The 2015 Piglet was one of controversy -- of comics, blurbs, copyediting, an unruly amount of butter and sugar, and battles of strength versus wit and breakfast versus brunch. So it came as no surprise that everyone brought their A-games to last night’s Piglet party.
Left: Welcome to #thepiglet jungle. Only the strong survive/get to drink punch. Right: Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs with Piglet 2015 finalists David Lebovitz and Brooks Headley.
And things were cordial at first, of course. There was chitchatting and nervous laughter while we dined on Superiority Burger and Milk Bar truffles and got custom haikus from Haiku Guys, but the air of anticipation was thick. All this cub reporter could do was livetweet the party and hope that if anything went down, our sponsor Squarespace would protect us.
Left: Bread from Breads Bakery, cheese from Rogers Collection, olive oil from Castillo de Canena. We also drank a healthy amount of wine from Hanna Winery & Vineyards and beer from Brooklyn Brewery Beer. Right: QUIN caramels.
Then finally: The moment of truth. Steele gave the honor to final judge Bill Buford, who simply declared “Desserts,” and that was that. The crowd burst with applause. The rest only remains (pork-)cloudy in memory: New champion Brooks Headley accepted his trophy, explained that he wasn’t good at public speaking, and then Steele relieved him of an acceptance speech and we all partied the night away.
With tensions eased, the rest of the evening was for reflection, good cheer, pig tattoos, and did we mention punch (recipe here!)?
It's much easier to party when you've got on a pig tattoo.
Left: Writer Keith Pandolfi and Ben Mims (Food & Wine). Right: Brooks Headley of Del Posto and Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boite.
Pork rinds and snickdoodles, together at last.
Left: Melissa Clark (The New York Times), Ed Lee of 610 Magnolia, and Dimity Jones (Cooking Light). Right: Marian Bull (Saveur), Gabriella Paiella (Maxim), Anna Hezel (Quercus Books) and Alison Roman (Bon Appétit).
A team of pig cookie cutters stood by.
Left: Todd Coleman (Delicious Contents) and Andy Baraghani (Tasting Table) Right: Alex Guarnaschelli, chef and Food Network personality, Melissa Clark (The New York Times), and Melanie Dunea (My Last Supper).
It's not a cookbook tournamnet party until you get a custom-written haiku based on your favorite food.
Headley demonstrates the proper way to display a Piglet trophy.
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