NYCWFF: MEATOPIA X CARNIVORES BALL

The highlight of this year’s festival was hands down was the 10th anniversary of Meatopia. This was the first year that the popular event was involved with NYCWFF. This event had the works: Dj D-Nice on the mix, bourbon whiskey poured by Knob Creek and some great bites by some of the best chefs and bbq huts in the country.

Mr. Ozersky, thank you for a wonderful time, I’m already looking forward to next year. Until then, check out some of the meaty bites from the night.

– Pinky Finger UP

NYCWFF : TACOS AND TEQUILA

The Saturday night attraction of the Food & Wine Festival was the ever so popular Tacos & Tequila Event hosted by Food Network all-star and restaurateur Bobby Flay. After a busy afternoon of grubbing, I took a much need siesta before the fiesta. One of the reasons I enjoy this event is because of the variety of proteins used for each creative dish. There were some really great offerings this year, check out some of these flicks.

– Pinky Finger Up

NYCWFF : JETS + CHEFS THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE

Day two festivities started with the ultimate tailgate party. The throw down had all the best tailgating food you can think of from burgers, wings and sausages. This was a nice family event with several appearances from  a few old-school New York Jets footballers including the legend Joe Namath.

TACOS de LECHON: ROSTED SUCKLIN PIG, PICKLED VEGETABLES and CHICHARRON

TACOS de LECHON: ROSTED SUCKLIN PIG, PICKLED VEGETABLES and CHICHARRON

 

 

CRAWFISH MAQUE CHOUX with CORN CRAWFISH ,BACON,PEPPERS and CREOLE SEASONINGS

CRAWFISH MAQUE CHOUX with CORN CRAWFISH ,BACON,PEPPERS and CREOLE SEASONINGS

BOURBON BANANA BREAD PUDDING CREME BRULEE with VANILLA MERINGUE GUINNESS ICE CREAM

BOURBON BANANA BREAD PUDDING CREME BRULEE with VANILLA MERINGUE GUINNESS ICE CREAM

BURNT ENDS

BURNT ENDS

WORCESTERSHIRE FRENCH DIP FATTY MELT with  CONFIT TOMATO SOUP

WORCESTERSHIRE FRENCH DIP FATTY MELT with CONFIT TOMATO SOUP

KOREAN CHILI DOG

KOREAN CHILI DOG

TEXAS BEEF HOT LINK SMOKED OVER WHITE OAK

TEXAS BEEF HOT LINK SMOKED OVER WHITE OAK

VOLCAN de COSTILLA GRILLED RIBEYE STEAK MIXED w QUESO CHIHUAHUA

VOLCAN de COSTILLA GRILLED RIBEYE STEAK MIXED w QUESO CHIHUAHUA

 

BAGEL CHIP with SMOKED BLUEFISH

BAGEL CHIP with SMOKED BLUEFISH

PORK SHOULDER ALFONSO OLIVES, PEANUTS, SALSA and ROCOTO CREMA CRIOLLA

 

CHICKEN and SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

CHICKEN and SAUSAGE JAMBALAYA

JERK PORK BELLY , CUCUMBER ESCOVITCH, FERMENTED SCOTCH BONNET CHILI PASTE

JERK PORK BELLY , CUCUMBER ESCOVITCH, FERMENTED SCOTCH BONNET CHILI PASTE

NYCWFF BURGER BASH

New York City Wine and Food Festival is in full effect and Pinky Finger UP was very happy to be a part of it. The first stop is the ever popular Blue Moon Burger Bash 2014. It’s all about pacing yourself with this event. Here some of the notable burgers from the bash.

– Pinky Finger Up

BREWSKI OF THE WEEK: Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Blast

Living in Brooklyn these past years, there have been many changes. Coffee shops and restaurants are replacing the mom and pop bodegas where you can cop “loosies” for fifty cents. Bars are popping up in neighborhoods which use to be no man’s land. I don’t mind the changes, those bodegas that are still standing are adapting to the neighborhood’s tanning. On those hot days when a cold one is necessary, you no longer just see the regular Bud, Miller and Heineken bully fridges anymore. You’re starting to see a slew of Indie craft brews grabbing some territory. Brooklyn Brewery is one of them.  Although, they been around well over 25 years, they still feel like the local underground  favorite. I’ve always been a fan of the Choclate Stout but now I’m a big fan of the Brooklyn Blast. Brooklyn Blast is a double IPA that can slap you in the face. Please drink wise when you drink this one. Big ups to Garrett Oliver.

– Pinky Finger Up

Brooklyn Blast

BROOKLYN BREWERY

AKI MATSURI 2014

When you are invited to an event that  takes place at the Brooklyn Brewery and is serving Japanese cuisine, you simply just go. The Gohan Society hosted their annual Aki Matsuri event this past week and it was grand. Gohan Society’s mission is to foster an understanding and appreciation of Japan’s culinary heritage in the United States through outreach to chefs, culinary arts professionals and all who admire and enjoy Japanese culture.

– Pinky Finger Up

 

BREWSKI OF THE WEEK: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen

With Oktoberfest in full swing in Germany, I thought it would be only right to make the brewski of the week a OktoberFest Marzen.

This Ayinger is probably one of the best representation of a Marzen brew. It has a deep golden tinted amber and a nice sweet taste. It goes down pretty smoothly too. If you are celebrating the beer lifestyle, Ayinger Marzen is a stellar choice.

– Pinky Finger Up

AYINGER OKTOBER FEST MARZEN

AYINGER OKTOBER FEST MARZEN

 

Events: Plate by Plate

I had the pleasure to attend the 16th annual Plate by Plate event . Plate by Plate is a yearly event put together by Project by Project.

Project by Project (PbP) is a national volunteer organization of social entrepreneurs that serves Asian American non-profits in need by raising public awareness, volunteerism, and capital. By partnering with a different underserved non-profit each year and providing applied skills such as fundraising, marketing, PR consulting, event planning, strategic consulting, recruiting, and other assistance. Project by Project represents an innovative and uniquely valuable approach to community service.

– Pinky Fing Up

 

BREWSKI OF THE WEEK : Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

SHINER BOHEMIAN BLACK LAGER.

SHINER BOHEMIAN BLACK LAGER.

The first time I was introduced was during SXSW some years back. Being from the east coast, I couldn’t believe how popular it was in the Lone Star State. My host, gave me a little Shiner 101 and the rest is history. The whole time I was in Austin , I had a cold Shiner and a koozie in hand. A few years later ,you can’t go anywhere in my Bushwick neighborhood and not find Shiner. I was able to find the rare Bohemian Black Lager and its pretty tasty. The coffee and chocolate notes give you a sweet and bitter aftertaste. Not Bad!

Events: A Second Helping of Life Tasting Event

I had the honor of attending the 11TH annual Share Second Helping Of Life event last week at the Chelsea Piers. The event, featured some of the top female chefs that New York has to offer. Share is a 38- year-old survivor-led organization based in New York City that provides support, information, and  resources to women affected by breast and ovarian cancer. The event took place at the spacious Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers. Here is more information on Share. http://www.sharebenefit.org.

– Pinky Finger Up