Thursday, October 6, 2011

Part 1 of 2: Party In Guy's Garage: The Festival Closing Party

Part 1 of 2: Party In Guy's Garage: The Festival Closing Party

Allen rocking the neon shades and having grub
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 9pm-Midnight
Highline Stages, 440 West 15th Street, 9th and 10th Avenues
Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival
Presented by Food & Wine
Proceeds Benefit Food Bank For NYC and Share Our Strength

Allen and I had a great time at Party In Guy's Garage: The Festival Closing Party. Highline Stages is located in the heart of the Meatpacking District and across from the Chelsea Market and Food Network. As we entered, we each received a nifty Guy Fieri glass. The music was festive, loud, and pure 80s with clips of cheesy films from the era on a huge screen in the front room. There was plenty of great food, drinks and loud music.

Celebrity Chefs spotted throughout the evening were Robert Irvine, Claire Robinson, Anne Burrell, Andrew Zimmern, and Nadia G. Guy had his own food station and served the crowd yummy pork sliders and sausages featuring his new line of BBQ sauces and signature salsas. There was a mob around this area when Guy was there, but I was able to get a few decent shots. Unfortunately, Guy was surrounded by his manager, security guards, friends, and the crowd was HUGE, so we were unable to speak to him or get a picture with him.

Guy Fieri giving fans pork sliders

Guy Fieri (far left), Robert Irvine and Guy's Krew

Delicious sausage at the Guy Fieri table, sauces are tasty too

As you listened to 80s tunes, you could go around both rooms and sample food from these participating eateries: Artichoke Basille's Pizza, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef, Led Zeppole, The Commodore, Levain Bakery, No. 7/No. 7 Sub/Weather Up. I had a pork slider from the Guy table with one of Guy's BBQ sauces. The pork was flavorful and juicy, and the crunch from the slaw and Guy's BBQ sauce was yummy. I also had a Mini Beef Patty from Golden Krust, and it was a little spicy and delicious. I tried samples of dark chocolate peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies from Levain Bakery, and they were so rich and comforting. I wanted more but held back!

Mini Beef Patties from Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

Spicy Chicken Wings from Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

Allen's Comments: I really loved the Artichoke Pizza from Artichoke Basille's Pizza and was some of the best pizza I ever had. This NYC based company has my heart and now stomach at their disposal. I never had such a great tasting pizza, it was heavenly. It reminded me of awesome soup flavoring (homemade of course), topped with cheeses and artichoke goodness. I wish I could replicate this but instead will go dine at one of the fine establishments they run. This pizza rocked right up there with Guy Fieri's table which was right next to them and featured "mucho" beef, pork, sausage, Guy Fieri BBQ Sauces, tortilla chips and salsas. There was not a dull item here. The sausage was awesome with the hot edged (but not burning) Guy Fieri Carolina #6 BBQ Sauce. Slap that sauce on your grub because it rocks. They also served the best beef, and on the side I had a favorite of mine Guy Fieri Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, which I ordered from the Food Network site last month. There was delicious Guy Fieri Salsa Verde Green & Mean and a selection of red salsas and they loaded everyone up with fresh tortilla chips.

Allen's Artichoke Pizza from Artichoke Basille’s Pizza
This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef served some killer sandwiches that tasted as fresh as you can get. A+ food! I look forward to visiting their eatery in the near future. 

Allen's sandwich from This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef

I had the Adult Cheese & Crackers from The Commodore and it was the best spread on a cracker I have had in years. It was way tasty.

Adult Cheese & Crackers from The Commodore

Hominy, and Sandwiches from The Commodore

Allen with his nifty Guy Fieri glass

Volunteers were going around with trays of food so I had more from Artichoke Pizza, This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef, and a Mini Beef Patty from Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill. Everything I tried was great. Special Note: An A++ goes to ALL the nice and courteous volunteers that made the event go smooth. All the volunteers were into what they were doing. This was one of the best events I have attended that had such awesome volunteers and all for a great cause, Food Bank For NYC and Share Our Strength.
-Allen/One of Two Fry's

Levain Bakery, so yum!

Pickles, Tacos from No. 7/No. 7 Sub/Weather Up

A volunteer, had to get a shot of the tee!

Go to part 2 for more Party In Guy's Garage: The Festival Closing Party...

-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys

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