On June 5, 2012, one hundred and fifty of the New York City’s best chefs will gather at the Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan to sign the first one hundred copies sold of Street Eats, a photographic cookbook by Alan Battman.
Battman is a New York-based photographer who has worked in the city for over thirty years. His list of prestigious clients include the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Virgin Islands Board of Tourism, The New York Times, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessey and numerous magazines and publications the world over. He is also the man behind the annual N.Y.F.D. calendar, raising great sums of money for burn treatment centers in New York City.
For the last ten years, Battman has been focusing his creative energy on food. Subsequently, his book contains recipes from some of the city, country, and world’s most talented culinary figures: Michael White, Daniel Boulud, Shaun Hergatt, David Burke and Emeril Lagasse, to name a few. With a foreword written by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Street Eats is poised to be one of the most sensational books to hit the market this summer.
The event on June 5 will also include tastings from twenty of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, among them Townhouse, Sushi Samba, Telepan and Blue Smoke. Each restaurant will present an original take on “street food,” which will be served with a selection of high-quality beers. To boot, the event is one hundred percent green, meaning no non-biodegradable materials will be used (i.e., plastic bags or flatware). The event, which has been christened “The Great Gathering of Chefs,” will donate one hundred percent of its profits to Action Against Hunger, which works to eliminate malnutrition in children in over forty-six countries. Satiate your hunger while supporting a good cause!
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By Jake Flanagin