We made it through a long winter, city-livers, and it's time to celebrate. Lucky for us, UrbanSpace has brought Mad. Sq. Eats back for the month. That means we can find a plethora of delicious eats outside in the sunshine, which we need to soak in after months of hibernation.
All photos by Jacqueline Raposo for the Village Voice Bangkok B.A.R.
A little before one in the afternoon the ponytailed emcee grabbed the mic to address the crowd. "I SAID, WHO'S READY FOR A SPICY PIZZA EATING CONTEST?!" A few hundred people, with cameras in hand, were ready to witness contestants as they tried to eat the most slices of Grimaldi's pizza topped with scorching peppers. Welcome to the Third Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. It was quite the scene.
The unofficial Hot Sauce King?
In a restaurant scene long on female talent, it may be considered passé to ask the question, "Where are all the female chefs?" But when women still make up only a little over 6 percent of the executive chef workforce in the United States, sometimes visuals help. This weekend (and continuing today, April 20), around 400 industry professionals flooded the Millennium Broadway hotel for the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs Conference, which kicked off with a keynote address from Lidia Bastianich on pushing forward with authenticity and a panel on "Taking a Bigger Bite Out of Your Career." After the serious insight was scribbled down and tweeted out, the lights dimmed, a disco ball started to spin, and a Studio 54–themed party began.
All photos Jacqueline Raposo Elizabeth Karmel's team at last night's Studio 54 party