The NYCWFF is, of course, in full swing, and despite at least one case of absinthe dementia, the bloggers are blogging away. While we await reports from tonight’s main event, SWEET, here’s a rundown of today’s dispatches from the field.
• The Feed has highly flammable video of David Wondrich and Dale DeGroff mixing Blue Blazers and a good quote from Wondrich on the Achilles heel of trendy cocktail bars, namely the all-business barkeeps: “You’re supposed to hear some good stories and have a damn good time.” Jordana Rothman also catches Gordon Ramsay chatting with Kim Severson (Gordo on the ickiness of veal spinal cord: “I mean, the French would eat each other”), Alton Brown cracking jokes, Rachael Ray plugging her favorite restaurants, Rocco DiSpirito showing off his waltz, and Lidia Bastianich sharing cooking tips.
• Eater has interviews with Cobi Levy and Doug Akin from Charles, Rob Kaufelt on Murray’s Salami, Dana Cowin, and David Rabin, who reveals the new incarnation of Lotus will open in March, and he’s not happy about other clubs (ahem) doing chocolate.
• Metromix hit last night’s Burger Bash and asked chefs for their recipes and fast-food faves. Best part: Reporter Matt Rodbard gets Al Roker to admit, Blanche DuBois–like, that “someone has always taken care of me” at Shake Shack (meaning he’s the one person in the world who gets to skip the line?). Later at “Midnight Munchies,” Anne Burrell tells Pervaiz Shallwani that she loves hot dogs (even dirty-water ones) when she’s drunk.
• At the Grand Tasting, the Life Vicarious makes amends with Bobby Flay after floating a rumor that he sometimes throws episodes of Throwdown.
Stay tuned for more from the festival.