So I have been insanely busy lately, and have logged a lot of miles. But I wanted to remind you about the event of the year. Don’t be late. Buy your tickets for the NYC Wine and Food Festival today, and check out the pics and info on my event here. The New York Times is sponsoring and this year will be massive. Last year we had about 30 food trucks and live music on a perfect Sunday afternoon. This year will be bigger and better. I also learned that I will be one of the judges of the annual Burger Bash, which is one heck of a party. Whoopi Goldberg is hosting that this year. Anyway check out nycwineandfoodfestival.com for ticket info for all the events; it’s an INCREDIBLE weekend and you all should be there.
Anyone who read my State Fair food rant the other week should check this out. If you haven’t been aware of this stuff you should be. Charlie is a sometime genius, but never far off the mark.
Here’s another one I thought of the other day. Colorado peaches, dripping with flavor, are at their peak during our Fair run. Why not make peach dumplings with a killer sweet batter, or mini peach hand pies all crispy and golden (had both at Arizona Sate Fair). They can be cooked to order, fried, or baked, and the dumplings can even be served on a stick. I also spent the last week in Aspen at the Food and Wine Classic, and I judged the national finals of the Cochon555 competition, and I thought to myself, "Why doesn’t someone take some of the empty space at the north end of the fairgrounds, just past machinery hill and roast 20 hogs a day?" It would be awesome. Get some great brews and root beer on tap; it would be amazing.
Speaking of Aspen, Eater did a Chain Interview where those of us that were interviewed in the Eater Lounge were all asked to pose a question to the person taking the seat after us. I got to pose a question to my old boss, Thomas Keller. TK is cerebral and many find him imposing. Very few know the amazingly tender and kind side of this legendary chef. He cares deeply about people and especially about those who have worked for him, regardless of length of duty or outcome of their tenure. His regular bear hugs every time I see him are motivated by his delight that I lived through the darkest period of my life. His inspiration is with me every day. Anyway, here is a cool interview with him.
Aspen was awesome this year; everyone should go for the 30th Anniversary. Stay tuned to foodandwine.com for info. Hang for the weekend with every legend in the biz, and I do mean it. After dinner at Jose Andres’s house last Thursday night, we piled in the car to drive back to the hotel, and when I turned in my seat to see who crammed in the back I saw that my wife had the tiny indomitable and superbly talented Susan Feniger on her lap. I got to spend some great time with old friends and new. Mario Batali chased me across a crowded party to introduce me to his kids who are big Bizarre Foods freaks, then Jose’s kids told me the same thing so I hung for an hour one night with all the kids swapping stories. I gotta say it was a highlight of the trip.
Huge thanks to the AMAZING Josh Applestone of fleishersmeats.com for butchering a whole goat next to me while I cranked three dishes out. It was impressive.
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Dana Cowin, Thomas Keller, and I