For the past 2 weekends I’ve volunteered at the James Beard Foundation’s pop-up restaurant, JBF LTD, in Chelsea Market.  JBF has taken over the old Nicole Fahri/202 space for 27 days (ending May 14th).  During the day, sponsors like Gilt City, Food Network, and Delta Airlines do giveaways & hand out yummy samples.  There’s also different programming every day at 2:30.  While I was there there was a cooking demo on a big pink slap of Himalayan salt and a talk on the State of Food in NY with the Food editor from Time Out NY and the editor of Eatocracy, CNN’s food blog.  It’s been pretty fun!! And yummy too…

Each night different chefs such as Laurent Gras, David Chang, and Aaron Isreal do unique dinners for the lucky few able to snag tickets.  There’s also a cafe during the day… at which I took my quick lunch break.

Olive oil poached salmon with fennel salad, quinoa & fava beans, and a potato salad with olives.  Delicious!!! And only $10…

Before leaving for the day I treated myself to one of melt bakery’s ice cream sandwiches being sold at the Gilt City booth that day.

I went for the classis choc chip cookie with vanilla ice cream.  I really do think they’re my fav ice cream sandwiches ever… with the one’s at Milk & Cookies a very close second.  The cookies are chewy but hard enough to hold the sandwich together and there’s the perfect ratio of ice cream to cookie so that you get a nice bit of both in each bite. YUM!

I planned on saving some for Jj but worried it would melt on the way home and devoured the whole thing myself!