Batali, Colicchio Enjoy a Five-Borough Feast

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Last night at Rockefeller Center's Loft & Garden, a mix of chefs (including Mario Batali and Tom Colicchio), socially active artists, and people describing their work purely as eco joined host Jim Denevan and local farmers for a private taste of Denevens traveling supper club, Outstanding in the Field. The for-profit farm-dinner series orchestrates fifteen to twenty events per year, but Monday night was an Absolut-supported chance to screen a documentary on the five-borough sourcing of the evenings dinner and then eat the outcome.

Batali said he came out of interest in the farm movement a welcome affront to what he refers to as the post-Hamburgler era, when we started accepting heavy marketing as a reason to get excited over food. He and other curious attendees dined family style on a rustic meal prepared by Brown Cafs chef, Alejandro Brown Alcocer: Brooklyn beets, Bronx collards, Rockaway bass, and a pig from Queens named Apollonia. Diners chuckled to learn that their pork dinner from Queens County once had some sass, and the story of Taqwa Community Farm, born from trash-heaped plots in the Bronx, was awe-inspiring.

(Oh, in case you wondering: Batali predicts Obama to sweep 37 states.)