Monthly Archives: June 2012
Summertime is the perfect time for cooking outdoors. And Saveur Magazine celebrates the outdoor cooking tradition with their annual Summer BBQ. This year’s event brought celebrity chefs from NYC and beyond to the 79th Street Boat Basin on NYC’s West Side. The chefs were masters of the grill preparing dishes as traditional as a grilled steak to the whimsical creation of Francois Payard and his grilled marshmallows. The fare at the grillfest was topnotch and we were lucky enough to partake.
Like any fraternal order or brotherhood, when one of their own is hurting or in pain, chefs come together to lend a hand. Such was the case with Chef Gerry Hayden of the North Fork Table & Inn who was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) a year and a half ago. ALS is a debilitating disease that affects the patients central nervous system. There is no known cure for the disease, however there have been a few breakthroughs. Top chef friends of Gerry came together on a warm Sunday evening in June at Tom Colicchio’s Colicchio & Sons in NYC to show support and offer their solidarity to one of their own. These chefs from around the country prepared delicious tastings for all of us in attendance. It was an honor and a privilege to be there for this worthy cause. Here are some of the pictures we took during the night. For more information on Hayden’s Heroes, please visit: www.giveforward.com/haydensheroes.
If there is one thing we believe in the most it’s charity. We love promoting any events that are being held for a great cause, and Alex’s Lemonade Stand is one of the causes that we love contributing our time to. Chef Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event in Philadelphia, PA is one of those events that you have to attend at least once. Besides raising money for childhood cancer research, you have the opportunity to meet the children, and that is priceless. You also get the chance to try dishes from top chefs from across the country. This year’s Great Chefs raised over one million dollars. And for that I thank all of those involved especially the Marc Vetri’s Vetri Foundation for Children.
Eataly puts together some of the best Italian programs in NYC. We always look forward to events there. Besides having the opportunity to enjoy first class food, we also get to learn about the history, culture and food ways of one of the world’s greatest countries. Being of Italian ancestry, I am partial to all things Italian. This particular lunch showcased the foods, wines and products of Sicily. Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands. It has been an integral part to the history of Italy from time immemorial. We were fortunate enough to dine on Toasted Bread Two Ways: one with Anchovies and Peperonata and the other with Caponata (Duo di Pane Cunzato: Acciughe con Peperonata e Caponata di Melanzane); Fresh Tuna with Capers, Tomatoes and Oregano (Tonno Fresco al Forno con Capperi, Pomodorini e Origano); and Cannoli Siciliani. The flavors of this luncheon brought right back to my time spent in Sicily and made me yearn for my return.