Last night I attended a food event hosted by The Village Voice (a free NYC-based weekly newspaper). I had purchased a general admission ticket so I didn’t have access to the VIP section downstairs, but there was plenty of food and drink upstairs. The event brought together vendors from all across the city to showcase their food. A decent list of breweries, wineries, and spirit-makers were also present, and bottles of water were provided by Glaceau smartwater.
Unfortunately some of the restaurants ran out of food early (most regrettably: Dean Street and their pulled pork sliders), and others didn’t look worth trying. There were around fifty non-dessert vendors at the event, but I couldn’t have eaten that many dishes. I ended up satisfied with the amount that I tried, which was about fifteen dishes plus some desserts and cocktails.
Here were my five favorite savory bites:
My favorite of these was the fried Brussel sprouts from Tanoreen. They were cooked perfectly and had amazing flavors. I wish I had gone back for a second round!
Despite the fact that there were so many dessert options available, I ended up only trying three things, and they were all excellent:
I tried the chocolate mini-cupcake with salted caramel frosting and it was insanely good. Unfortunately I went back a while later to try the other two and all the cupcakes were finished! I was getting pretty full by that point, though, so I suppose that was okay.
As for beverages, I tasted Prairie Organic Vodka, both straight and in a spiked lemonade cocktail they had created. Quite yummy. I also tried Tito’s Handmade Vodka from Austin, Texas. They weren’t offering it straight but instead in a Moscow Mule, which I drank from my complimentary tasting glass:
Here are some more photos from the event: