NYC Wine & Food Festival Dishes It Out In October
Foodies, rejoice! From Thursday, October 11, 2012, through Sunday, October 14, 2012, a star-studded lineup of “culinary icons” and famed television chefs will participate in the fifth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE.
Across the Big Apple, ticket holders will enjoy cocktail hours, dinners, parties, tastings, seminars, and kids’ events. Following through on their tagline—“Eat. Drink. End Hunger.”—the organizers plan to donate 100% of the event’s pproceeds to the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength®.
Of the weekend’s nearly 100 events, these four standouts have our mouths watering:
Bouley Alumni Dinner
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 11
The owner of New York restaurants Bouley and Brushstroke, David Bouley is a Michelin-starred chef, James Beard Foundation award winner (“Best Chef” and “Best Restaurant”) and holds the number four spot on Zagat’s list of “New York’s 10 Best Restaurants” in the New York City dining guide. At this intimate dinner, held in Bouley Test Kitchen, 12 of David’s esteemed alumni will honor their former mentor and help celebrate the innovator’s 25th anniversary. The $400-a-head menu will include dishes such as: Salt-Crusted Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Flash-Seared Squid, “Topfenpalatschinken” Warm Wild Huckleberry Crêpes, and more.
April Bloomfield with Bill Telepan host A Girl and Her Pig Dinner
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 11
As owner of the hip Meat Packing District gastropub,The Spotted Pig, chef April Bloomfield is well-known for her British/Italian recipes, like cheese “gnudi” (akin to ravioli, without the pasta wrapper). One of only ten female chefs in the United States to hold a Michelin star, Boomfield also acts a proprietress of The Breslin and The John Dory Oyster Bar, both in the Ace Hotel New York. At the “culinary salon” City Grit, April will share the stories behind the recipes in her new cookbook A Girl and Her Pig—in which “meat takes center stage,” according to NPR. At the $200 sit-down food and wine extravaganza, Bloomfield will be joined by friend and “culinary master” Bill Telepan. The duo will start by serving roasted pumpkin antipasta and house-cured ham,
after which guests will enjoy stuffed veal breast and roasted seasonal fish.
20 Years of Blue Ribbon
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 12-20
In celebration of the Blue Ribbon collection’s two-decade run as a culinary sensation, brothers Eric and Bruce Bromberg (and their team) will serve up five courses of long-time classics that have become fan favorites over time. With dishes such as Saikyo miso, egg shooters, and oxtail fried rice, it’s no wonder that the 12 Blue Ribbon eateries have become the place where other “chefs love to eat.” A Critic’s Pick of New York Magazine’s SoHo Dining Guide, the cuisine at Blue Ribbon Brasserie has been referred to as “tremendously vibrant raw seafood.” Finalists for the James Beard Award “Restaurateur of the Year,” Eric and Bruce will personally narrate the $225 dinner at their signature sushi bar and restaurant in SoHo, Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya at the New
York Thompson LES Hotel.
Rock & Roll with Morimoto and Friends—A Sushi and Karaoke Soiree presented by Eater
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
Watch Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto and 17 of New York City’s culinary superstars sing their hearts out at this “karaoke-themed, Asian-inspired, late night bash.” An unlikely venue, The Harvard Club will once again play host to a “raucous” band of celeb chefs and their fans. In addition to rocking out to English and Japanese tunes, attendees will enjoy sublime sushi, scrumptious small bites, and killer cocktails.
Although many of the festival’s events are sold out, tickets are still available for a handful of tasty treats—from $35 Times Talks to $85 pairing seminars to $200 master classes. Everything else you need to know can be found at http://nycwineandfoodfestival.com/.