By Carly DeFilippo

Last week, the ICE team had the pleasure of collaborating with the Village Voice to produce one of the city’s most anticipated tasting events: Choice Eats. More than 50 of the city’s top restaurants set up shop in the historic 69th Regiment Armory, as eager eaters lined up around the block.

Inside the main tasting hall at Choice Eats

Inside the main tasting hall at Choice Eats

ICE was on site, serving up Moroccan spiced lamb meatballs, talking knife skills and toting tasting glasses. We’re happy to report, no one went hungry or thirsty.


ICE knife skills expert Brendan McDermott and recreational program manager Susan Streit serve up Moroccan meatballs.


We were also excited to see members of the extended ICE family on site. Chef’s Advisory Council member Bill Telepan offered refined picnic fare: liverwurst on mini choux paste buns. Alum Marc Murphy’s team represented Ditch Plains with an inventive spin on comfort food. And alum Sara Dima of 606 R&D served up a delicious cup of “Poor Man’s Fondue”.


Bill Telepan serves liverwurst on choux paste buns.


Hotdogs topped with macaroni and cheese from Ditch Plains


Sara Dima’s “poor man’s fondue”

All in all, it was a satisfying evening for all who attended – but even moreso for the winners of two ICE recreational class giveaways: a knife skills class for 12 and a $100 giftcard toward any recreational class. We look forward to hosting the lucky winners soon!

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