Brooklyn Grilling Event

 

Memorial Day weekend is just a few days away. To kickstart your summer, check out Food Karma’s Brooklyn Grill Out event. Ice cold beers and ciders along with usual suspects at a cookout. Get your grub on! Full details @ http://www.cookoutnyc.com

 

 

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Harlem Eat Up

It is facts that Harlem is a neighborhood on the rise. Everyday, it seems new restaurants and bars are popping at an alarming rate. Here is your chance to see what is all the talk about in Harlem. Spearheaded by,  the  cool guy with the award – winning smile, Marcus Samuelsson. Get ready for the 3rd annual Harlem EatUp festival.

Get your tickets here : http://www.harlemeatup.com

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Events

Sun is shining , the weather is sweet. Make you want to  go out and eat.

To the  rescue , here I am.

I got you with some of the most talked about events for the month of May.

The Taste of the Upper West will be celebrating a decade this week. For a fun , festive food friendly event,  grab tickets to this two day spectacular. The first day will celebrate Summer in the City: Surf and Turf. The second will celebrate the Best of the West. Grab your tickets here: tasteuws.comupperw

Manhattan Cocktail Classic. The Gala

MCCIt is fair enough to say that New York City is on the shortlist of top drinking destinations in the world. These days, there is not a neighborhood that doesn’t have hole- in-the wall or tiki bar to drown your sorrows. After a two year hiatus , the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is  back. To set things off, the Gala will be the place to be to see the latest trends in the cocktail world. Hosted by the legend Bill Murray. Go get your tickets ASAP!

Tickets : https://tickets.cocktailclassic.comTONY Bill Murray AD

 

 

Brisket King 2017

 

Spring is in the air, the birds are chirping and Easter is around the corner, This a special time in New York. Especially if you love food.  The Food Karma team will be in full effect, starting now . Bringing you events all the way to the fall season.  On April 19th at the Food Science Academy Of Long Island University @ 1 University Plaza corner of Flatbush/Dekalb, Starting from 6 – 9:30. Food Karma presents the 6th annual Brisket King.

Spearheaded by the food maestro Jimmy Carbone, the FK team is starting off the new season with a bang. First up is the Brisket King 2017. This year its bigger  and better, with a lineup that is shaping to be one of the best ever. 

To make this event even more official, FK recruited a worthy judges table. The five man team includes Daniel Vaughn ,barbecue editor of Texas monthly and Aaron Franklin of the famed Franklin Barbecue. If you have been to Austin Texas, you know the lines are crazy long at this spot.

The food line up is amazing as well. The ever popular Dinosaur BBQ , Hill Country will be competing. Along for the ride is the bold team from M Wells.

Folks get your tickets. This will sell out.

 

 

http://brisketkingnyc.com/tickets/

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C-CAP RECAP

On March 8th, Pinkyfinger up had the honor to attend the 18th annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program Benefit. The benefit celebrated the contributions of Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern and Untitled. The well attended event raised nearly 1,000,000 to continue support scholarships as well as more  career opportunities and education for disadvantage youth who are looking to pursue careers  in the food service industry.

Now for the food! There were many C-Cap alums  cooking for the evening. Some of the past talent included Giovanna Delli Compagni of Asiate, Betty Pena of Pig & Khao , Cesar Gutierrez of Cafe Boulud, Yvan Lemoine of Union Fare and Swainson Brown of The Writing Room.

Some of Pinkyfingerup favorites included Nobu 57 Salmon Takati, The Modern’s Egg on Eggs on Eggs , Vaucluse’s Scallop and the hands down favorite Indian Accent’s Rice Crusted Bass.

Check out some of the pics from this awesome evening and remember if you see something you like go out to the restaurant and support.

C-CAP PROGRAM

 

Who ever has followed my blog for the past few years, knows I have a soft spot for C-CAP.

C- CAP is a program founded by well known cookbook author Richard Grausman over 25 years ago. C-CAP stands to promote and provide career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underprivileged youth through culinary arts education.  Top Chefs has been produced, world class pastry chef found their start , through this extraordinary program.

C-CAP  has raised the level for the second year in a row. C-CAP is partnering up with Olesay. Olesay is an international internship program, which specializes in learning programs and work related experiences in Madrid,  Spain. The C-CAP/Olesay mashup scholarship will train seven chefs in Spanish cooking.

The scholarship covers all travel, housing, and health insurance during the students’ stay in Spain, from the beginning of April through the end of June. The three-month internship program will wrap up with a whirlwind tour of the region of Madrid, comprised of visits to markets, restaurants, and wineries. Giving the student a taste in exploring a great foodie destination.

