Eight Turn Crepe: Turning Our Guily Pleasure Into Something Totally Regret-Free

By Danielle Bimston

We’ve all got a guilty pleasure, but at Eight Turn Crepe they’re trying to make ours into something we never have to regret.  Over at this restaurant, they’re creating the perfect Japanese rice crepe; turning a delectable favorite into a much lighter, healthier option.  These amazing treats are perfect for any time of day, breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner, so whenever you’re hungry, Eight Turn Crepe has something that will satisfy your rumbling tummy!

So, why rice?

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Not only are rice crepes traditional to Japanese culture, but they are also easy on the allergies; these light, palate pleasing treats are gluten free (awesome, right!).  Over at Eight Turn Crepe, their chefs take rice four, whip it into a silky mix and throw it on the griddle to form a warm, fresh, thin Japanese pancake.  These amazing stuffing-holders are strong, pliable, and totally adaptive. Taking meals from the plate to a completely portable medium is what makes Eight Turn Crepe so irresistible!

What goes inside?

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Well, that’s up to you! Whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there are a ton of unique stuffings to try.  From Truffled Egg White Omelet to Shrimp Avocado to Banana Nut Chocolate, there are a variety of filling for absolutely any time of the day.  Some of the dessert options even offer ice cream inside, how can you resist!

Allow us to bring the taste of Tokyo to your office with Eight Turn Crepe.  Their crepes are so portable, it’s easy to take them anywhere.  Giving lunch in the office a new definition, feel free to eat these goodies while you work; we know you’ll fall in love.

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Bastille Day Eats: Celebrate the French National Holiday the FoodtoEat Way

By Danielle Bimston

Celebrated on the 14th of July for many centuries lies Bastille Day, or the name given to French National Day in most English-speaking countries.  Now, when I hear about an important holiday, my first thought is… what food should I eat to celebrate? And hopefully, here you’ll find just the answer to that question; wonder no more because here at FoodtoEat we’re prepared to help you create a full day’s guide to office team meals for Bastille Day.

Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day

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Chocolate Croissant at Petite Abeille (Photo Credit: http://www.foodspotting.com)

Start off your Bastille Day honoring not only the French holiday, but also the most important meal of the day! We’re recommending croissants, a buttery, flaky pastry that will be sure to add a bit of a jump start to your morning.  These delicious treats can be found in pretty much any french-style bakery, but if you were to ask us, we recommend Petite Abeille.  This French and Belgian style restaurant offers a variety of different flavored croissants that are sure to hit the spot!

Lunch: The Middle Meal

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Savory Eclair at Maison de L’Eclair (Photo Credit: http://www.tripadvisor.com)

Finally, a chance to pause the work day and take a few minutes for yourself, but don’t forget to honor French tradition! For lunch, keep it simple and rather classic with eclairs that are not only sweet, but savory too! At Maison de L’Eclair they’re sure to provide you with the best options for your French inspired lunch.  Their menu includes savory eclairs such as Tomato and Mozzarella and ranges all the way to rich, dessert varieties such as Milk Chocolate & Banana and Pistachio.  They’ve even included irresistible gluten free options, so everyone is included; whatever you want, they’ve got it!

Dinner: Wrapping the Day Up Right

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Savory Crepe (Photo Credit: templecrepes.com)

You’ve done so well honoring the French National Holiday so far, you can’t quit now! Keep it going with a sweet and savory crepe dinner from The Crepes Truck.  The best part is, they’ll come to you! Choose from an amazing selection of crepe flavors ranging from The New Yorker with stewed chicken, swiss cheese, tomato, greens & shallots to Le Triomphe with Nutella, sliced strawberries & bananas; you’ll be sure to find something delicious to satisfy your rumbling tummy.  We know by now you’re probably all French fooded-out but always remember to save room for dessert!

