Eat Your Way Across the Country at the Congress!

Eat Your Way Across the Country at the Congress!

Food Carts: 

All in the Family
You get to know someone on a deeper level when you meet their family. On day one of the Congress, some of our favorite chefs will introduce you to the flavors that defined their upbringing. These chefs are sharing family recipes that they use in their own restaurants:

Isa Fabro | Unit 120 | Los Angeles
Coconut malas
Tony Ferrari & Jonathan Sutton | Hillside Supper Club | San Francisco
Nona's meatballs, garden herbs, pecorino, house foccacia 
Steve Gonzalez | Baro | Toronto
Shrimp ceviche
Raymond Mohan | Lolo’s Seafood Shack | Harlem
Coconut-ginger prawns, crispy curry leaves
Kwame Williams | Vital | Montclair, NJ

Whether it’s a black and white cookie in New York or late-night yaka mein in the French Quarter, every city in the country has a beloved specialty that’s inseparable from its food identity. On day two of the Congress, we’re bringing chefs from across the country to cook from their corner of the American table:

Jerome Grant | Sweet Home Café | Washington, D.C.
Pickled oysters, charred tomato toast, fried egg mayo, old bay pork rinds
Jeffrey Hansell | Oxlot 9 | Covington, LA
Pork belly yakamein, roasted mushrooms, udon, mustard greens, pickled chilies, soft-boiled quail egg, fried garlic
Greg Laketek| West Loop Salumi | Chicago
Chicago-style hot dog: tomato, relish, mustard, celery salt, sport peppers
Jon Nodler | High Street Hospitality Group | New York/Philadelphia
Black and white cookie: potato bread, sour cream, caviar 

Bad Hombres y Mujeres
Respect the bad hombre.On day three of the Congress, we’re welcoming and celebrating some of the best and baddest hombres y mujeres in the country. They’ll make dishes that enrich and invigorate our food culture through heritage and heart:

Luis Arce Mota & Rigo Cervantes | La Contenta | New York 
Tacos de canasta y pulque de guayaba
Phillip Lopez | Square Root | New Orleans 
Tostilocos: Tortilla chips, cueritos, jicima, lime, chile, peanuts, saladitos 
Jake Rojas | Tallulah’s Taqueria | Providence, RI
Tacos de lengua con salsa fresca
Katsuji Tanabe | MexiKosher | New York 
Corn esquites
Lisa Vega | Dandelion Chocolate | San Francisco 
Nibby horchataa

Art of Presentation Pop-Up presented by Steelite

Chef Aaron Bludorn | Cafe Boulud | New York
Aaron Bludorn is the keeper and shape-shifter of a New York institution. His roots in and respect for technique and tradition anchor the cuisine at Cafe Boulud. On day one of the Congress, he’ll stretch the limits of what a fine French restaurant can be.

Pastry Chef Alberto Hernandez | Frasca Food & Wine | Boulder
Alberto Hernandez is an ambidextrous pastry chef. He effortlessly switches between two important kinds of delicious—straight-up, and, unusual—making desserts you won’t find anywhere else but Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine and neighboring Pizzeria Locale ... and his pop-up during Congress Cocktail. 

Chef Brett Sawyer | The Plum | Cleveland
There’s a lightness in Brett Sawyer’s cooking—conceptually and on the plate. He is a spark, and The Plum kitchen is full of whimsy, imagination, and well executed, unexpected fun. Experience one of Cleveland’s finest on day two of the Congress.

Chef Holly Jivin |The Bazaar by José Andrés | Los Angeles
Holly Jivin is bringing her playful, ultra-technical world of The Bazaar by José Andrés to her pop-up. Treat yourself, and experience this leading L.A. chef’s laser-beam focus on flavor, satisfaction, and hospitality on day three of the Congress.

Singular Origins Pop-Up presented by Nespresso

At Nespresso’s Single Origins Pop-up, you can explore single origin coffees—from India, Guatemala, and Brazil—paired with dishes from some of the country's most dynamic chefs. And at Congress Cocktail one of New York's favorite bartenders will mixing Irish coffee cocktails. 

Nico Abello | L'Appart | New York
Janine Booth & Jeff McInnis | Root & Bone | New York
Guiseppe Gonzalez |Suffolk Arms | New York
Rob Ruiz | Land & Water Co | Carlsbad, CA

Culture Counter presented by Kikkoman USA

Stop by for a sip and bite, or linger awhile with some StarChefs’ faves who reflect a spectrum of cultural influences:

A-K Hada | PDT | New York
José Mendín | Pubbelly Group | Miami
Erik Ramirez | Llama Inn | Brooklyn
Alex Seidel | Fruition | Denver

Time & Terroir presented by Emmi Roth
Clip in and go spelunking with one of America’s favorite chefs. Elizabeth Falkner will be your guide as you belay deep into the Emmi Roth cheese cave. You may never return, but if you do, your grasp of cheese from Switzerland will be all the more impressive. Plus, eat lots of cheese with Elizabeth Falkner!    

Elizabeth Falkner | Falk Yeah! | New York