As the sun sets over Midtown Manhattan, Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking gathers chefs and guests for a dramatic rooftop meal. Host Pete Evans joins a trio of New York City’s best and brightest—chefs Matt Lightner, Anita Lo, and Andy Ricker. But before they can get down to cooking, they hunt up summer produce in a fabulous vegetable garden on Ward’s Island, in New York Harbor, and more exotic ingredients in Chinatown’s vibrant shops. Back in a Manhattan loft, the team steams up the kitchen, whipping up a flavorfully diverse feast of steak tartare, soft-shell crabs, and stewed duck for a crowd of delighted NYC food fans.
A Word from Pete…
It was a thrill to be at this amazing location and preparing a rooftop dinner with some of the country’s most talented chefs, including Anita Lo, Matt Lightner, and Andy Ricker.
The menu was out of control (but in a good way). We had Andy doing his Thai food thing with braised duck legs in a delicious five-spice broth, and an enticing aroma filled the kitchen; Anita was adding some fusion to beef tartare by mixing Lebanese and Chinese cuisines; and Matt was in his element using asparagus, walnuts, and his own fermented miso paste that he makes in his famous Atera kitchen. I was eager to cook with soft-shell crabs, so we fried them up and served them with a gorgeous and easy laksa sauce. Together we created some great memories and an amazing menu—and all on a NYC rooftop.