Dessert: No Matter How Much You Eat During the Day, There’s Always Room for Sweets 

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Macarons Galore from Orange and Olive Catering (Photo Credit: http://www.orangeandolivecaterers.com)

Say goodnight to Bastille Day with… you guessed it? Macarons, the delicious French meringue-based confection.  This French delicacy is made with egg white, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond power or ground almond, and food coloring; they taste amazing! Now, at FoodtoEat, we’re proud to announce Orange and Olive Caterers, our newest vendor and provider of macarons.  We’re sure that their amazing selection of these colorful treats will be the cherry on top of your Bastille Day celebrations! We can’t wait for you to try these delectable new treats.

After a long day of endless French-style cuisine we’re sure you’re all tired out! We hope our quick guide to Bastille Day treats made honoring the holiday fun and easy; we definitely had fun recommending all of these stellar restaurants and food trucks to you! And remember, we’re more than happy to aid your celebrations by providing some delicious French goodies straight to your office! Only then will your Bastille Day truly be complete!

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The Sweetest New Thing: Mini Whoopie Pies from Batter and Cream

By Hannah Poss

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People love whoopie pies and people also love the convenience of a bite size dessert. Elizabeth Fife, the young, innovative founder of Batter and Cream, set out to combine these two loves.  She created a dessert that was new to the market and that everyone would enjoy: a mini whoopie pie. Fife, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a former investment banker on Wall Street, found herself wishing to explore a different field that allowed her to delve into her creative side through baking. She swapped her pant suits for aprons and launched Batter and Cream. Her online bakery features these miniature desserts that will spark your attention. While Batter and Cream also makes their delicious flavors in regular sized whoopie pies, most people opt to try the smaller, bite-sized versions.

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The desserts come in a wide variety of uncommon flavors such as Café Au Lait and Strawberry Basil, but they also feature a whoopie “flavor of the month“. This month’s delectable flavor is Banana Nutella. Who doesn’t love a dessert that they can just pop in their mouth in one go? Their mini size allows you to try multiple different whoopie flavors without feeling too guilty. She sells the whoopie pies online starting in packs of 10. You can even customize your own order making Batter and Cream a perfect personalized birthday, ‘get better’ or congratulatory treat. These desserts are also perfect to cater to office lunches or birthday celebrations!

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Batter and Cream began solely as an online bakery but Fife has since started selling her whoopies at Smorgasburg and most recently at Trina Turk‘s Manhattan showroom. These mini desserts are a must-try so make sure to catch Fife at one of these locations to explore her latest flavors as well as her classic original flavors. DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a socially conscious online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

May Catering Ideas

It’s finally warm outside. Get your office excited about Ice Cream Socials, Healthy Fruit Pop Bars, Mother’s Day Brunch for Lunch, office birthday parties and delicious fall-off-the-bone BBQ. Take a look at the menus & contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com for any orders!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Ice Cream Party

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Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com to order or place it yourself here.

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Maison De L’Éclair | Savory & Sweet Treat

By Chris Chen

maison sign The word éclair in French means flash of lightning, which pretty much sums up how quickly most people gobble these decadent treats up. Cynthia Balli, Founder of Maison de L’eclair, started a business featuring these desserts with both a sweet and a savory twist – savory eclair sandwiches. Cynthia was raised in Geneva and Paris, attended École hôtelière de Lausanne for hospitality and then earned her Masters in entrepreneurship in the US.

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Savory eclairs, yum~ | Photo Credit: Maison De L’Eclair

For Cynthia, her love of eclairs stem from childhood. Specifically, the 4 o’clock family tea time with pastries of which eclairs played a huge part. While reminiscing of fond food memories, she realized with age and maturing palates, there was a need for savory eclairs. Cynthia’s eclair favorites are her savory Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese eclair and her Milk Chocolate & Bananas sweet eclair.

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Variety of Sweet Eclairs | Photo Credit: Maison De L’Eclair

At the moment Maison De L’Eclair is an online business but she hopes to open a brick and mortar soon.

Their lunch deal comes with 2 savory eclairs, one sweet and a side salad. My personal favorite was the coffee eclair. It was very rich and the coffee flavor was spot on. It just hit the spot for me. The smoked salmon & cream cheese is a popular one and after one bite, I can clearly see why it’s so well-liked. These eclairs are catered to various tastes from vegetarians to meat eaters so you’re bound to have a favorite!

