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Upcoming Events in NYC

There are a few really interesting foodie events coming up in New York City starting tomorrow, all featuring some really amazing local talents, and plenty of cocktails, beer, and meat.

Sunday, January 22nd:

Cochon 555
Only a select number of tickets ($125) remain for this event, but it sounds like a really great way to spend your Sunday. Five chefs (Bill Telepan, Peter Hoffman (Savoy), Brad Farmerie (Public), George Mendez (Aldea), and Sean Rembold (Marlow & Sons), will each prepare a different breed of heritage pig, and the winner will go on to the national tournament. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Brewery will be serving beer, Murray’s Cheese will also be there, and according to NYMag there will be wine, oysters, and caviar as well.

Tuesday, January 25th:

Good Spirits at Le Poisson Rouge
From 5-8pm Edible Magazine will host this seasonal cocktail pairing event where they have matched “mixology-minded chefs and food artisans” with “spectacular, storied spirits.” Tickets are $40 and available here.

Hidden Treasures from the Cellar, Vintage Beers from Brooklyn Brewery at Back Forty:
Back Forty(190 Ave B at 12th st) will be hosting Brooklyn Brewery for a special pairing event featuring some of their vintage unreleased brews. The menu is available on the restaurant’s website, and tickets are available here for $103 (including tax and tip).

Wednesday, January 26th

SLOW U: Good Meat with Author Deborah Krasner at Brooklyn Kitchen

Deborah Krasner author of “Good Meat” the “The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat” will talk about the good meat movement and how it impacts the environment, our diet, and the way we cook. Tom Mylan of the Meat Hook will do a beef sashimi tasting to demonstrate the qualities of different meat cuts. Proceeds of the event will benefit Slow Food NYC, and Krasner will be signing copies of her new book which features over 200 nose-to-tail recipes.

6:30 pm at Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets $25, available online.


Grub Street Food Festival… Some good food, but mostly lines.

After eagerly awaiting the Grub Street Food Festival on Hester Street all week, after finally arriving (despite the MTA’s limited weekend service on almost every line), I almost didn’t enter the fair when I saw the crowd of people overflowing out of the enclosed park-area.

There were some great vendors present, like Luke’s Lobsters, Ditch Plains, Sigmund’s Pretzels, and many more, but the space was really really small for a fair with so many popular stands.

My friends and I fought our way through the masses to reach Luke’s Lobster. Inside the fair was PACKED, it was difficult to move at all, and hungry people were pushing their way through the crowds in every direction. It was really hard to determine where the lines started, ended, and many vendors seemed to have multiple lines. We were accused of cutting a few times, though I’m pretty sure we didn’t. After a good thirty-five minutes we had our lobster rolls, $14, which were pretty good, but didn’t have the amount of lobster most sea-side spots offer up. The lobster meat (claws and knuckles) did taste really fresh and tender, and was mixed just a hint of mayo, and sprinkled with celery salt on a toasted and buttered hot dog bun. Overall, really delicious, but would have been just as good at the store’s 7th street location.

Next we got in line for Patacon Pisao‘s, Patacon, we saw many people eating these messy but tasty looking sandwiches and had to try one. We didn’t know exactly what these Venezuelan snacks were made of until we got up close, and were not disappointed. The outside of the sandwich was made of crispy plantains stuffed with chicken or beef layered with piece of white cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and special sauce. This was definitely worth trying, especially since Patacon Pisao can usually only be found in Elmhurst.

We sampled some beautiful breads from Pain D’Avignon while we waited in line. Their cranberry nut loaf was really great, nice for Fall, and came in many different sizes.

We didn’t even get a clear sight of most of the 44 vendors, and what they had to offer on Saturday, but really couldn’t handle the crowds any longer than we did.

Instead took a short walk around the corner to Broome and Orchard where we discovered Ten Bells, a signless establishment that turned out to be a warm, quiet, organic wine bar that had $1 oysters and Smuttynose Robust Porter. It turned out to be not such a bad Saturday after all.

The Great NYC Shuck ‘N Suck aka The Tale of the 72 Oysters.


