New York Taste…of Mind

Took a little time off to get my head right. I thought about whats next for PFU and for me in general. Along my journey, I’ve been faced with haters and folks who try to lay obstacles on my path to greatness. I almost let them get under my skin but I realized how far PFU has grown and the potential. So I decided to celebrate my greatness by attending New York Magazine Taste event. I’ve been going to this event for a very long time and it keeps getting better every year. Some of NYC’s best chef  threw down.

– Pinky Finger Up

City Harvest Summer in the City

Summer in the city is in full swing and before you know it, summer will be gone. On my to do list is to enjoy a few bbq’s, sip on as many Guiness’ as I can, hit the beach, try as many ice cream spots and of course go to the best food tastings in the city. The event that tops the list is City Harvest’s Summer in the City.

Founded in 1982 as the world’s first food rescue organization, City Harvest ( is dedicated to helping feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger. City Harvest will collect 55 million pounds of excess food from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms, and deliver it free of charge to 500 community food programs across the city this year. In addition to helping meet the immediate need for food, City Harvest takes a long-term approach to fighting hunger by partnering with residents, local organizations and businesses through Healthy Neighborhoods programs which increase the availability of affordable fruits and vegetables in low-income communities and provide the nutrition education and resources to maintain a wholesome, food-secure diet.

– Pinky Finger Up

Nights Out: Taste of the Nation

We love the kids here at Pinky Finger Up, so we support any event that help feeds families. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign does just that. We had the pleasure to join this wonderful charity in their signature event Taste of a Nation.  A who’s who of the hottest chefs and bartenders displayed their magic in the former Chase Bank headquarters. Results were a night to remember. Check out some of bites we enjoyed.

– Pinky Finger Up


Nights Out: Rising Stars/StarChefs

The StarChefs crew sure knows how to throw a party. This years edition of the Rising Stars New York was a fun filled night of  tasty nights.The 2015 Rising Stars award ceremony was held in the spacious Altman Building in New York. Some of New York’s  top fresh face chefs and bartenders were on hand showcasing some amazing bites and sips  from their menu. My favorite bite of the night  was from Bryce Shuman of Betony.  Uncle Boons, Boulud Sud and Nomad Bar were some of my other top choices. After the event, everyone straddled up and rolled on over to Toro for the after party . Great job Starchefs,  and we are look forward to the 10th annual International Chefs Congress taking place October.

-Pinky Finger Up



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


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

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




Events: Taste Talk’s All-Star BBQ

This past weekend the Pinky Finger Up crew had the chance to attend the 3 day Taste Talk conference in our backyard in Brooklyn. Taste Talks explores the culinary cutting-edge for a food obsessed generation’ through discussions and panels. Some panels included “Online/Offline: The Future of Food Magazines” with the chic moderator Kerry Diamond and “Do Restaurant Reviews Matter?” to name a few.

The weekend’s highlighted event was the All-Star BBQ at the East River Park. At $40 a pop for a ticket, this was definitely a bang for your buck. We had all the elements for a perfect barbecue: sunshine, brewskis and hungry guests.

Some of the world’s top chefs gathered for this grill down and created some marvelous bites. At times we were treated to mashups like Marea’s & Ai Fiori’s Chef Michael White and bushy bearded wordsmith Action Bronson who blessed us with a thai spiced “Porchetta Kra Prow.” White is well known for hi Italian cuisine but this collaboration showed he had more than few Italian tricks up his sleeve. Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker spiced up some “Boar Collar Meat” with a garlic, coriander root and black pepper soy sugar glaze, straight goodness! Ramen wizard Ivan Ramen showed me some love and won my heart over with his “Grilled Duck Heart” served with a summer corn XO sauce. This was my very first taste of ANY heart and I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but it was straight pimpin’. Right down a literal line, we were treated to some good eats. Check out some the photos from the BBQ:

– Pinky Finger Up