Photograph by Michael Toolan
The highlight of my first New York City Wine and Food Festival was definitely Thrillist's BBQ & The Blues event presented by Merillat. I obsessively check my inbox for new emails from the trendy site (and awesome rewards program), so I was stoked when an editor of mine passed along an invite.

The sold-out event at Hudson Terrace included custom-crafted BBQ creations from some of Thrillist’s favorite NYC chefs, who, along with celebrity chef Curtis Stone, conducted live cooking demonstrations, as well as performances by local blues band Baby Soda.

Guests washed down the jaw-trembling ‘cue with ice-cold Coors Light, wine from Big House, and delicious Michael Collins Irish Whiskey cocktail pairings.

Photograph by Michael Toolan
My favorite drink of the night was The Irish Fall, a fruity mix I thought tasted delicious with every piece of barbecue.
Photograph by Jon Rivera
It was hard to know where to start with two floors of barbeque stations. Ultimately, I went for Chef Simon Glenn's Tchoup Shop creation (pictured above) because it was closest, but I ended up getting seconds because it was so dang good. What looked like a regular 'ol meatball was actually a Handmade Brisket-Duck Liver Boudin Ball Slider with Creole Mustard and Bread ‘n Butter Pickles. It had just the right amount of kick and flavor. I love that it wasn't a traditional take on BBQ, and the portion size wasn't too much. I could have done without the huge bun on top, but that's just me.
Photograph by Jon Rivera
Dinosaur Bar-B-Q served a delicious Pulled Pork Slider (pictured above), that was juicy and tender. A little bit of sauce went a long way on this expertly seared meat. Other favorites included: Virgil’s Real BBQ's eight hour smoked BBQ Chicken Wings, Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall's Beef & Pork Tamales with Fresh Pickled Salad and Takashi's BBQ Beef Belly and Marinated Achilles Tendon.
Photograph by Jon Rivera
The dish that won my heart over, however, was Curtis Stone's Grilled Lobster with Thyme Corn Butter. It was seriously out of this world. Buttery and rich, the candied bacon on top was an unexpected extra pop. People snatched them up faster than he could put them out, and I may have elbowed my way to the front more than once. (Hey, I shared with others!)

When I asked Curtis why he chose to make lobster at a BBQ event, he said he wanted to make something lighter that would play on a traditional Australian dish—shrimp on the barbie. After all, "a lobster is just a bloody big shrimp," he said.

Photograph by Michael Toolan
A fan of South Carolina and Texas barbecue, Stone enjoyed greeting fans and chatting about food. Food, he said, brings all kinds of people together, and that's part of what makes his job so worthwhile.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't already counting down until next year's BBQ festivities. Until then, I've got a whole new list of places to check out.


10/20/2011 4:15pm


I'm helping to promote Mohegan Sun's 15th anniversary this weekend and some of the events they have going on. I've got some brand new signed cookbooks from Bobby Flay, Todd English, and Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) that I thought you might be interested in offering as a giveaway to your readers. All that we would ask is that you mention the 15th anniversary of Mohegan Sun and the fact that all three chefs are going to be there this weekend signing their new cookbooks.

I've attached some more information and a few pictures for you to take a look. Thanks and let me know if you have any questions and if you're interested.

All the best,


Mohegan Sun's Reality Check Presents Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery
Complete Info: http://bit.ly/nYLPO9
Buddy Valastro to present cake to Bruce Bozsum (Chairman, The Mohegan Tribe) and leads public Happy 15th Birthday Mohegan Sun sing along. Buddy to then participate in audience Q&A
Cake served to public, party atmosphere: hats and horns, music
Presentation followed by signing of Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia: http://amzn.to/nyv6ke
Mohegan Sun's Signings & Sightings Presents Todd English
Cooking In Everyday Engligh: http://amzn.to/o1ltT7

Mohegan Sun's Signings & Sightings Presents Bobby Flay
Complete info: http://bit.ly/nCkvWo

09/13/2012 9:33pm

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