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Jul 15

Dine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition With Blue Smoke

July 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Support local restaurants & food-security charities from the comfort of your home through “Dine Around Downtown: Cooking At Home Edition.”

This web series, hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef and author Rocco DiSpirito, features chefs from Lower Manhattan restaurants as they cook up signature recipes and share tips for crafting everything from complex gastronomic delights to staple comfort foods.

Join Rocco as he chats with Executive Chef Bret Lunsford of Blue Smoke. Chef Bret will show participants how to make his granny Erma Jean’s Fried Chicken along with a Creamy Coleslaw. Registration is required and limited. All registrants will receive digital copies of the recipes prior to the event.

This event is FREE, and we encourage you to support God’s Love We Deliver, a food-security charity chosen by Blue Smoke.

And if your inner chef is calling you, whip up your best version of a featured recipe and upload a photo of your plate to Instagram with #DineAroundAtHome and tag @DowntownNYC to enter to WIN a 30-minute private virtual cooking class with the guest chef. Be sure to tag @bluesmokenyc and @bret_lunsford too!


Executive Chef Bret Lunsford – Born in Atlanta and raised in Texas and Mississippi, Bret grew up eating a variety of flavors native to the American South. Whether grilling with his father, making a pot of seafood gumbo with his granny or watching Julia Child and Emeril Lagasse on television, Bret’s love for food drove him to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Bret studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. Following college, he sought formal culinary training in New York at Culinary Institute of America. After graduating from CIA in 2013, Bret joined Union Square Hospitality Group as a line cook at Gramercy Tavern before joining the opening team of Untitled in 2015. In 2016, he transitioned to Blue Smoke as a sous chef and was quickly promoted to Executive Sous Chef. In March 2018, he became Culinary Director of Blue Smoke and in September 2019 was named Executive Chef.


Blue Smoke (255 Vesey Street) – Blue Smoke serves New York City’s original barbecue, inspired by the South and updated for the dynamic city we call home. Named for the curl of smoke that rises from the pit, Blue Smoke cooks up soulful barbecue and sides like Five Pepper Brisket, Chipotle Chicken Wings and Buttermilk Biscuits. Blue Smoke is located in Battery Park City.

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