Thursday, May 7, 2015
The Weekly Roundup: The James Beard Awards, Madison Sq. Eats Returns and Your NYC Mother's Day Brunch Guide
- Mad. Sq. Eats Returns for the Season: The Mad. Sq. Eats pop-up food market has reopened in the Flatiron District, and it'll stay through May 28. This year's new vendors include Paella Shack by Barraca, Uma Temakeria, and Bombay Sandwich Co., and veterans such as Red Hook Lobster Pound, Roberta's, and Momofuku Milk Bar will return. It's open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- LETTER GRADES FOR NYC’S FOOD TRUCKS MAY SOON BE ON THE MENU: A bill to bring Department of Health letter grades to street food vendors made it through the NY Senate Cities Committee last week, but has yet to make it out of committee in the Assembly. If it comes through, NYC food trucks and carts will be required to display letter grades and pay fines for violations.
- YOU CAN NOW GET MOMOFUKU SSÄM SAUCE SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR: The Ssäm Sauce combines the traditional, umami-rich, hot pepper seasoning called gochujang with miso, sake, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. We plan to put it on mac and cheese, pizza, chicken wings, burgers, and more.
- The 2015 James Beard Award Winners!
- Bâtard Tops James Beard Award Winners: On Monday night, for the first time, the annual James Beard Foundation gala — widely regarded as the Oscars ceremony of the food world — was held in Chicago rather than New York, recognizing Chicago’s dynamic and often cutting-edge food scene. But as has often been the case, New York took home most of the gold.
- Josh Ozersky Has Passed Away: Josh Ozersky, the celebrated food writer, Esquire contributor, and a founding editor of this site, died this past weekend in Chicago. As Pete Wells first reported on Twitter, Ozersky had been in town for the James Beard Foundation's annual chef and restaurant awards.
- Why Good Cheese Doesn't Come Cheap: The Sneaky Multipliers of Cheesemaking: While thinking about cheese pricing in terms of real cost helps lessen sticker shock, it doesn't get to the heart of question. It also doesn't address that our cheese (and the milk used to make it) may actually be too cheap. How is that the case? It all comes down to multiplication.
- Cronut King Dominique Ansel's Recipe for Success: Today, this young, humble, hard-working culinary innovator is putting finishing touches on his latest project, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, now open in New York’s West Village. Unlike his bakery, everything in his kitchen is freshly made or assembled to order.
- Revisiting the hit TV series 'Friends', 11 years after its finale: If you ever visit Greenwich Village in New York City to check out the Friends Apartment building at the corner of Grove and Bedford Streets, you will likely be staring at a restaurant called The Little Owl on the ground floor instead of the sitcom’s fictional coffee-house, Central Perk.
- Beard award goes to chef dedicated to seasonal food: The James Beard Foundation has named Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, the nation’s top restaurant, giving him three of the group’s highest national chef and restaurant honors in seven years.
- The Best Things We Ate in April: Mazemen at all’onda (22 E. 13th St.). “I am one of those insufferable people who gets extremely excited about ramps. But! The season is here and my favorite new dish featuring these alliums is at all'onda in Greenwich Village.
- Artists & Fleas Celebrates 1-Year Anniversaries of Locations in Chelsea Market and Downtown Los Angeles Arts District in May: Artists & Fleas, Williamsburg, Brooklyn's pioneering weekend market and long-time incubator of independent artists, designers and vintage collectors, celebrates 1-year anniversaries this month in its permanent location inside NYC's Chelsea Market on May 7th and in the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) Arts District on May 16 & 17. Artists & Fleas continues to curate a unique, selected showcase of local creative talent in fashion, design, art, vintage, music and food.
- The best Mexican restaurant in each borough: Since launching in 2005 out of a VW Kombi bus in Playa del Carmen, Tacombi has grown to include four locations in Manhattan serving its authentic Mexican tacos.
- WHERE TO GO FOR MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH IN NYC: Il Buco Alimentari, Eggs al forno with homemade sausage, porchetta, and organic eggs; fried rabbit; olive oil cake, and more are options on the $45 prix fixe.
- Tea Culture Blossoms in New York: One recent morning, he set out the elements of a Chinese style of tea service known as gong fu cha: a slatted wooden tea tray to catch excess water and tea, a lidded dish called a gaiwan for steeping, a pitcher to hold the steeped tea, and a few small porcelain teacups. As he deftly poured, steeped, discarded and resteeped, he provided a guided tour of tea, describing how it is grown, picked, processed and tasted.