Pig Island Returns September 6th!

The fifth annual Pig Island returns to Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Saturday, September 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pig Island showcases the best of New York State local farmers, chefs, brewers, cider makers, and vintners all dedicated to bringing home the bacon! This year we are teaming with Flying Pigs Farms to pair NY State hogs with NYC chefs to bring the best pork fest ever. Among the chefs/dishes are:

  • Chef Joe Dobias returns with Garlic Pork Cemita, garnished with green salsa and queso fresco
  • Sam Barbieri (Waterfront Ale House and Fuhgeddaboutit BBQ) will offer up whole hog sliders with crisp pork belly and mustard slaw
  • Ben Schneider (The Good Fork) and St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance) will team to spit-roast a whole pig
  • Danny Mena and Ethan Smith of Hecho en Dumbo will serve Volcanes de Chorizo Casero: Crisp corn tostadas topped with molten queso Chihuahua with Chorizo (either a green sausage made with chile jalapeno and cilantro or a red with cinnamon and chile piquin) topped with Chicharron, fried crisp pork rinds
  • Billy Durney and Shane McBride of Hometown BBQ and Balthazar making Carribean jerk bao and Cochon au lait bao
  • Martin Høedholt and Pablo Ventura of Revolving Dansk and Dassara Ramen will cook up two dishes: 1. Danish-Asian crackling pork, topped with red cabbage and sweet Scandinavian pickles on a toasted baguette; 2. Copenhagen Street Dog, a mini grillpølser with danish remoulade, crispy fried onions, and salty Lakrids
  • Jimmy’s No. 43’s Davide Navarro will cook Cochinita Pibil, a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Península
  • Peter Giannakas of Ovelia will cook Kontosouvli (a Greek-style spit-roasted pork)
  • Thomas Perone of Thomas Joseph Catering has two dishes planned: 1. Italian Spring Rolls with Roast Pork, Broccoli Rabe, and Provolone-Horseradish Mayo; 2. Roast Pork Sliders with a Lime Chimmichurri.
  • Chef Jesse Jones Pulled will serve pork strudel with pickles and sweet Hannah’s BBQ sauce
  • Plus Katy Sparks (Tavern on the Green), Michael Jenkins (Butter), Paul Neuman (Neuman’s Kitchen), Shanna Pacifico (Pacifico’s Fine Foods), Matt Deliso (Blue Ribbon Bakery), Christophe Hille (Fleisher’s Meats), William Cooper (Route 66 Smokehouse), Tim Cavaretta and Isabelle Leighton (Bittergreen),Chris Rendell (Finder’s Lane), Jon Bratton (NYC Hot Sauce) teaming with Justin Brunwasser (Friedman’s Lunch), Bill Fletcher (Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue), Jared Male (Randall’s Barbecue), and others TBA.

Plus, great local specialty brews from Sixpoint Craft Ales, hard cider from the Hudson Valley, wine from the Finger Lakes region, live music, cooking demos courtesy of sponsor WÜSTHOF, sun, family fun, and more. Pig Island is bringing a smokin’ good time to the Red Hook waterfront with a portion of proceeds going to benefit Added Value Farm.

The venue is located at Erie Basin Park (1 Beard Street, Brooklyn), with easy access via public transit in Brooklyn or NY Water Taxi from Lower Manhattan. Tickets and additional information can be found here.

NY State Food & Beer Expo at East River State Park on July 27th

If you liked 5boro PicNYC, you’ll love this Saturday’s NY State Food & Beer Expo. Co-produced by Food Karma Projects, The Good Beer Seal, Beer Sessions Radio™ and Biba of Brooklyn, the Expo will take place on Saturday, July 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the waterfront at Williamsburg’s East River Park. Producer Jimmy Carbone has brought together more than 20 of New York’s top brewers—including Kelly Taylor with KelSo of Brooklyn—for this featured event of July Good Beer Month. The Expo will have exclusive beers and farm-to-table foods sourced from regional farms. Breweries expected to be in attendance include:

  • Barrier
  • Blue Point
  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Captain Lawrence
  • Crossroads
  • Empire Brewing
  • Greenport Harbor
  • KelSo
  • Newburgh
  • Ommegang
  • Radiant Pig
  • Rushing Duck
  • Shmaltz/Coney Island
  • Singlecut Beersmiths
  • and Sixpoint, among others

As part of the festivities Empire Brewing Company owner, David Katleski, will be receiving a special award in recognition of his years of leadership and service to NY State craft beer as president of the NY State Brewers Association.

