There is nothing like a cookout on a pleasant summer Sunday afternoon. There is certainly nothing like a cookout on a pleasant summer Sunday afternoon on Governors Island in New York City.

As a guest of the organizer, Jimmy “Pots and Pans” Carbone, I made sure that, contrary to the picture to the left, I remained professional enough to report accurately on at least one food and beer combination that proved outstanding.

The video at the end of this piece is a tribute to that endeavor.


I shall begin at the beginning with a few of the usual clichés… So many foods and so little time… or as is often noted, it’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.

Some of the more interesting foods presented were “Asian” hotdogs (Asia Dogs), and grilled Polish sausage served on a roll with kimchi. Naturally, a couple of the food stations, particularly the high profile celebrity chefs from Manhattan, had rather long lines of expectant customers.

The following are the basics – as advertised:

 Presenting Cook Out NYC On Governor’s Island, July 10th 

Cook Out NYC, the featured event in Mayor Bloombergs 3rd Annual “July Good Beer Month,” will take place on July 10th from 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at historic Colonel’s Row on Governor’s Island. Co-hosted by Sixpoint Craft Ales, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Mama O’s Kimchi, The Good Beer Seal, and radio hosts from Heritage Radio Network, Cook Out NYC is the city’s ultimate outdoor cooking and country fair event. The pinnacle event in Mayor Bloomberg’s 3rd annual “July Good Beer Month.” Cook Out NYC will exclusively showcase the best of NYC breweries, featuring limited edition beers, and nationally renowned and award-winning BBQ chefs. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Just Food’s Farm School.

Cook Out NYC is an “all grill” event, featuring meat curated by Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, the East Village Meat Market, Heritage Foods, and Fleisher Meats. Celebrity chefs include King Phojanakong of Kuma Inn, Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Ale House, and other champion BBQ pitmasters. A burger cook-off hosted by Fleisher’s Meat will be going toe-to-toe alongside the city’s first ever Kimchipalooza, hosted by Mama O’s Kimchi and author Cathy Erway. Kimchipalooza features a kimchi eat-off, kimchi cooking contests, and a kimchi taste-off!

Community partners include Earth Matters, Teen Battle Chef, Kingsborough Community College Culinary Program, and Brooklyn Food Coalition. Media Partners are Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn, Yankee Brew News, and Heritage Radio Network. Bluegrass music will accompany the all-day event.

Now, back to my tasting notes…

First of all, a bit about the beer… The half a dozen well situated booths offered a selection of ales brewed by Six Point Craft Ale Brewery of Brooklyn. I chose a Righteous Ale to start with. In order not to blur my taste receptors I stayed with that particular offering as I ventured from food booth to food booth. I will admit to a Brooklyn bias and so present the following video featuring the crew from the Waterfront Ale House…

The Jamaican pulled pork sandwich with Mango ketchup and a six point wheat beer.

At the end of the afternoon, after short pleasant ride on the ferry back to Brooklyn, with a short stop at the very Waterfront Ale House mentioned above, it was time to begin recording the event. The preceding is the result of that Herculean effort.

Until next year at Cookout NYC 2012…