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Top Bites from the 2014 Kennebunkport Festival (Slideshow)

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The quaint coastal community showcased its finest culinary offerings

Dan Myers

Both the POP The Kennebunks and the Grand Tapas Party were held under this tent, which was located on a rock right in the heart of Dock Square.

The Main Tent

Dan Myers

Both the POP The Kennebunks and the Grand Tapas Party were held under this tent, which was located on a rock right in the heart of Dock Square.

Lobster Crostini with Marinated Vegetables and Sofrito

Dan Myers

Served by chef Brandon Blethen of Robert’s Maine Grill

Sauerbraten Hand Pie

Dan Myers

With German potato salad, from Little Bigs Bakery’s James Plunkett and Pamela Fitzpatrick Plunkett

Leonardo’s Hamburger

Dan Myers

A slider made with veal and prosciutto, topped with fontina and Spanish onion, from M.C. Spiedo’s Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier

Chile-Dusted Grilled Shrimp with Carrot Tequila Vinaigrette

Dan Myers

From Zapoteca Restaurante Y Tequileria’s Shannon Bard

Gravlax Open-Faced Sandwich

Dan Myers

Housemade gravlax on brown bread with caper brown butter mayo and pickled onions, by Portland Hunt & Alpine Club’s chef Ricky Penatzer (they also served a killer punch made with aquavit, tea, and lime.

The Grand Tapas Party

Dan Myers

The previous dishes were all served during the Grand Tapas Party, a low-key tasting with plenty of food and wine to go around.

Dock Square

Dan Myers

Walking around Dock Square is like taking a trip back in time.

Dock Square

Dan Myers

The backside of the numerous shops directly face out onto the water.

The Clam Shack

Dan Myers

One of America’s best lobster rolls is served at the Clam Shack, a literal shack located right on Dock Square. The cold, fresh lobster can be dressed with either butter or mayo, and is served on a soft roll from a local bakery instead of the traditional hot dog bun.

Mabel’s Lobster Claw

Dan Myers

Located right on the water about a half-mile from Dock Square, Mabel’s Lobster Claw is an under-the-radar seafood shack that’s one of the best around. Lobster rolls are world-class, as are the clam rolls, pictured, which are shucked and fried to order and served with homemade tartar sauce.

Charcuterie

Dan Myers

At the private dinner held at the Spenlinhauer residence, Lyon-born chef Fred Eliot served a selection of scratch-made charcuterie, including duck liver mousse and pâté de Campagne.

Duck

Dan Myers

For the entrée, roasted Long Island duck was served with fresh spring vegetables.

Brews and Tunes

Dan Myers

The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust allowed the historic Green at the Captain Lord Mansion to be used for the Brews and Tunes event, which involved several live acts, a beer tent with plenty of Sam Adams, and several food trucks.

Mansions

Dan Myers

The houses in the vicinity of the Captain Lord Mansion are some of the best-preserved 1700s mansions on the Eastern seaboard.

Grand Finale

Dan Myers

Held at chef David Turin’s David’s KPT, the Grand Finale showcased great views of the marina, stellar passed hors d’oeuvres, and a full open bar.

Raw Bar

Dan Myers

The raw bar at the Grand Finale offered fresh local oysters, clams, and gigantic shrimp cocktail.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


Serious Eats Through the Years: Our Early Days, in Photos

Ed Levine founded Serious Eats in 2006. He has also written seven books and in 2016 he was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America.

After doing many events across the country promoting my new book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, I couldn't help but get nostalgic for what were—at least sometimes—the good old days at Serious Eats. I still find it hard to believe that the little food blog I started as "Ed Levine Eats" in 2005 has grown into Serious Eats, home base for millions of serious eaters on the web, and, incredibly, a self-sustaining creative endeavor and business besides.

With our 14-year anniversary coming up, I asked Robyn Lee, our former chief photographer and blogger extraordinaire, to send me some photos from the early years. "Roboppy," as she was nicknamed, being Roboppy, sent me hundreds of photos from the many years she worked at Serious Eats, beginning in the winter of 2007. Back then, Robyn was an intern, completing her degree in food studies from NYU. After Robyn passed along her photos, her successor and our current visual director, Vicky Wasik, went through all of them, as well as plenty of her own, and sent me a list of selects.

