Fatty Sunday Football Funday

Usually our Sundays in October are spent watching football and drinking a few beers on the couch. This past Sunday we did that as well, however on a much larger and fattier scale! Sunday was Epicurious Entertains Fatty Football Sunday Funday event hosted by Zak Pelaccio.

Zak is expanding his empire of restaurants even further next month by opening up Fatty Cue in Brooklyn. This event showcased the Southeast Style of Asian BBQ he hopes to bring to the table and I have to say it was pretty awesome.

The event started at 12:00 and we ended up being the first one up the stairs to check out the space. The second I opened up the stair door I was hit with the most intense smell of smoked meat I have ever had. It got stronger with each step and by the time we were at the top I thought I was going to be a little sick by the sheer meat intensity coming out of the room! A good kind of sick, mind you.

I walked in and was greeted by non other than James Oliver Cury, Executive Editor of Epicurious and former editor of Time Out New York’s Eat Out section. I was so excited I could barely think as he welcomed us to the event and encouraged us to grab a drink and relax. I was too busy admiring the wonderful, sleek space and big bowls of Lindt chocolate on each table.

The bar was set up against one wall with the kitchen on the other side and tables down the middle. They really did a nice job keeping the space so that people could move freely for either food or drinks while still having a view of the football games.

We took a seat at one of the long tables in the middle and then went to the bar for some drinks.

They had a pretty impressive amount of alcohol for such a small event. Leffe Blonde, Stella, Hoegarden and Tecate for beer, red and wine wines from Dancing Bull Winery in California and different bottles of liquor like Patron and Johnny Walker.

As we waited for them to finish up with the cooking I scoped out the kitchen area.

Here’s the menu for today.

Wow- so much good looking stuff. Luckily we only had to wait about 15 minutes before the food was ready.

They set up the food buffet style so you walked through the kitchen and piled your plate high with as much meat as you wanted. Here’s a picture of my first plate.

I tried a little bit of everything. That huge sandwich in the middle is the Banh Mi. It’s hard to see in this picture but it contained turkey along with the other ingredients which I thought really brought the sandwich together in a whole new way.

The white bun in the back was the Smoked Brisket bun with Cilantro sauce and the meat up front was the ultra moist and fatty BBQ Lamb shoulder with Goat Yogurt.

One of my favorite foods of the night had to be the Pork Spare Ribs. When I heard they were glazed in a Palm Sugar Fish sauce I was a little worried I wouldn’t like it. However the sweet sticky glaze was a perfect topping for the smoky meat and I chowed down on a ton of these.

My favorite dish of the event was the House Smoked Bacon and Clams. Look at these nice big chunks of bacon.

So good! This man knows how to cook! The food was all pretty great but there were a few things I didn’t like. The Charred Turnips and Greens with Red Curry was so spicy I had a little coughing spell after the first bite. The Cucumber salad which I thought would be nice and refreshing also suffered from the same affliction of being overly spiced and hot.

However the hits were much greater than the misses and they get bonus points in my book for having a signature shot for people to enjoy.

I actually didn’t care for the taste that much but it was a big hit with the other guests. They ran through those liquor bottles faster than they ran through the food!

It was a great event and for $50 highly worth the price tag. It lived up to the name Fatty Sunday Football Funday in every way.