Hairs cut real short… Whoops!
in march 2014, our friends from MAD joined us in nyc and hosted a series of events for the first time outside of copenhagen, including their 1st annual fundraising dinner benefit at eleven madison park. the dinner was prepared by rené redzepi, david chang, daniel humm, barbara lynch, and alex atala alongside desserts by angela pinkerton and christina tosi. beverages were provided by talents like julie reiner, leo robitschek, jordan salcito, and dustin wilson. to top things off, padma lakshmi and lydia fenetserved as co-auctioneers for the live auction and no bs! brass band filled the room with new orleans inspired brass music marking the end of a remarkable night.
but, MAD did not stop there. in the days leading up to the fundraising dinner, MAD kicked off their series of events in nyc with MAD mondays and a MAD cocktail reception.
MAD mondays, a regular series of discussions on the future of food, was held at the drawing center on march 10 and featured a panel with peter meehan, gabrielle hamilton, mario batali, bill buford, lee hanson, and riad nasr to discuss “what we talk about when we talk about being a chef.” feel food, sixpoint brewery, and wd-50 provided food and refreshments. listen to the full discussion here.
just days later, on march 16, MAD hosted a cocktail reception at the apartment by the line with cocktails provided by jim meehan of pdt, food from hot bread kitchen, and entertainment by james murphy and nancy whang ofdfa /lcd soundsystem as well as cibo matto. highlights of the event included a toast by david chang and alex atala (co-curator of MAD4 symposium) as well as a silent auction.
I decided to test drive the Trader Joe’s brand pork belly with some of my Coca Cola-chili sauce, cilantro, cucumber, and celery on dinner rolls (I was out of tortillas). I’d buy it again. #porkfatrules