The line between professional foodies (who often eat for free) and amateur foodies (who usually don’t) has been blurred of late by restaurants reaching out not just to the press but to the public with offers of free tastings. Grab your calendar and a pen if you’re interested in getting in on the next of these freebies, which is slated for Monday, December 13, between 2 and 4:30 p.m.
The place is Chom Chom, which bills its cuisine as “modern Korean. For the event, the house will be serving “sample sized” portions of dishes from its dumplings and kapas menus. Examples of the latter include tofu pizza (pita with tofu, kimchi, peppers, mushrooms, and mozzarella), Korean-style tuna tartar, and sliced braised pork belly with kimchi. Chom Chom is located at 40 W 56th Street, bet Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-213-2299.
Indonesian Street Food—Will Deliver
What does the city of Jakarta have in common with the city of New York—apart, that is, from skyscrapers, too many inhabitants (in Jakarta’s case, way too many inhabitants), and annoying dedicated bus lanes? The answer I’m looking for is street carts selling a variety of noshes. (Another similarity is your chances for becoming ill if you make your selections from the wrong vendor.)
Now you can enjoy your Indonesian nosh, not only at home here in New York but at home literally. The Village standby Satay Junction will deliver your satays, your nasi goreng, your fried rice directly to your door, each item wrapped in a page from an Indonesian newspaper, just the way it would be served to you on the streets of the Indonesian capital.
For the next 88(!) hours you can avail yourself of the Junction’s delivery service at more than half off the regular price—and get a free dessert thrown in to boot—through InBundles. The deal is worth $13, for which you part with $6 of your own. (The dessert selections, by the way, are not just throwaways but a choice from among fried bananas with vanilla ice cream and honey, coconut-sugar crepe, and cassava cake.) Satay Junction is located at 8 Greenwich Avenue, 212-929-9400.
Celebrity Chef Homecoming at FCI
They aren’t saying which chef was voted mostly likely to succeed (you’d be hard-pressed to identify a member of a recent class who hasn’t), but the French Culinary Institute this past Monday handed out its annual awards for Most Outstanding Alumni. The awards cover five categories: culinary, professional achievement, restaurant management, bread, and pastry.
This year’s winners were:
- Zak Pelaccio (class of ’98 and executive chef and partner of Fatty Crab and ‘Cue), who won the Outstanding Culinary Award.
- Mark Dissin (class of ’97 and Vice President of Production at Food Network), who won the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award.
- Roger Gural (class of ’98 and baker/consultant at Payard), who won the Outstanding Bread Award.
- Christina Tosi (class of ’04 and pastry chef at Momofuku Milk Bar), who won the Outstanding Pastry Award.
- Laura Pensiero (class of ’92 and owner/manager of Gigi Trattoria, in Rhinebeck, New York), who won the Outstanding Restaurant Management Award.
A heartfelt congratulations to all.
The awards, incidentally, which can be glimpsed in the accompanying slideshow, were all hand-painted by Jacques Pepin, who is a dean at FCI and who has taught me more about cooking than he will ever know (partly because we’ve never met). The French Culinary Institute is located at 462 Broadway, at Grand St, 888-324-2433.
- Think small: Kapas for half price, tapas on the cheap
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