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Fuck That’s Delicious: Brand New Action Bronson Video to Debut at Taste Talks

Sarah Zorn

After a day of listening to experts expound on highly consequential food topics, such as the fate of print publications, the necessity of brick-and-mortar businesses, and the importance of sustainable sourcing, how about watching a Queens-based rapper tour the city, on a quest for killer baklava and stoner-friendly chicken sandwiches?

As part of MUNCHIES ongoing film series, featuring Action Bronson (i.e., “Mr. Wonderful”) and his motley crew of associates (i.e., Big Body Bes) eating their way through New York, Taste Talks will debut a never-before-seen extended edition of their very newest video, “Fuck, That’s Delicious.” Join Bronson on a magical, mythical, expletive-ridden culinary expedition through his beloved hometown, as he stops at some of his favorite local joints, tries his hand at folding phyllo and flipping pizzas, and, you know, basically just eats some seriously delicious shit.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here

The Story of the Source: Do People Really Care About Local Food?

Sarah Zorn

“Local,” “sustainable” and “seasonal” are far more than mere buzzwords nowadays, considering how few relevant restaurants would ever dream of serving a stalk of asparagus in mid-winter, or a cut of hormone-injected meat from an unreliable source. And home cooks are similarly keyed in to the provenance of their provisions, padding their personal vocabularies with increasingly involved, beyond-organic terms, like “Food Alliance Certified,” “Fair Trade,” and “GMO-Free.” 

So when it comes to the basic question posed by the upcoming Taste Talks panel, “The Story of The Source: Do People Care?” we’d suppose the quick answer would be an unmitigated YES. But thoughtful moderator Dan Pashman (Host of WNYC’s “The Sporkful” and author of Eat More Better: How To Make Every Bite More Delicious) is determined to dig deep below the surface, to find out how this growing interest affects restaurants and businesses, where the loopholes in our collective logic exist, and where this growing awareness is likely to lead.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Greenlight Bookstore to Host Celebrity Book Signings at Taste Talks

Sarah Zorn

After you’ve tasted their delicious dishes at the All-Star BBQ or Mother of Pearl, and listened to them expound on the local and sustainable food movement or life as a celebrity chef, join a few of our brightest Taste Talks Stars (and authors)! for cookbook signings at the brand new Food Expo, hosted by the fabulous Greenlight Bookstore.

Check out the full schedule below!

SATURDAY, Sept 13th, 2014

12:45PM | Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones, & Butter

1:30PM | Jamie Bissonnette, author of The New Charcuterie Cookbook

2:15PM | Ivan Orkin, author of Ivan Ramen

3PM | Sara Moulton, author of Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners

3PM | Sarah Zorn, author of Brooklyn Chef’s Table with Justin Warner, co-owner of Do or Dine, featured in Brooklyn Chef’s Table

3:45PM | Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better

SUNDAY, SEPT 14th, 2014

4PM | Eli & Max Sussman, authors of This Is a Cookbook and Best Cookbook Ever

Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Talking Beer with Brooklyn Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Mike Conklin

Sarah Zorn

When you’ve gone from a relatively chill existence of writing solely about music, to eventually overseeing all editorial content for a steadily expanding media company, frankly, it’s enough to make anyone seek solace at the bottom of a bottle. So it’s no wonder that the L and Brooklynmagazines Editor-in-Chief Mike Conklin has increasingly become an expert in all things beer, frequently penning breaking, brew-centric stories for the L and Brooklyn, and occasionally even escaping from the Downtown Brooklyn offices, in order to expound on noteworthy New York IPAs on Heritage Radio. That’s why Conklin was invariably tapped (ha!) to sit down with Other Half Brewing’s Sam Richardson during Taste Talks, to chat about the brewery’s brief history, its plans for the future, and the hype that’s surrounded them since day one. But first, we just had to turn the tables on Conklin, to talk about what’s in his own personal beer collection, how even the uninitiated can fumble their way through a tasting, and why the current state of craft beer is eerily akin to the indie rock movement of the 90s.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Chatting with Buttermilk Bento's Sam McDermott

