Its that time of year.
If there is Santa and New Year’s resolutions; the season of the lists has surely arrived.
From favorite cookbooks to must-have cooking tools to top chefs, everyone has an opinion.
The food-list spirit moves media giants, including The New York Times http://tiny.cc/dh2xpw
Edible, and Bon Appetit, to foodie bloggers who have been chomping at the bit, so to speak, to throw their culinary picks into the doughnut hole.
Looking back at the many restaurants and culinary adventures this Examiner has been privileged to discover, sample, and report on this year; could a Food & Drink Best of the Year/Favorite list be overlooked?
In all that’s edible: “no.”
So here is this Examiner’s Favorite NY Food & Drink picks:
1. Il Buco: I see NY Times’ Pete Wells and me – and many Tweeters — share a genuine fondness for Donna Lennard’s Il Buco Amimentari E Vineria. I have reviewed the restaurant for the salumi and opening, for dinner and for breakfast. Can’t get enough of Chef Justine Smillie’s good food and warm ambiance. Everyone who works there is joyfully happy to be creating and serving as part of the good-food family. For dining in or picking up to take out, the variety of fresh food and on-site, house-cured meats. http://rootshed.com/review/il-buco-alimentari-vineria-restaurant-market-debuts-top-of-the-line-italian
2. Anniversary bells rang for New York Restaurant Week turns 20 – And Il Cantori des Tuscan http://rootshed.com/article/new-york-restaurant-week-turns-20 and http://rootshed.com/review/nyc-restaurant-week-il-cantinori-does-tuscan-italian-food-fare
3. Blue Smoke restaurant opens in Battery Park City: http://rootshed.com/article/blue-smoke-restaurant-blows-downtown-to-battery-park-city-with-second-location
4.La Mar Cebicheria Peruana: http://rootshed.com/review/celebrate-lunar-new-year-at-lamar-cebicheria-peruana-nyc
5.Vegan Divas Dessert Line Launch: http://rootshed.com/review/vegan-divas-dessert-line-launch-time-for-valentine-s-day
6. wd-50 serves Magic: http://rootshed.com/review/wd-50-restaurant-serves-magic
7. Women’s History Month: http://rootshed.com/review/wd-50-restaurant-serves-magic
8. Urban Ag at the Hort: http://rootshed.com/article/urban-agriculture-conference-at-the-new-york-horticultural-society
9. Breakfast of Champions: NYC restaurants take in the first meal of the day: http://rootshed.com/review/breakfast-of-champions-nyc-restaurants-take-on-the-first-meal-of-the-day
10. New York Food Book Fair Premieres: http://rootshed.com/article/elizabeth-thacker-jones-cooks-up-the-first-ever-new-york-food-book-fair
11. New York comes up big winner at the 2012 James Beard Award: http://rootshed.com/article/new-york-comes-up-big-winner-at-the-2012-james-beard-awards
12. Chefs Ferran Adria & Gaston Acurio’s Film Documentary and Reception at the United Nations: http://rootshed.com/article/chefs-ferran-adria-gaston-acurio-s-documentary-peru-sabe-premieres-at-un
13. House beautiful Kitchen of the Year: http://rootshed.com/review/house-beautiful-kitchen-of-the-year
14. Discover Artisanal Food & Drink Treasures & Bargains with author, blogger and Markets of New York sherpa, Karen Seiger: http://rootshed.com/article/discover-artisanal-food-drink-treasures-bargains
15. The Hamptons U& Long Island Homegrown Cookbook: http://rootshed.com/article/the-hsny-hosts-food-drink-tasting-cooking-demo-with-chefs-and-cookbook-author
16. The Best Ice Cream & Gelatao: http://rootshed.com/review/the-dog-days-of-summer-hunt-for-the-best-ice-cream
17. Beard on Books: http://rootshed.com/article/james-beard-foundation-book-awards
18. Food & Drink Sandy Relief: http://rootshed.com/article/food-drink-sandy-relief
19. Junoon Restaurant- http://rootshed.com/review/junoon-restaurant-offers-exotic-indian-cuisine-and-elegant-ambiance
David Burke’s Townhouse Restaurant http://rootshed.com/review/discover-unexpected-food-chef-david-burke-s-exquisite-soho-kitchen-restaurant
20. City Harvest: My stories about feeding underserved neighborhoods in BedStuy, volunteer week and food rescues after the Produce Show are eye openers.
According to City Harvest, this year alone, they “will rescue and deliver more than 42 million pounds of good food for hungry New Yorkers.”
City Harvest boasts The Food Council, which is comprised of more than 75 food industry professional to help fight hunger. It’s chair this year is Le Barnardin’s Eric Ripert and honorary chars include Dan Barber, Blue Hill, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Danny Meyer, Union Square Hospitality Group
And a lucky–strike extra: Greenmarket Farmers Markets. For decades the Greenmarkets have provided a food culture tradition that allows chefs, farmers and “eaters” who care about taste and health, to come together. It’s become a social gathering place. Mother’s gossip, share recipes and tips. Here, foodies of all rank can meet, talk about seasonal, regional agriculture; learn what the culinary trends and harvest highlights are. There are regularly-scheduled Chef demonstrations showing how to prepare a meal with the fresh, locally-sources ingredients. http://rootshed.com/article/stars-of-the-local-farmers-market
Our world is all the better for this valuable resource: it’s a food fabric that weaves a tapestry of health, nutrition, community, taste and love.
Thanks for a rollicking good food & drink 2012.