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  • Midnight Brunch Edition Two: Midnight Brunch & Google Places Take Manhattan

    Guests in the low light of the Lower East Side

    Midnight Brunch Edition #2 (sponsored by Google Places) was a great success, judging by the clean plates, full bellies and smiles on our guests faces. Not to mention all the empty wine and cocktail glasses ...

    We had 30 people (winners of the Google Places/Midnight Brunch contest) join us for a secret rendez-vous on the second floor of year-old mezcalaria Casa Mezcal on the Lower East Side. I chose the LES because the neighborhood has been the first home of so many ethnic groups as they have made their way to the city. Jewish, Italian, Polish, Hungarian and Chinese waves have all flown over and through the neighborhood and their influences are still felt today.

    The menu was an homage to some of Manhattan's most influential ethnic groups and the foods of their neighborhoods. We have Chinatown, Curry Lane, the Upper East & West Sides and Spanish Harlem all rolled into one menu.

    With the exception of the dumplings made by my friend and talented chef, James Beard Award Nominee Kian Lam Kho, I did all of the cooking. I had help in the kitchen on the night of the event, and the cocktails were made by my friend and bar proprietor Max Messier.

    You can read all about the excellent guest contributors for Edition Two here. Without them, the event would not have been possible. Funniest moment: During dessert, a guest came up to me and rubbed her boob on me because she loved the Tres Leches so much. I won't name names. She knows who she is. Here was the menu, along with the places and purveyors represented.

    Below is the menu for Midnight Brunch Edition Two.


~ Midnight Brunch Craft Cocktails ~

    The Isaac Davis*


    Brooklyn Gin East Meet West Spiced Peach Syrup (handmade especially for Midnight Brunch) Peychaud's Bitters Candied Lemon Peel

    *Hint on figuring out the cocktail's origins: “ I think that, under my personal vibrations, I could put her life in some kind of good order.”

    Gin & Tonic

    Brooklyn Gin

    Brooklyn Gin, Handmade Specialty Tonic Syrup, Tonic Water

    Beer from Brooklyn Brewery was also served.

~  Appetizers ~ Chinese (Chinatown)

    Chinatown Spareribs Chinatown Spare Ribs

    Not your average Pu Pu Platter ribs: These juicy spareribs are marinated for three days in a special Chinese Five Spice Hoisin Honey Sauce.

    Dumplings Three Ways by Guest Chef & James Beard Award Nominee Kian Lam Kho of

    An Homage to Dim Sum: Crabmeat & Dill Shiu Mai Crabmeat and Dill Shiu Mai

    Pork Balls Coated with Glutinous Rice Pork balls in Glutinous Rice, by Kian Lam Kho

    Pea Shoot Dumplings Pea shoot dumplings

    Recommended Purveyor: Mosefund Farm Places: New Amsterdam Fair (Mosefund Mangalitsa ground pork), Bayard Meat Market (superfine St. Louis cut spareribs)

    ~ Midnight Brunch - 12 am - 1:30 am, Sept. 18

    Long Island wines were served with dinner along with cocktail service.

    Savory Starter Indian (East Village and Curry Lane) Kosambri Crostini, adapted from Chitra Agrawal of ABCDs of Cooking

    A spicy, yet refreshing grated carrot salad that skews a little Thai.

    First Seated Course: Kosambri Crostini

    Places: Kalustyan's (spices), Union Square Greenmarket (fresh produce)

    Main Course Jewish (East Village, Upper East and West Sides) Cheese Blintzes Served with Sour Cream and Carmelized Onions on the side

    Main Course: Cheese Blintzes with "Google Kugel" (Salt & Pepper Kugel Bites with Roasted Garlic)

    "Google Kugel" Salt and Pepper Kugel bites with Roasted Garlic Places: Fairway Market (farmer’s cheese, local eggs)

     Google Kugel Bites

    Dessert & Coffee Mexican, Dominican & Puerto Rican (Spanish Harlem)

    Tres Leches Cake with Fresh Mango

     Dessert: Tres Leches with Mango

    Purveyor: Ronnybrook Farm Dairy (milk and cream)

    Place: Ronnybrook Dairy Shop at the Chelsea Market

    Purveyor/Place: Cafe Grumpy


    Cocktails Created for Midnight Brunch by: Max Messier

    Chef: Emily Cavalier

    Sous Chefs: Kian Lam Kho, Felipe Donnelly, Rachael Mamane

    Cocktail Service: Tom Flaschen

    Service: Bryce Longton, Stacie Capone


    Below are some other great shots from the event. All photography here by Clay Williams.

    Kian Lam Kho

    Margarita Vaisman and Esther Brown, Google Places




    Felipe and Rachael plate the first seated course

    Emily gives the spare ribs a final stir.

    Bryce Longton and Joe Santos

    Tom Flaschen

    Guests Mingling

    Guests mingling

    Team Midnight Brunch toasts the end of a successful event


    View all of the photos in the photo album on Mouth of the Border's Facebook Page. Many thanks to our sponsor and to all of our guests who made this such a special night! Stay tuned ... tomorrow I'll share the recipes for the top two dishes from Midnight Brunch: Edition Two. Read more posts on Midnight Brunch here.


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