Lexus, Diageo Wines and Uptown Magazine joined forces to put together a nice little soiree. Chefs for the evening was The Cecil’s JJ Johnson and Don Bowie of NoBar in Brooklyn. Yes, the food was on point.
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
BRUCIE beet jam peanut butter on a cheese biscuit
21 CLUB octopus carpacio with orange supreme
THE GANDER chilled cauliflower soup with smoke grapes
THE CECIL chicken liver puree with crispy cassava chip
TACUBA MEXICAN CANTINA tacos de barbacoa
DUTCH KILLS don lockwood
DELMONICO’S bbq short rib on the crispy potato
KING BEE duck and farro boudin
BAR CHUKO IZAKAYA chilled fresh tofu with chili oil
DAVIOS gnocchi bolognese
BAGATELLE truffle gnocchi with black truffle pesto
MARC FORGIONI blue moon scallops
HILL COUNTRY BBQ smoked brisket
MAISON PREMIERE assorted oysters
JAVLINA tasty taco
THE GORBALS saffron and mussel mousse with squid ink tortilla
I had the honor to be an invited guest to the 25th anniversary of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-Cap) last week. C-CAP, is a national non-profit that works with public schools to prepare undeserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry. For the record, the Pinkyfingerup crew love the kids and hope they keep feeding us till we’re old and grey. The founder and chairman of C-CAP, Richard Grausman, has a career spanning over forty years as a teacher and writer. This year’s honorees included businessman Dick Parsons and restaurateur Alexander Smalls.
Now for the food. The event style is a walk-around tasting. There was forty-three restaurants participating in this years tasting . A good portion of chefs involved were C-Cap alumni. Out of the forty-three participating restaurants, I managed to sample forty-one. Some of my personal favorites came from, Marc Forgione, Sea Grill and Juni. Enjoy the pics and if you see something you like go there and eat it.
Batard/Coffee and Milk Kardinal
Le Cirque/ Blue Crab Simplisse
Wayfarer/Cured Salmon cucumber jalapeño apple vinaigrette.
Michaels/ Duck Confit Tacos
Talde/Pretzel Pork & Chive dumplings with Tahini Mustard
Asiate/Truffled Yukon Gold Potato
La Marina/Crispy Arepa Braised beef short rib, lime scented sour cream, creamy avocado, cilantro
Barbuto/ Farro salad with fennel,olive meyer lemon and almond
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.