyere, cheddar, blue cheese and mushroom grilled sandwiches from The Milk Truck, and market fresh squash soup with apple and pumpkin from Rouge Tomate Cart. Attendees got sweet on the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck’s ginger curry shakes, Melt Bakery’s red velvet ice cream whoopie pies, and an incredible array of luscious treats and confections from Sweet Street Desserts.

Everyone voted for their fave and in the end, Biryani Cart was crowned People’s Choice winner (and scored an awesome hula girl tiki trophy) for their famous kati roll with grilled chicken tikka and caramelized onions on Indian Chapati. For the second year in a row, Carts in the Parc was one of the best events at the NYC Wine & Food Festival and I definitely recommend parking your appetite here in 2012.

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Bobby Flay’s The Art of the Taco | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 04:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

“Tacos, Yo!” exclaimed host Bobby Flay as he manned the mic at his Saturday night soiree, Patron Tequila’s The Art of the Taco. Presented by Creekstone Farms, the event featured nearly 30 of the country’s hottest chefs who put their own unique spin on the South of the Border staple—with styles ranging from traditional, Mexican-inspired to elevated with French flair.

  1. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s veggie version with wild mushroom, white truffle & queso fresco
  2. The evening\'s host, chef Bobby Flay, spices up the taco throwdown. \"Tacos, Yo!\"
  3. Guests packed into 82 Mercer to sip tequila and crunch on the best tacos around
  4. Pampano Taqueria\'s charred tuna wonton taco with mango salsa & guacamole
  5. Buddakan topped a moo shu pancake with savory Peking duck glazed in chili hoisin
  6. Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian were all smiles
  7. Laurent Tourondel brought the heat with his green chili braised pork shoulder taco
  8. Michael Psilakis dished out his Cretan spiced lamb
  9. Slow-roasted pork shoulder with salsa roja from La Esquina\'s Akhtar Nawab
  10. Chilaquiles with Mexican chocolate chili sauce drizzle over organic vanilla ice cream

This time at 82 MercerPatron and Corona flowed as taco-lovers bounced from station to station sampling tortillas stuffed with creative combos of steak, lamb, shrimp, tuna, beef tongue, duck, pastrami, lobster, bone marrow, oysters and foie gras.

Tender braised pork carnitas from Mercadito, a Cretan spiced lamb pocket from Kefi’s Michael Psilakis, and Scarpetta chef Scott Conant’s spice crusted lamb neck tacos all made me swoon, while versions with oysters from Riverpark and foie gras from Recette palatably expanded my taco horizons.

Dozens of celebrated chefs and TV personalities (including Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Claire Robinson, Marcela Valladolid, Debi Mazar, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian) were seen doling out their taco creations, mingling with the crowd and even belting out Bon Jovi. Awesome.

After taking in tons of savory tacos, sweet relief was welcomed by ice cream chilaquiles drizzled with Mexican chocolate chili sauce and Gramercy Tavern’s salted chocolate hazelnut tacos. And after many of Bobby’s margaritas were had by all (hello, Sunday hangover!), the event turned into a late night dance party and guests and chefs alike let loose and had a grand ol’ time.

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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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