Friday, October 08, 2010

Bacon and the Blues

Spicy Bacon Caramel Popcorn

Chef Todd English in action

The New York City Wine and Food Festival kicked off last night with the Bacon and the Blues being one of its culinary adventures. Chef Todd English created the Crispy Pork Rillette Sliders with pickled onion and sweet mustard and explained in front of the audience how to make pork. To my question "what would you say to vegetarians tonight", he replied "What can you do?" avoiding food politics. Roberto Alicea, executive chef of Andaz 5th Avenue said that "pork is your friend" while presenting his unique offering for the night, the Latin Spiced Pork Morsels with Lime and Coriander. The Bacon Chunks from Rub were worth mentioning paired with kale greens and the Home Smoked Bacon with Pickled Cauliflower from Wall and Water restaurant was also tasty. But the hit of the night was the Spicy Bacon Caramel Corn  courtesy of Ovenly at least for me who likes snacking. The evening wouldn't be complete without some whiskey cocktails including the Sweet Sunshine and the Pig Tail.

I would go on saying more but it was only the first night. There are still three more days to go....I will have plenty of culinary stories to share.