Notorious B.I.G. Remembered With an NYC Feast in His Honor

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Notorious B.I.G. photographed in 1995.

March 9 is a legendary day in hip-hop history -- the day Notorious B.I.G. was gunned down on the streets of Los Angeles, just one day before his sophomore release dropped. Hip-hop fans all have their own way of honoring the day, but for chefs Dale Talde and Chris Jaeckle, the choice of how to celebrate Biggie's life is simple: a meal fit for one of the biggest (literally and figuratively) rappers ever.

Head chef at New York's All'Onda (and former Chopped contestant) Chris Jaeckle decided to take advantage of the fact that the anniversary of the rapper's death fell on a Monday, the day of the restaurant's guest chef series. "Dale [Talde, co-coordinator of the dinner] and I are both huge hip-hop lovers and Biggie fans, so it was sort of a natural choice for us," Jaeckle told Billboard. The challenge was in figuring out how to design the menu, when there are so many important food-related lyrics to choose from. Jaeckle and Talde decided "the best way to [design the menu] would be to: A) Take some of his lyrics, and B) Take some of his roots and heritage from Brooklyn and do plays on that."

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All the classics are represented, from "T-bone steak, cheese eggs and Welch's grape" (pieces of N.Y. strip steak and tenderloin with zabaglione and a grape-infused veal sauce) to Biggie's favorite order at Brooklyn institution Junior's (an upscale take on strawberry cheesecake and Coke). Every detail had to fit the theme -- the escargot is even going to be cooked at 160 degrees.

Brooklyn DJ J.Period will control the turntables with a combination of original music for the dinner, as well as pieces of his three March 9 remixes. The DJ has already had a hand in All'Onda's sound system -- a longtime friend of Jaeckle, he curated a soundtrack of hip-hop instrumentals for the restaurant. For Monday night's event, he's bringing along Black Thought from the Roots, because why talk about hip-hop without having the best of the best on deck?

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"It's gonna be a cool dinner," Jaeckle said. His favorite Biggie song? "Ten Crack Commandments," he said, admitting it's hard to pick just one.

Read the full menu and see if you can snag a reservation here.


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