NYC Taste of the Nation

Hello, new camera!

Hello, new camera!

On Monday night I was lucky enough to attend a fancy gala event at the Hyatt Hotel near Grand Central Station. This event has been nicknamed “foodie prom” by the media and it was so much fun! In addition to a dazzling array of eats (and drinks!), I got to dress up and play with my new Nikon D40 camera. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards alleviating childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger.

My foodie-friend Brian from Bridges, Burgers, & Beer joined me on this culinary adventure as we sampled our way through New York’s most renowned restaurants. Best part of the night? Multiple people asked us if we were members of the press. Wheee! Must have been the fancy cameras 🙂

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I don’t eat much meat, however I don’t consider myself a vegetarian. My reasoning? I prefer a plant-based diet, but I also LOVE fancy food and I want to be able to taste everything. For example, last night I tried pate. I was a little hesistant at first, but it was good. Very savory, a little salty, reminded me of meatloaf. I snapped a photo of nearly everything that I tried, but I’m sure a few bites and tastes escaped the camera. Enjoy my culinary recap!

Pretzels

Pretzels

Pretzel with gruyere cheese

Pretzel with gruyere cheese

Vodka, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Cocktail

Vodka, Rhubarb, and Strawberry Cocktail

Hazlenut and sauerkraut crostini from Pure Food & Wine

Hazlenut and sauerkraut crostini from Pure Food & Wine

Red Wine and Pate

Red Wine and Pate

Duck liver and pork pate from Les Halles

Duck liver and pork pate from Les Halles

Gnocchi with lamb ragu from Marc Forgione

Gnocchi with lamb ragu from Marc Forgione

Stuffed mushroom with bacon aioli from Hudson Yards

Stuffed mushroom with bacon aioli from Hudson Yards

Scallop Ceviche from 10 Downing

Scallop Ceviche from 10 Downing

Poached egg atop vegetable panzanella from Rouge Tomato

Poached egg atop vegetable panzanella from Rouge Tomato

Beef and white corn bread pudding from Hill Country

Beef and white corn bread pudding from Hill Country

Mushroom quesadilla from Centrico

Mushroom quesadilla from Centrico

Pulled chicken arepa with jalapeno salsa verde

Pulled chicken arepa with jalapeno salsa verde

Pork skewer with apple and creme fraiche

Pork skewer with apple and creme fraiche

carrot dumpling

Carrot dumpling from Dirt Candy

ravioli

Short rib ravioli with brown butter sauce from Union Square Cafe

"Suffering Bastard" Cocktail

"Suffering Bastard" Cocktail

"Suffering Bastard" Cocktail

"Suffering Bastard" Cocktail

sardine

Fresh sardine bruschetta from Le Cirque

Cheers! to Champagne

Cheers! to Champagne

Red velvet from Tonnie's Minis

Red velvet from Tonnie's Minis

Brian eats a cupcake

Brian

Dessert shots!

Dessert shots!

I probably had a few too many cocktails, but surprisingly I never felt overly stuffed. I felt a littttle out of sorts on Tuesday morning (it’s not a hangover, it’s called enjoying my 20’s!), but still made it to work on time 🙂

In other news, my legs have been feelin’ pretty banged up from Saturday’s 10K, so I’m taking it easy this week. I elliptical for 30 minutes on Monday, ran 5 easy miles on Tuesday, and completed a 6 mile tempo run yesterday morning (Wednesday). Alma and I warmed up for 2 miles and then ran a series of 30 second, 1 minute, and 2 minute fartlek pick-ups. I felt okay, but my legs were rebelling by the final speed interval. I think I could have tweaked last week’s post-race routine a bit more (more protein = faster recovery?). I’ll have another chance on Saturday – I’m running the Brooklyn 1/2 marathon, eek!

Goodie Bag

Kitchen tools

Last, but not least – I received these 2 kitchen utensils in my Taste of the Nation goodie bag. Any guesses on what they might be used for? I have NO idea.

  • Looks like it was a blast. Good luck in Brooklyn this weekend!

  • j

    I’m not sure, but I think the one on the left might be a scraper- like a spatula that you grip throuph the middle?

  • well, i know the first kitchen gadget is a dough cutter.

    was it a duck & pork pate? for some reason i wrote lamb and duck…it escapes my memory. i’m shocked you remembered all of that! there was definitely a ton of stuff i don’t quite remember.

    gahhhh people now see me in on the interweb!!!!!!!

  • typo! see me ON the interweb!*

  • Wow, New York sure looks tasty!

  • I’m going through your pictures trying to pick my favorite, but it’s kind of impossible, because everything looks ridiculous. So I’ll settle on the Suffering Bastard, because that name is money. What an amazing Monday night! Totally worth a hangover, food or otherwise.