Ticket packages (21+, on sale here) start at $10 and include a VIP option. General admission tickets will also be available for $10 at the gate (enter at 90 Kent Avenue at 8th Street and Williamsburg riverfront). Updates and additional information can be found at goodbeerseal.com.

Thanks for a great 5 Boro PicNYC

We hope you all had as great of a time at the 5 Boro PicNYC as we did and thanks to everyone that came out! Check back in the future for information on the 2013 event and enter you email to be notified when tickets go on sale (Coming Soon).

Food Competition Winners Announced For 5 Boro PicNYC

Congratulations to all our amazing chefs and food vendors for a perfect two-day PicNYC! The weather threatened a bit, but we managed to escape rain during the festivities. The results were tasty, indeed. Our esteemed judges awarded several chefs with prizes, including:

Sausage Cook-Off

  • First place – Vandaag with Chef Humberto Guallpa’s Boudin Blanc Sausage,
  • Second place – Jason Debriere of Peels with a House-made Kielbasa;
  • Third place – Vandaag’s Blood Sausage;
  • Honorary Mention – Alobar’s Ian Kapitan for cooking under unrelenting fire in the midst of battle (and returning on Sunday in spite of transportation issues).

Jarlsberg Grilled Cheese Cook-Off

  • Chrissy’s Cooking Club – The OMG Grilled Cheese put together by the students of the Bushwick Campus Farm.

Slow Food NYC Taco Challenge

  • Left Bank (Laurence Edelman)

Zagat’s Special Awards

  • Best Meat and Vegetarian Sandwiches: Jimmy’s No. 43 Bahn Mi. Both the vegetarian (tofu curry) and meat (ground pork simmered with fish sauce and lemongrass) were packed with flavor and delivered a refreshing crunch of pickled vegetables;
  • Best spicy sauages: Alobar (Ian Kapitan) – thin, minty lamb merguez topped with cucumber yogurt sauce, and fat, spicy Bison topped with corn and chile salsas;
  • Best Improvising: Chrissy’s Cooking Club – Homegrown vegetables in grilled cheese sandwiches brushed with garlic scape butter.
  • Favorite Beers: Sixpoint Righteous Rye and The Crisp.

Notable Shout-Out

  • The judges gave a “shout out” award to Jimmy’s No. 43′s grilled flank steak with chimichurri sauce.

Thank you to all our judges, chefs, food vendors and volunteers for our best Governors Island event thus far. We’ll see you at Cook-Out NYC on July 7th-8th.

First Review Of 5 Boro PicNYC

Yesterday’s 5 Boro PicNYC was an overwhelming success, and as the sun starts to peek out, we’re predicting an even better day today (not so hot, just as many vendors!). Our friend and celebrity judge, Monica Forrestall, sums up the grilled cheese cook-off and tasting competitions from yesterday. We are sold out for today, so be sure and keep a look out for our next big food event: Cook-Out NYC, July 7th-8th, a part of July Good Beer Month.

From Monica: “An amazing day on Governor’s Island yesterday, May 26th for the opening day events for the 2012 season. The BIG (over 1200 attendees) foodie event was the 5 Boro PicNYC organized by chef/restauranteur extraordinaire, Jimmy Carbone of the gastropub Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.” Read the rest here…

Grilled Cheese Made In Heaven!

