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The Chipper Truck: The Last Stop in Woodlawn

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Aug 22, 2013
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“Our customers are always #1. We always look out for our customers.”

Meet Alice and Valentino, the co-owners of The Chipper Truck, a late-night only, Irish food truck based in Woodlawn, NY. In this mini Irish community tucked away in the Bronx, eager night owls come hungry to The Chipper Truck for addictive Irish comfort food. Here, chips are king. This is their story.

Vendy Awards

The NYC Vendy Awards, celebrating the best of New York’s mobile food community, will be held Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY. I hope you can make it! Tickets for the event can be purchased at Eventbrite here.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!

Luke’s Lobster: Ambassadors of Maine

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Aug 22, 2013
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“Making this lobster roll is like making a peanut butter sandwich for anybody else.”

Meet Luke Holden, the president and founder of Luke’s Lobster, a sustainably focused Maine seafood company based in New York City. Luke is a proud Mainer, or “Mainiac”. Out of his Nautical Mobile, a.k.a The Naughty Mobile, he shares with New Yorkers a taste of his hometown: fresh, simply prepared Maine-style lobster rolls. This is his story.

Vendy Awards

The NYC Vendy Awards, celebrating the best of New York’s mobile food community, will be held Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at Industry City in Brooklyn, NY. I hope you can make it! Tickets for the event can be purchased at Eventbrite here.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!

Grazin’s Grassfed Burgers: A Small Diner Aims to Make The Cleanest Burger You’ll Ever Eat

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Jul 30, 2013
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“It’s an artificial cheapness that’s associated with meat in America. I rather you spend your money on a good burger and just do it less frequently.”

Meet Andrew Chiappinelli, the owner of Grazin’, the world’s FIRST farm-to-table direct, 100% Animal Welfare Approved grassfed & finished burger joint based in Hudson, NY. When it comes to burgers, Andrew is a proud man. He’s so thick with pride you can see it, especially while rolling out and portioning his specialty, pasture-raised burger blend. It took him 6 long years to get his vision for Grazin’ up and running, and now he finally feels like people are catching on.

Here, what looks like a diner and smells like a diner is far from the norm. As Andrew will tell you, he has to be ok with disrupting certain expectations. The 1947 stainless steel facade might lure people in, but, it’s not unheard of for new customers to walk out once they find the colas are all made to order and the homemade mayo costs an extra buck. For me, it’s well worth it. And I wasn’t going anywhere. This is a place to come for clean eating. A place where burgers don’t sit like bricks in your stomach. A place where a healthy respect for animals, sustainability and local agriculture can be found in every single bite. Watch Andrew’s story and see for yourself!

I hope I convince you to take a trip upstate to support good food makers. Though burgers are the mainstays on the menu, you can also find great egg options, soups, salads and sandwiches daily. I highly recommend starting with the plain Grazin’ burger, just to taste the nuances of the grassfed meat. For something more adventurous, ask about the burger special of the day or splurge on the “Uncle Dude” – the layers of jalapeno relish w/house-made chipotle mayo over bacon and local cheddar is a flavor bomb worth coming back for. Truth be told, I ate an Uncle Dude with a side of fries and felt great. You’ll see it in the piece, it’s no small burger. It was a wonder I didn’t slip into my usual burger coma, a satisfying feeling that’ll keep me coming back to Grazin’s thoughtful, clean food.

Thanks so much for watching food. curated.! Happy Summer Eating!

Drawn to Fire: Chef Jeremy Stanton of The Meat Market

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Jul 23, 2013
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“We honor meat every day, it’s why we’re here.”

Meet Jeremy Stanton, the chef and proprietor of The Meat Market, a sustainable butcher shop and one-of-a-kind, fire-roasted catering business in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. If there’s one thing Jeremy loves, it’s a show. A fire show. Ask him about grilling outdoors and his charisma will overwhelm you. For him, there’s no other place he’d rather be then strapped into his flame retardant leather chaps, BBQ tools in hand, surrounded by the crackling sounds of burning wood and the scent of locally grilled meats. This type of cooking is his calling.  He just has a way with fire.

Jeremy opened The Meat Market a little under two years ago. It was his way of giving back to The Berkshires community, a community proud of its farmers and farmland. Before The Meat Market, there weren’t any options for locals to buy fresh cuts of animals raised in the area. Jeremy saw this disconnect and, for years, worked on a plan to solve it. He asked The Universe for help and this is his story.

Right now, Jeremy is happy to say he works with over 20 farms to showcase their meats and produce to hungry locals, offering a variety of grass fed meats, in addition to, homemade pates, hams, flavorful charcuterie and delicious sausages. If you’re not in the mood to cook, he’ll be more than happy to grill the meats for you outback. Every Thursday-Sunday, the shop builds a few fires on their specialty grills and invites the community to partake in the best of what The Berkshires has to offer. It’s a great concept, a lovely staff and certainly a nice addition to the neighborhood. I hope you stop by one day, it’s a fun reason to get out of town.

Thanks so much for watching food. curated. and supporting local farms! Happy Summer Grilling!

Escape the City: Bell & Anchor, A Little Bit of Brooklyn in the Berkshires

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Jun 27, 2013
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“I just want to eat well and keep it unpretentious.” 

Meet Mark Firth, the owner and chief farmhand of the Bell & Anchor, a farm to table restaurant located up in Great Barrington, MA. I came to the Berkshires looking to get away from the city – to get out into nature and get a little closer to my food source. Mark, a long time Brooklyn resident, had the same idea a few years back. Except, once he discovered the Berkshires, he knew he’d found his home.

I met Mark at a James Beard House Cure-All dinner in NYC last winter, and was impressed with a lot of the food being showcased by chefs in his area.  The dinner pretty much inspired my week-long road trip. I wanted to see for myself what restaurants were up to upstate, to see the caliber of food coming out of small towns known for the farm-to-table movement; towns that also supply NYC and Boston with a lot of farmed meat and produce. To say the least, I was impressed. The creativity, the inspiration, the passion were all there; added to that, a sense of camaraderie between all the farms and restaurants – a real sense of community around food.  I filmed at a couple of restaurants that you’ll get to know over these next few weeks – some thick with history, some riding on new ideas. I hope it inspires you to escape the city. There’s a level of excitement building amongst all the chefs I met, you could sense it, you could see that summer was everyone’s favorite food season.

So, enjoy this little piece on the Bell & Anchor. Mark co-founded two of my favorite restaurants in my Brooklyn ‘hood: Diner and Marlow & Sons. He has a knack for creating very special spaces. And the food by Chef Stephen Browning is as comforting as food can get. I think the shot of the burger in the video, visually, says it all.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!