Governors Island

Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival

Hi there! My name is Allie Carson and I am the new food writer for Hidden Track. I am following in the footsteps of Jon Hochstat, who wrote many excellent food-related columns over the last two years. I am honored to have this opportunity to share my passion and experiences about food with you moving forward.

When I was asked to step in to manage the food department at Hidden Track, I knew immediately what my first column would be about:


When Serious Eats announced this dream-come-true event my husband Chris and I bought VIP tickets. Our friend Brooke quickly followed suit. We love sandwiches and were determined to try as many as we could without having to wait in line. We had previously eaten the amazing Torrisi Italian Specialties turkey hero, Taim falafel and Banh Mi Zon banh mi. Still, there were so many more drool-inducing sandwiches planned that we would could barely contain our excitement. Throw in unlimited craft beers, wines and a few desserts—plus the laid back setting of Governor’s Island—and we knew this would be a can’t miss event.

Greetings from Governor's Island

On the day of the event, we grimaced as the temperatures exceeded 100 degrees. It was extremely humid out and hard to picture eating a lot of food in that weather—let alone 11 sandwiches. One of our friends even coined the conditions “Survivor for Compulsive Eaters.” But thanks to the Governor’s Island location we not only had a nice breeze but were well shaded from the sun. We were also greeted with a warm smile by the Serious Eats volunteers.

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HT Recommends: She & Him / Oakley Hall

Where: The Beach @ Governors Island

When: Sunday, July 4, Beach Opens At 10 AM, Show 4 PM

Official Info: She & Him make music for an eternal springtime, when the temperature is warm enough to go riding with the top (or at least the windows) rolled down and the radio turned up. They occupy an alternate universe where the saddest of songs feel as warm as sun showers; the rain may be coming down, but somewhere nearby, everything looks bright. What began as a fascinating, no-strings attached collaboration on 2008’s Volume One has evolved into a bona fide, touring band, and She & Him are here to stay. Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward are as comfortable and complementary a musical pair as Les Paul and Mary Ford; hearing them again on Volume Two feels like getting together with two old friends. This time, the harmonies have grown more angelically layered, the string arrangements more dramatic, the songwriting even sharper and more confident. But, as with Volume One, the prevailing mood is bittersweet, dreamy, and romantic.

Other Free Shows At Governors Island: 6/5 – Yeasayer, 7/3 – Portugal. The Man / Alberta Cross, 7/10 – Lucero, 7/16 – Caribou / Phantogram / The Chain Gang of 1974, 8/8 – Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band / Justin Townes Earle / Dawn Landes & The Hounds, 8/14 – Neon Indian, 8/15 – Dr. Dog / Cheif

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