I can’t cook, but I love to eat.
So I had no qualms chowing down at The New York City Wine & Food Festival’s kick-off event, Chelsea Market After Dark.
Held at the mammoth underground space that houses more than 20 shops and restaurants, the market was turned out with goodies, including a lamb tartar bite from Morimoto that was unreal.
People were clawing for a taste of Food Network star Bobby Flay’s Crunch burger. Between big, juicy bites, I cornered Bobby, who hosted the night’s festivities, to find out what makes this burger such a crowd pleaser.
“It’s basically certified angus beef, lots of American cheese, potato chips and chipotle ketchup,” he revealed.
Get your own at Bobby’s Burger Palace, the chef’s new fast dining restaurants opening in the suburbs of New York. Ummm, can we declare Manhattan a suburb?
Pat and Gina Neely were also on hand, sharing their secrets to a fabulous holiday meal.
“It’s preparation. Start early, so you don’t have to stress yourself out that day, and always have a great cocktail,” said Gina.
“I’ve got to have a grill going, baby. We always smoke a turkey for the holidays. I don’t care if it’s December 24 or January 1, we’re going to smoke something,” added Pat.
The Memphis, Tenn. natives love coming to the Big Apple.
“We always love to visit Christian Louboutin,” Gina declared. Who doesn’t? Well, maybe Pat.
“I don’t know about we,” he interjected. “We always end up visiting there.”
Catch their show, Down Home with the Neelys, Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Food Network.
I then spotted cookbook author Giada De Laurentiis. Even though she wasn’t much in a talking mood, she did mention that her six-month-old daughter, Jade Marie, was terrific.
Needlessly to say, today, I’m stuffed. Until next week, fellow Fanatics!