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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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Alobar Restaurant Celebrates the Year of the Pig

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 02:11 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Happy one year anniversary to Alobar! Since opening in November 2011, this cutting-edge dining destination in Long Island City has taken “pub grub” to new heights, and has become renowned for serving rustic nose-to-tail American fare paired with carefully selected craft beers, whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails. Alobar even earned a coveted place on Michelin Guide’s 2013 Bib Gourmand List.

Alobar’s owner Jeff Blath and chef Ian Kapitan

To celebrate its first anniversary on November 15th, Alobar is hosting a week of especially delicious events:

Whiskey Tuesday with Four Roses Bourbon | Tuesday, November 13th: To kickoff the celebrations, Beverage Director Chess Lankford presents a complimentary tasting of Four Roses Bourbon, along with a brand rep to share insights on each variety of the Kentucky spirit.

Alobar Charcuterie Night | Wednesday, November 14th: Paying homage to its favorite meat curing styles, Alobar is offering one large platter of eleven of the tastiest house-made delicacies ($50; serves 2-3), with varieties including: Pig Ear Terrine, Duck Breast Prosciutto & Foie Gras-Apple Terrine.

Anniversary Beer Dinner | Thursday, November 15th: Commemorate Alobar’s one-year with an indulgent 5-course menu (including Smoked Trout, Grilled Quail & Rosemary Sausage, Roasted Rack of Lamb & Braised Shoulder, and more) paired with beers from San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company ($50 for dinner & pairings, view the full menu here).

Weekend Pig Roasts | Friday & Saturday, November 16th-17th: Kick up your heels and get ready to pig out at Alobar’s weekend-long pig-filled feast served family-style ($30 per person for mains & sides).

Reserve your spot today! AlobarNYC.com | 718.752.6000 | 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, LIC NY
 
 And to savor the flavor of Alobar at home, mix up their addictive Maple Bacon Popcorn recipe:

 Maple Bacon Popcorn | Recipe from Alobar (serves 6)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 cups basic popcorn
  •  
    Preheat an oven to 350°. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add bacon strips and cook until crisp, turning occasionally. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings.

    Crumble bacon. Toss bacon, drippings, maple syrup, black pepper, and salt with popcorn. Spread popcorn mixture in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes, rotating trays halfway through, stirring occasionally. Serve hot. Enjoy!

    Images courtesy of Alobar Restaurant

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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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