?uestlove and David Chang pose at Momofuku. (Photo: Gabriele Stabile)
Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots' signature "Love's Drumsticks" got their 15 minutes this Sunday night, when Momofuku mastermind David Chang -- who beat him in the Fried Chicken Battle on Jimmy Fallon a few months back -- let ?uest's secret recipe take center stage at his restaurant for one night only. Guests who snagged a reservation were able to sample ?uestlove's drumsticks (complete with origami wrapping) and enter a silent auction for a David Chang vs. ?uestlove poster, signed by Mad Men's John Slattery, Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, and Fallon's announcer, Steve Higgins. Proceeds from the sales of Love's Drumsticks last night fittingly went to The Food Bank of New York City.
THe line outside Momofuku as fans queue up to try ?uestlove's chicken. (Photo: Gabriele Stabile)
Momofuku's East Village location is always crowded, but the masses arrived early last night and started lining up around the block. Unlike Googa Mooga, the music and food festival across the boroughs in Brooklyn where ?uestlove had been spotted earlier that evening for Hall & Oates, this noodle bar's gathering was pretty low-key. Thompson arrived only a little later than expected and posed for a few pictures outside before heading into Momofuku and sitting down to converse with guests, including Alexis Rosenzweig, managing partner at new catering company Quest Loves Food and manager/brand consultant at Coolhunter LLC, and Mr. Chang himself, who gamely grinned for a photo with his competitor.
?uestlove will hit the road with The Roots this week, stopping by Sasquatch! for a Memorial Day performance before heading down south for Bonnaroo on June 7 and overseas for Barcelona's Sonar Festival a week later.
Chowing down on drumsticks. (Photo: Gabriele Stabile)