As warm and sunny skies finally came to NYC this weekend, Txikifest took Chelsea by storm! For the third year in a row, Eder Montero and Alex Raij the owners and chefs of Txikito packed the back alley behind their famed Basque Country restaurant with Txakoli wines from 15 different producers and pintxos (Basque-style tapas) from ten different restaurants. With proceeds benefitting Sanctuary for Families, this celebration of Basque Country culture was not to be missed! (For Txikifest 2012, read here.)
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Chef Peter Turso of Ursino
Less than 30 minutes outside of Manhattan on the campus of New Jersey’s Kean University, resides Ursino, a farm-to-table restaurant. With Chef Peter Turso at the helm of this surprisingly modern, eco-efficient structure, Ursino supplies half of its produce from its own nearby four-acre farm, while locally sourcing most all of its proteins, produce and beverages. ”A lot of people rely on going out to eat for inspiration,” said Peter, “but I want my ideas to be original…I want the ingredients to speak more than trying to mimic something I had at Eleven Madison Park.”
When our South American/Iberian producers were last in town, a number of us visited Riverpark, a Tom Colicchio Restaurant that overlooks the East River at 29th Street. Giddy with wine (Scinniri from Sicily) and bellies full, we were given a moonlit tour of the Riverpark Garden, located just outside the restaurant. No wonder the “Baby Lettuces” that we’d eaten was one of the freshest salads I’ve ever had–each leaf popping with its own distinct flavor note; they were the result of the ultimate farm-to-table experience, made with greens that had just been harvested from the 15,000 square foot “stalled site” farm next door.