Maison De L’Eclair does catering, so why not have the best of two worlds all in one meal? Sharing is caring, so order some for your coworkers too. Contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat. We help build corporate culture by bringing the best local food to offices for team meals and special events. We believe in investing in your team. That’s why we’re committed to improving employee happiness through food – feed your team today with FoodtoEat! Check out the deliciousness here: FoodtoEat Catering

Sweet Chili: Thaietnamese Food With a Side of Power Ballads

By Emily Collins swtr Behind the Food Truck is a FoodtoEat original series where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

This week, I was able to meet one of New York City’s local food-lebrities, Lisa Fernandes. Lisa is the passionate chef and owner behind Sweet Chili – a “Thai-etnamese” truck with a menu full of original and incredible recipes by Lisa herself! If you didn’t know already, Lisa was the runner-up on season 4 of Top Chef, so you’re literally trying some of her winning recipes from the show.

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Lisa & her sous chef, Tora, in front of her “baby on wheels” – Sweet Chili!

All throughout Lisa’s life, food was her passion. She started with her mom in the kitchen, served ice cream at the mall as a teen and went on to culinary school to pursue her dream of becoming a professional chef! It’s not very often you meet someone who can say they genuinely wake up every day and want to go to work, but Lisa does. She loves her customers and makes an effort to learn their names and wants the experience to be not only delicious, but entertaining! “We make it personal, we have a good time with them, we play fun music, we’re not prim and proper, ‘good afternoon, how may we help you today?’ ” And it definitely works for them. You can walk up to Sweet Chili, get on-the-go restaurant quality food, a 1980s power ballad serenade and maybe even a Vietnamese coffee sample if you’re dancing!

Her favorite thing about owning a food truck? “We have fun! People can relate to us. They say, ‘I’m not in the mood for that today, can you just make me something?’ and we just make stuff up. People like that. You can’t do that in a restaurant.” I was able to see this first hand when I asked Lisa and her team to just “make me anything” on the menu. I was served with their flavorful Heavenly Beef over white rice with bean sprout salad and was recommended by Lisa “get the fried egg on top, it makes everything better!” She was right; the dish was indeed heavenly and the fried egg? A perfect companion to the sweet and spicy dish.

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Lisa’s sous chef, Tora, with Heavenly Beef – coriander marinated sirloin beef with sriracha and thai basil.

At the end of the day, Lisa’s goal is to serve up unique, amazing dishes while giving the best experience to the customer, “If you’re in a good mood when you make the food, and the person’s in a good mood when they get the food, they’re going to be in a good mood when they eat the food.” You can check out Lisa and the Sweet Chili team this summer at their frequent spots, South Street Seaport and DUMBO Lot during the week and Governor’s Island on weekends for dancing to 80s and 90s jams and cooking some of the best Thai-etnamese food in New York City!

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Jane Poretsky is the Epitome of Caramelized Sarcasm

By Debra Liu

Jane Poretsky is FoodtoEat’s resident chef and baker extraordinaire and writer of the food blog, Caramelized Sarcasm. From delicious savory dishes like Chicken with Olives & Lemon Thyme Sauce to scrumptious sweets like Chocolate Cinnamon Cake with Marshmallow Frosting, Jane wows our taste buds on a daily basis (we’re seriously spoiled!).

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Jane Poretsky

She started her blog in 2011 after her experience studying abroad in Tel Aviv, where she didn’t have a kitchen for four months. When she came home she had an urgent desire to cook. Her friends and family often asked her for recipes so starting Caramelized Sarcasm was the perfect way to build an online roster of all her creations to share with those around her.

In terms of her most memorable food experience, Jane says, “I love authentic food and recently had the most glorious Georgian bread/cheese with poached eggs. Let’s just say grilled cheese pales in comparison. It was from Tone Cafe in Brighton Beach… what I like to call ‘The Motherland'”.

