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2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party Friends

One of our favorite parts of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is the opportunity to welcome and entertain dozens of our New York City friends, all in one place. We’ve known many of these people for a lifetime, and others are relationships we’ve developed over 13 years of the festival.08-064Broadway producer Tom Viertel, Mike, and Jeffrey Steingarten.
01-041Meeghan Truelove, formerly of House Beautiful and now Schumacher, Kate Krader, Food & Wine, me, Kat Kinsman, Tasting Table, Robin Insley, Robin Insley Associates, Pam Kaufman, Food & Wine, and her adorable son, Owen.13-032Feeding military guests is the best feeling.15-057Lolis Elie, Julian Van Winkle, and Jeffrey Steingarten.03-035Anthony Underwood, The Chew, and Josh Davis, NBC.04-029I met David Mawhinney when we filmed Food Network’s Best In Smoke, which he won, along with Matt Lang. I love that he and his wife, Amy, and sweet son, Des, hang with us each June.05-026Eva Pesantez of executive chef/owner Brother Jimmy’s, her husband Nelson, and son Jesse.09-048Woody surrounded by Sewanee and Winsor School friends.10-039Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly barbecue criticand Mike.11-038Daniel Vaughn and Nick Solares, Eater editor.12-028Literary agent David Hale Smith, Simon & Schuster editor Lizz Blaise, and Eater editor Nick Solares.02-067Mike and Marlowe Ivey of Cheshire Pork Heritage Farms.
14-045Kurt Baldassari, Virginia Devlin of Current, and their sweet daughter, Ava.

16-077No, that’s not Kate Middleton! It’s Good Morning America producer Sarah Kunin.

17-082Serious Eats founder Ed Levine and me.

18-101Banjo Harris Plane, of the famed Attica restaurant, and Meira Harel, highly regarded sommelier at Lake House in Australia. Banjo also spoke at the Welcome Conference and it was such a pleasure to welcome them and meet before the big day. This is their very first taste of American barbecue.19-106Casting queens: Loreen Stevens and Beth Schiff are the best in the biz.

Thanks to all of you for spending part of your weekend with us!

Read more about our 2015 Block Party adventures with our crew and our barbecue family.

Photos ©Ken Goodman Photography

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2015 Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Our Barbecue Family

07-010Big Apple Barbecue Block Party weekend is a reunion. We have the best time catching up with our extended barbecue family.

08-009Tim Love sampling the goods at the rib-bon cutting ceremony.

03-047Bill Bullen, Mike, and Don McLemore of Big Bob Gibson.

02-055Sarah and Sam Jones of Skylight Inn in Ayden, North Carolina and the soon-to-open Sam Jones Barbecue.

04-045The Big Bob Gibson crew: Andrew Lilly, Owen Lilly, Chris Lilly, Shane McBride, Ken Hess, and Jacob Lilly.

05-042Ken Hess getting after that pork shoulder.

06-003Shane McBride of Balthazar, Cherche Midi, and Pig Beach, and Matt Purpura of Tito’s Vodka.

10-017Powerful PR provided by Phil Baltz and Sarah Abell of Baltz Co.

18-093Robin Insley, me, John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, and Sarah Abell.

11-056Mike and me with Shane McBride.

12-063Wayne Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Texas.
01-057With Billy Durney of Hometown Bar-B-Que in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
13-072Lawrence La Pianta and Billy Durney.

14-078Sydney and Charley McPhee, adorable in tiny red cowgirl boots.

15-081Luke Ray and Elizabeth Knight of Ole Hickory Pits.

16-088This must’ve been a good conversation.

17-090Sarah, Elaina, and Sam Jones.

21-100Elizabeth Knight, Shane Linn of Townsend Spice, Flava Fav, Lawson Linn, and Luke Ray.

22-104I’m pretty sure Pat Martin is telling Mike to “Comb him hair!”

23-140Lee Estes and Reggie Methvin of Ubons Barbecue.

24-146To read more about our pit crew at the Block Party, click here.

All photos ©Ken Goodman Photography

Follow our adventures in real time on Instagram and Twitter.
See lots of entertaining and barbecue ideas on our Pinterest boards.
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