Food Essay and Links | Compiled by Nathan Mattise
In my other blogging escapades, I like taking a hard stand by creating comparative greatness arguments. I’m not as well-versed over time with Diner Without Frosted Tips’ subject (food happenings in CNY) as I am with others, but this week has me thinking:
Is this the biggest food week in CNY history?
Allow these links to speak for themselves:
- To start, Man V. Food will air its Syracuse episode this week (well timed with host Adam Richman’s State Fair appearance I might add). I understand that some of the locales involved have had major media coverage before, but for places like Heid’s and Mother’s Cupboard you can bet a major influx of new diners is on the horizon. I’m not sure I can say the Salt Museum will get the same traffic, but moving on…
- Next, one of the best TV Chefs currently owning a restaurant, Mario Batali, made an appearance at the State Fair today. I like Bobby Flay as a TV personality, but from a cooking perspective… upgrade, right? (Not to mention, Batali and Iron Chef inspired a cool competition in the Finger Lakes coming up soon).
- Speaking of the State Fair, this could be a banner year for fair food due to the heightened amount of food press and various social medias that allow instant Fair content. Some of my favorites have been @mmccormickcny’s quest for healthy Fair fare and local rap sensation ToTs‘ guide to fair food. With his royal highness Bieber scheduled to perform, all the extra attention will be accompanied by loads of extra people (visit the butter scuplture Biebettes!).
- Finally, less about national attention but more local-business oriented, SU students in the class of 2014 returned to campus this week. The class is bigger than ever (more opening weekend dinners with mom and dad before they leave) and also they are now directly exposed to Armory dining within their orientation.
I’m having a hard time thinking of a more active CNY food week during my six years in town. Anyone have other candidates?