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Join Us at the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Community, Events, February 23rd, 2016

Join Us at the 2016 South Beach Wine & Food FestivalNothing breaks up the seemingly constant deluge of winter’s snow, sleet and slush quite like a getaway to a sunny beach, and this weekend all eyes will be on the Florida coast as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to Miami. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the South Beach festival, which begins tomorrow, February 24, and runs through Sunday, February 28; this means that the parties will be grander, the music a bit louder, and the eats and drinks a bit bolder as your favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs make their way to the sand to celebrate the weekend.

If you’ve purchased a ticket or two, get set to mingle with stars like Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine as they bring their best beachside bites to life at walk-around tastings, intimate sit-down dinners and late-night bashes alike. But if you can’t head south this weekend, be sure to stay tuned to FN Dish all weekend long. Our editors will be onsite at the festival’s fan-favorite events, including Rachael Ray’s famed Burger Bash and Duff Goldman’s Sweet 15: A Dessert Party, bringing you all the sights, sounds and tastes up close.

For the first time ever, this year Food Network will be broadcasting live on Facebook from the South Beach Wine & Food Festival as we stream segments from the Grand Tasting on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Check out Food Network’s Facebook page at about 2:45 p.m. EST both days to catch Alex and Robert hosting Saturday’s event and then Anne Burrell and Andrew Zimmern hosting Sunday’s. They’ll be chatting about the ins and outs of the festival and answering all of your questions live, so get ready to post a question as you watch.

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8 Reasons You Take Nachos More Seriously Than Probably Anyone

by in Events, Recipes, February 4th, 2016

Cowboy NachosThe big game is upon us, and while not all of us may speak the language of touchdowns and fumbles and interceptions, we can all agree on one thing (besides the commercials): nachos. If you’re a true nacho lover, you don’t just devour this mountainous dish at the bar. You make nachos at home — and you do so like a total and complete expert. But what separates you, a true nacho connoisseur, from the rest? We’ve got eight unabashed ways that prove you know your nachos (and the cheesy, crunchy, meaty recipes to back it up).

1. You take the handcrafted, from-scratch approach.

If you’re a bona-fide nacho lover, you know that this loaded dish is a whole lot more than a greasy bar snack. Take The Pioneer Woman’s approach, for example. She starts her Cowboy Nachos by cooking marinated beef brisket for hours until it’s fall-apart tender. Because, when it comes to nachos, only the best will do.

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Victory Is Sweet: Candy Centerpieces for Every Football Team in the Playoffs

by in Entertaining, Events, January 22nd, 2016

Football CandyWe know of something a little sweeter than victory: It’s candy. And we mean lots of it. This Sunday, when the New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos, and the Arizona Cardinals take on the Carolina Panthers, deck your face-off festivities with colorful candy creations that show your team spirit loud and proud. Even with the mounds of spicy wings, pools of dip and mountains of nachos, these decorations will be the real touchdown at your game-day party, no matter which team you’re rooting for.

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What Great Chefs Learned from Julia Child

by in Events, October 26th, 2015


Last week at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, where Julia Child’s famous Cambridge, Mass., kitchen now lives, the first-ever Julia Child Award was presented to Jacques Pepin, her longtime friend and cooking partner. At a gala dinner emceed by Alton Brown, Daniel Boulud presided over the menu, which featured dishes from Child’s repertoire of French classics. As the evening progressed, chefs including Boulud, Sara Moulton and Marcus Samuelsson took the stage to share the many ways that Child influenced their lives and careers. Here’s just a snapshot of what they learned from the iconic “French Chef” who brought French cooking, as well as a love of gastronomy, to mainstream America. Read more

Spring Break in Miami: Buy Your Tickets Now for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 22nd, 2015

Spring Break in Miami: Buy Your Tickets Now for the South Beach Wine & Food FestivalThe Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival may have ended just days ago (we’re still recovering from the pizza, burgers, meat parade and brunch), but preparations are already well underway in Florida for the 15th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off in Miami on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 28. This five-day celebration of all things eats and drinks brings your favorite Food Network stars together with top-notch chefs from across the country for late-night bashes, walk-around tastings, live demos and intimate dinners alike.

This winter, plan ahead to beat the chill and head down south to get your fill of A-list food and drinks while meeting and mingling with Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Anne Burrell, Trisha Yearwood and more. They’ll be on hand at events like Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, Amstel Light Burger Bash, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this year, as well as two days of grand tastings and demos. Click here to learn more about the events and buy your tickets now.

