To celebrate the recent launch of the new “Pork Be inspired” campaign, Top Chef All-Stars winner, Richard Blais, joined America’s pork producers to open the one-day-only Pork Inspiration Café in New York City on April 14. I would have given anything to be there in NYC to sample all the great dishes, but I got the next best thing – the opportunity to chat with Chef Blais via satellite from the event!
(That’s me with Richard at the International Home and Housewares Show last month. At that time we didn’t know yet that he was the big winner! It was such a thrill to meet him in person!)
At this unique pop-up restaurant, Blais served up inspired pork dishes free of charge and shared his approachable think tank of menu ideas. Known for his avant-garde culinary techniques on TV, the Top Chef All-Stars winner brought his passion for flavor and innovation with six signature pork recipes and tips. Take a look at the video to watch Richard in action!
Did all that pork talk make your mouth water? Here are the recipes mentioned in the video!
With a double hit of pear – from pear juice brine to an innovative pear puree – the all-star pork chop gets an easy and delicious twist.
Not your average spaghetti and meat sauce! Fresh sausage and braised pork shoulder Bolognese, served atop a bed of pappardelle noodles, takes the classic comfort food up a notch.
Start your morning right with a slice of cured ham, breaded and pan seared, served with a 6-minute egg, asparagus, sausage vinaigrette and a whipped maple sauce.
Slowly coated ribs are lacquered in a ginger ale barbeque sauce and topped with shredded celery root to create an unexpected new version of a BBQ classic.
Add a little punch to your weekday dinner schedule with this slow-roasted pork shoulder served with parmesan grits and a ginger-scallion relish. No malta? Feel free to substitute it with any cola product.
Sweet and savory, this delicious concoction proves that bacon does go with anything!
Looks like this was an outstanding event and a huge success! Here are some pork fans promoting the Pork Inspiration Cafe outside the Today Show!
Remember, as Richard said in the video, simply by “liking” the Pork Be Insipred Facebook page, they will donate 125,000 servings of fresh pork to Feeding America. How easy is that! Great food for a great cause.
Be inspired all year long! Click here for a chance to win free pork for a year!