Her top 3 dining spots are:

  1. Cherry next door to the Dream Hotel. According to Jane, the atmosphere is lovely and although the appetizers are on the pricey side, the dumplings filled with sour cherry and liver pate are a must-try. “They also have a house-crafted sesame bourbon that puts the classics to shame,” she adds.
  2. Maison Kayser for their pistachio eclairs, which “will have you hallucinating the Tour D’Eiffel outside the window”.
  3. Peter Luger Steakhouse. She loves the old world feeling of this classic steakhouse. “It’s a taste of nostalgia, and the best steak I’ve ever bit into. Vegans, beware. The tomato salad is the simplest thing you will ever order, but oh the freshness.”
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Jane’s Eggplant Timbale

Jane  has an extensive cooking portfolio and enjoys making all sorts of dishes ranging from Eggplant Timbale (she’s obsessed with Italy!) to Russian Yeast Pancakes (Oladushki) in honor of her Russian heritage. She makes an amazing mushroom crepe cake that’s always been a hit at parties. Her go-to dessert to make is a pumpkin spice cake that is moist and studded with pineapple and coconut (yum!).

In her spare time, when she’s not cooking and feeding us, she spends a lot of time with family. She enjoys reading, hot yoga, bike riding and escaping to her country cottage on summer weekends. She likes exploring new restaurants and bars with friends. An interesting tidbit is that Jane can speak a handful of Italian, Hebrew and French and is pretty darn great at all 3 accents.

As for the future, Jane says, “I’m not sure where I’ll be tomorrow, and especially not 10 years from now. I hope to continue writing about food and sharing my passion for cooking with friends and strangers alike. Maybe one day I’ll own a restaurant, or have a cooking show. Who knows…Any Food Network recruiters reading this: that spice cake is yours if you hire me!”

Jane's Russian Yeast Pancakes (Oladushki)
Jane’s Russian Yeast Pancakes (Oladushki)

To learn and see more of Jane, check out her awesome how-to cooking videos on the FoodtoEat YouTube Channel

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The Sweet and Savory Side of Social Justice: Snow Day Food Truck is Paving the Way

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By Debra Liu

Savory pancakes poppers, maple grilled cheese, maple bacon Brussels sprouts, and sugar on snow. Those are just a few of the drool-worthy items that will be offered on the Snow Day Food Truck, which will be pounding NYC pavement for the first time this winter. Perfect timing because the heavenly dynamic duo of maple and bacon is exactly what makes our hungry stomachs warm and happy come winter time.

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Wheatberry Salad

We’re super excited, because not only is the delicious food locally sourced and uniquely inspired by New York State Maple Syrup, but Snow Day is the first food truck built and operated by Drive Change, a social justice organization with an incredible mission:

“Drive Change broadens opportunities for young people coming out of jail and prison to help lead them to crime-free lives and bright futures.”

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Pulled Pork Sliders

Drive Change builds, designs and operates food trucks to employ previously incarcerated youth offenders, providing them with training and skills in the food industry. The program is an eight month program split into three phases; training, practicum working on food trucks, and continuing job development. Participants enrolled in the program will be paid an hourly wage.

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Jordyn Lexton (left) and Ajani Brown

Jordyn Lexton founded Drive Change with Annie Bickerton, after being inspired by her experience teaching at East River Academy, a public school located on Rikers Island, where she saw that the rate of youth offenders returning to prison within a year of release was unfortunately, much too high. According to Lexton, “the time of re-entry is a fragile time”, and Lexton and Bickerton hope that by providing youth offenders with stable jobs, they will break the vicious cycle and lower the recidivism rate.

Savory Pancake Poppers
Savory Pancake Poppers

Lexton and Bickerton plan to add a new food truck each year and serve 150 youth by 2018. All sales from their food trucks will go directly back into the organization to help with re-entry program costs.

An amazing social mission in combination with a delicious food truck – it doesn’t get any better than this. We can’t wait for Snow Day to launch in a few weeks!

We’ll keep you updated – simply follow us on Twitter @FoodtoEat to stay up-to-date on food truck happenings and more importantly, so you know exactly where and when to hit it up Snow Day on opening day.

 

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