It is a good time to get hipped to the C-CAP program, as we approach the eve of their signature event. On March 8th 2017, at the spacious Chelsea Piers, Piers 60. In its 18th year, this benefit seems to gets bigger and better with time. This year, C-CAP will be honoring author and chef at the classic Gramercy Tavern Michael Anthony. The C-CAP grand tasting might be the best walk-around tasting the city has to offer. Some of the participating chefs is like a who’s who in the culinary hall of fame. Bites prepared by the likes of Daniel Boulud , Missy Robbins, Michael White and Marcus Samuelsson, makes this an all star line up . It’s going to to be an electric evening  of tasty bites , wine and a great live auction.

 

Tickets are still available here :  https://ccapinc.org/events/c-cap-annual-benefit-2017/

 

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Sushi Nakazawa

Pinkyfingerup is a blog/site that shares my personal experiences with food and drink. Sharing with you every morsel that lands on my taste buds that I think is worth sharing. It is up to you to go out and explore and find that delightful bite. We are just here to give you leads. After being in a little funk for a few months, I can feel that flavor getting sweeter with time. It’s time to eat and be merry again.
The Pinkyfingerup family got together to celebrate new beginnings and  hopes of having a bright future as a team. We wanted to start the year with an experience that we can remember years down the road. We decided to go with Omakase style. For those that don’t know, Omakase is a term meaning chefs choice.

A little over a year I posted about another Omakase experience. I thought it was time for another sushi excursion. Our destination, Sushi Nakazawa, tucked in a side street in the dashing West Village neighborhood. Daisuke Nakazawa, is the namesake of the restaurant, was a featured chef in the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. After this two hour experience, you will in no time will be dreaming of fatty tuna and sockeye salmon. Just a heads up, you need to make reservations a month in advance. You do have two choices to make. You can choose to sit in the dining room or pay a little extra to see the chef master his artistry. Whatever choice you make, the experience is going to stimulate your senses. No shame in our game, each melt in your mouth bite of fish was followed by harmonies of mmmmm’s and ahhhhhs. Take this tip, go to Nakazawa, close your eyes and savor every bite. Because this going to be an experience you will remember for a long time.

Custard

Eel

Eel

Toro Hand Roll

Toro Hand Roll

Sea Urchin

(L) Japanese Sea Urchin (R) Californian Sea Urchin 

(R) Chum Salmon

Fatty Tuna

Fatty Tuna

Soy Marinated Lean Tuna

Soy Marinated Lean Tuna

Yellowtail

Wild Yellowtail

Shrimp

Shrimp w/ Caviar

Crab

Dungeness Crab

Tuna

Tuna Plate

Swordfish

Swordwish

Lean Tuna

Lean Tuna

Mackerel

Spanish Mackerel

Red Snapper

Red Snapper

Sea Bream

Sea Bream

Squid

Squid

Omakase

(L) Red Snapper (LM) Bream (RM) Squid/w Mint (R) Scallop 

Salmon

Salmon Plate (L) Soy Marinated  (M) Smoked Sockeye Salmon (R) Chum Salmon 

 

Grilled Cheese Meltdownork

 

 

grilled-cheeseSome of my early childhood memories either involves playing baseball , goofing off and eating. Sure, my palate wasn’t as developed yet.  Being from a Caribbean household, I wasn’t really eating that bland ish my friends were eating. But theres was days I was like  A regular kid. Saturday cartoons was always accomponied with a bowl of Apple Jacks or Lucky Charms. Afternoon set up, was episodes of Flintstones and Brady Bunch with PBJ and the good ol’ Grilled Cheese. Nothing American like an oozy gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a cold glass of milk.

This weekend, Timeout New York is presenting the Grilled Cheese Meltdown at City Winery. There will be two sessions offering some of the best dressed up queso sandwiches paired with some brewskis. My prediction is the restaurant that uses government cheese will reign supreme .

Go to http://www.timeout.com/nygrilledcheesemeltdown for more tickets

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New York Taste

To all my Pinkyfingerup viewers. I would like to take the time to apologize for not updating the site.The last couple of months has been kind of tough on me. Lost that flavor to my life , spice to my days, the taste of food was not the same anymore. With  a little time and a few opportunities near I’m starting to get my mojo back. Yes, the mack is back. 2017 should be a great year with more updates on Pinkyfingerup IG page as well as here.

In early November I had the pleasure to attend the New York Taste thrown by New York Magazine. As always, it  was a night to remember. Signature dishes were on display by Brooklyn’s darling Olmstead and French favorite Le Coucou. Check out some of the bites that was devoured. Don’t forget, if you see something you like make reservations ASAP.  PINKYFINGERUP