I look forward to my Austin South by Southwest Feedback parties all year, but I just couldn't wait until February, so I threw another one closer to home -- in Brooklyn! We hosted tons of great tunes at The Bell House (thebellhouseny.com), an awesome local-music venue in a 1920s warehouse, and had a few of my favorite food trucks set their brakes on the street. (Nothing more New York than a block party!) I don't know about you, but I can't imagine anything better than rocking out all day between bites of tacos and tricked-out hot dogs.
Pizza Moto co-owner Pamela Woods seemed cool and collected in the summer heat, even after baking more than 70 pies in her portable wood-fire oven! "We're always up for serving, whatever the weather," she said. "Even with the added heat of a 700-degree pizza oven!"
Talk about coming prepared: The guys behind the Tacombi taco truck had enough ingredients in their retro VW for 1,500 servings! Maybe owner Aarón Sánchez, co-host of the Food Network's Chefs vs. City, got a little excited: My wife is a musician, so for food and music to be the focus, it doesn't get much better!"
Bet you've never had a dog like this before! Asiadog set up a table full of the revamped American classic with exotic fixings. I especially love the Ito dog, topped with Japanese curry and kimchi apples.
I whipped up treats for the crowd, too -- burgers, of course! Get the recipes for my Feedback Satay Sliders and Brooklyn Beer Chili Burgers with Smoky Barbecue Sauce, Oil and Vinegar Slaw and Spicy Kirby Cucumber Slices at rachaelray.com.
My husband John's band, The Cringe, brought down the house! And so did all the great local acts we invited to play, like Freelance Whales and Motel Motel. Luckily we had two stages for all the bands!
The first food truck to arrive (and the last to leave!) was my buddy -- and grilling master -- Adam Perry Lang's Daisy May's BBQ truck. He and store manager Jeff Cicio stocked it full of their signature "bowl o' red," a tomato-red chili that, oddly, doesn't have any tomatoes! The color comes from four different chiles. "People lined up nonstop to taste!" Jeff said.