Lately I’m starting to realize that my weekends revolve around food. (Also, running.) I don’t hate it. Haha. This weekend was no different! My friend Anna had a few extra tickets to the Jets + Chefs NYCWFF event on Saturday, and she didn’t have to ask me twice! A day of food festivities? Yes, please.
Marcus Samuelsson was posing for photo opps when we first walked in. I recognized him right away from Chopped! Pretty exciting. He was super nice!
The food was all “tailgate” themed — plenty of BBQ, burgers and the like, along with some super delicious dessert plates. I sampled SOOO many things. I honestly lost track. But I did take pics of all the desserts I tried. First off, one of my favorites: these yummy chocolate cake pops at the Celebrity Cruises table. They were just like old-school push pops I remember having as a kid! But WAY better.
And then there was THIS goodness from Catch. My favorite dish from the entire event: bourbon banana bread pudding with Guinness ice cream! Just look at that presentation! Warm, caramelized bananas, decadent pastry and refreshing ice cream. I was skeptical about the Guinness ice cream. But its slight bitterness complemented the bread pudding perfectly.
Luckily, I did get in a workout that morning! I ran 14 miles (per my marathon training plan) through Hudson River Park and Riverside Park. The leaves are *just* starting to change colors! It made for some great scenery.
As for Sunday, it was time for eat-a-thon part two! I told you, this weekend was ALL about food. My friends and I ate brunch at Sotto 13. All the plates were served tapas-style, and you got a certain number of dishes based on the size of your group. We had 5 people, which equated to two pizzas, two brunch small plates and two sides. Needless to say, we didn’t leave hungry! I highly recommend this place for groups. There’s plenty of seating, and the food portions are spot-on. Everything was delicious. My favorites: margherita pizza and the frittata.
Now I’m just spending the rest of the afternoon relaxing before my short-ish week. I’m headed back home to Wisconsin on Thursday. It’s UW Homecoming weekend. Can’t wait to reunite with my family and college friends!