I went to the first New Amsterdam Public winter market yesterday. Robert LaValva put the event together to publicize his effort to convert two city-owned buildings around the South Street Seaport into a public market supporting farmers, artisanal purveyors, and sustainable food in general. I got there late, so I missed Mario Batali opining about and selling porchetta sandwiches. I did buy a $20 Vermont Deer Truffle from Nova Kim and Les Hook of the Wild Food Gatherers Guild. I have no idea what it is, but I will do some research and let you know. I am a little dismayed that my deer truffle has not discernible odor.
Farmstead cheese purveyor Anne Saxelby was selling a terrific array of cheeses and making most excellent grilled cheese, apple, and pickle sandwiches.
The revelation of the day for me was the transcendently smooth, intensely flavored, and perfectly balanced ice cream from The Bent Spoon, straight outta Princeton, NJ. I tried three extraordinary flavors; ricotta, wild honey, and cranberry apple sorbet. According to Bent Spoon co-owner Gabrielle Carbone they make 18 flavors of ice cream daily along with cupcakes and two kinds of hot chocolate. I feel an Ed Levine Eats road trip coming on.
The Bent Spoon Artisan Ice Cream & Good Ingredient Bakery 35 Palmer Square West Princeton, NJ 08542 Ph: 609-924-2368 (BENT)