Meatopia is now ten years old. Some of you have been coming for years. Some braved the brutal heat of Meatopia VII: BBQ NYC in Brooklyn; others the tornado that swept through, like an angry vegan god, at Meatopia XIII: City of Meat. Some of you go all the way back to Meatopia IV: Slaughter of the Innocent, an infanticidal romp that marked the first Meatopia open to the public. And now, at last, comes Meatopia X: The Carnivore’s Ball presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Michael Symon. For the first time, we are in Manhattan, suspended above the Hudson on Pier 92, the big closing event of the New York Wine and Food Festival. At last you don’t have to take an epic journey to places like Governor’s Island or Randall’s Island, or Brooklyn Bridge Park.
And you need to come. And the menu below, is why.
A Message From Josh Ozersky and the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
For our tenth birthday, the Festival and I have spared nothing in putting together a dream team of carnivorous cookery. The astounding Paul Qui, from Austin, is making Tabasco and ginger philipino chicken. Barbecue deity Aaron Franklin is back, cooking beef plate, a better version of brisket, for the first time. Michael White on quail spiedini. New York culinary legend Alex Lee, the ultimate “chef’s chef,” on cream soda-brined short rib pastrami on house-baked rye. Modernist master Matt Lightner, turning away from the tweezers to cook an incredible grilled chicken with Alabama white sauce. Richard Turner, the UK’s undisputed king of beef, will be making bone-on prime rib-eye steaks, and Puerto Rico’s greatest chef, Jose Enrique, doing a mind-blowing Achiote flank steak. John “Eff You” Tesar doing a sous-vide lamb rack over red oak with kim chi and Sriracha butter.
And that’s just inside the tent. When you enter, you are immediately hit with the majesty and magic of slow-roasted whole animals: Michael Psilakis on whole lamb. Bryan Voltaggio doing a whole side of rose veal. Seamus Mullen doing spitted Spanish chickens. Anthony Goncalves presiding over whole hogs with Iberian spices. And, at the center, Meatopia’s greatest star, the 1000 lb whole Creekstone steer cooked by the greatest meat man of them all, Pat LaFrieda.
Nobody who has ever been to Meatopia can afford to miss this. Because this is a New York Wine and Food Festival Event, tickets are going fast. Meatopias, come hither! The event will not be truly great without you there.