Photo courtesy of City Grit

Reason #347345345 why I love New York: City Grit.

Never heard of it? Well, I feel sorry for you. But fear not, because here’s all you need to know:

City Grit, founded by Food & Wine‘s Sarah Simmons and business partner Jeremie Kittredge, is a combination of a supper club and pop-up restaurant in one, affectionately named a Culinary Salon. The two host lavish dining experiences held in a 70-seat dining room in an abandoned Catholic school house in Nolita. Seriously – how New York is that?

The duo often host out-of-town restaurant ambassadors to showcase their skills to a New York City audience.

I was fortunate enough to check out City Grit last Thursday when they hosted Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ, a popular Southern BBQ chain that serves up pork, pork and…well, more pork. Executive Chef Drew Robinson tickled our palettes with hickory roasted pork belly with tomato chutney aioli, barbecued shoulders and roast loin of pork with stone-ground grits and braised greens, homemade Berkshire ham and sausage with pimento cheese and pickled okra, and then an uber-rich Bourbon pecan pie.

Tickets typically cost in the $50-$70 range, and a selection of beer and wine is available for an additional cost. Think that’s too steep? Trust me, it is worth it. Five courses will leave you blissfully bloated, and you may even make a few friends in the process.

Tip: I attended the event with a few friends. Check out Lauren Food E.’s take on the event on her blog, here.