Monday, July 25, 2011


This weekend I attended the 2nd annual Meatopia in Brooklyn. As the name indicates, it was a celebration of all things meat, from snout to tail. Where as Smorgasburg is a little slice of foodie heaven in Brooklyn, this was were foodies go to eat.

20 well-known chefs from around the country including Micheal White from Marea, Osteria Morini in NYC, Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo of Animal in LA, Adam Sappington from The Country Cat Dinnerhouse & Bar in Portland, OR and April Bloomfield from The Breslin in NYC among others, each partnered with a local farm to prepare a unique meat-inspired dish.

I tried everything from roasted sheep, pig and elk to more unusual chicken hearts and offal. A few of my favs included scrapple stuffed pig's head (see pic above), Grilled Chicken Hearts with Burnt Eggplant Puree, Roasted sheep with heirloom tomatoes, Crispy Pig’s Head Torchon with Green Beans and Horseradish and bacon ice cream. See the full menu here.

Despite the size, this event retained the feel of a fun, outdoor BBQ. The oppressive heat (which was in the upper 90s) did not seem to alter the fact that great things seem to happen when a group of chefs get together. As the night wore on I saw a lot of sampling at each others stations, laughter and wine being poured. Plus a few off-menu items including roasted goat brains and porchetta scrapings.

The NYC skyline became a beautiful backdrop as the sun went down...


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