Taste Talks Takes Over Brooklyn!

It was a great weekend to be a foodie in NYC as Taste Talks swept into Williamsburg for the 5th year. The 3 day conference kicked off Friday night with The Tastys at the gorgeous Weylin Theater. Over 25 awards were handed out with top honors going to folks like Greg Baxtrom from Olmstead for Best New Chef East, Kenji Lopez for The Food Lab and Alice Waters for Outstanding Chef overall.

There was also a great panel with Claus Meyer (co-founder of Noma) regarding his Brownsville Community Culinary Center which is really helping to change the landscape of that area.

Jeremy Oertel of Donna Cocktail Club and Natasha David of Nitecap were slinging incredible cocktails at the Awards After Party... 

...along with some of NYC's best food like meatballs from The Meatball Shop, Fried Chicken from Pies & Thighs and delicious Peanut Butter Crunch ice cream from Oddfellows.

Saturday was all about food knowledge with a series of seminars held at the William Vale and Whythe Hotels while the Future Food Expo showcased new food products like the delicious coffee from Wandering Bear.  These cold brew packs are perfect for a daily coffee fix at home.

Things closed down on Sunday with the All Star Cookout at the gorgeous East River State Park.

Watermelon Margaritas flowed as chefs worked together to grill up some delicious new eats.  I absolutely loved the rich Burro Taco from Saxon & Parole and Ghost Donkey.

I'm not exactly sure if the Nutritious Burger from Win Son and Smoke Show BBQ was actually "nutritious" but it certainly was tasty.

However my favorite bite of the day had to be the Double Smoked Bacon Bao from Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Schaller & Weber.  This was everything right and wonderful in the world. Mmm...Bacon.

It was a great weekend of events put on by the people at Taste Talks. I'm already looking forward to next year!