Did you know there’s an art to making great grilled cheese?  Here are some simple guidelines from our Grilled Cheese Pavilion Sponsor, Jarlsberg:

  • Brush the tops of your bread with ultra soft or melted unsalted butter for even cooking.
  • Using quality bread—like NY Handmade Breads—is important,
  • If using semi-soft to firm cheese, shred or grate while it’s cold (easier to handle); grated cheese (when it’s at room temperature) cooks quicker, too.
  • After the first “flip,” press with a tool (like a spatula) to get that crispy, golden-brown crust.
  • Always cook on a medium-low heat.

Be sure to check out the Jarlsberg Grilled Cheese Cook-Off, where chefs will compete for a first-prize win of Lodge seasoned/cast iron skillet set plus cookbook, a 22lb wheel of Jarlsberg and Sur La Table gift card (together, a $500 value).  Runners-up will be awarded a Calphalon slicing/grating kit plus contemporary cutlery, a maple butcher block, and Sur La Table gift card ($250 value).

Celebrity judges include Cricket Azima (The Creative Kitchen), Kathy Blake (The Experimental Gourmand), Gloria Dawson of Edible Manhattan, Jess Kapadia (Food Republic), Monica Forrestall, Christopher Kompanek, Matt Timms, and Janet Zappala.

Jarlsberg will also have plenty of tasty grilled cheese sandwich samples and lots of giveaways at the Pavilion for attendees both days.


More Chefs Added To Event

The beauty of tree-lined Colonel’s Row on Governors Island will offer a great location to picnic with friends and family when 5 Boro PicNYC brings together great craft beer, fabulous live blues bands, and amazing chefs from all five boroughs grilling up their favorites Memorial Day weekend, May 26 and 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Some of the chefs you’ll have the chance to meet include:

  • Jason DeBriere of Peels: Formerly with Jonathan Waxman, Jason will be grilling some of his home-smoked sausage;
  • Steve Seabury (Mosh Potatoes) will be curating the Hot Sauce & Blues Music Festival, featuring a half-dozen blues bands and hot sauce tastings from his own award-winning High River Sauces, NYC Hot Sauce, Sol Sauce, and others TBA;
  • Ian Kapitan of Alobar: This Canadian chef brings the best practices to Long Island City, where he frequently offers free pig butchering demos along with making his own charcuterie.
  • Other renown chefs include William Kooper (Carlton Park), Laurence Edelman of Left Bank, Neil Cane and Ray Farrugia representing BigFood, and Humberto Guallpa of Vandaag;
  • Select chefs from the “5 Boros”: Representatives from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island to include Lucky 777 Chili, Jimmy’s No. 43, Green Brown Orange, Deep River Snacks, and Suspenders Restaurant (samples guaranteed until 2 p.m.), in addition to food available for purchase from The Fat Beagle NYC, Red Hook Lobster, Wooly’s Ice, Ven Leeuwen, and Luke’s Lobster.

Rather than a “mega-festival,” 5 Boro PicNYC is the perfect place to mingle with cooking professionals, family and friends, all while enjoying craft beer from Sixpoint, activities for all ages, and a general “laid back” vibe that makes the summer events at Governors Island a delight to return to year after year.

Meet Some Of Our Chefs: Latest Video

In our latest video, Jimmy Carbone travels to Peels where he finds Chef Jason DeBriere smoking sausage, to Vandaag to meet Chef Humberto Guallpa, and finally to Alobar where Ian Kapitan talks charcuterie! Just a taste of what’s coming this weekend!

Buzz Builds For 5 Boro PicNYC

In just the past couple of days, 5 Boro PicNYC has been getting some amazing attention from various press outlets (for all our pre-event press, click here), including a write-up by The New Yorker!

Goings On About Town: Above and Beyond – “5 Boro PicNYC”

“Socially, summer starts this weekend, and if you’ve had to unload your house in the Hamptons for financial reasons or if you find yourself without an out-of-town invite, this two-day event on Governors Island will ease the pain. It features fine food and craft beer from all corners of New York City.”