We had the most amazing time DJing for Plate by Plate back in October 2009. Plate by Plate is an annual tasting benefit put on by our friends at Project by Project to raise funds for Asian Americans for Equality, in order to provide immigrant assistance, affordable housing, and economic development to diverse communities during this economic crisis.
The food was awesome – chocolate souffle cupcakes from Kyotofu, tuna tartare from Geisha, and ice cream from Van Leeuwen…it was as if the best of NYC all crammed into one place on one night. The entertainment was pretty high quality too – we got to see a few bands, one of which is called Stone Forest Ensemble and featured a crazy beatboxer, cellist, violinist, and drummer…it was an odd combination to see but when they got up on the stage, everybody was like “WHOA!”
And of course, DJ Taiga & DJ Mike got people out on the floor dancing. That was when Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind first became an anthem for New Yorkers. I think they played it 5 times to that night and the NYC crowd ate it up. All in all, it was a good night… good food, good music, good times!