Now Serving in NYC
Anna Vega - August 20th, 2014
The approaching U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York revs up competitive spirits—and appetites—for its two week session. And with a multiplicity of matches comes large crowds searching to satisfy thirst and hunger.
The inaugural Taste of Tennis Week kicks off in Manhattan today, August 20, with ticketed events citywide:
The Midtown Tennis Club in Chelsea is home base for the Celebrity Chef Tennis Challenge on August 20. The doubles style tournament teams up guests with a chef from a roster of top toques (that includes François Payard, Alfred Portale, and Floyd Cardoz) in a competition to “determine who is the King (or Queen) of the court.”
Top chef Masaharu Morimoto and top tennis star Serena Williams headline the Taste of Tennis Gala at the midtown east location of the W hotel. The August 21 affair offers small plates by leading local chefs (Marc Murphy and Bill Telepan, among the 20-plus participants), libations, live music and cameos by several tennis greats. Snack on tuna tartare with avocado salsa and soy/lime vinaigrette courtesy of Sebastien Chamaret from Bagatelle or Zac Young’s (David Burke Group) lemon meringue pie shots garnished with “disco tennis balls.” Proceeds benefit City Harvest.
Saturday (August 23) concludes Taste of Tennis Week at the Fifth Avenue luxury hotel, Langham Palace. Their modern lounge space, Measure, hosts a “Party with the Pros” cocktail party complete with live music. Professional players scheduled to rub elbows are Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and John Isner.
Attendees of the sessions taking place at Queens borough’s Arthur Ashe Stadium can score big with informal favorites at the Hill Country Barbecue and Hill Country Chicken food stand, like the popular chickwich sandwich and Longhorn mac and cheese. Also on the menu—chopped brisket and smoked hot links.
Dutch beer importer and official event sponsor resurrects their Heineken House, located above the stadium food village. This year, in an exclusive collaboration with Mario Carbone of New York City’s Italian-American Parm, fans can purchase the chef’s beloved sandwiches while viewing live matches and entertainment—and, of course, there’s brew aplenty.