Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:13 PM
Posted 01 June 2012 - 02:44 PM
Another pork-related smackdown. Anyone going? You can make me rich by using "pinkpig" as a code to secure a 20% discount. More info here.
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Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:50 AM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 01:38 PM
What is there left to say about the
Great GoogaMooga,BACON BASH the haute-bourgeois food festival that pitched its painstakingly art-directed tents in Brooklyn's Prospect Park last weekend? Saddled with an embarrassing name and an annoying premise—to gather chefs from New York’s most overexposed blogger-approved restaurants in an orgy of food worship—the festival invited ridicule from the outset and subsequently took every single opportunity to justify that initial disdain.The Great GoogaMoogaBACON BASH took its cues from giant music festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, where young people gather in distant fields to hear bands they already know play songs with which they're already familiar. The organizers invited almost every single New York-based vendor you'd expect, as if the invitee roster had been determined by taking a quick look atAndy Cohen’s credit card statements. There was Crif Dogs, which sells in-your-face hot dogs in Brooklyn and the East Village; Red Rooster Harlem, run by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson; Momofuku Milk Bar, which is perhaps the best-known dessert place in the nation; Mile End, a Brooklyn delicatessen that features 28 major-media write-ups on its website’s “Press” page.
It’s worth asking what the point of this was. At music festivals, the bands hail from around the world, and the fun comes in watching bands that you might not otherwise get a chance to see live. But New Yorkers don’t need to wait for the stars to align to visit most of the restaurants that were featured at
GoogaMoogaBACON BASH. They’re already accessible—in fact, the distance between the East Village locations of Luke’s Lobster and South Brooklyn Pizza, to name two of the festival’s well-known vendors, is less than the distance between their respective GoogaMoogaBACON BASH tents. What’s more, the tent-based version of their food is almost guaranteed to be worse than the restaurant version. It’s hard to make restaurant-quality food in a park; near impossible to do it quickly, consistently, and in sufficient quantities to satisfy thousands and thousands of judgmental foodies.