I went to a food blogger dinner a few weeks ago that was hosted by Food TV’s George Duran and NBC’s Phil Lepert. It was in the west village, and we started with some fresh sangria and then headed downstairs for a formal dinner with the hosts.
We spoke about various food topics such as buying organic, CSA’s, and debating which supermarket chains are worth supporting (Trader Joe’s).
We also talked a lot about how to balance your meals not just with quality of foods (organic, local) but also prepared and non-prepared. Phil drove the conversational topics while George talked about the food we were enjoying. We started with a Strawberry Arugula Salad with honey balsamic vinegar, then main course of double stacked Italian Lasagna with pepperoni, seasoned beef, and sausage with four cheeses. The lasagna was served alongside herbed cheesy garlic bread. Finally we finished with a Mojito granita shot and a razzleberry pie a la mode.
Well, to our surpise the Lasagna and the Razzleberry Pie were both from Marie Callender’s. It surprised everyone in the room and was a lot better than I ever expected. Crazy!]]>
Hi Plate of the Day Food Blog Readers, I’m giving away an invitation to an underground dinner event in NY on Friday August 26th 2011. (It’s an Italian restaurant).
It’s a four course meal with TV celebrities:
George Duran (host of Ham On The Street)
Phil Lempert host of NBC SupermarketGuru
For the contest, log in with Facebook and tell us your favorite Italian dish. (Scroll down and click on the “view comments” link and log into Facebook to comment)
I’ll pick a random winner and will announce prior to the date!
Hey everyone, surprise the endless rain officially ends on Sunday and what better way to enjoy the outdoors than checking out a dozen or more of your favorite food trucks?!!!
From 11am – 5pm, Food trucks that serve coffee, ice cream, slushies, dumplings, lobster, falafel, and more will be available at Grand Army Plaza.
Here’s the line up so far:
Kelvin Natural Slush Co.
Red Hook Lobster Pound
Eddie’s Pizza Truck
The Frying Dutchmen
The Treats Truck
Vanleeuwen Ice Cream
This Food Truck party is being organized by the Prospect Park Alliance with the NYC Food Truck Association.
See you there!]]>
Iron Chef TV Celeb Mario Batali is inviting you and other culinary luminaries to a special charity dinner atop the Empire State Building this December as a benefit for the NY Food Bank. Hang out with Mario, Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio, Ted Allen, Andrew Carmellini, Brad Farmerie and many more of New York City’s most distinguished chefs, restaurateurs, and journalists while lending a hand in fighting hunger in New York City!
From the official press release:
Enjoy an evening of holiday-inspired cocktails and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres including presentations from David Burke Townhouse, Locanda Verde, Public & Double Crown, SD26, Riverpark, Morimoto, and others, and help celebrate the kick-off of the Food Bank’s newly formed Culinary Council. Bid for auction prizes including four tickets to the taping of Iron Chef and a private studio tour; tickets to the Emeril Lagasse Show, restaurant gift certificates galore and more! Finally, at this once-in-a-lifetime event, you’ll be present as the iconic Empire State Building turns orange, the color of hunger awareness.
The Culinary Council, Chaired by chef/author Mario Batali, brings together prestigious leaders in the culinary industry to raise funds and awareness for the Food Bank For New York City and its sustained efforts to provide food and services for the 1.5 million New Yorkers who rely on them. One in Five New York City residents relies on the Food Bank’s programs and services, including one in every five children.
Proceeds from this event, sponsored by Conde Nast Food Group and the Empire State Building, will support the Food Bank’s ongoing efforts to end food poverty in New York City.
Arrive in time for the ‘Orange’ Carpet at 6:00pm. Tickets are limited. Festive attire – $250 per ticket. To purchase tickets please visit: www.foodbanknyc.org/go/culinary]]>
Duh, why hasn’t anyone else come up with this idea? I mean Naan is an incredible tasty, chewy bread and would make a perfect complement for pizza toppings.
Well to kick off National Pizza Month (seriously dude, it was passed by congress back in 1987), it’s very appropriate to announce that prepared foods manufacturer Tandoor Foods is announcing a new line of frozen indian naan pizzas. Tandoor Chef includes Roasted Eggplant, Cilantro Pesto, Margherita, and Spinach Paneer pizza flavors.
I’m going to hunt for some of these in the store – let me know if you come across any and let us know what you think.
Here’s a recipe in the meantime from their website:
Mild Curry Chicken Pizza Recipe on Naan
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless
1⁄4 red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoons mild Indian red curry paste
4 pieces Tandoor Chef Tandoori Naan (or any Naan you get from a restaurant/ store)
1⁄2 cup fresh spinach, finely chopped
3 1⁄2 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Preheat broiler oven. Heat vegetable oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chicken, browning one side for two to three minutes before flipping; add onion and garlic; brown the other side another two to three minutes. Remove from the pan, cut into thin slices and return to the pan to finish cooking.
In a small bowl, combine the tomato and curry pastes. Spread over each piece of naan, then top with pan contents, spinach and cheese. Place on a baking sheet and broil for five minutes or until cheese is visibly melting.
Visit TandoorChef.com or Facebook.com/TandoorChef.
Got your plans set up for Labor Day weekend yet? No!?? Go check out the Parked NY Food Truck Festival on Governer’s Island this weekend on Sunday. It’s free to take the ferry and it’s free to attend the event. The food? Not free, but it’s going to be a stellar food truck line up and well worthwhile!
Some of the food trucks confirmed for the parked food truck festival so far include:
Jamaican Dutchy Food Truck, Rickshaw Dumpling Food Truck, Green Pirate juice Food Truck, Joyride Truck, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Food Truck, Halo Berlin, The Cinnamon Snail, Kelvin Natural Slush Co Food Truck, Hermelinda Mexicana and more!
