We knew it would be a winner, but last night’s Breslin Butchers Ball completely knocked it out of the park.
Hosted by Underground Eats and Meatopia, this was a true carnivore’s feast, celebrating the debut of LaFrieda Reserve, the Meat Men’s crème de la crème of beef, in the Ace Hotel‘s sexy downstairs Liberty Hall. As guests sipped perfect Hudson Whiskey Manhattans, Old Fashioneds and Whiskey Sours, Josh Ozersky brought out the crown jewels (befittingly to Flight of the Valkyries) before a butchering demonstration by Chef April Bloomfield, Pat LaFrieda and Mark Pastore. Guests were so enthralled you could have heard a pin drop, until Pat was mobbed slicing up slivers of raw ribeye to taste. Don’t get in the way of a foodie about to try something only a select few have before.
To follow, three decadent beef courses all matched with big-hitting red wines, with a light-as-air panna cotta to finish, all played out against a rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. Later, guests were seen sliding in to the kitchen, knocking back fried bone marrow balls like Munchkins. And in true rock ‘n’ roll style, an after-party at the mezzanine bar, where we spotted Josh sneaking in a late-night beefy snack. Who could blame him? Once you’ve tried LaFrieda Reserve, you’re hooked.