Citi Taste of Tennis, celebrating delicious food and tennis in NYC


At Citi Taste of Tennis, guests celebrated both delicious food and tennis in New York City. From food trends to sweet treats, this event was a smash.

Citi Taste of Tennis brings together world renowned tennis players and acclaimed chef at this annual celebration of tennis in New York City. While the tennis action has moved to Flushing Meadow, this special event kicked off the end of summer tennis event with some scrumptious bites for all the guests.

Throughout the year, Citi hosts these food and tennis events at major tournaments. The final one, just before the US Open, is a favorite with foodies and fans. From seeing celebrity chefs to mingling with favorite tennis stars, this event is always packed.

In addition to the fun and food, the event supports a worthy charity. The event’s charitable partner is Wellness in the Schools. This charity “inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness, and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools.” Encouraging youth to live a healthy life is an important cause.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 24: Chef Catherine Medrano presents a dish at Citi Taste Of Tennis at W New York on August 24, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for AYS World)

FoodSided was able to ask one of Citi Taste of Tennis celebrity chefs, Chef Catherine Medrano of the Regency Bar & Grill, some questions about her thoughts on food trends, healthy eating and cooking for athletes.

FoodSided: What new food trend should foodies embrace? Or what new ingredient should foodies look to add to their recipes/dishes?

Chef Catherine Medrano: We are seeing Middle Eastern and Northern African spice influences. Smokey and spicy, but not the overwhelming type of heat.

FS: Is there a fruit/vegetable/superfood that home cooks should eat more of or use more in their cooking?

I am not a nutritionist, but I try to find substitutes for carbohydrates when I cook at home. I personally enjoy incorporating whole grains like farro and quinoa in my diet. Both grains pair well with fish or meat, are a great protein source, and even picky eaters enjoy eating them too.

FS: Is there a particular food or dish that could help an athlete before a big competition?

There are so many factors that can contribute to this. My experience is with my son – he is on the crew team at his school. He eats nuts, seeds and carbs before he gets in the boat.

FS: Is cooking for a professional athlete or someone famous stressful? Who’s the most famous person that you’ve ever cooked for?

I don’t find it particularly stressful. The Regency Bar & Grill is home to the Power Breakfast, a 40 year tradition that is still strong. We serve breakfast to some of the most powerful professionals in New York City every morning! Throughout my career, I have cooked for Presidents, Hollywood elite, Rock stars, and the most well-known athletes on this planet.

FS: Is the dish that you’re presenting at the Citi Taste of Tennis similar to an item on your restaurant’s menu?

I will be preparing and serving a Rock Shrimp Torta at the event. The dish is similar in terms of its simplicity to our current offering at the restaurant. The Regency Bar & Grill’s menu is straightforward and approachable. We work with a ton of local famers and have a brand program called Flavor by Loews Hotels where we feature local purveyors on the menu. Stop by our table at the Citi Taste of Tennis to try this seasonal dish and join us for dinner to get the full Regency Bar & Grill experience!

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Thank you Chef Catherine Medrano of Regency Bar & Grill for chatting with FoodSided. Don’t forget to catch the US Open tennis action in New York.