From dish crawls in Old Greenwich and Stamford, to the LES Food Tour, we love the idea of going to different establishments and trying out various food while also meeting new people. Next week, we’re excited to attend the Bowery Food Tour hosted by All the Tastes of New York! We reached out to Heather Dolland, founder of All the Tastes of New York, which provides food crawls throughout trendy NYC neighborhood such as Williamsburg, Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen.
FP: We love the concept of All the Tastes of New York! How did the concept come about?
HD: I was in South Beach Miami with my Mom. We were trying to decide where to have dinner since all of the restaurants had beautiful dishes displayed. It occurred to me that there was no reason that we couldn’t have what we thought was most appealing from each restaurant. Two months later while having lunch in New York, it occurred to me that this could be a memorable dining experience for people who wanted to try the numerous cuisines that New York has to offer.
FP: We’re glad that trip provided inspiration for All the Tastes!
If you could cook with anyone, who would it be? Why?
HD: Julia Child. She was just so free and liberal as a cook! I loved looking at her shows. She made cooking so fun. I think that one of the things that I loved the most about her is how she put herself into every dish she prepared. She cooked with passion no matter how big or small the dish was. I always say, that life is too short to eat bad food and drink bad wine! I think if she were still alive she would agree!
FP: She truly was a master. What are some of your favorite meals to cook at home for yourself and/or for guests?
HD: Being from the Caribbean, I often create meals that have some kind of Caribbean influence. I love the flavors that certain spices impart on a dish. I often use Jerk Seasonings and different curries to prepare many chicken and meat dishes. On cold days, I absolutely love to create rich stews that will always be paired with the appropriate wine!
FP: Hot, rich stews sound good with winter upon us!
When you go out to eat, name some of your favorite places in NYC or other places you’ve visited.
HD: Some of my favorite places in NYC are Agozar and Son Cubano for Cuban, Pompano for Mexican, Mary’s Fish Camp for Seafood, Madiba for South African, Sweet Chick for Chicken and Waffles, Riverpark for Brunch, Bocca di Bacco for Italian and Nomad for Moroccan. I could go on forever, but I will stop here!
FP: Wow, you have all the bases covered!
What are some of your guilty pleasures? We like to call them foodie pleasures, hence the name
HD: In my opinion, no meal is complete without the appropriate cocktail or wine to accompany it. I am also a huge fan of spicy cocktails. Like Jalapeno infused vodka or tequila. I also love drinks made with fresh ginger. Many people that I know can’t handle it, but if I am at a venue with a Jalapeno infused cocktail on the menu, I will more than likely order it. That is really my thing!
FP: Nothing wrong with a little bit of spice in life!
What are your hobbies/interests outside All the Tastes of New York?
HD: I really love cooking. After a long day, I look forward to going home and preparing dinner. I find it very relaxing. When I am not cooking, you can find me in Central Park just enjoying nature or on the East End of Long Island dining and enjoying life.
FP: Thank you so much for your time…we can’t wait to attend the Bowery Food Crawl and meet you!
Learn more about All the Tastes of New York and all the different food crawls it has to offer. To learn more about Heather Dolland, visit her website.