Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Le Fooding Edition

By Kirsten Stamn  |  September 30, 2013

Yesterday, the first night of New York's Le Grand Fooding kicked off with a tour back through time. The theme, Time Mach'Inn, showcased three eras of food (fusion, bistronomy and farm-to-table) from chefs like Yves Camdeborde, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli. But the winner was the first course, a fusion dish from The Sugar Club's Peter Gordon, who had a wonderful plantain, tamarind and coconut soup piled high with cilantro, goat cheese, a tiny spoonful of caviar and a smoked salmon dumpling nestled smack dab in the middle. While some might think these flavors are a tad offbeat to mix together, the result was an incredibly satisfying, fresh dish with a lot of varied textures.

But we have to say, the best part of the entire dinner—besides the pianist who played pop songs from each era, like "Say My Name," "Toxic," and "Get Lucky"—was the surprise green tea fortune cookies from Danny Bowien with fortunes written by Aziz Ansari. Mine? "Ja Rule is right behind you."