Fatty Cue Makes Its Public Debut at Flatiron Event

Zak Pelaccio and Robbie Richter

Pelaccio and Richter: together in public for the first time.Photo: Josh Ozersky

Zak Pelaccio and Robbie Richter premiered tastes of their forthcoming Fatty Cue last night at Celebrate Flatiron Chefs event at Madison Square Park. The samples were excellent: a curry-cured Berkshire pork belly we couldn't get enough of and some smoked lamb ribs that were long-marinated in a mix of potent Thai spices. But the event had other things worth seeing and tasting. At the Country table, Geoffrey Zakarian presided, visibly countering reports of his departure. Boqueria served a piece of transporting smoked lamb belly previously confited in Ossabaw pork fat, and Ilili made deboned lamb rib skewers with strawberry aleppo pepper marinade strawberry-scented shawarma. Gail Simmons looked tanned and rested in the Top Chef off-season, but Ben Pollinger of Oceana seemed nervous on the eve of his New York Times review. We've got more photos after the jump.

Willis Loughead, Geoffrey Zakarian, Ben Pollinger

Willis Loughhead and the still-present Geoffrey Zakarian of Country; Ben Pollinger keeps his fingers crossed on the eve of his Times review.Photo: Josh Ozersky

gail simmons and josh ozersky

Gail Simmons forgives Josh Ozersky for all Top Chef wisecracks.Photo: Josh Ozersky

Correction: Ilili served deboned lamb rib skewers with strawberry aleppo pepper marinade. We had identified it as "strawberry-scented shawarma."