27
Jul

Going Whole Hog at Eleven Madison Park

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Hospitality is about making people happy. Plain and simple. With that in mind, we planned a fun surprise for the team at Eleven Madison Park, who have been our gracious neighbors at the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party for the past 11 years.

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The surprise was kind of heavy, so we enlisted their help with delivery. Imagine the astonishment of these cooks as they walked across the street to assist.

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Away we go

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Hopefully we can squeeze through the door.

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What is this on the pastry pass, chef?

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This is some pig. A gorgeous Chester White from Heritage Cheshire in Seven Springs, North Carolina. No fancy knife necessary. Mike Mills will use a box cutter.

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Just a little more carving. Yes, Will, a box cutter.

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Hmmm.

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I’m pretty sure Daniel and Will are saying, “I cannot believe this happening in our pristine kitchen. Right now.”

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Ahhh. Yes.

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Chef Humm is ready to pinch of a piece of pork.

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There he goes.

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But wait! Mike wants to tell him about building barbecue, with layers of spice and sauce.

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Just a little more

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And some High on the Hog sauce, too.

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Oh, hello, Aziz Ansari and Courtney McBroom. Didn’t see you in the crowd of kitchen whites. You should buy his new book, Modern Romance.

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I think he liked the pork.

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And Chef really likes that Magic Dust.

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An historic moment. A committed, six-year vegetarian takes a bite. This is Will’s father, Frank Guidara, esteemed hospitality and restaurant business expert. He’s not making any lifestyle changes, but he did enjoy that taste.

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Moments as big as years.

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Thank you, Daniel, Will, Aaron, Kevin, and your amazing staff for all of your hospitality over the years. We love being your neighbor!

 

Photos © Ken Goodman Photography. 

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