The Skinny on the SE All-Star Sandwich Festival, July 23
"Great munchies to get you started, killer sandwiches, delectable sides, and stupendous desserts, all served in the chill splendor that is Governors Island."
If you read our All-Star Sandwich Festival announcement, you should understand its genesis. Simply put, at Serious Eats we love sandwiches more than just about anything else in the world (other than our significant others and our children) so we started dreaming about an event in which some (but not all) of our favorite sandwiches could be served at one very pleasant event, along with some equally serious sides, sweets, and beverages.
So, we started reaching out to some of our favorite sandwich makers. Most of them were really into the idea of making one of their signature sandwiches and serving it to the serious eaters gathering at Governors Island on July 23 at noon. We also reached out to our favorite event producer, former Vendy's overlord Amy Kantrowitz (the Vendy's are known for serving plenty of food with reasonable lines, and happy guests coming back year after year) to see she'd take this idea and run with it. Thankfully, she agreed.
So, this is what you'll find when you arrive fresh off your ferry on July 23:
Pizza Bianco and Pizza con Pecorino from Sullivan Street Bakery to nibble on, along with bite-size pieces of Applegate Farms' excellent beef and pork with natural casing New York dog—and we haven't even gotten into the sandwiches yet.
Perhaps you'll want to indulge in that Torrisi turkey sandwich (see photo above) you've been reading about first, or a Taim falafel made fresh for you on the Taim Mobile truck, or chef Andrew Carmellini's lamb sliders from Locanda Verde, or the killer meatball parm sub from Best Pizza in Williamsburg, or the banh mi that won the SE banh mi taste test in February.
Oh yeah, and the good folks at Salumeria Biellese are whipping up the perfect mixed Italian hero, made with their incomparable housemade salamis and mozzarella. But we're adding a special SE touch to that sandwich by having them serve it on the Sullivan Street Bakery stirrata. And finally, the good folks at Murray's will be providing another vegetarian option, so there really will be some things for everyone.
The possibilities are endless, but don't let the indecision kill you. We'll have enough sandwiches so that you will be able to taste every single one. They're not going to be whole sandwiches, because even the most serious eaters wouldn't be able to finish that many whole sandwiches. But it won't be one of those two-bite jobs either--something in between, substantial but not gut-busting, big enough so you'll really experience each sandwich.
You gotta have killer sides with your sandwiches, so to our rescue come Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone (of Torrisi). With a spread this good, you must have equally serious beverages to go along with it. Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman came to our rescue with a ridiculously impressive line-up of beer, wine, and cider. In the beer fridge: Firestone Walker, The Bruery, Captain Lawrence, Sixpoint, Elysian, Thomas Hooker, Blue Point, Smuttynose, Rodenbach, Founders, Victory, Nebraska Brewing, and more. Plus Farnum Hill Ciders and lots of delicious wine: Montinore, Channing Daughters, Shaw, VOS Selections, and Bedell.
If that isn't enough seriousness for you, we'll also have a fine band for your listening pleasure, Flearoy. I have known Flearoy's bass player Zach Rosen since the day he was born, and to watch him develop as a musician (the dude was writing concertos when he was twelve) has been a joy to behold.
So that's it: great munchies to get you started, killer sandwiches, delectable sides, and stupendous desserts, all served in the chill splendor that is Governors Island. Bring the kids or just bring yourselves. There won't be any drama or ridiculously long lines, just a bunch of serious eaters enjoying serious food and the pleasure of each other's company. To top it all off, part of the proceeds are going to Edible Schoolyard. So we can all eat good while still doing good.