Without further ado, here's a photographic trip down Serious Eats memory lane.

In 2008, I took the visionary molecular gastronomy chef Ferran Adrià (pictured right next to me) to Katz's Deli, because, A, I wanted him to try NYC's original version of foam (also known as the egg cream), and B, I thought he also needed to have a hand-cut-pastrami sandwich at Katz's, to know what a quintessential New York bite tastes like.

Adrià, who came with his minder and translator José Andrés (he's the first figure on the left, next to Katz's co-owner Alan Dell), didn't much care for the egg cream, but he loved the pastrami. The man has taste.

Robyn my wife, Vicky and I all took one car to upstate New York for then Serious Eats managing editor (and founder of Slice and A Hamburger Today) Adam Kuban's wedding in 2010. So, of course, we went food-exploring and came across an old, funky roadside soft-serve joint. Why were Vicky and I so happy? Because soft-serve makes you smile, that's why.

Whenever there was a pie tasting in the office, everyone (and I mean everyone) participated. In this 2011 photo, we're tasting mail-order pies in the Grand Street office for an Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine story. All serious eaters love pie, and, thanks in large part to Stella Parks, one of the country's finest pastry chefs, we have tons of terrific pie recipes on the site.

Kenji made his incomparable sliders for the first (and only, as it turned out) Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival, held on Governors Island in NYC on July 23, 2011. I don't know why we were smiling: It was 107 degrees that day. Amazingly, everyone really did have an awesome time. For more about that magical (and very hot) day, check out our slideshow of photos from the festival.

The 2012-era Serious Eats crew gathers for a rare food-free photo op. Clockwise from top left: myself, former culinary director Kenji López-Alt, New York editor Max Falkowitz, Sweets editor Carrie Vasios Mullins, Chicago editor Nick Kindelsperger, managing editors Carey Jones and Erin Zimmer Strenio, videographer Jessica Leibowitz, account manager/Cereal Eats columnist Leandra Palermo Levine, Drinks editor Maggie Hoffman, general manager Alaina Browne, A Hamburger Today editor/staff photographer Robyn Lee, and Slice editor Meredith Smith.

When we partied on Grand Street (a fairly frequent occurrence), everyone drank a little too much, including our stuffed-bear mascot, who lived rent-free in the shower of the upstairs bathroom. I think he'd had one too many of Maggie's magical potions on this particular day in 2013.

We went through a heavy waffling phase in the Grand Street office. Kenji appears to be waffling a slice of pizza in this photo from 2014, but I could be wrong. We waffled pie, macaroni and cheese, and omelettes—you name it, we waffled it.

Niki in her happy place, eating porchetta, prosciutto, and mozzarella from Di Palo (which was literally across the street from the Serious Eats office on Grand Street) and pizza bianca from Sullivan Street Bakery, in 2014. Many years later, Fexy cofounder Lisa Sharples often brings Niki and the rest of the staff a care package from Di Palo when she visits the new office, located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Di Palo Dairy's mozzarella and prosciutto are enough to put any serious eater in their happy place.

Daniel Gritzer in his element, cooking and tasting fondue in 2015. When Daniel applied to be Kenji's chief lieutenant, he came to the office after a full day's work at Food & Wine and cooked a chicken dish under the watchful eye of Kenji. I couldn't see him from my desk, but I knew we had a keeper when Kenji texted me, "This dude can really cook."

Though we made the most of the limited kitchen space we had on Grand Street, sometimes things did go awry. Here, in 2015, Kenji is examining our broken induction cooktop. I don't even know how this happened, but I do remember there was no way to fix it. I think they sent us a replacement for free.

There have been so many memorable moments in Serious Eats’ history, I have to admit I teared up a couple of times putting this post together. But I'm not letting the tears get me down. In the end, there have been far more tears of joy than sadness.


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