Holy merde. Scarcely six months since we finally finished digesting what Le Fooding served us, the French are at it again. They’re returning this summer with the second-annual Omnivore Festival, which will take place June 4-6. Feast has the schedule, which includes public master classes taught by the likes of Alain Ducasse, Paul Liebrandt, and Angelo Sosa; so-called Friendly Dinners at Roberta’s and Corton; a food truck melee for 500; and a final, invitation-only dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. In other words, if you didn’t feel that Le Fooding offered a sufficient number of opportunities to sacrifice dollars and dignity in the name of culinary one-upmanship and gastro-hipster posturing, this may be just what you’ve been waiting for.
Last year’s fest, which was orchestrated by the iconoclastic French restaurant guide, comprised a series of dinners cooked by French chefs, including the memorably named Five Fucking Dinners, held at three of David Chang’s restaurants and wd~50. This year’s festival will be based in Brooklyn at the Invisible Dog, an erstwhile factory that made, yep, leashes for invisible dogs.
The Omnivore Fest’s aggressively quirky copy describes the factory as “totally off-its-rocker, totally out-of-this-world, totally off-the-beaten-path, and totally New York.” Although it’s been awhile since Bergen Street has been totally off the beaten path, one would have to agree that holding a “culinary happening” in Brooklyn is, right now, without question, so 100 percent totally New York.