Block Party: Fabulous Friends


Danny Meyer, Mike Mills, Amy, and Mitchell Davis.
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Still finding lots of photos I haven’t shared of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Besides hanging out with our fellow pitmasters, one of the highlights of the weekend is the opportunity to nuture the friendships we’ve made over the years, and forge some new ones, too.


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If you’ve read Peace, Love, and Barbecue, you know the story about Pat Daily and Tom Viertel, pictured above with Mike. Pat and Tom are Broadway royalty and treasured friends. The first person to tell me, in the comments below, why they’re significant to barbecue in New York City will get one of our “I Love New Pork” t-shirts!


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David Bogan {far right} and his sweet family. We are so grateful to him for his help during the weekend and it’s always a treat to see his growing family.


Union Square Hospitality Group’s Michael Romano and David Swinghamer.
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These two. We have come a long, long way from the weeks spent sitting in our pit room during practice cooks!

BlockParty2013_Friends5We met Ed Levine when he was best known for his expertise on all things pizza and now he’s the overlord of the excellent Serious Eats site.

BlockParty2013_Friends6My son, Woody, always has a posse of Roxbury Latin School and college friends in the city for the summer. Here is this year’s pack of Sewanee friends.

BlockParty2013_Friends7Nate Goldstein and James Beard Foundation EVP Mitchell Davis. This has quickly become one of Nate favorite weekends. We shared moments as big as years at Eleven Madison Park the night before the festivities began.


PR pro extraordinaire Robin Insley greets a friend.


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Shake Shack culinary director Mark Rosati.


Meat Men: Mark Pastore and Pat LaFrieda, along with Pat’s son.
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OnCue friends and clients. Rick Thomas {top} and
Bob Yarmuth {bottom} from Sonny’s Barbecue with Mike.
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More OnCue friends and clients: Top: Billy Durney and Mike Mills.
Bottom: Mike with Eva Pesantaz and her sweet son, Jesse.
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OnCue friends and clients from Hometown Barbecue and Brother Jimmy’s.

BlockParty2013_Friends13Our sweetest little friends love this day, too.


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So much goodness in this photo. I spy Laurie Jon Moran, Le Bernardin pastry chef, and his wife, Wayne Mueller, Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn, and James Boo of Serious Eats.


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Top: Ed Levine and Todd English; bottom photo: Chef Kerry Heffernan and Mike.


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Daniel Vaughn and photographer Nick Solares.


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Daniel, me, and Wayne Mueller.


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Wayne Mueller and brisket boy Daniel Delaney of Brisket Town in Brooklyn.


Ace Chew producers Anthony Underwood and Maggie Barnes with Mike.
Botom photo: Anthony and husband, Josh Davis, and me.
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Note Josh’s hat. Love that these two are always careful to wear half Hill Country and half 17th Street attire to the Block Party.


More Chew crew: Daphne Oz and her husband, John Jovanovic, with Mike, me, and Elizabeth Karmel.
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Read more about our Big Apple Barbecue Block Party adventures here and here.

2 Responses to “Block Party: Fabulous Friends”

  1. Pat and Tom helped bring barbecue to NY by opening a Tony Roma’s. Wait….that’s not right 😉

    They were influential in bringing barbecue to NY by approaching restauranteurs to open Blue Smoke after having fallen in love with BBQ and judging at The Jack and MIM.


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