Our Fave Discoveries At American Cancer Society’s Taste Of Hope – Drunken Fruit! Port Morris Distillery! Sea Fire Grill! Otto’s Tacos!By Delaina Dixon | May 30, 2019 | Lifestyle
The American Cancer Society’s 14th Annual TASTE OF HOPE event took place last week and like every year, it didn’t disappoint! Top restaurants from around New York City come under one roof to support this most important cause – and share some of their most delectable dishes. Of course, the DivaGals discovered a few you need to check out yourselves.
Port Morris Distillery. Best pals Rafael Barbosa and William Valenin (pictured up top) served up their spirits, their own twist on Puerto Rican moonshine in a variety of flavors which include apple, honey, guava and pineapple — brewed in the South Bronx.
Drunken Fruit. “It’s certified organic fruit that we age in our own blend of proprietary alcohol,” revealed Renee Jordan, who created the brand with her husband, “We have 13 toppings and it’s very versatile. You can serve it as a dessert topping or pair it with wine or champagne — or just eat out of the jar.” Yum!
The Sea Fire Grill. Chef Jesus Nunez is behind the delectable dishes from this East Side restaurant. On the menu for the evening? Black sesame waffle tarts with tuna tartare and spicy mayo. We couldn’t get enough!
Otto’s Tacos. From the night’s corporate honoree Otto Cedeno, Otto’s Tacos is a southern California inspired taqueria we can score right in NYC. It prides itself on delivering fresh hot Mexican food to its guests, which we tasted in every bite of carnitas tacos.
Also on hand for the evening were TASTE OF HOPE’s honorees, some of the biggest players in the restaurant business. “It’s an honor to be honored, of course, but if I can help them make this a more successful evening, it’s tremendous,” exclaimed Michael Lomonaco, executive chef of Porter House Bar and Grill. On the menu for the night? “We’re serving steak tartare, which Porter House is very well known for, served with some summer truffles on top, and a little bit of vegetable salad.” And yes, the Divas were brave enough to try a taste! Summer’s coming and Porter House will be serving pie – one of Michael’s favorite desserts to make for the season.
Ralph Scamardella, head chef and partner at Tao Group shared, “We have a charity called Tao Cares and we get involved with lots of different events. The American Cancer Society and Cancer Walks are some of our biggest.” He also shared the secret behind TAO’s success. “It’s a great atmosphere, a great party and serious food that doesn’t take itself too seriously.”
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