A real ‘meat’ and greet at Roberta’s

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Brooklyn, you’re about to witness the most epic all-you-can-meat party the borough has ever known.

Heritage Foods — the Bushwick protein distributors that superb restaurants like Fatty ‘Cue and Fette Sau swear by — is throwing a party on Sept. 25 at Roberta’s, complete with celebrity chefs, endless Six Point ales, and of course, all the top-quality meat you can possibly consume.

“It’ll be the biggest meat and greet we’ve seen,” said Patrick Martins, co-founder of Heritage Foods. “The party’s a tribute to all the farmers and restaurants we work with.”

The price tag may seem a little steep at $100, but where else are you going to find chef Gabe McMackin serving up cured hams, smoked fish, pork shoulder, prosciutto, turkey, and brisket next to some hot DJs and an endless glass of Sweet Action?

Plus, all that meat comes from Heritage’s small, all-American family farms — that means no genetically modified feed, no animal cruelty, no E. coli, no bull. The quality’s better than a so-called “gourmet” meal in Manhattan, and the tab is cheaper.

Plus, it harkens back to New York’s legendary tradition of the “beefsteak,” those all-you-could-hold parties that filled union members with massive cuts of steaks, chops and beer — typically on the eve of an election.

But at those parties, cutlery was disdained. In the 2010 version, you can literally stick a fork in it until you’re done.

Meat and Greet at Roberta’s [261 Moore St. between Bogart and White streets in Bushwick, (718) 417-1118], Sept. 25, 7 pm. For tickets, call (718) 389-0985. For info, visit

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018: Fixes a mistake about Mario Batali. He was not there.
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Michel from Willimsbugh says:
It was a huge disappointment and not a cheap one. No Chef Batali, the service was disorganized, not enough food for the amount of people, not enough seating either… on the good side I have to commend the people at 6 point brewery and Maker Mark.

After talking to the organizer about it he denied ever saying that Batali was coming and had no comment on the service and seating. From what appeared he had had a few by this time since then he referred us to his lawyer and then had the owner of Roberta's asked us leave, he seemed he had a few too. When we asked him if he knew why he was asking us leave, his answer was only “my friend told me you had to go”
Its a shame since I knew the event was not part of the restaurant and I had nothing against it, though I don't think I will be going back anytime soon or telling anyone of my friends to go after meeting the owner and his manners in dealing with what happened.
Sept. 26, 2010, 1:25 pm

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