It was a simple recipe: begin with superb ingredients, add innovative chefs and allow, no insist, they all play with fire.
On a gorgeous, sunny, Sunday afternoon in the Hudson Valley, Zak Pelaccio, chef/co-owner of Fish & Game, invited the Northern Chef’s Alliance to cook collaborative courses for one great cause.
He along with his partners, Jori Jayne Emde and Kevin Pomplun hosted the event Play with Fire on the bucolic Fish & Game Farm near their celebrated restaurant in Hudson, New York.
And the fires were smoking hot!
John Medeski worked the Hammond B3 masterfully and surprise guest, Amy Helm, (with her scorching band) killed it.
And then, it got funky. Real funky.
Cooking up a storm on behalf of the FarmOn! Foundation, chefs from the United States and Canada teamed together to prepare some outrageously delicious small plates.
Check out this list of chefs playing with fire:
April Bloomfield and Jeremy Charles
Matt Jennings and Rob Gentile
Sean Brock and Derek Dammann
Jamie Bissonnette and Lee Cooper
Zakary Pelaccio, Jori Jayne Emde, and Kevin Pomplun and Matty Matheson
Francisco J. Migoya
FarmOn! Foundation is the brainchild of Tessa Edick.
It’s a collaboration of professional farmers, educators, influencers, supporters, nutritionists, students, and community leaders invested in the future of local agriculture and supporting local economies.
So it’s easy to see that all this was for a very good cause.
Chefs on fire, indeed.