Sarah Zorn

Photo by Nick Murway

Photo by Nick Murway

The path to success in the restaurant industry used to be relatively straight and clear. Culinary school. Stages and apprenticeships. Working your way up through one or two kitchens. And then maybe, just maybe, opening up your very own establishment. But the game has most assuredly changed in the last 10 years or so, led by a younger generation of chefs who’ve found marked success by joyfully flouting the rules. And that includes Sam McDermott of Buttermilk Bento, a highly coveted, Asian-inspired packaged lunch delivery service, where potential participants are selected through a series of online questions such as “Why Should We Start This Relationship?” and “Tell Me a Secret.” So in anticipation of his panel during Taste Talks Chicago, called Renegade: Reinventing the Underground Dining Experience, we chatted with McDermott about the ups and downs of cooking “off the grid,” how a white guy ended up going Japanese, and what he sees as the future of non-traditional restaurant formats, like supper clubs and pop-ups.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here

Top BBQ Tips from Ivan Orkin of Ivan Ramen

Sarah Zorn

photo by Daniel Krieger

photo by Daniel Krieger

Now that summer is (unofficially) over, it’s only a matter of time before we begrudgingly swap our swimsuits out for sweatshirts. But as long as it’s not, you know, snowing, we’ve been known to fire up our grill until well into the winter. Which means, there’s still plenty of time left to take advantage of these barbecue tips from ramen maven, Ivan Orkin (because smoking and grilling doesn’t need to mean hot dogs, burgers and brisket, you know). And incidentally, you won’t want to miss Orkin strut his stuff at Taste Talks Brooklyn’s upcoming All-Star BBQ, where he’ll be grilling up Duck Hearts served with a Summer Corn XO Sauce! 

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Rick Bayless: The Unlikely Face of Mexican Cuisine

Sarah Zorn

Born into a family of barbecue restaurateurs and experts in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Rick Bayless may have seemed an unlikely candidate to become the face of Mexican cuisine. And yet, he’s worked tirelessly to remove its longstanding stigma, as merely consisting of various permutations of tortillas, cheese, beans and meat, by opening up a string of highly acclaimed Chicago restaurants (including the James Beard Award-winning Frontera Grill, the 4-star Toplobampo, and the LEED GOLD-certified, fast-casual Xoco) serving elevated yet authentic, wholly reverential regional fare. In fact, in 2012, the Government of Mexico honored Bayless with the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle — the highest decoration bestowed on foreigners whose work has benefitted Mexico and its people.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

 

 

Announcing the Lineup for Taste Talks Chicago’s All-Star BBQ

Sarah Zorn

We recently announced the truly astounding lineup for Taste Talks Brooklyn’s second annual All-Star BBQ. But not to be outdone, Taste Talks Chicago just released its own highly impressive roster–a veritable “Who’s Who” lineup of Midwest cuisine, featuring a dream team of chefs from all around North America (of course, a number of top local chefs from Chicago will be participating as well, in order to show visitors how the Windy City really rolls). Taking place from 1-4pm and 5-8pm on Sunday, October 5th, here’s who’ll be behind the grills and smokers at the highly anticipated event in Chicago’s bustling Palmer Square!

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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Official Lineup Announced for Taste Talks All Star BBQ!

Sarah Zorn

An all-barbecue smorgasbord on the Williamsburg waterfront? The idea totally sells itself. But what about if those pits and grills were manned by a number of NYC’s most notable chefs, paired together to produce one of a kind, one-day-only culinary collaborations?

Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present the Taste Talks All Star Barbecue.

From 1-4 pm and 5-8 pm on Sunday, September 14th, 20 cult-status chefs will occupy 12 different grilling stations at the sun-drenched (we hope!) East River Park, for a walk-around tasting event of epic proportions. And if you thought last year’s lineup was good (Taste Talks curator April Bloomfield, paired with protégé and Allswell owner Nate Smith? Hello!) you’ll be in ecstasy over this year’s roster of confirmed participants. We’re talking Italian restaurant kingpin Michael White, together with musician Action Bronson! ‘Nuff said. Check out our dynamic duos below (a few A-students have even committed to a dish already!) and try your best not to drool all over the screen.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Top Notch Chicken and Waffles in NYC

Sarah Zorn

What’s not to love about chicken and waffles? The Southern-fried comfort classic is so universally adored, that we’ve even planned an entire event around it during Taste Talks; a soul satisfying Saturday brunch, cooked and served by a handful of legendary New York chefs.

But if we’ve already got your mouth watering just by mentioning the dish, there’s no need to wait to get your chicken and waffles fix until September. That’s because we’ve rounded up some of our favorite renditions—a few entirely classic, a couple decidedly non—from fantastic restaurants throughout the city! 

