This is the second year I’ve been honored to be at the U.S. Open’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, attending their tasting preview of the venue’s menus (consisting of 5 restaurants and 60 concession stands). Compared to last year’s, this year is more focused on seasonal, local foods, as the organization is trying to embrace their Green Initiatives. The majority of the celebrity chefs, Masaharu Morimoto, Tony Mantuano and Jim Abbey were repeats of assisting creating the menu. Chef David Burke is the new chef involved in this particular project.
All of the plates of tried were delicious. It’s notably a lot more seafood and vegetable focused than last year and the exquisite Champagne is by Moët & Chandon.
Speaking of which, Moët & Chandon has its own terrace bar downstairs from ACES Restaurant, serving their wonderful bubbly.
The U.S. Open officially starts on Monday, August 27, 2012 and that’s when you’re really able to eat and drink these tasty items there, while in between watching the tournament.
To view more of my photos of this tasting, please scroll through the slideshow below (or click through my Flickr set):