The 6th Annual ‘Whole Foods New Tastes of the Upper West Side’ was and continues to be a coveted food event, that brings hoards of eager eaters & eclectic entertainment as well as a slew of other things that are of interest to those who love food. I for one, made certain to come on an empty stomach in order to sample each and every participating restaurants delicacies.
Comfort Classics (May 31st, 2013)
This was an especially interesting twist of old classics into new modern culinary wonders. Over 40 vendors ranging from the common neighbourhood gems like Shake Shack, Momofuku milk bar, P.J. Clarkes to the newer up and coming like Bistro Citron, Baconery (yes, lots of bacon in everything) Ditch Plains (their Ditch Dog: Hot Dog covered in Mac N’ Cheese is an insane, artery clogging but worthy indulgence) etc. Adam Richman was the host and he was as charming as he is talented.
Highlights from Comfort Classics.
If I could replicate this dish I would, but I will leave it to the professionals. Perfectly seared tuna and the Orzo was light, vibrant in colour and taste.
- Dapper Dog: Vienna All-Beef Hot Dog Topped with Shack cheddar and American Cheese Sauce and Crispy Shackmeister Ale Marinated Shallots
- Shackmeister Shake
- Hand-Spun Vanilla Frozen Custard with Shakmeister Ale
The line was long for this and rightfully so. A hot dog that transcended flavour and taste in a myriad of ways. It’s no wonder Shack Shake is a New York Staple. A close to fifteen minute for the Frozen Custard was brave on my part to say the least. Perfect, cool, and in that tent that seemed like a sauna – very much-needed.
- Hot Sours Cukes, Big Dill Kosher Cukes, Candy Red Beets, Dilly Green Bean, Sweet Spicy Carrots, Sour Green Tomatoes & Thyme Jalapenos
Wow and wow! They had me at Candy Red Beets, best pickled Beets I have ever had and might I add I’ve had plenty. Sour, yet sweet with a hint of caramelisation. Can’t ‘beet’ (hehehe!) perfectly pickled veggies from Jacob’s Pickles.
The entertainment didn’t disappoint, other than an amazing DJ, they also had an aerial performance artist who dazzled with her acrobatic champagne serving skills. I’m not as bendy as she is (in fact not at all) but I was calculating mentally how many carbs I’d need to burn to get to the form below.
Fun was had by all, food was beyond delicious and it showcased the many talented chefs of the Upper West Side.