Cover image: Edible Escape 2017 © Lise for WhereNYC
Fall was indeed in the air at Edible Escape’s tasting event hosted by Edible Manhattan. Tastings offered city-dwellers an escape through globally inspired food and drink from around the world with an abundance of fall flavors and seasonal goodies. Pier A Harbor House was an amazing setting for the occasion as attendees were treated with a view overlooking the Statue of Liberty, plenty of room to mix and mingle around the tasting tables, and even the opportunity try their dance moves with a tango lesson. The many notable tastings were presented from restaurants, tea houses, wineries, breweries, and catering joints in the city, as well as in Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
Upon entering the top floor of the Harbor House, attendees had no problem jumping right into dessert. First stop for this taster was from the Vienna Calling Catering table, with its hard-to-pass apple strudel. With the fall fruit also on the menu, Brooklyn Cider House offered a flight of ciders made from apples in their own Hudson Valley orchard.
Another fan favorite was the butter chicken dish presented by the chef from Badshah, a modern Indian restaurant located in Hell’s Kitchen. The chef graciously replenished tasters’ bowls with seconds, as the dish was too good to be satisfied with just one bite!
As thirst set in, Wines of Argentina’s table graciously filled glasses with a variety of wines from the Mendoza region, its standout being the Trinita Grand Reserve, a blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Wine in hand, one could easily mistake themselves for Buenos Aires as tango music filled the air and aroma from Balvanera’s empanadas and steak tartines with homemade chimichurri sauce drifted.
An exceptional stop was at Ghost & Grits, where the Indian born chef fused a ghost pepper jam from his Indian roots with southern-style grits, a nod to his stay in Tennessee for a period of time before settling in New York. Although they do not yet have a brick and mortar restaurant, foodies can try his grits at Smorgasburg.
The event also hosted tables with Kombucha beverages, wines from the Loire Valley in France, German style beer and a beer cake dessert, hot and cold tea tastings, cheese plates, seafood dishes, and sake. Attendees left Pier A Harbor House, after a world tour of gastronomy and a pallet full of global flavors.
For more information on upcoming events, visit Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn.