We're headed to New York later this afternoon to be official guest bloggers for The Gulf Oyster Industry Council (GOIC) at the James Beard Taste America event on Friday and Saturday. Being a native Texan who grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast, I really appreciate GOIC's mission to the oyster industry along the Gulf Coast Region. Thanks to everyone who voted for us in the contest via Facebook last month...without your support and votes, this never would've been possible! We're so excited to visit one of our favorite cities and attend an all-star culinary event on Friday and Saturday. We'll be providing live social media updates via Instagram (WEEKENDGOURMET), Facebook (The Weekend Gourmet) and Twitter (@TheWeekendGourm). To see all the fun as it happens,make sure to follow The Weekend Gourmet via these social media channels...if you don't already.
The James Beard Taste America event starts on Friday evening with a cocktail party and seated dinner at Tom Colicchio's Riverpark restaurant called "The Artful Chef." It features a menu created by some amazing chefs, including Daniel Patterson, Sisha Ortuzar, Alex Guarnaschelli, Brooks Headley and Andrew Carmellini. I can't wait to see what amazing culinary creations they serve us! The fun continues on Saturday morning with a live cooking demonstration at Sur la Table featuring Chef Patterson, who is Chef at Coi in San Francisco. For two foodies like us, this weekend is the trip of a lifetime...and I can't wait to share the experience with y'all. But...the fun doesn't end on Saturday.
We're extending our stay a few days so we can enjoy the sights...and tastes of one of our very favorite cities. New York is a city with food for every taste, plenty of sights to see, and music to listen to. We plan to enjoy all three...day and night!!
Some of the fun stuff on our agenda includes a Broadway show (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), some late-night jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and a visit to the Empire State Building after dark...very romantic! We'll also be eating some of our favorite foods, including Doughnut Plant doughnuts, Laduree macarons and chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery. We're checking out several new-to-us restaurants this trip, including Jacob's Pickles, David Burke Fishtail and Bread & Tulips. Be sure to come read our multi-part culinary travelogue in a few weeks to see tons of fabulous pictures and hear all about our adventures in the Big Apple!
While we're gone, I'm leaving you in very good hands. Two of my food blog friends are going to be providing guest posts while I'm gone. They'll share some fantastic Fall-inspired dishes...one savory and one sweet. Until next week, Michael and I bid you Bon Voyage!