Fried Chicken Joins the Fest

by in Events, October 1st, 2011
Fried chicken from Lantern Restaurant
Lantern Restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC brought Korean-style fried chicken with pickled vegetables to the party.

Burgers and meatballs have become mainstays at the annual New York City Wine and Food Festival. Now fried chicken is getting into the mix. This beloved Southern comfort food was served up by restaurants from around the country last night at Hill Country Barbecue Market, the perfect venue for such an event. Guests meandered through the expansive Texas-style barbecue joint, munching on fried birds both classic and unconventional while a live band played on the lower level.

Art Smith's classic fried chicken
Chef Art Smith's classic Southern fried chicken was a crowd favorite.

In addition to all the crispy, juicy fried poultry, event host Bobby Deen and his actress girlfriend Katy Mixon cooked up mini mac-and-cheeses and sweet potato casseroles. Hill Country staffers passed hot cheese biscuits, and the super-rich chocolate-peanut pie with pretzels and bacon-peanut brittle from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami was not to be missed.

Fried host Bobby Deen and guest
Event host Bobby Deen smiles with a fan. Paula's boy did her proud with his tasty mac-and-cheese.

Fans also schmoozed with Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs contenders Marcus Samuelsson and Spike Mendelsohn, Cooking Channel stars Zac Young and Lee Anne Wong, cookbook author Katie Lee Joel, top chefs Suvir Saran, Floyd Cardoz, Art Smith and many more familiar food-world faces.

Marcus Samuelsson and Lee Ann Wong
Cooking Channel's Lee Ann Wong hangs with Marcus Samuelsson, whose Red Rooster restaurant offered African-spiced fried chicken.

Hill Country Chicken had a fun spin on chicken and waffles served in mini waffle cones.

Hill Country Chicken and Waffles

The Bromberg Brothers of Blue Ribbon served super-crispy chicken with miso-honey sauce.

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

There were two contenders for the best Indian-inspired fried chicken of the evening: Suvir Saran of Devi offered this masala-spiced chicken and tangy slaw, while Floyd Cardoz of the soon-to-open North End Grill served his own chickpea-battered version with paneer mac-and-cheese.

Devi fried chicken

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Comments (9)

  1. After reading this article, I feel like eating fried chicken right now and it is 10:30pm! If I was there, I would have loved to try the Korean-style fried chicken because that is completely new to me. Art's crispy chicken looks to die for! Would have also loved to try the wings on Blue Ribbon's plate. Hmm…yum yum! This may sound silly but I will never know if I don't ask! Do you think either one of them will be so kind to share their fried chicken recipe?

  2. Greg H says:

    Yum! Great photos–I want to eat all of that, especially that goupy korean fried chicken at the top. My wife was there (without me, I'm sad to say) and wrote it up in her blog too (

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  4. Malli says:

    Love Love Love Fried chicken!
    Your article and the variety of chicken photos– I am drawn even more. The Indian inspired spicy fried chicken by Suvir Saran is top-notch!! I was in Hawaii this year and had Japanese Fried chicken balls(don't remember what it's called:( ) but that was AWESOME!!

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