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For tickets to Taste Talk’s Chicken and Waffle Brunch, click here!

Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Sign Up to Volunteer for Taste Talks Brooklyn

Northside Media Group

 

Attention, food and drink lovers:

Can’t get enough of all things Taste Talks? Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at the festival? Then sign up to volunteer today!
 
Just fill out the sign-up form 
here, and you’ll be well on your way to helping out at Brooklyn’s premiere food fest, happening September 12-14.
 
And if you need some incentive? That’s okay, we’ve got it: all volunteers who work one full shift or more will receive a Food Enthusiast festival badge for their efforts.
 
We’ll see you at Taste Talks!

Try This Sparkly Summer Cocktail from the Bartender at Navy

Sarah Zorn

Being that we can never get enough seafood, SoHo’s nautical chic-styled Navy has become a truly welcome addition to our regular crustacean rotation. So we’re really looking forward to hosting chef Camille Becerra during Taste Talks, for the pertinent panel “Is a Brick-and-Mortar Necessary?” (in the case of Navy, at least, we’d say hell yes). 

And in addition to delicious seafaring dishes, like Mussel Toast on cornmeal sourdough and Mahi Mahi poached in duck fat, the restaurant also boasts a pretty unique cocktail program. They currently only have a wine and beer license, meaning that spirits are inventively substituted with port, sherry, and, well, wine. Take The Roussillon, made using products exclusively from Languedoc-Roussillon, a vast region in the South of France bordering on Spain. In addition to Crémant de Limoux (sparkling wine) and Banyuls, a dessert wine made from old vines cultivated in terraces on the slopes of the Catalan, the drink contains Byrrh, an apéritif made of red wine, mistelle, and quinine (fun fact: while it was sold in the States until Prohibition, Byrrh was only just re-introduced to the U.S. in 2012)!

So don’t get hung up on gin, vodka or whiskey the next time you decide to shake up a cocktail, and add a little sparkle to your tipple with this wine-based recipe instead!

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

How Do You Like Them Apples?: Kate Bernot Discusses Cider In Chicago

Sarah Zorn

No sooner did beer finally cement its status as a highly respected fermented libation—totally on par with whiskey and wine—than cider made a play, effectively sloughing off its associations as cheap, bubbly apple juice à la Scrumpy Jack, Strongbow or Martinelli’s. And who better to lead a Taste Talks convo about the swift ascension of cider than RedEye Chicago food and drinks writer, Kate Bernot, who examines the trending beverage with help from Virtue, a Michigan-based craft cider company, and others? We chatted with Bernot what cider-centric topics will be discussed at the upcoming October event.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Big Chefs on the Small Screen: How Food Television Lifted Chefs to Cult Status

Sarah Zorn

From an exceedingly young age, chefs and food folk were my rock stars and celebrity idols. In fact, if the Bubble Yum-colored pages of Tiger Beat and Teen Bop had catered to culinary crushes, I would have had torn-out pages of Jacques Pepin all over my walls, instead of impressively coifed and collared photos of Edward Furlong and Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

But after years of geeking out over the same dog-eared copies of Gourmet magazine (where my ultimate idol, Sara Moulton, worked for 25 years), and soothing, single camera PBS shows (remember Yan Can Cook)?! I was stunned to find chefs all of a sudden thrust into the global spotlight, with the advent of a certain game-changing Goliath called The Food Network.

At a steady and seemingly unstoppable pace, a rash of culinary-focused programming hit the airwaves in force, from Top Chef on Bravo to everything on the Cooking Channel, to CBS show The Chew (an all-food morning talk show? Who would have thunk it)? Factor in the ever-growing number of similarly obsessed websites, blogs, vlogs, books, magazines, festivals, podcasts and what have you, no wonder it’s become common place for chefs to stroll the red carpet, and enrollment in cooking schools has gone up tenfold!

That’s why I’m beyond excited to be able to examine the culinary celebrity phenomenon with chefs that have truly lived it, who’ll help explore how it started, why it’s persevered, and where the heck it’s going.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Chatting with Paul Kahan, Curator of Taste Talks Chicago

Sarah Zorn

Photo by Alex Garcia c/o The Chicago Tribune

Photo by Alex Garcia c/o The Chicago Tribune

When searching for a chef to be the face of Chicago food, by curating the city’s very first edition of Taste Talks, the first name on everyone’s lips was Paul Kahan. After all, not only is the James Beard Award winner behind many of the Windy City’s best restaurants, including Blackbird, Publican, Big Star and avec, but he’s often referred to as a “chef’s chef,” not only respected and admired, but genuinely well-liked by his peers.