Me, Stephen, and Jamie at the Shuck 'n Suck

“When you get to three dozen, no matter how good you feel, stop.” These were the words of advice Sebastian, the chef at Planet Bliss had given me when I told him I was going to an all-you-can-eat oyster festival. Stephen and Jamie (of laughed on the cab ride down to the South Street Seaport. 36 oysters… that was going to be easy.

To kick off the fourth annual NYC Food Film Festival, Atlantic Grill, Jimmy’s no. 43, Patron Tequila, Ultimat Vodka, teamed up with the other festival sponsors (The James Beard Foundation, Whole Foods, Edible Manhattan…) to hold The Great New York City Shuck ‘N Suck last night, which featured 4 short films about the bivalves, unlimited cocktails crafted by mixologist Allen Katz, the Shuck N’ Suck contest with local experts, and of course, oysters.

Because we could not enter the actual contest, we decided to compete amongst ourselves. We devised a game-plan that involved a loop beginning with the bar, circling through the oyster selection, then right back to the bar to start all over again. Jamie and I both started with the Green Preservation cocktail with Patron tequila and fresh cucumber (and you thought I would have learned by now how well tequila and oysters mix…), while Stephen started with the vodka-based Watermelon Mint cocktail.

First we tackled some Malpeque Oysters from Prince Edward Island. Sweet and medium-sized, these first few went down incredibly easy. Then there were the Watch Hill oysters from Rhode Island. These were a little larger, and a lot more briney .

Refreshing the Watch Hill oyster supply

We looked on impressed with the speed and apparent ease employees from Jimmy’s no. 43, and the Atlantic Grill, shucked the oysters for the anxious crowd. We never had to wait more than a minute to load up our paper containers with more delicious oysters.

The Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, were extremely tiny and sweet. These slow-growing oysters were tender, and tasty, and looked at if they would be impossible to open without breaking their delicate shells.

Opening Beau Soleil oysters from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia

Next there were Widow’s Hole oysters from Greenport, NY, which were featured in a film later in the evening as well as Fanny Bays from British Columbia that were featured in the film, The Perfect Oyster.

By the time we were on our third lap, we switched to the Harpoon Brewery I.P.A, and began to slow down. We realized we had only been down at the Water Taxi Beach for about twenty-minutes, and had already consumed at least a dozen oysters each. We continued on. By the time we got to the last table of Malpeque’s, we were dripping with sweat, brine, and defeat. It became very apparent we were in need of some sustenance, and we had just overheard the last of the Bacon-Wrapped Fried Oysters were gone. We sampled some Roasted jalapeno Peppers, Corn on the Cob, Oyster Grits, and Tuna Tartare on Rice Crackers, but without saying anything, we could tell by the vaguely pained look on each of our faces, it was time to sit down and start counting.

The final count was 22 for me, and I must say, more than a full dozen short of that 3-dozen mark, I was feeling it. As the sun began to set, the oysters continued to be piled up on platters of melting ice cubes, for the hungry crowd. We watched the actual Shuck ‘N Suck contest, where pairs of two professionals (Jimmy Carbone from Jimmy’s no. 43 was in it) shucked, and sucked, 24 oysters as fast as they could. What we did in 30 minutes, they did in approximately 2. Once Carbone was declared the winner, and the audience began to prepare for the films, we decided it was time to get some land food. Though the festival was fun while it lasted, there was a lack of any edibles that would balance a stomach full of raw oysters. And thus, we left, conquered by the tiny mollusk, and ventured elsewhere for a steak.

New Taste of the Upper West Side

The following article from today’s New York Post features Chef John Fraser (of Dovetail) who will be part of a panel discussion this Friday (May 21st, 2010) morning from 9:30-11am at the Museum of Natural History, along with Food Network’s Ellie Krieger, Kate Krader (Food & Wine Magazine), Bill Telepan (Telepan), Lee Schrager (Food Network Wine & Food Festival), Steve Cuozzo (NY Post), and Dr. Joel Fuhrman a nutritional medicine expert. The panel will discuss healthy eating, buying local, school lunch programs, and restaurants on the Upper West Side. For more information, and a list of other events (such as the Best of the West tasting on Saturday featuring over 40 of the Upper West Side’s most celebrated chefs) visit the New Taste of the Upper West Side‘s website.

Article source= the New York Post, May 19th 2010