WHEN : Sunday, September 5th
WHERE : Colonel’s Row @ Governors Island
DOORS : Noon – 5pm
COVER : Free!
RAIN DATE: Sunday, September 26th
Ferry Schedule Link: http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/directions.shtml
I checked out Governer’s Island last week for the Jazz Age Lawn party – it was awesome. If you have a bike, bring it along. It’s a great way to check out the entire island. Governor’s Island is kind of shaped like an ice cream cone. Colonel’s row is runs West East across the island at the upper (bottom of the ice cream scoop) portion of the Island. Enjoy!! These NY Food Trucks won’t disappoint!]]>
I got this from Cha Xiu Bao food blog site. Check it out – Jimmy Fallon is awesome.]]>
80 Henry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Just a few doors from Siggy’s Natural Organic Good Food Restaurant and Juice Bar is the neighborhood favorate Fascati Pizzeria. When locals in the neighborhood go out for Pizza, they go to Fascati and not to Grimalidi’s. There’s no wood fire oven and fancy ingredients, it’s just a plain good slice of pizza and the bonus is you don’t need to wait an hour plus in line to get a slice or a pie.
We got a slice of cheese, mushroom and pepperoni and took it down to the park in DUMBO looking out at lower Manhattan. I liked the pepperoni the best – the mushroom was a little soggy as they usually turn out. Compared to Grimaldi’s? Well it’s hard to say, I do like the blackened crust of Grimaldi’s but Fascati definitely is a good pizza all around.
The local kids definitely appreciate Fascati Pizza as well!]]>
319 Graham Avenue
Open Sunday-Thursday 11AM-12AM
Friday and Saturday 11AM-1AM
Motorino East Village
349 East 12th Street
Open Sunday-Thurs 11AM-12AM
Friday and Saturday 11AM-1AM
Just when you thought the top NY Pizza rankings were settled, along comes Motorino and a motorcade of celebrity mentions including Rachel Ray, Michelle Park of NY1, and a NY Times write up in Feb. When I think pure Neapolitan pizza, I think Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village but guess what? Motorino is Una Pizza Napoletana (Anthony Mangieri, the founder of Una Pizza Napoletana, sold his space to Mathieu Palombino last year). Guess that makes sense since the pizza here is very good.
We ordered a varieties including the famous Margherita DOC $14 (tomato / mozzarella di bufala / basil), a Soppressata Piccante $14 (tomato / fior di latte / spicy soppressata / fresh chilies / garlic, and the special that night (mushroom). I thought the soppressata was a little salty for my taste, but he DOC Margherita was just perfection. I prefer the Williamsburg location – it’s a bit larger and includes a nice backyard patio space. Enjoy!]]>
Il Porto Italian Pizzeria
37 Washington Avenue
(between Flushing Ave & Park Ave)
Area: Between Dumbo, Ft Greene and Williamsburg across from the Navy Yard
Brooklyn, NY 11205
What’s the best way to get to Brooklyn Navy Yard from the East Village? L to G to 57 bus? Q to Dekalb? I found myself in this predicament yesterday when I was hanging out with Hagan Blount for restaurant #29 of 93 of his 93 plates project. We just finished eating and blogging the Crooked Tree Creperie in the East Village and had to motor down to Il Porto near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Why? Because there was supposedly a Blogger’s Meetup but when we finally arrived 40 minutes later via the 6 from Astor to Union Square to the L to the G and walking down Washington, there wasn’t a blogger’s soul in sight! I don’t really know who the organizer was but that’s pretty lame to not show up to your own Meetup.
To make the best of a situation that was becoming rapidly ridiculous, we decided to try out a few slices at Il Porto. Besides a) there isn’t much else in the neighborhood b) we were kind of getting hungry and c) the wood burning oven pizza smelled and looked pretty nice.
We chose a platter that included an eggplant calzone, a slice of a white pizza (just mozzarella), and a personal sized garlic mozzarella pizza. As we started taking out our gear to snap photos of the food, the owner took pause and engaged with us in a light conversation about Hagan’s 93 plates project. I guess the potential publicity that a restaurant gets from 93 food bloggers is quite a draw and before we were finished with our slices, we were offered a slice of his ‘Grandma’ pizza (pictured above). Although it’s a simple combination of sweet tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and a splash of olive oil, it was our immediate favorite. It’s the most popular selling slice at Il Porto and I can easily see why.
Next, we indulged in a 32oz dry aged steak over a bed of asparagus and green beans along with a pear/pancetta/spinach/gorgonzola salad. First it’s a little laughable that the other bloggers who bailed on us completely missed out on this amazing food, and second I had intended on going to Peter Luger’s that night but ended up cancelling the reservation after being so stuffed from all this food. The steak at Il Porto isn’t the same cut as the mighty Peter Luger porterhouse so it’s difficult to compare, but overall the dry aged cut had great flavor and it’s a deal at $26.
As I powered through my meal, I asked the owner what type of customer would venture out to the industrial outskirts of the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Through its young 15 month run, he said the majority of the business occurs during the day, when Il Porto is packed with TV/Film crews and cast (including the likes of Sex and The City, and various modeling agencies) from Steiner Studios located across the street as well as small business employees from the Brooklyn Navy Yard space down the street. Secondly, Il Porto casts a wide net with their delivery service that covers DUMBO, Ft Green and the outskirts of Williamsburg. For me, I was pretty happy with the $5 bud light + slice happy hour special (4-7pm), but even more clever in my opinion is the FREE pickup and delivery candlelight dinner service on Thur, Fri and Sat nights at Il Porto. That’s brilliant!
The pizza here is good folks and although we only sampled a small portion of the overall menu, I would recommend making the trek out here to check it out. (Don’t depend on a Blogger Meetup as an excuse to go).]]>