vosges haut chocolat/brooklyn brewery tasting

Due to some (easy) convincing/pressuring from Meg at Runner’s Kitchen, I gave in and got myself a ticket to go to the Vosges Haut Chocolat/Brooklyn Brewery tasting at the Vosges boutique in SoHo.

The night started with a couple hors d’oeuvres:

prosciutto, arugula, fig & butter on a baguette

dark chocolate w/ chorizo on a baguette

Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver was in attendance and spoke about the brewery as well as the featured beers in the tasting.

rosey caramel w/ brooklyn local 1

Brooklyn Local 1 – Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Rosey Caramel – dark chocolate caramel w/ rose water, pink peppercorns, and red rose petal

tarte caramel w/ brooklyn local 2

Brooklyn Local 2 – Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Tarte Caramel – dark chocolate caramel w/ blood orange, hibiscus, and campari

red fire tortilla chip w/ brooklyn ipa

Brooklyn IPA – East India Pale Ale
Red Fire Tortilla Chip – organic corn tortilla chip in milk chocolate w/ ancho chilis

blues truffle w/ brooklyn black ops

Brooklyn Black Ops – Russian Imperial Stout
Blues Truffle – milk chocolate with applewood smoked bacon

My favorite was the Local 2 & tarte caramel pairing, followed by the Black Ops and Blues truffle.

Huge thanks to Maggie Marion of Vosges and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. The event was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely be checking the website for new events.

Check out Meg’s recap of the tasting at Runner’s Kitchen.

Vosges Haut Chocolat
132 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

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taste of the nation 2010 – philadelphia

This marks my third ever Taste of the Nation event, and second Philly one. Taste of the Nation: Philly 2010 was held this past Monday at the Loews Hotel on Market Street, the same location as last year.

Above photo: Jen Carroll, Chef de Cuisine at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert

I impulse bought a VIP ticket over a standard ticket since I remembered how much fun I had last year. Last year, I went on my own, and still had a great time. This time around, I coaxed one of my friends to tag along.

These events can be a bit pricey, but they’re a ton of fun and 100% of the ticket sales go towards child hunger. If you’ve never gone, you’ve gotta try to make it out next year, it’s worth it.

herbed goat cheese w/ mango salsa from westend bistro by eric ripert

cauliflower bisque w/ ham foam from marigold kitchen

mixologists from the franklin mortgage & investment co.

Again, my experience at the event is better explained through pictures…


beef tartare from meme

It was my very first time trying beef tartare (finally!) and I must say, it was pretty good!

yhanne’s house of cheesecakes

assorted cheesecake bites from yhanne’s house of cheesecakes

The red velvet cheesecake was fantastic!

truffled mac and cheese from varga bar


pork liver terrine w/ rhubarb from amis

I haven’t had terrine too many times in my life. Just based on previous experiences, I’m not a huge fan of terrine, but this was delicious! Definitely changed my perspective on terrine…

chicken liver mousse on homemade sourdough and topped w/ pickled red onions from fond

Fond’s chicken liver mousse was probably my favorite dish of the night. I had maybe three…umm..four…maybe more…I’m not saying. It was oh so good.

chef pierre calmels from bibou

chicken liver custard w/ tomato & green olive sauce from bibou

pastry chef monica glass from 10 arts by eric ripert

yogurt panna cotta w/ black sesame pearls & raspberry from 10 arts

chef jen carroll from 10 arts

salmon ceviche (suh-veech)…sorry jen, i had to haha.

thoughts at the end of the night:
-why have i not gone to amis or bibou yet?
-must go to 10 arts again (hopefully soon).
-can i have that chicken liver mousse from fond for lunch…like weekly?
-jen carroll is awesome.
-taste of the nation events are so much fun.

Did anyone else go? What did you think of the event this year?

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taste of the nation 2010 – new york city

This was my second Taste of the Nation event, my first was Philly’s TON 2009. I originally intended on going to the NYC one, then backed out when I found out how much the tickets were, then decided to go again, huge thanks to Meg from Runner’s Kitchen for being my partner in crime Monday night. I’m SUPER glad I went!

mushrooms from hudson yards

This year’s event was held at the Grand Hyatt on E. 42nd Street and featured several restaurants, chefs, and mixologists. Instead of chatting away, I feel that this event is better explained with pictures…

I want to apologize in advance if I label foods incorrectly, I’m doing so to the best of my memory. Please drop me a line if I have mislabeled something! Thanks!

mango vodka & rhubarb cocktails

pulled pork belly from yerba buena

brasserie les halles

duck & lamb pate from brasserie les halles

chef rocco dispirito signing copies of his new book, now eat this!

monkey bread from gramercy tavern

The above picture really doesn’t do justice for this monkey bread. It was EASILY one of the best tasting dishes of the night. We were lucky enough to snag 2 of the last 3 on the table!

cupcakes from tonnie’s minis

pork belly from tanuki tavern


assorted charcuterie from aquavit

chef aaron sanchez and centrico

mushroom “quesadillas” from centrico

from blt fish

“deconstructed chocolate bar” from eleven madison park

DEFINITELY got seconds of this one. It was so damn tasty.

I had such a great time at TON 2010 – NYC. If you ever get an opportunity to go to one, I highly recommend it. It’s for a great cause and you’ll have an awesome time.

Looking forward to TON 2010 – Philly next month!

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flavors of the avenue/crafty balboa

Last Saturday in South Philly was the Flavors of the Avenue food festival and Crafty Balboa craft/art show. East Passyunk Avenue was closed between Tasker and Morris Street for the events. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and I had a great time!

Flavors of the Avenue was held in a tent at the south end (which was a bummer since it was so beautiful out). There were tables set up all around the perimeter and several South Philly restaurants participated as well as a few wine and beer tables. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to eat as much as I had intended. I just wasn’t that hungry. Some of the food I did have was pretty tasty though.

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar had Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Newbold IPA and Fleur de Lehigh, their spring/summer seasonal on tap.

Crafty Balboa was held on the north end of EPA right by Tasker Street. Many tables were set up with everyone selling all sorts of different arts and crafts. There were a lot of neat and interesting stuff for sale…from baby oneies to plush toys to t-shirts to prints.

Aaron Takes Pictures, by Aaron Weber. See more of his stuff here.

Exit 343 Design, by Steph Harvey. See more of her stuff here.

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philly cooks 2010

I missed Philly Cooks 2009, so I made it a point to make it out to this one! Philly Cooks is an annual charity event where there are a bunch of local participating restaurants and the proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia. This is the second food charity event that I’ve attended and I must say…they’re so much fun! I was so incredibly full at the end, but so, so happy.

The following were just some of the places I tried….

moshulu – diver scallops
this dish won best of the year…and rightfully so..they were fantastic!

susanna foo’s – baozi and dumplings
so delicious…i haven’t had baozi that good since china!

they won best display

buddakan – blue-fin tuna tartare

chew man chu – steamed pork bun
this one won best appetizer…to be honest though after having garces’s pork belly buns from chifa, i can’t quite see other pork belly buns in the same light. i disagree with this one.


supper – (don’t remember)
it was a seafood dish and was quite tasty i thought

la castagne

la castagne – (don’t remember)
i do remember enjoying this one though


rouge – mac and fontina cheese
very good stuff

varga bar

varga bar – breakfast cereal ice cream
this was pretty wild…you can totally taste the cereals used and definitely gave me a nostalgic feeling


jones – key lime pie

The complete list of winners can be found on PhillyBurbs.com

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