NYCWFF: Tacos & Tequilla hosted by Bobby Flay 2010
The 1st Tacos & Tequilla event started with a long line of New Yorkers excited to enter 82 Mercer Street. The bar was packed, the food was fantastic and the music pumped up the crowd until midnight, two hours past 10pm when the event was suppose to end. Can’t wait for Tacos & Tequilla 2011 !!
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: (1) The scene at the Patron Bar. (2) Tacos, yo ! tattos. (3) The Persephone – a special drink concocted by Bobby Flay made from Patron Silver Tequila, Patron citronage orange liqueur, fresh grapefruit juice, pomegranate juice, simple syrup.
1. Mesa Grill
Bobby Flay’s taco was the overall best taco of the night. He made his taco with Green Chile, Short Rib and Blue Corn with Queso Sauce and Pickled Red Onions. The richness of the short rib was so balanced with the pickled red onions.
2. Abe & Arthur’s
Franklin Becker made the best bite size taco of the night. His taco had a surprising twist – Tuna Tartare !! The crunch of the taco mixed with Avocado, Sweet Soy and Spicy Sesame Aioli served chilled was DELICIOUS !!
3. Olives New York
4. Mexican Made Easy
6. Dos Caminos
Clockwise from top: (1) The back of the Patron bar became the happening place after Guy Fieri, host of Diner, Drive Ins and Dives and his entourage walked in and held court. (2) Guy Fieri greeting a friend. (3) Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef was happily catching up with friends.
Clockwise from top: (1) Todd English visited Mexican Made Easy host, Marcela Valladolid’s booth for some tacos tasting. (2) Andrew Zimemern, host of Bizarre Foods posing with fans. (3) Robert Ivine, host of Restaurant Impossible, tending bar.
Left: Booze spiked ice cream made by the Guerilla Ice Cream. Made with Patron xo cafe, pasilla chili and cinnamon ice cream topped with chocolate shavings Right: Mexican Hot Chocolate – Kekua Chocolate by Hernan. Churn the hot chocolate with the wooden stirrer for that authentic experience, available at Dean & Deluca.