All’s Well…

March 29, 2011

I have been quite remiss in keeping up with my blog but I have been wrapped up in so much excitement and a whole new experience in life that i cannot possible share it all at once. Suffice it to say the more things change the more they stay the same. So, on to the big news…

I am no longer cooking.

Not professionally anyhow.  I have stepped away from my apron and my whites sometime after the holidays last year to begin my new position as…a server. Actually my “Front Of the House” journey began years ago with my first summer job- a campground with rental units and a big family-style breakfast and dinner menu located at the main house.  As one of many young kids taking on responsibilities of a big time 3 month commitment we were trained not in the French internship style of dishwasher/slave working you way up the ladder but in a cross-pollination method that has served me well all these years later; one day scrubbing pots and pans, the next afternoon cleaning cabins, the next prepping food for the Wednesday excursion to one of the nearby islands for the weekly  New England Lobster Bake, followed by cooking breakfast and in turn waiting tables before returning once more to the kitchen. For me to walk away from the plancha and onto the floor is a natural transition.  Now then, where have I landed you might ask?

Last summer I had the good fortune to stumble upon a crazy little diner in Queens. I can rembemer exactly what  my friends and i ordered, to start, chicken-friend chicken skins with a lemony mayo accompanied by a teensy pickled carrot that i later learned came from the rooftop far a few blocks away. She had a crabmeat and creamed corn hash with a poached egg and hollandaise suace while i enjoyed a monster of a breakfast sandwaich; two ends of a homemade english muffin craddled and in-house sausage patty, sliced tomato from the aforementioned garden, scrambeled eggs, smoked cheddar, slathered with mayo and cut with fresh pickled jalepenos. As we sat at the communal table i took three bites into the meal i asked the waitress if they were hiring

“What are you looking to do?”, she asked smiling as if she already knew i’d found my way home

“Anything!” I replied.

I came back 2 days later with another friend (this time we shared a Shepard’s pie-like dish of braised pork tongue and creamed corn gratineed that we nearly lost our minds over) holed-up in one of the original booth’s with a laptop tweaking my resume and emailing to the proprietors.  Skipping ahead a few days (& past the killer coconut cream pie) i returned to be interviewed.

The rest as they say is history and I have been so proud to be associated with such a unique and vibrant restaurant. I haven’t felt appreciated at a job in all my life and I would like to take this moment to personally thank Sarah Obraitis and Hugue DuFour for creating such a earnest and rewarding workplace.  These two care so deeply about the food and the customers and the staff and it shows in every plate and every staff meal and each and every rave from the tables about what they have created.  They have also pushed me to become a better server and  learning about wines and I’m taking on more responsibilty with each passing day, all the while asking me “When is you text tour?”.

So here I am, waiting at M Wells Diner in LIC, Queens and hosting the next Hungry Tiger Grub Crawl on April 17th 2011.


Coming Soon…

February 7, 2011

news, updates and general tasty good stuff!

On Monday December 20 I’ll be taking folks on the last tour of 2010

“it’s beginning to look a lot like GRUB CRAWL” will feature many of the greatest “hits” of earlier tours with more than a few new surprises.

Click the link above to purchase tickets and to join me  for a Tasting Menu on the streets of New York City.

for inquiries about tailoring  private Crawls for you and your friends please write

buy your tickets here

A few months back I had the please to participate in the 1st round of the this titanic battle between Formaggio Essex and Saxleby Cheesemongers in a wine and cheese pairing.  When the votes were tallied,  Formaggio Essex came out the winner but truly we the judges were the true champions!  Now it seems another round is about to begin and the I’m alerting you all to come out and see for yourselves who is the boldest and the tastiest amongst these two giants.  Just to make it more interesting, Bierkraft and Sputen Duyvil are tag teaming this match for an amazing evening.

here it comes again…

September 9, 2010

Greetings and Salutations!
I thought you’d like to know my next Grub Crawl is Sept 25th!
One of our highlights this time around will the the delectable wonders of the Lower East Side
and the Hester Street Fair.
The tour will begin at 11:30am and wrap at 2:30 (just in time for the 2nd annual Dumpling Festival).
Tickets are $85 for adults, $40 for kids 11 and under. Deposit is required.
Please sign up at (or here) and if you can’t make this one, tell your friends!
The tour makes a great gift for New York newcomers and foodies alike!
Hope to see you there,
Chef Deven DeMarco

and the pretzels and cookies and spices! Here are just some of the wonderful photographs Ian-Duncan Ball took of the delectable foods on the last Grub Crawl. ..Hungry?

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Even the sweltering heat of summer couldn’t stop me from getting my hands on some of the City’s tastiest treats.  The always fabulous Hester Street Fair welcomed our hungry bellies with open arms… Melt, La Newyorkina, and the Japanese red bean bean “fish cakes” were a smash! After some time in the hydration station and a view of the equally mouth-watering  volleyball players we toddled on towards shrimp-pork jerky and lamb burgers, salted lavender caramels and an array of artisanal cheeses from NY state and around the globe. After tossing back a habenero-infused tamarind margarita, a spy egg cream and a shot of lovingly intense espresso we wrapped up with and avocado parfait and the feeling that perhaps it was time to beat the heat in the recesses of a movie theater!  Thanks to all who attended and stay tuned for some exquisite photographs by Mr Ian Duncan Ball in the next few days!

Think Pink

July 16, 2010

Raspberry Paloma @Barrio Chino on the LES
followed by free cone of Van Leeuwan Bros’ Glam Cherry Ice Cream!

“Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.”  – Mark Twain

Walking Food Tour!
New York City
Saturday, July 24

There are over 20, 000 restaurants in New York City.

past Grub Crawlers posing with happy tummies

How would you like to know the best ones to go to?

Wouldn’t you like to go where chefs like to eat?

July 24th,  come take an exciting walk through downtown Manhattan’s most diverse and flourishing neighborhoods and sample foods that will stimulate your palate.

From NY standards (egg creams)

Lou Reed's favorite

to Taiwanese  street food (roast pork buns), and from sensational new secrets, to out of the way treasure, follow Chef Deven DeMarco as he gives you a glimpse into a New Yorker’s go-to joints and great insider information.

Sign up early as space is limited!

crimpin' dumplin's

Tickets are $85 for adults, $45 for children under 11*

Deven will select all foods for the group.

Please alert the chef to any food allergies when enrolling.

We will be on our feet for  roughly 3 hours but moving at a leisurely pace.
 Wear comfortable shoes and bring water!

There are terrific shops along the way and time allocated to purchase some tasty treasures!

* beverages not included

lotsa laksa

now that's what I'm talking about