To celebrate the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, Thrillist held a BBQ & Blues feast at Hudson Terrace on Friday, September 30th, 2011.  The evening was presented by Merillat and Kitchen Aid, and hosted by celebrity chef stud Curtis Stone.

Curtis Stone conducted a live cooking demonstration for the audience (swoon), and even invited two lucky guests to help him out.  They demonstrated mixing Mr. Stone’s Sour, his signature cocktial using Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, and delicious grilled lobster with thyme corn butter. 

The food was absolutely ah-MAH-zing.  We got some traditional BBQ pulled pork sliders from Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, while Virgil’s Real BBQ took some chicken wings, smoked ’em for 8 hours, and then slathered delicious BBQ and cheese sauce on there for us.

For more non-traditional BBQ, Sushi Samba had pork belly with salsa criolla and grilled octopus all wrapped in a nice lettuce boat.  Takashi had beef belly and paired with with some marinated achilles tendon.  And my friend raved about the fried ball sliders from Tchoup Shop, made from brisket-duck liver with Creole mustard.

Going south of the border, Mexicue served up Alabama chicken tacos with creamy Alabaman BBQ Sauce topped with plenty of Cotija cheese.  They even gave us a song and dance as they served us!  Mable’s Smokehouse turned their BBQ beef and pork into tamales, smothered in a sweeter BBQ sauce.

Local blues band Baby Soda performed lively music on the rooftop while everyone ate, right up until it started raining.  But nothing could dampen the mood for the evening, especially not with all the great food and cocktails.

100% of all proceeds from ticket sales for the sold-out event benefited hunger-relief charities, such as the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength.

For those who may have missed out of the NYCWFF, Thrillist, Open Table, and Wine & Food will present the Ultimate Wine + Food Getaway where one lucky winner and a guest will jet off to Miami to attend the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February for 4 days and 3 nights of epic feasting and VIP access to Thrillist’s BBQ & Blues soiree! For more information on how to enter, visit:

Be sure to check out all of our delicious photos in the gallery below!



Participating Restaurants & Chefs:          

Daisy May’s BBQ USA
Served Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork Shoulder with Grilled Prawn, Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce & Micro Greens

Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, Executive Chef & Owner John Stage
Pulled Pork Sliders

Hudson Hall, Chef Jasper Schneider
BBQ Tuna, Magic Dust, Housemade Worcestershire, Coleslaw

Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall, Chef Jeff Lutonsky
Mable’s Barbecue Beef & Pork Tamales with Fresh Pickled Salad

Mexicue, Co-Founder & Chef Thomas Kelly
Alabama BBQ Chicken Slider with Alabama Creamy BBQ Sauce, Romaine, Roasted Poblanos & Cotija Cheese

RUB BBQ, Pitmaster Scott Smith  
Sliced Burnt End Sandwich with Pit Baked Beans

Sushi Samba, Corporate Chef Fernando Navas 
Kuromitsu Glazed Pork Belly Anticucho and Grilled Octopus, Anticucho with Salsa Criolla

Takashi, Chef Takashi Inoue
BBQ Beef Belly and Marinated Achilles Tendon

Tchoup Shop, Chef Simon Glenn
Handmade Brisket-Duck Liver Boudin Ball Slider with Creole Mustard and Bread ‘n Butter Pickles

Virgil’s Real BBQ, Chef Glenn Rolnick
BBQ Chicken Wings — Smoked Eight Hours

Wildwood Barbeque,Corporate Executive Chef John Schafer & Pit Master “Big” Lou Elrose
Sliced Brisket Sliders with Horseradish and Cilantro

Photos by Socially Superlative and via Thrillist by Michael Toolan and Jon Rivera