Guys, this year’s
GoogaMooga is already going to be a major improvement upon last year’s; for one thing, THERE ARE TRADING CARDS THIS TIME. Yup, as in old school, swap-with-your-friends-to-complete-a-set, bask-in-your-own-triumph-upon-completion trading cards.
Jordana Rothman paired up with Doug Cunningham to design five packs of cards, organized in part by the themed villages on the GoogaMooga grounds, with each card featuring a different chef, mixologist, sommelier, or chef-mom (!) you’re bound to find at the festival.
On the flip side of each person’s visage are stats like what they’ll be serving at GoogaMooga, Q&As, and recipes. Check out every chef card you can pick up with an excerpt from their stats below. If you’d like to see any of the cards in glorious detail, click
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Dibs on the gum!
The Going H.A.M. Series
Henri | Hamaggedon
"Artist Charlie Smith constructed Henri over the course of 10 weeks at Sparseland Studios in Atlanta -- the steel pig serves as both GoogaMooga's mascot and a functioning rotisserie."
Anthony Masters | Fatty 'Cue
"At Fatty 'Cue, world-traveling chef Anthony Masters brings together smoke and funk, combining the pit traditions of the American South with the exotic, outsize flavors of Southeast Asia."
Tom Mylan | The Meat Hook
"Indie butcher Tom Mylan empowers the people at his Williamsburg shop, the Meat Hook, getting raw, ruby and fat-striped slabs of pork into the hands and skillets of Brooklyn's home cooks."
Sara Jenkins | Porchetta
"Number of slaughterhouses Jenkins documented in her college photography thesis on pig butchering: 2."
Dale Talde | Pork Slope
"Number of shots Pork Slope regulars must throw back to get their names engraved on the trophy behind the bar: 100."
The Sausage Party Series
Daniel Boulud | DBGB Kitchen and Bar
"Daniel Boulud's downtown brasserie pays homage to international sausage-making traditions, with 12 sublime handmade links."
Bryan Calvert | James
Purveyor of "The GoogaMooga-Exclusive Corn dog, made with primo duck meat."
Brian Shebairo | Crif Dogs
"His bacon-wrapped Chihuahua nods to Mexican-style hot dogs, a street-food staple south of the border."
Miguel Trinidad | Jeepney
"For the Longga Dog, he reimagines the Philippines' beloved breakfast sausage longganisa (often served with garlic rice and a fried egg) as an iconic American hot dog."
April Bloomfield | The Breslin
"At GoogaMooga, April will prep a twelve-inch take on the classic Polish kielbasa, gussied up with international accoutrements."
The Drinking Buddies Series
Damian Brown | The Bronx Brewery
What's one rule you'd create for a drinking game? If anyone ever plays a John Mayer song, they have to finish everyone's drink and then leave the party."
Mark Snyder | Red Hook Winery
What's one rule you'd create for a drinking game? 'Shoot' the entire glass of wine every time you get caught holding it by the bowl instead of the stem."
Jack McGarry | The Dead Rabbit
What's the biggest drinking myth you've heard? People have said that gin makes you cry. Generally it's your friends that are making you cry -- don't go blaming the Beefeater or the Plymouth for it."
Laura Maniec | Corkbuzz Wine Studio
What's on the speakers at Corkbuzz? At the moment, it's Amy, Amy, Amy by Amy Winehouse. Late night we have been known to blast a little Notorious B.I.G."
Julie Reiner | Clover Club
What's the most ridiculous tasting note you've ever heard? Hot, gooey buns on the front palate, with a long, dry finish."
The Brain Hack Series
Andy Ricker | Pok Pok NY
What does authenticity mean to you? In America, every Thai restaurant claims to be 'authentic' and 'traditional,' yet they all serve the same 25 to 50 dishes. But if you go eat khao soi in eight different places in Chiang Mai, which one is authentic? Which one is traditional? It all depends on who you talk to. All of them are, and none of them are."
Hugue Dufour | M. Wells Dinette
You've said that you find inspiration in dreams. What's an example of a dish you've made that started as a dream? I dreamt once about eating [a fictional dish called] oyster Bolognese at a friend's restaurant. I had just ordered when all these people arrived and asked to try it. I had to give it all away, and they gave me a bowl of peanuts instead. I woke up thinking, 'Fuck, I want this oyster Bolognese!'"
Christopher Kostow | The Restaurant At Meadowood
What's the strangest place where inspiration has struck? The shower. Always the shower."
Justin Warner | Do or Dine
What would you eat for your last meal? My executioner."
Carla Rzeszewski | The Breslin
What music gets you going? If I could take LCD Soundsystem's song 'All My Friends' and turn it into an outfit, I would wear that every day."
The What Mama Made Series
Jessica C. Huang | Eddie Huang, Baohaus
"Food-world muckraker Eddie Huang didn't inherit his trademark bluster from his mother. But her traditional Taiwanese fare...is Huang's birthright."
Jeryl Cohen | Rae Bernamoff, Mile End
"Proust had his madeleine, Anton Ego had his ratatouille, and Rae Bernamoff has her gefilte fish, stuffed cabbage, and kugel. At Mile End...Rae harvests the memories of her mother Jeryl's multi-course Jewish holiday meals."
Sherry Holzman | Dan Holzman, Meatball Shop
"Dan Holzman made his name slinging iconic Italian eats at the Meatball Shop, but it was a Jewish cook -- his mother -- who showed him his way around a recipe in their New York City home."
Esperanza Lainez | Marcos Lainez, El Olomega
"Street food pioneer Esperanza Lainez started selling pupusas at the Red Hook Ballfields back in 1988, decades before New York's foodie thrill-seekers discovered the Brooklyn backwater."
Sue Newton | Robert Newton, Seersucker
"Biscuits and fried bologna sandwiches were fundamental in Sue Newton's Arkansas kitchen. They were among the first dishes she taught her song Robert how to cook, and today they enjoy pride o place on the menu at his Southern restaurant Seersucker."
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