As much fun as it is to savor in the smorgasbord that is a foodie tasting event, going from booth to booth, sampling the various small bites associated with each restaurant, it is all that much better when indulging for a good cause.
In support of my very good friend, Erica, I attended the 28th annual Garden Party hosted by The LGBT Community Center and Wendy Williams. A gathering of fifty restaurants from New York City, it is the largest LGBT food festival. And to my very happy surprise, I was even able to find an oyster among them all, all while sipping cocktails and overlooking the Hudson.
Held at Pier 54, it was the prefect evening for an outdoor celebration in New York City, and everyone there was ready to enjoy all the yummy treats while kicking off Pride Week 2011. Among the delectables, I found a new love for Indian Food at the Brick Lane Curry House serving Chicken Tikka Masala, Paneer Tikka Masala, Fresh Naan, and Vegetable Samosa. The Cold Cucumber Soup from 508 Restaurant and Bar was delicate and refreshing on this warm summer day. Benny’s Burrito made to order tacos, while Rickshaw Dumpling Bar served their perfect Chicken and Thai Basil Dumplings out a food truck. But the best surprise came at the Rayuela stand that was serving Max’s Oyster. Perfectly fried and served in a shell, it was a sign that this event simply could not go unmentioned. After several cocktails courtesy of China White, we concluded the night with coconut cupcakes from Donatella, who was there herself, in support of this great cause during this very special week.
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