Sometimes there's no fanfare when a chef takes over an established kitchen, especially not at a restaurant that caters more to celebrities in stilettos than a forward-thinking food crowd. But Angie Mar had big plans when she took over at The Beatrice Inn in 2013, and she’s been working slowly...
When she was 19, Giovanna Delli Compagni moved from Venezuela to Arizona with her mom. Delli Compagni's initial goal: learn English. She quickly enrolled in high school, then attended East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), a technical school with a culinary program. From the moment Delli Compagni set eyes on the industrial kitchen,...
The 12th annual NYC Idiotarod raced through NYC with dozens of teams duking it out on the snow-covered streets with killer costumes and their trusty "sleds" (a.k.a. shopping carts with pizazz). With a handful of friends and their shopping carts, competitors brought their freewheeling antics throughout the city, trying to run each other off-course and get to the afterparty at the Gowanus Ballroom in one piece.
Photos by Jena Cumbo for the Village Voice
Though the remnants of Winter Storm Jonas could have hampered attendance, Weylin B. Seymour's was packed on Sunday for the Cochon 555 food competition and fundraiser. Attendees feasted their eyes and their taste buds at the annual event, which pits five chefs against each other over their various heritage pig dishes. They also supported the Piggy Bank Foundation through purchases of meat from an onsite pig carving.
The 2016 NYC contestants were Angie Mar of the Beatrice Inn, Justin Smillie of Upland, Hillary Sterling of Vic's, Danny Mena of Hecho en Dumbo and Michael Poiarkoff of Vinegar Hill House. After sampling the dishes and imbibing many of the numerous wines and cocktails available, attendees voted for which chef they would like to see move on to the Grand Cochon event in Colorado this summer. Of course, all who partook in the merriment were winners but Angie Mar proved the true victor. She even crafted a pig-related dessert — a red velvet cake with pig's blood in it.
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On January 11 and 12, 2016, top pizza makers from all over the country converged in Harlem for the Global Pizza Summit and 2016 Caputo Cup Invitational.
Each day brought a series of discussions and demonstrations hosted by some of the most prominent names in the world of pizza. After a lunch of fresh pasta prepared by Chef Gennaro Esposito, pie makers were invited to face off in a the ultimate pizza challenge. Competitors were divided into two groups—New York Style and Neapolitan.
Top honors in the New York Style went to 69-year-old Norma Knepp, who runs a pizza stand at a weekly market in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Jesus Solis from Forcella in Brooklyn took home the prize in the Neapolitan category. Winners were given $1,000 and a pallet of Caputo flour, as well as entry and hotel accommodations at the upcoming Pizza Expo Competition in Las Vegas.
Behold the high-class version of New York's beloved dirty water dog. Like street tacos in Los Angeles or the Cubano sandwiches of Miami, there's immeasurable pleasure in stuffing your face on a crowded sidewalk with meat whose origins hail from parts unknown. Perhaps it's the fact that inhaling a cylindrical...