July 16, 2014
Instagram Diary: Our Celebrate Flatiron Chefs Recap
We had such an amazing time at Celebrate Flatiron Chefs in Madison Square Park last night! So many of our fantastic NoMad and Flatiron restaurants were represented with their renowned chefs hanging out and serving their delicious fare.
We arrived to the event right before doors opened at 5:30 p.m. and were greeted with a short line of enthusiastic foodies!
Doors opened on time and the very friendly staff made entering the event a breeze! After a quick look around, we noticed local legend Chef April Bloomfield and The John Dory Oyster Bar staff serving up her Char pate sliders. April was very friendly and talked about how she was happy to have the opportunity every year to “support the neighborhood.”
April also talked about how she was excited to head over to the Eleven Madison Park booth to try Daniel Humm‘s Humm Dog telling us “who doesn’t like truffles and hot dogs? I’m super excited about that!”
Next up, we headed to the Asellina booth to try their new Crolato’s. Imagine an ice cream sandwich featuring delicious gelato inside a croissant. A refreshing summer treat!
Chef Hooni Kim from Hanjan in NoMad and Danji in Hell’s Kitchen treated us to his BBQ Galbi Skewers.
We then headed to Chef Francis Derby’s Resto and The Cannibal booth where we tried his Mole Chicken Sausage with cotilla creme and corn salad. This dish was incredible!
Another highlight was new NoMad neighbor Cafe El Presidente. From the team that brought you Montauk and Nolita’s Tacombi, Chef Jason DeBriere’s Ceviche Tostadas transported us to the beach!
After sampling Bo’s refreshing Golden Gazpacho Soup, we headed over to the Maysville booth where Chef Kyle Knall and Pastry Chef Caroline Schiff shared their delicious summery dishes. Grilled Peaches with chilled tomato broth and basil and their lemon verbena granita both hit the spot!
We then got a chance to talk to Shake Shack’s Culinary Director Mark Rosati who could not have been a more gracious host. Mark was very excited about the event and talked about how “the real star of the show is that all the great restaurants around us are coming into the park and the fact that you have a collection of such great chefs and food all within in a quick little walk in the park; it’s pretty awesome!”
Mark told us how all the restaurants were bringing each other dishes to try. Clearly a fan of meat dishes, Mark enjoyed the “stellar” food from The Cannibal and Blue Smoke’s “killer ribs” and was enthusiastic to reunite with the other Decade of Shack chefs Daniel Humm and April Bloomfield.
It was so much fun to meet so many different incredible chefs and try all the different culinary delights that the neighborhood has to offer. The Madison Square Park Conservancy should pat themselves on the back for a job well done!