Anyone attend the big Brooklyn Eats bash last night at the Marriott?
We went for the second year in a row, had a very good time. It was very much like last year but there were some changes. I thought there were somewhat fewer vendors, but the food was generally excellent. And it's nice to chat with the various chefs and actually see who does the cooking at restaurants you patronize.
Also, we noticed that all the wines were promoted by Heights Chateau, whereas last year I'm pretty sure there were several wine purveyors who were there. It looked like what the Heights Chateau did was have their distributors supply the wines and staff the booths. There were plenty of wine stations, each serving a different beverage (ports as well as wines). I thought they did a very nice job. One suggestion would be to have handouts available for each wine with suggested retail prices. It's impossible to remember all the wines they had, and the pourers generally did not know retail prices on the wines. One puzzling thing,though: they had "spit buckets" for those who did not want to swallow the wine and they had several pitchers at each wine station, but the pitchers were all empty! I would have been happy to rinse my wine glass with a little water before the next taste, but instead I had to dispose of the current glass and find a fresh one each time. I wonder what was the purpose of the empty pitchers.
The only downside, as always, is the logistical problem of trying to negotiate the large crowd, getting small platters of food and trying to eat while balancing glasses and so on.
I like the idea that it is so easy to get a fresh wine glass, but it really does complicate things to have to find a stand to drop the used glass, then move to a different area to get a fresh glass, then get back in line for a taste of wine and then begin the process all over again. Can't think of a better way, though.
Maybe we'll see you next year.