2011 meme pig dinner

Last night was the third annual pig dinner at Meme. This year the lineup consisted of chefs David Katz (Meme), John Taus (The Corner), Jen Carroll (10 Arts), Monica Glass (10 Arts), Terence Feury (Fork), Mike Solomonov (Zahav), Matt Levin (Adsum), and Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette) with guest sommelier Michael Madrigale of Bar Boulud in NYC. The dinner consisted of five courses plus hors d’oeuvres and wine pairings.

The following were the dishes served:

blt cocktail

pork terrine, carolina pork bbq, and pork crepenette (L to R)

The hors d’oeuvres were a pork terrine with toasted brioche and a fig & peach mostarda, carolina pork bbq, and a pork crepenette with a port apple jam from Jen Carroll, David Katz, and John Taus (not sure who made which). The hors d’oeuvres were served with a BLT cocktail.

poached blue point oyster with pork rillons

The first course was from Terence Feury which was a poached blue point oyster with pork rillons and had choron sauce, braised lettuce, herbed bread crumbs, and oven dried tomatoes. The wine pairing for the first course was a 2009 Domaine Pinson Chablis 1er Cru, Mont-de-Milieu.

city ham terrine

The second course was a city ham terrine with swiss chard, challah, hard boiled egg, and pickled vegetables from Mike Solomonov and was paired with a 2010 La Columbera Rosato.

bbq pig tails

The third course was BBQ pig tails from Matt Levin with ranch dressing and smoked cornbread. His course was paired with a 2009 Pichierri Negroamaro del Salento.

prune stuffed pork loin wrapped in bacon

The fourth course was Peter Woolsey’s prune stuffed pork loin wrapped in bacon with grilled vegetables, french gnocchi, shallot cream vinegar, and pork jus paired with a 2009 Le Roc des Anges Cotes du Roussillon Villages


Lastly, the dessert course was Monica Glass’s melon with candied headcheese, prosciutto consume, and prosciutto gel served with a 2010 Macarini Moscato d’Asti.

The dinner was fantastic and full of porky goodness. Make sure you don’t miss this next year!

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fette sau

After a small batch tour and several beers at the Brooklyn Brewery, I went over to Fette Sau for a super indulgent, but downright delicious dinner.

Fette Sau is one of those BBQ joints where you order your food by the pound. Fueled by lots of Brooklyn beer, I chose well for my party of four. We got pork belly, sausage, beef brisket, boneless ribs, a side of German potato salad, and a side of burnt end baked beans.

This dinner was fantastic. Everything was delicious but the standouts were definitely the pork belly and the baked beans. The pork belly was tender, juicy, and served in slices about a 1/4″ thick! The burnt end baked beans were easily the best baked beans I’ve ever had. It’s honestly just one of those things that you’re just going to have to try to believe me.

You can also order beer in large quantities too. We had one gallon (yup, a gallon) of Sixpoint Vienna Pale to wash everything down.

I did absolutely nothing after dinner because the deep, deep food coma I was in but oh, was it worth it though. Definitely looking forward to coming back!

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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percy street barbecue

My father is a huge meat eater/lover and it was his birthday recently so I figured Percy Street Barbecue would be a great choice for his birthday dinner.

The restaurant has a casual feel – large tables with long benches to sit on, music playing at a reasonable volume, full height windows/doors slide open to let fresh air in when the weather is beautiful, which it was last week!

smoked chicken wings

For appetizers, we ordered smoked chicken wings and jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. The smoked chicken wings were served with okra and onion. I almost always pass on raw onion, it’s just too potent (unless it’s on a burger). The wings had good smoked flavor and I enjoyed the okra, despite bad okra experiences in the past. I was shocked that they served the full wing, all the way to the end. Not that this was a bad thing, just not used to it.

Now the jalapeno-cheddar cornbread. I love cornbread, and this was delicious. The cornbread was moist, had its characteristic sweetness, and was followed up by cheesiness and heat from the jalapenos. If I come here again, I’m definitely ordering that.

jalapeno-cheddar cornbread

There were six different meats on the menu: brisket, chicken, sausage, pork belly, pulled pork, and pork ribs. We all ordered the “double down” (no, not the KFC double down), which was a 1/4 lb. of 2 meats plus 2 sides. The standard platters come with a 1/2 lb. of meat and 2 sides. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any sausage. They actually didn’t have any for a week or so.

pork belly & ribs w/ sweet potatoes & coleslaw

Since we all got “double-down”s, all the meats were on the table and everyone got to try a little bit of everything. I personally chose the brisket and chicken, with sides of german potato salad and pinto beans.

Percy Street also offers three different sauces to accompany your meal: original, spicy, and sweet. The spicy I felt to be a tad too overwhelming and the original to be too boring. The sweet was my sauce of choice. Accompanying the meats were onions and pickles. The server also brought out a bunch of sliced white bread.

My favorites of the night were the chicken and pork belly. They were cooked perfectly and tasted great. I enjoyed my sides of potato salad and pinto beans too!

brisket & chicken w/ german potato salad & pinto beans

I’ve only had one other BBQ experience, excluding chain restaurants, back in February at Hill Country in NYC. I guess I enjoy BBQ, but it’s not something I go out of my way for. Percy Street is a great option down here in Philly and I’ll keep it in mind if I ever get a hankering for BBQ.

Have you been to Percy Street Barbecue before? What are your thoughts?

Percy Street Barbecue
900 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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