We chatted with Kahan about what he loves most about the Chicago’s dining scene, what his role as curator actually entails, and the events he’s especially looking forward to at this year’s Taste Talks!

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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

 

Preview the Official Menu for Taste Talks Brooklyn: Dinner Lab

Sarah Zorn

Taste Talks is incredibly excited to be teaming up with Dinner Lab this year — a social dining experiment that unites undiscovered chefs with adventurous diners who are looking for something different from the conventional restaurant experience. Their events bring together a group of interesting strangers around a common table to share cuisine crafted by up-and-coming chefs from all over the country.

In addition to participating in the Brooklyn panel, “Is a Brick-and-Mortar Necessary?” Dinner Lab will collaborate on one-night-only, ticketed meals at both the Brooklyn and Chicago events. Chef Pat Sheerin will be the top toque in Chi-Town, and Eleven Madison Park vet, Eric Bolyard, will take the reigns in our fair borough, with a special menu exploring the theme “Meditations of a Restaurantless Chef.” In fact, we’ve just received a full run-down of his delicious dishes, and you’ll definitely want to nab your tickets now for either one of two seatings: 7:00 PM or 8:30 PM on Saturday, September 13th.

Like all Dinner Lab events, the secret Brooklyn (and eventually, Chicago!) location will be sent via email shortly before the event.

Space is very limited. Check out the menu here,  and be sure to buy your tickets today!

Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

 

        

 

 

 

Get a Taste Talks Preview This Wednesday with April Bloomfield

Sarah Zorn

Simply can’t wait until Taste Talks: Brooklyn this September or Taste Talks: Chicago in October? We feel ya, which is why we’re getting a serious head start on those weekends of fantastic, all-food programming by hitting up Bryant Park this Wednesday, for a one-on-one chat featuring James Beard Award-winning chef, April Bloomfield, and Taste Talk’s own intrepid founder, Daniel Stedman. 

Join them from 12:30pm-1:45pm in the Bryant Park Reading Room, as part of its weekly “Word for Word” author series, to hear the dynamic duo chat about April’s terrific book, A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories, as well as the various inspirations behind her awesome, elevated comfort food!

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

 

Tastemakers: Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi

Sarah Zorn

It takes more to become a James Beard award winner (and one of the nation’s best known pastry chefs) than just pedestrian red velvet cupcakes or chocolate chip cookies. In fact, well before Dominique Ansel’s Cronut had taken New York by storm, Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi had already introduced her own series of game-changing sweets to the culinary canon, like Cereal Milk, Compost Cookies, and Crack Pie.

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

Chatting with Kelsey Kreiling, Producer of Taste Talks Chicago

Sarah Zorn

Goodness knows we’re bursting with ideas when it comes to possible content for all-food festivals such as Taste Talks, which is why we’re glad we’re not responsible for whittling all those ideas down. Not to mention coordinating and wrangling all of the talent. And oh yeah, actually pulling off the entire event. In Chicago. Which is why we’ve got to give it up to Kelsey Kreiling and her partner Mallory Ulaszek, taxed with keeping all of the various balls up in the air for the very first installment of Taste Talks Chicago. We chatted with Kelsey about how the event will be uniquely representative of the Windy City’s dining scene, the most exciting and difficult aspects of organizing such an ambitious festival, and why she’s still more than willing to commit just as much time to her day job. 

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Taste Talks Food & Drink hits Chicago October 3-5, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.

The Inside Scoop On How Restaurants Work (and Why It Benefits You to Know)

Sarah Zorn

It can be hard to convince yourself otherwise when you’re stuck at a rickety table in no man’s land and just can’t seem to catch your waiter’s eye—but you don’t need to be rich, famous, or some sort of VIP to get preferred treatment in restaurants (at least, not at all of them). You just need to be armed with a few good tricks of the trade. And who better to dish the dirt on the inner-workings of restaurants than Laura Wagstaff and Jeffrey Tascarella, the Special Events Director and General Manager, respectively, of the highly acclaimed The NoMad? In advance of their upcoming panel at Taste Talks, they generously shared some quick, effective tips how you can improve your next night out on the town—at The NoMad or just about anywhere else!

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Taste Talks Food & Drink returns to Brooklyn September 12-14, 2014. See the full schedule and buy tickets here.