Scenes from the 6th Annual SAVEUR Summer Cookout

We kicked off the summer season with over twenty of the country’s best chefs and bartenders

As warnings of evening thunderstorms for New York City circulated, we at SAVEUR came to a decision: Rain or shine, the 6th annual SAVEUR Summer Cookout would go on. Because brisket sliders and grilled fish ssam still taste good even when it’s a little rainy.

Luckily, only a light sprinkling made its way through the clouds, and so grills were fired up at the waterside Boat Basin Café. Sixteen chefs, as well as sponsors and bartenders, encircled a Build Your Own Cocktail bar, making it possible to eat Alex Guarnaschelli's romesco-topped eggplant, chase it with Christina Tosi's cake truffles, move on to Scott Conant's Calabrian wings—and then make another loop for seconds. As the night slowed down, we collectively migrated to the VIP Lounge, where we sipped on mai tais and drinks in coconuts from Chicago's Three Dots and a Dash, and witnessed one of the most Instagrammed events of the night: a spectacular red-orange sunset over the Hudson River.

Asian "White Boy" Ribs from Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch
Chef Andrew Carmellini of The Dutch served up Asian "White Boy" ribs, made of a St. Louis pork spare rib seasoned with a spicy dry rub for 24 hours, cooked in an oven, and coated in a tangy Asian-style glaze.Michelle Heimerman
Barbecued Indian eggplant from chef Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter
Barbecued Indian eggplant with grilled tomatoes, romesco, and basil hot off the grill at Alex Guarnaschelli's table for her restaurant Butter. Worried that their vegetarian dish wouldn't stand up to some of the meatier options at the cookout, the chefs at Butter did not let us down in the slightest.Michelle Heimerman
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Despite the light rain, the grills stayed ablaze, turning out great dishes like this merguez sausage from chef Michael Solomonov's of Zahav. He served it with a warm strawberry amba and shifka peppers.Michelle Heimerman
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As the rain cleared, guests (including Jonathan Jimenez and Gabe Soriano, pictured) moved back outdoors to enjoy the food and sip on mint-infused vodka lemonade and smoked watermelon vodka cocktails from Tito's vodka.Michelle Heimerman
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Every good cookout needs a pig on a spit. Chef Joel Hough of Il Buco roasted a pig for his porchetta panini, served on housemade ciabatta and paired with a stone fruit compote. The secret to its incredible flavor? Hough and his team season the pork a week in advance at the restaurant; for home cooks, he recommends that you buy high-quality pork from your local meat market and season it at least three days in advance.Michelle Heimerman
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In the center of all the action was a Build Your Own Cocktail bar, where guests were encouraged to experiment with several base spirits and mixers.Michelle Heimerman
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Saveur's 6th Annual Summer Cookout

Lynnette Marrero, mixologist and owner of DrinksAt6 and Speed Rack, oversaw the Build Your Own Cocktail bar, allowing guests to pick between Pallini limoncello, Zacapa rum, and Jefferson's bourbon as their base liquor, followed by garnishes and mixers of their choice.Getty Images for Saveur
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Saveur's 6th Annual Summer Cookout

Diane Corcoran and her team from Three Dots and a Dash came all the way from Chicago to pour tiki drinks—served in special Saveur Cookout glasses and coconuts—at the VIP Lounge. Corcoran's main hope for the menu was to have a fresh, fun, and classic tiki-style bar for the cookout.Getty Images for Saveur
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We wish every Tuesday meant drinking Mai Tais on the Hudson.Michelle Heimerman
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Saveur's 6th Annual Summer Cookout

Christina Tosi of Milk Bar made sure every sweet tooth was well fed. She and her team served up strawberry lemon cake truffles and kettle corn soft serve topped with freeze-dried corn kernels. Tosi emphasizes that the key to perfect strawberry cake truffles are the strawberries—she always picks the smallest and the reddest, as they have the best flavorGetty Images for Saveur
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Saveur's 6th Annual Summer Cookout

The closest thing our cookout had to s'mores were these Lemon Cupcakes with Marshmallow Meringue from Nielsen-Massey. The perfect (and cutest) summer treat!Getty Images for Saveur
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Conquering each table, one by one.Michelle Heimerman
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One of the biggest crowds of the night was not next to a table full of ribs, but overlooking this sunset over New Jersey, phones out and Instagram open.Michelle Heimerman
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Saveur's 6th Annual Summer Cookout

Editor-in-Chief Adam Sachs, Chef Justin Smillie, Chef Edward Lee, and Publisher Kristin Cohen pose mid-cookout.Getty Images for Saveur
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We're so grateful to all the participating chefs and their teams—and our test kitchen team, too. Thanks for keeping us so well fed and being such excellent company.Michelle Heimerman