He may be a renowned chef, cookbook author and no-nonsense judge on Chopped, but when it comes to tailgating, Aarón Sánchez is just like every other footfall fan on game day. “Everyone thinks that, ’cause I’m a chef, I’m going to want all this really decadent stuff,” Aarón told FN Dish recently. “No, sometimes you can’t mess with the formula of a tailgate.” We recently caught up with him in New York City at an event hosted by Ortega, where he was celebrating his partnership with the Mexican food company, and he explained that there should be just a few classic eats at every tailgate spread — not over-the-top dishes or fancy fare.
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In the midst of the scary and often isolating world that is cancer diagnoses and treatments, SHARE, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, aims to shed light and foster a compassionate community with the help of volunteers who staff phone lines and offer individualized support for women battling breast and ovarian cancers. The friendly, reassuring voices answering calls from patients, families and friends are often those of survivors themselves, which makes them keenly experienced in navigating the uncertainty that lies ahead. Each year, female chefs from around the city gather to raise money to further SHARE’s mission of care at A Second Helping of Life, a walk-around tasting event showcasing their deliciously inspired eats and drinks.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of A Second Helping of Life, and to celebrate this milestone, Chopped judge and Next Iron Chef: Redemption runner-up Amanda Freitag spearheaded the event as the executive chef. “I’m just supporting this amazing organization like I do every year … I just find it to be one of the best organizations for women who are going through this,” Amanda told FN Dish on Monday night at Manhattan’s Pier Sixty. When she wasn’t chatting with guests or graciously posing with fans for photos, Amanda worked alongside her culinary team to plate individual corn flans, creamy yet light bites served alongside a watercress salad with crumbled ricotta salata. “I wanted to capture the little bits of summer that we had left in the corn,” she explained of the inspiration behind her dish.
Pork lovers from all over New York City came out on a perfect late-summer Saturday to attend the fourth annual Pig Island, which was held on the waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to help support local businesses, farms and restaurants recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The event featured 25 local chefs, all cooking with whole pigs, and other businesses including local craft breweries and New York state wineries. The food was an outstanding display of all the dishes that can be made from pork. You name it, Pig Island had it: pork tacos, pulled pork, porchetta, lechon, pork kebab, sausage, dessert made with bacon and more.
Food Network fans would be excited to know that Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli’s Butter Restaurant was present, offering Butter McMuffins with Plum Jam and Lardo-Glazed Cinnamon Rolls that were out of this world. Mexican chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Zarela Martinez (pictured above), who also happens to be Chopped judge Aarón Sánchez’s mom, was serving up Oaxacan-style Puerco Relleno, a whole-stuffed pork with fruit and vegetable picadillo. FN Dish was on hand to taste the amazingly flavorful pork dishes. See photos of these and the rest of our favorites below.
We thought we had seen it all in the fake-food world, but crafters are cranking out something new and totally irresistible: crocheted snacks. Inspired by the popular Japanese art of amigurumi (crocheting small dolls and toys), American knitters have been dreaming up all sorts of fun meals, like this burger, dog and fries ($12/hot dog, $22/burger and fries; etsy.com). You can find free patterns online, or better yet, learn from the pros: This month, three big knitting stores — ImagiKnit in San Francisco (imagiknit.com), Purl Soho in New York City (purlsoho.com) and The Little Knittery in Los Angeles (thelittleknittery.com) — will launch food-design crochet classes.
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In the ultimate celebration of who’s who and what’s hot in the food world, some 2,000+ vendors from more than 80 countries around the world converge upon New York City every year to showcase nearly 200,000 products at the Summer Fancy Food Show. From duck pate and gluten-free chocolate cake to flavored honey and seemingly everything in between, there was no shortage of products on display at the 2013 event this past weekend, and FN Dish was on hand to sample the edible goods and chat with the creators and manufacturers behind them. After several hours of mingling — and munching — we had indulged in our share of fancy foods, several of which had us craving more, even days later. Check out a few of the FN Dish editors’ favorite picks from the show, and get recipes from Food Network chefs to enjoy similar bites at home.
Not many people can say they’ve had bacon tacos, chocolate-covered bacon, bacon cocktails or even bacon Twinkies — especially not all in one day. But at iAdventure.com’s second annual Bacon Bash, held at Bowlmor Times Square in New York City, you could find all those bacon goodies and more. If you thought bacon was just a breakfast side, Bacon Bash proved that it’s versatile enough to be made into main dishes and even dessert.
New York restaurants Guy’s American (Food Network’s own Guy Fieri‘s restaurant), House of ‘Que, Tres Carnes, Little Town and Bareburger, among others, were at the event offering unique takes on bacon recipes. And vendors such as Bacon Bites and Baconery had everything from chocolate-covered bacon to bacon soap, proving that bacon goes beyond edibles. FN Dish was on hand to taste all the porky goodness (except for the soap, of course).
It’s official: tickets are on sale for the 2013 New York City Wine & Food Festival, the sixth-annual celebration of all things culinary and beverage in the heart of Manhattan. For 4 days in October (October 17-20), the city will welcome fans’ favorite television stars like Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine, Giada De Laurentiis, Jeff Mauro, Alex Guarnaschelli, Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Get your tickets now.
Take a break from cooking tomorrow night and dine out for a cause. National Dine Out Day, June 19, benefits the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. A percentage of the revenue from more than 3,000 participating restaurants will be donated to the Relief Fund to assist in its mission to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide long-term assistance to the people of New Jersey still struggling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Don’t live in New Jersey? Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants around the country.
Next Wednesday, get out of the kitchen for a night and dine out for a cause. National Dine Out Day, June 19, benefits the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. A percentage of revenue from more than 3,000 participating restaurants will be donated to the Relief Fund to assist in its mission to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide long-term assistance to the people of New Jersey still struggling in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Don’t live in New Jersey? No worries. Click here for a complete list of participating restaurants around the country.
Just a few weeks after wrapping up the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Food Network chefs are already preparing for this fall’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, the sixth-annual celebration of all things culinary and beverage in the heart of Manhattan. For four days in October (October 17-20), the city will welcome your favorite television stars, plus restaurateurs, professional chefs and master mixologists from across the country, as they lead hands-on classes, elegant dinners, casual tastings and late-night bashes alike.
This morning, New York Magazine‘s Grub Street announced the lineup of events, and just like in years past, the 2013 festival will be jam-packed with parties to please every food fan. Before tickets go on sale next month, get an insider’s look at where your favorite stars will be cooking, eating and drinking at the festival, then start planning your weekend for the chance to meet and mingle with them.