Foodie NYC rules!
Foodie NYC is a great, one of a kind, bi-monthly, NY food event. 6 courses, 6 wines, 50 people. born from his passion for food, wine and sharing these with friends, organizer and chef Joe DeSalazar has created a dining experience that’s delicious, original and a lot of fun. 4 key elements go into making the event so special…
Atmosphere: each event is held in a beautiful loft exclusively devoted to Foodie for the night. the space is decorated magically with fresh flowers, candles, linen and nice place settings. there’s a handsome menu at each seat with the person’s name printed at the top. the lovely atmosphere is breathtaking when you walk in. cool music is played throughout the night.
Food: having read Joe’s great food blog and column in the Gothamist for a few years, we knew the meal would be wonderful, and it was. the site has excellent descriptions of the menu and theme of the night (Joe plans each meal with great detail, the main aspects being region and season.) we attended Modern Takes on French Classics and every course was great, read it and drool (our favorites: Braised Lentil Spring Roll with truffled gruyere fondue and Skate and Mushroom Paupiote with curry mushroom broth, mushroom puree, haricot vert, charred yellow pepper) and the next event, Burgundy Spring Tasting on May 22nd sounds fantastic.
Wine: hands down the finest wine tasting we’ve ever experienced. for the higher level wine option, Foodie’s wine guy Ben Brandt, pairs a group of truly exceptional wines, each SUBLIME. to be able to try so many older vintage, rare and well known (and very expensive) wines in one night is an experience we’ll never forget. our favorite was the 1975 Haut Brion (at around $620 a bottle, it’s hard to believe they don’t loose money on the wine.) the list of wines Ben has put together for the next tasting looks incredible.
People: this is an aspect of FoodieNYC that surprised us. we were a bit worried about dining with a bunch of people we didn’t know, but found ourselves enthralled in great food conversation with everyone at our table throughout the night. topics ranged from best NYC restaurants to favorite recipes, wines and shops. the fine food and wine conversation and the warm vibe at our table made the night even more memorable. the event is pulled together by an eclectic group of hard working chefs and stylists that are dedicated to making sure every element is perfect. in addition to Joe and Ben’s work, Whitney Horsey-Sherin decorates and does the menus; and in the kitchen is – Grant Bremer a great cook and prep master Wayne Cheng.
and we’d like to add a note on value… at $105 per person for the tasting with traditional wine and $205 per for the tasting with classic Burgundy wines (including tax and tip), it’s a bargin. 3-4 hours of delicous food and fantastic wines in a beautiful setting. Foodie NYC is a wonderful and unique New York dining experience.