Photos from top to bottom: Looking down at the main dining room; 30-month Prosciutto di Parma; Chef slicing the leg of Prosciutto di Parma; Cheeses served Grana Padano & Montasio; Prosciutto San Daniele Last night I was invited to the Legends from Europe dinner at the beautiful, historical SD26 at one of the restaurant’s private dining rooms. Despite SD26 would be about 5 years old, mind you they have a long legacy with restaurant scene in NYC. Tony May (the co-owner with his daughter, Marisa May) started and owned the Rainbow Room in the late 60s to the 80s. Eventually..
New York Magazine’s Taste 2013; Chef George Mendes (Aldea); Chef Dominique Ansel (Dominique Ansel Bakery); Chef Jonathan Benno (Lincoln Ristorante) This year’s New York Taste held on Monday, November 11th at The Waterfront Building in Chelsea. It’s hosted by New York‘s Culinary Editor Gillian Duffy featured the city’s most respected chefs (like chefs Mendes, Ansel, and Benno, photographed above) and mixologists (a total of 40). A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to City Harvest to help fight hunger. As usual, this shindig was fun especially with a live band playing. Some of the most memorable..
SuperPier – Venue of 2013′s StarChefs’ ICC This year’s StarChefs took place at the SuperPier (last year). The venue has a lot of character like large steel shipping containers suspended in mid-air and exposed brick walls. This year’s theme “Guts & Gory” seems to fit this venue – rustic, unfinished space to have a sophisticated industry four-day event – that’s if you include their public kickoff event, Smoke@ICC. (This was my third year attending this amazing event. You may read through my experiences for 2012 and 2011.) Gorgeous day to have a BBQ; Various plates at StarChefs’ Smoke@ICC Smoke@ICC was..
Two weekends ago, I was asked by Complexity Group to shoot and video their annual event, Grapes On a Train. Complexity is a New Zealand-based group that would bring awareness of their home country’s delicious wines to the United States. This particular event is very unique as a medium-sized group of wine industry people, like sommeliers, wine buyers, wine directors, and a few writers gather to meet at NYC’s Penn Station to ride a vintage train car and take the scenic route along the Hudson River to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During that long ride north, we participated in four different..
2013′s Honorees at SHARE’s 10th Anniversary A Second Helping of Life: Dr. Stephanie V. Blank of NYU Langone Medical Center, Nancy Bader & Michael Leventhal, and Ruth Reichl (with Chef Anita Lo of Annisa, on left) This past Monday was SHARE: A Second Helping of Life 10th Anniversary that brought together the top female chefs in New York City with our favorite celebrities for a fabulous tasting to benefit SHARE that took place at Chelsea Pier’s Pier 60. SHARE is a nonprofit organization based in New York City, aims to shed light and foster a compassionate community with the help..
Setting outside the classroom; Kitchen demo area; Table setting at the Men’s Health Cooking School This past Saturday, I attended the Men’s Health Cooking School at Institute of Culinary Education in the hopes of picking up a few tips from most of these classes and to meet Chef/Owner Andy Ricker of Pok Pok in person. These cooking classes are actually cooking demonstrations rather than the cooking classes where you would get your hands dirty touching and chopping the ingredients. Nevertheless, you will have fun since the chefs who were cooking for us are very cool people and beyond just a..
American Express Blue Cash Credit Card, Inside Super(Duper) Market and the TwEAT Dinner menu I’ve been to many sponsored dinners and cocktail events that run the gamut of fun and amazing time to something that is decent. Never in recent years of my attending a sponsored dinner, especially on a Friday night, have I been to such a dismal one. One that has no aim, lacks organization, some cronyism, and never have I ever seen so much amateur unprofessionalism from a production manager to a server in the longest time. It’s a waste of everyone’s time unless you want to..
Celebrate Flatiron Chefs 2013 and part of the crowds at the event The 9th annual outdoor culinary extravaganza, Celebrate Flatiron Chefs! featured star chefs and restaurants, returns to historic Madison Square Park on Tuesday, July 16th. Altogether 30 fantastic chefs and restaurants, including favorites Eleven Madison Park, Gramercy Tavern, craftbar, ilili Restaurant, and Resto, will bring their culinary acumen, contributing to the biggest and best Celebrate Flatiron Chefs! event yet. This event was hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy. Funds raised support Madison Square Park’s horticulture, maintenance and free cultural programs, including Madison Square Art, Madison Square Music, and..
Last night was the 20th Anniversary of the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in the U.S. by Dessert Professional Magazine, hosted at the Institute of Culinary Education in Chelsea. This industry event had many recognizable food writers, editors and chefs that made it fun. In the midst of waiting for the announcement of the winners, Bobby Flay started a hoopla (my photo of him) as he made his presence for his winning pastry chef Clarisa Martino. Top 10 Pastry Chefs of 2013 This year’s awarded chefs are: Andy Chlebana, Joliet Junior College, Joliet, IL Bill Corbett, Absinthe, San Francisco, CA Christophe..