Remember when I went to Meatopia? And it was a porky, beefy, meaty extravaganza?
Well, this year, it was part of the NYCWFF and it was much more centrally located, full of people but not so crazy packed that you couldn’t get any food, and was more delicious than ever.
And I worked with JCPenney to cover it all.
Let’s just let the photos speak for themselves, shall we?
The joint was jumping and though the weather was cool, the scent of roasting meat was in the air, the JCPenney lounge was stocked with comfy couches and adorable decor, and people were ready to chow down and get their cocktail on!
A man hand hacking some pork is a truly beautiful sight.
Oxtail pot pie by Celebrity Cruises
Fatty and gelatinous in the best way possible. Meaty and almost sweet in round, beefy flavor. This tiny pot was about all I could handle of it, because it really was SO rich. Sure didn’t taste like cruise food, though. Beef heart with polenta and pomegranate seeds from SD26
One of the best dishes of the night. The pork chews like a steak and has a smoky, charred finish that contrasts with its naturally sweet taste. The salsa is bright and tart, but not spicy. It just adds a hit of acid while letting the pork shine.
Cream soda cured pastrami sandwich from Glen Oaks Club
I can’t believe that there is good pastrami outside of NYC. I mean…wow. This ain’t Katz’s, but it’s fatty, juicy, and wonderfully tender. The slaw alongside is creamy and light, and the rye bread is really great – it kinda mushes into the warm pastrami, like great rye bread should. Best of all, this wasn’t crazy salty.
Mandatory rest break with my sister at the JCPenney relaxation lounge. As you can see, it was all modern and clean but also cozy. These days, modern doesn’t mean sterile and JCPenney’s lounge managed to be comfy with overstuffed couches and festive – but not cheesy! – holiday decor.
The man does no wrong, okay? Tender, juicy, mild, with just a hint of mushroom-like earthiness. Drizzled in a fresh, lemony, herby gremolata, this is finger food at its greatest. Chirashi from Commerce
Okay, I have to go here, stat. That’s how delicious this is. The steak is just barely seared so the interior is room temperature and basically raw. It was served over fantastic sushi rice – warm, sweet, sticky -and piquant pickled vegetables. I could eat a barrel of this or more.
Michael Psilakis spit roasted lamb taco
Ending on a high note. The lamb is so soft and juicy and utterly lamb-y. It’s mixed with a vibrant green salsa and served in a warm corn tortilla with creamy, dill scented tzatziki. It’s garlicky and delicious – I couldn’t love it more.
Don’t worry, you can get a chance to recreate all of these dishes with a giveaway sponsored by JC Penney! They are giving away a Charcoal Companion®Sauce Pot and Basting Brush ($40 value) to one lucky reader! Enter by leaving a comment, and a winner will be chosen at random this Friday morning!
In the meanwhile, I’m going to go get a salad.
Disclaimer: I was compensated to write this post. The opinions and account of the affair are my own.