Inspirations from The Best Thing I Ever Ate

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Recently I’ve become obsessed with The Best Thing I Ever Ate—the problem is, this show makes me way too hungry. While I usually just salivate in front of the TV, after watching the “ Meat-Fest” episode I got proactive.

When Michael Symon professed his love for the Large Format Feast at Resto in New York City, a lightbulb went off in my head: “That’s how I’m celebrating my birthday this year!” At the feast Michael described, the restaurant would procure a whole animal of your choosing and prepare it every which way for a three-course feast.

We called Resto, a cozy little Belgian-influenced restaurant, and they were happy to set up a Large Format Feast for me and my friends with a week’s notice. The manager then sent over a list of animals from which to pick our protein. I ultimately settled upon the spring lamb, although goat (Michael’s choice) and Berkshire pig were also tempting.

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