Gramercy Tavern's House-Smoked Ham and Cheese
Piles of smoked ham with pickled carrots.
Locanda Verde's Lamb Meatball Sliders
Meatballs and pickles on toasted mini buns.
Salumeria Biellese's Culatello with Grilled Peaches and Mint
A Serious Eats exclusive, served on awesome bread from Sullivan Street Bakery, of course.
Torrisi's Turkey Hero
Working a few blocks away, we eat a lot of these. But eating them on an island surrounded by hundreds of Serious Eaters is an entirely different experience.
'wichcraft's Grilled Pork Belly with smoked cole slaw
They also made a vegetarian option with zucchini and ricotta on fresh bread.
Banh Mi Zon's Classic and Vegetarian Banh Mi
Hard to decide which was better, the cold cuts with pâté and pork floss, or the marinated wood ear mushroom and tofu version. Or maybe it was the crispy toasted rice flour baguettes.
Taim Mobile's Falafel
Our favorite falafel truck in the city cooking just for us? Yes, please!
Best Pizza's Meatball Sub
What's their savory secret? Anchovies in the sauce.
An all-American mashup of three burgers: In-N-Out from the West Coast, Telway from Detroit, and White Manna from Jersey.
The Making of Kenji's Slider
Pat La Frieda beef smashed onto a dollop of mustard then topped with thin sliced onions. A flip, then a slice of American cheese, followed by buns, with the whole thing covered in a towel to steam them in the onion juice. Kenji's helpers then squirted on In-N-Out style spread to keep the assembly line going. Can you see Kenji's shirt? It says "Happy Kenji's Burger Joy," a gift from his sister. If he did someday have a burger joint, this is obviously what it should be called.
P.S. Stay tuned to A Hamburger Today for the complete recipe, coming soon!
Peanut Butter & Co's Elvis
Grilled peanut butter, bananas, and honey with the optional bacon from our That's Nuts columnist Lee Zalben and his PB&Co. crew. (Hey Lee, we want to see the festival footage you took from your monopod!)
Big Gay Ice Cream Truck
Unicorn-loving, cone-licking Bryan Petroff working the truck.
We <3 BGICT
By the end of the festival, everyone had a cone in at least one hand. There was a consistently long line for BGICT's Bea Arthur (with dulce de leche squirted on top and crushed Nilla Wafers) and Cococone (toasted curried coconut flake topping). Note: there's Roboppy on the upper right! This is one of the very few photos not taken by her. She seems pretty entranced by that cone.
SE event volunteer Melissa inked up this masterpiece for Doug Quint's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck.
More Non-Sandwich Snacks
Chocolate Bouchons from Bouchon Bakery, People's Pops popsicles, Rick's Picks pickles, and Tim's Cascade potato chips.
All festivalgoers were handed one of these upon entering. A reusable plate that magically transforms into a park projectile! Thankfully nobody tried to multi-task and toss their sandwiches across the grass.
There's our coffee columnist Meister at the upper left on iced coffee duty (they were serving the Japanese style). Nobody went thirsty—there was also plenty of delicious beers, wines, Red Jacket Orchard juices, and Fizzy Lizzy's sodas, cold and ready to be poured in your Govino glasses all afternoon.
A pizza-shaped diagram of all the vendors. Many people in line to pick up tickets had a gameplan for exactly what to hit first and wanted to study this first before making their moves.
SE Book Store
There was a lot of this happening.
Seriously Smaller Eaters
Perhaps even better than eating a sandwich or popsicle is watching an adorable little munchkin attempt to do this, then proceed to get 98% of it on their cheeks (or drop it on the ground, as was the case with "Banh Mi Baby" on the bottom right after this photo was snapped).
Some of the SE Team
(from upper left clockwise) SE Overlord Ed Levine and Managing Editor J. Kenji Lopez-Alt; SE event producer Amy Kantrowitz and web developer Christine Tsai; Ad sales coordinator Leandra driving the golf cart; Videographer/photographer Jessica Leibowitz and Slice editor Meredith Smith. As for the rest of the staff, Robyn Lee was snapping this photo, Maggie Hoffman was busy on drink-pouring duty, Erin Zimmer was probably helping her and kissing babies, and Carey Jones was actually in Malaysia eating durian and something involving fish paste.
Soulful folk songstress Drew Citron played all afternoon. Lovely sounds that complemented the mellow sandwich eating perfectly.
Ed Levine thanking all of the amazing vendors, volunteers, and the entire SE team for making this day such a success. He is probably pointing at Amy Kantrowitz, our event producer/superhero who deserves a very loud round of applause for her months of dedicated planning, answering emails at 1 a.m., and caring as much as us we do about the art of sandwich-making.
Thank You, Volunteers!
Without you this festival really wouldn't have existed. Hats off to everyone who spent their Saturdays ferrying over to the island to help us move boxes of beer and barrels of pickles, tape up signs, prep sliders, and spritz sweaty folks in line. Every hand was a huge help.
Robyn caught snoozing on the ferry ride back. She is clearly dreaming of dancing sandwiches. Unicorns too probably.