Citymeals-on-Wheels’ Chef’s Tribute

Last Monday, June 4th, I took the train into NYC to experience the Chef’s Tribute – a food and wine tasting extravaganza that raises money for Citymeals-on-Wheels.  I had never been to an event like this, and I honestly was hoping that Derek could join me, but, unfortunately, he was called out of town for business.  So off I went on my own.

They host this event every year at Rockefeller Center.  Dozens of the nation’s finest chefs volunteer their time and efforts to treat us to culinary delights.  This year the theme was Knives Camera Action – a salute to the silver screen.  So each chef created a dish that honored a movie.  Some of them also made special decorations to let you know what movie they were honoring.

There was no way I could even try every dish – but I wandered around picking up the things that tempted me.  I’d be lying if I didn’t admit, that I probably ate more dessert than dinner foods!  I started off with a pumpkin chocolate chip cake from Duff Goldman and Charm City Cakes – wow!

Throughout the night – I tried many delicious bites.  My favorite was Black Cod on Butter Lettuce by Toshio Tomita of Nobu (the movie inspiration was The Godfather or the “Codfather”).

I also really enjoyed the Strega Liquor Gelato from Silvana Vivoli (movie inspiration – Snow White – there was some red apple sorbet).

Things that deliciously surprised me were the vegetarian options – Eggplant Parm from Missy Robbins (“Moonstruck”), Zucchini Rounds with Summer Peppers from John DeLucie (“Goodfellas”), and Ricotta Gnudi with Lardo, Peas, Pedro Ximenez from Richard Blais (“Moneyball”).

It was a beautiful setting – even though they had to do it inside with tents as the day threatened rain.  The statue at Rockefeller Center was beautiful in the evening light.  While it was a quick and crowded affair for me, and I was single girl while navigating it – I enjoyed the experience and would love to do it again (with Derek of course).  Plus – the event fee went to a great cause.

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