I’m at Las Vegas McCarren Airport on my way back from Vegas Uncork’d, but before I start confessing to my exploits from the past four days in the city of sin, I wanted to share with you some pics from the glamorous (though no less sinful) LUCKYRICE Grand Feast.
This giant bi bim bap by by the Korean Cultural Service and KumGangSan was at least 5 feet across. For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, bi bim bap is a classic korean dish of rice topped with various marinated vegetables and meat. It’s usually mixed together with a spoonful of gochujang (korean hot sauce) before it’s eaten, but in this case they used a giant wooden paddle that looked more like an oar than a spoon.
Brad Farmerie from Public was there with fried Barron Point oysters with shiso and a wasabi yuzu dipping sauce, but after both of their deep fryers failed, he made due with what he had and served them up raw, on the half shell. The best way to eat oysters IMHO.
The Grand Feast was held in the ballroom of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the Time Warner center. As you can see, the view was stunning, and the Manhattan panorama really set the stage for food and drink.
This torchon of Hudson Valley foie gras and duck prosciutto with kabayaki glaze, pickled jicama, and yuzu marmalade had a lot going on, but it had a wonderful balance of sweet, salty and tart components that balanced out the buttery foie gras.