braised pork belly with balsamic barbecue sauce

May 5, 2009 |  Category:   the biz


Remember the cheesecake lollipops from last week? I made them, among other things, for a fundraiser for my friends the Treehouse Shakers, a dance/theater company that I actually used to compose music for. It was held at the Moore Brothers Wine Store in Manhattan, just across the street from Gramercy Tavern, and it was a lot of fun. It was a welcome change of scenery for a night and even though I was still cooking, it was not the same old cookies and marshmallows. I made seven different hors d’oeuvres, some sweet and some savory, along with a nice cheese platter, fruit, and a few cookies, of course. The hors d’oeuvres included Thai Shrimp Ceviche with Lychee and Mango, Mini Herb Quiches, Falafel with Lime Yogurt Sauce, and my favorite, Braised Pork Belly with Balsamic Barbecue Sauce (pictured here). I served the pork belly in the nice ceramic spoons lent to me by my friends at the Central Park Boathouse and topped it off with crispy white beans and pea shoots (I could eat over twenty of those spoons and I probably did). Along with the chai cheesecake lollipops, I had mini strawberry shortcakes (that one guest just could NOT stop eating), and our old friend, cinnamon s’mores. Everyone loved everything and I had to field a few questions about catering other events. The answer? “Well, this is not something I normally do…”, which actually means I wish I could but you’d have to add two extra days to each week.



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  • nichole May 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Unbelievably gorgeous photos! Wow. They look delicious!

  • selkie May 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Beautiful presentation.
    No recipe to share for that pork?

  • alicia May 5, 2009 at 9:52 am

    “Gorgeous” is absolutely the word! Looks incredibly delicious– love the spoons!! Photos are stunning as usual.

  • unha May 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

    am so hungry now… looks beautiful!

  • Stella May 5, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Wow, looks delicious, and I love how you served, too!

  • Jennifer May 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Yes, I’d love the recipe too! This looks so delicious.

  • linda May 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    as others have commented, WOW! food looks delicious. photos are beautiful. i want to eat some!

  • Gabriel May 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    my dose of daily “sunshine” always includes a visit to your blog!

  • Amy May 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I was hoping for a recipe as well! These look AMAZING!

  • Annie From Seattle May 6, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Wow…just wow. The whole menu sounds so good. Mark, I bet other blog readers would be interested to know your career path. Do I remember correctly that Jenna wrote that you have no “formal” training as a chef? Is that true?

  • Fog and Thistle May 6, 2009 at 6:52 am

    That looks so damn good. So mean of you to post it and not share! I’m hungry!

  • Cicilia May 6, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    I got “hungreeee” eyez for this! 🙂

  • catherine m. May 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    those look amazing! great photos too. YUM!

  • Jenna May 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    that’s right, Mark never went to cooking school. Just always worked in restaurant kitchens starting from college and just trained on the job. He worked as a line chef, asst pastry chef and then pastry chef in NYC restaurants over the last 12 years before we started this biz.

  • brenda May 9, 2009 at 10:42 am