Food and Wine Frenzy
by Kathleen Squires , 09/24/2009
With all of the great food New York City has to offer, it may seem like a giant culinary festival is under way every day. But the feeding frenzy escalates when the country's top toques roll into town October 8–11 for the second-annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. The Meatpacking District appropriately serves as the center for most events, but there are happenings all over town. Here are some of the highlights: Chefs compete to take home the prize for best patty at the Blue Moon Burger Bash, set under the Brooklyn Bridge and hosted by Rachael Ray; Top Chef's Tom Colicchio presents RED, a party celebrating red meats and wine at his own Craftsteak restaurant; Paula Deen comes up from down South to share her style of home cooking at Hill Country; Giada De Laurentiis presides over Meatball Madness, a side-by-side tasting from the City's best chefs, at la.venue; and Ming Tsai steps out for a disco and dim sum brunch at China Grill. There are plenty of occasions to toast, too, with a Make Your Own Wine seminar hosted by Quintessa's Agustin Huneeus Jr.; the Pair Like a Pro clinic with master sommelier Andrea Robinson; and an exploration of brunch-friendly wines with Josh Wesson. Demos, book signings, exclusive dinners, wine tastings, late-night parties, discussions and more than 80 opportunities to rub elbows with culinary celebrities such as Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, Alton Brown, Anthony Bourdain, Tyler Florence and more will occur over four delicious days. One thing is certain: attendees won't go hungry.
For a schedule of events and tickets, go to nycwineandfoodfestival.com or call 866-969-2933. All net proceeds go to the hunger-relief organizations Share Our Strength and Food Bank For New York City. Last year, the event raised more than $1 million for the charities.