Not even the rain could keep the people from dancing at the opening ceremony of the French Institute's 2009 Crossing the Line Festival, which kicked off yesterday in the East Meadow of Central Park. The big draw of the day (for me, anyway) was the bento giveaway at 4:45PM. After a long, stressful ride (with half of the city's crazies) on the uptown 6, my girlfriend and I made it just in time...and as luck would have it she was able to get her hands on one of the prized bento boxes - I, however, didn't get one!
These boxes were two-tiered and put together by top US and French chefs, including Inaki Aizpitarte, Pascal Barbot, Alexandre Gauthier, Michel Bras, David Chang, and Wylie Dufresne. Being the herbavore that I am, I was unable to eat most of this gorgeous food, which was brought to us by Omnivore New York. Still, the egg nog was to die for, and the marshmallow/chocolate chip/corn flake cookie délicieux (really, it had me making noises it was that good).