  • LR

    I think the first is a bowl scraper. No idea about the second. It looks like some kind of tag. Good luck doing the half marathon. I’ve got a 5k coming up (beginner!) that I’m excited for! 🙂

  • Glad you had such a great time! And I am so jealous of your camera — I might be buying one for the husband’s graduation gift, so let me know what you think of the D40!

    I want to say the bottom tool has something to do with wine, but I have NO clue what! And the top one is definitely a bowl scraper/dough cutter of some sort…

  • I have NO idea what either of those things are (reading the comments I sort of get it, but initially I had no clue). I’ll wave to you Saturday, prob from about 30-45 mins behind! At the end there’s brunch, I keep reminding myself.

  • What a fun event, and you looked so pretty!! Good luck racing this weekend!

  • Looks like a really fun and food-filled event! And you looked so gorgeous in your red dress. How fancy. All your pics made me hungry. The new camera seems to be working great. Goodluck on your upcoming half!

  • My legs have been rebelling as well and I’m nervous for my 1/2 (not this weekend, but next!). Everything’s been so fine my whole training but then I followed 10miles of speedwork by only 1 day off and then 11 miles…ouch knee.
    I’m doing the same thing this week (schedules, grrr) and feeling a little nervy about keeping my legs fresh!
    Fingers crossed for your 1/2 this weekend – sounds like a good thing that you’ve taken a break this week!

    OH and all that food. Ugh. Love. Pate is my favourite. This might disgust some people, but I used to eat it on toast pretty much daily in my late teens!

  • Anne

    That looks like so much fun!! I love Tonnie’s Mini’s and was sad when he moved his bakery to Harlem…much harder to get to! Oh, and your dress is cute!!! It looks like the Black Halo Jackie?

  • Anne – I actually live in Harlem, so having Tonnie’s Minis nearby might be d-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s. Anytime you want to venture uptown, let me know. The red velvet was ridic! I want another one 🙂

    Anddd my dress is actually from high school (circa 2001, heh) – I think it’s from the Express.

  • I would hazzard to guess that the second gadget is a wine glass tag, you know, so you can tell it apart from all your friends? Insanely tacky though… I hope I’m wrong!

  • The bigger kitchen gadget looks like a chopper or dough cutter of some sort.

    I have been wondering what to do with this ruhbarb I bought a couple days ago and I see here that I can make a cocktail?!? I’m so looking up that recipe, nothing is as good as a good cocktail!

    Have fun with your camera. I just got a Nikon about 5 months ago and LOVE it. When I got my camera I found a book I really like to help me photograph. Let me know if you would like the name of it and I will look it up.

  • one carrot dumpling, please! and i’ll take one of everything else, just for fun. this looks amaaaazing!

  • Ellen

    Foodie Prom—LOVE IT! So many yummy bites…lucky girl! And I have NO idea what those utensils are, I’m the worst person to ask. I tried to come up with some clever guesses, but um…nope. Nada.

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • my favorite part of this is the “it’s not a hangover, it’s called enjoying my 20s!” – um, yes! this whole evening looks fabulous, there’s no way i could possibly identify what looks most delicious. i think events like this are so wonderful because they really let you enjoy flavor and just revel in food. now if only an event like this would exist in my price range…

  • I THINK the curvy thing is for cutting food or scraping batter down from the side of a bowl. And the ring thing might be a wine bottle accessory…

  • Looks like so much fun! Hope your half goes great on Saturday. Bet your legs will really be wanting a break after that.

  • i was looking closely at the 2nd item last night and i think it might be a “note” holder of some sort to put on a wine bottle…not sure why you’d need to do that…but umm…i dunno haha.

  • I want that red velvet cupcake immediately.

  • Megan

    The bigger utensil is a dough cutter (see the finger grips?)…

    Does the little one have a blade on the inside of the ring? If it does, it’s a foil cutter (to remove the foil from a wine bottle). If not, you could put it on a chain and make a really tacky charm bracelet 😉

  • JG

    The one on the left is a pizza / dough / naan cutter from Tandoori Chef. The one on the right is a wine glass holder for tasting events. It clips onto the plate you’re holding to free up your hands!

  • I don’t know if I am more jealous of your new camera, all that tasty food, or your goodie bag. Lucky girl!

  • JG…clipping onto the plate feeing up your hands…GENIUS! definitely did not think of that…

  • You’re so adorable! I love your camera outfit!

    Yeah, like they’ve all been saying it’s a dough cutter. They’re friggin’ genius.

  • Great pics! Glad you had such a good time. 🙂

  • Anne

    @ RunnersKitchen…haha, I just may take you up on that offer 🙂 I LOVE Tonnies!! My favorite one is the golden heart which the swirled vanilla and red velvet cake topped with cream cheese. Oh and I believe he was actually featured on the Wendy William Show. I love that you still rock clothes from high school…it totally looks like the Black Halo dress in that picture which is like $300+

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