Last night's #warehousebreakin pop-up dinner party was nothing short of a beautiful collaboration. My dear friend, Danielle Aquino, from @gustiamo had a brilliant idea to combine #thecheekychef cooking with their artisanal Italian products in a renegade dinner party inside the dark warehouse.
Tucked away in the Bronx, amongst pallets of San Marzano tomatoes, we set a beautiful candle-lit table covered with greens and citrus fruits to celebrate the feast of San Giuseppe. I am so lucky to have had a partner to plan this event with. While I'm usually working solo, it was incredibly comforting and inspiring to team up with Danielle. She was the perfect host chatting with the guests, managing food service and sneaking drinks into our make-shift kitchen. My kind of girl! We had the pleasure of working with Salvo Agusta from @palermostreetfood to pair Sicilian wines (including Tasca d'Almerita from Regaleali) with the meal.
Sharing food, celebrating spring and clinking glasses with new friends was the perfect way to give thanks to San Giuseppe. Grazie Mille @ela_tarantella Beatrice @gustiamo @PalermoStreetFood @mrwarman and the whole gustiamo team. Of course, wishing @fabrizialanza was in New York with us too!
Thank you to our amazing photographer for the night Andrew T. Warman @mrwarman + our guests @simranjaising @rissapup22 @dankay @vinylwine @fotowhoa @health_posture_neatness @ginofortebuono @mal4380 @coffeebkproject
MENU // Chef Linda Sarris
zibibbo citrus cocktail: aperol, la nicchia zibibbo elixir and raisin from pantelleria + lemon juice
olive oil tasting: pianogrillo extra virgin olive oil from Sicily
antipasti: maida farm sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, broccoli rabe from campania + bella di cerignola olives from puglia
piccolo fiore terre siciliane IGT bianco 2013
baby octopus salad: polipetti, fennel, blood orange, purple potatoes + nettuno anchovies from Amalfi coast
macco: traditional dried fava bean soup, pianogrillo extra virgin olive oil from Sicily + spring peas
feudo maccari IGT terre siciliane grillo 2013
pasta busiate with pesto trapanese: molini del ponte tumminia pasta from sicily, romana almonds from noto sicily, casa barone piennolo tomatoes from mt.vesuvius, basil, garlic + peperoncino
tasca d'almerita, regaleali nero d'avola IGT sicilia 2011
sfinci di san giuseppe: fried puffs with manias asfodel honey from sardinia, candied orange + sweet ricotta cream
cantine pellegrino marsala superiore DOP