Not able to travel for the Festival? You’re in luck, because FN Dish will be bringing you insider coverage from all of the marquee events. Read on below to find out which events our editors will be covering, and relive last year’s top moments with a look back at the highlights.

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Meatopia: The Ultimate Meat Lover’s Feast at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 19th, 2015

nycwff meatopiaOn a chilly Sunday evening in New York City, rising smoke obscured the skyline as top chefs cooked mass quantities of meat over open fires. The aroma of sizzling steak, slow-roasted pork and smoked BBQ drifted across the highway and teased hungry guests as they made their way to Pier 92 for the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Meatopia. In addition to celebrating the great meat-focused chefs across the country, the night was also a tribute to the late Josh Ozersky, founder of this famous meat festival.

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The Best Bloody Mary Brunch with the Cast of Chopped

by in Events, October 19th, 2015

Chopped castThe history of where Bloody Marys come from and how they got the name isn’t known for sure — there’s just too much conjecture, and there are too many stories that can’t be corroborated. But one thing is for sure: It’s a popular hangover drink that people enjoy the world over. And when you’ve spent your Saturday night at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, what more could you ask for on Sunday than the Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the cast of Chopped.

This year gin and vodka producers came together on Pier 60 in New York City to compete and see who could produce the best Bloody Mary. The judges and host from Chopped were on hand to lend their expertise to the competition, tasting all of the creations before picking winners in the three categories of best overall, most creative and best dressed. But first they revealed what they look for — and what they’re tired of seeing — in a Bloody Mary.

The judges’ recipe for success and the best brunch bites

Going Hog Wild at Pigs N’ Pints with Robert Irvine

by in Events, October 18th, 2015

Robert IrvinePigging out took on even greater meaning during the New York City Wine & Food Festival on Saturday night at Pigs N’ Pints, where pork enthusiast Robert Irvine hosted a party packed with barbecue, bacon and plenty of booze.

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The Perfect Culinary Collaboration Between Farmer and Chef at Geoffrey Zakarian’s Greenmarket Brunch

by in Events, October 18th, 2015

Amanda Freitag and Geoffrey ZakarianAnyone who heads to Union Square’s Greenmarket three or more times per week, like I do, will often see chefs geared up with carts and bins, buying some of the best produce from the farmers who’ve set up stands in the square. Without tracking down all of the restaurants that frequent the market, one’s left imagining what dishes those items might end up being turned into. But at the New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Chopped‘s own Geoffrey Zakarian, farm-to-table enthusiasts can experience all of the fruits of the chefs’ labors. It’s a unique collaboration, yielding some flavorful bites.

“You have eight amazing farms and eight amazing chefs,” said Geoffrey about the eighth season of the event held in The Standard High Line Hotel’s Biergarten, a rustic, open-air terrace underneath the High Line Park. He explained that each chef had the opportunity to pick the produce from the farms to feature in his or her dish. “It really is very special,” he said of the pairings, also pointing out the smaller size of the event, which offers festivalgoers the chance to get to know the chefs and farmers, who are also on hand.

Read on to see the best bites from the event.

Saturday Afternoon During the New York City Wine & Food Festival Calls for Brunch @ Bobby’s

by in Events, October 17th, 2015

New York City Wine & Food FestivalAfter two days of late-night bashes and a seemingly endless supply of all manner of pizza and burgers at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, it was time for a little weekend reprieve, and for that, festival guests looked to Bobby Flay. The longtime lover of brunch hosted the wake-up-worthy Brunch @ Bobby’s, which featured a sweet and savory spread of bites from his just-released cookbook of the same name. “I always say that brunch is really my favorite meal of the week,” Bobby told the sold-out crowd inside the opulently adorned Capitale in downtown Manhattan. “It’s still laid-back, it’s casual; everybody’s in a good mood,” he said.

Just as Bobby looks forward to this relaxing weekend meal, many of his fans do too. It’s no secret that brunch has taken the world by storm recently, with late-morning and early-afternoon restaurant reservations and at-home gatherings alike often becoming the sole goal of the weekend. “I think the millennials are actually making it more popular than it’s ever been,” Bobby told us recently. “Let’s face it: Brunch is a party. It starts with a cocktail. And so I think that the younger generations are really making brunch more and more innovative and more popular.” At his event today, Bobby was sure to deliver on the cocktails, from rosé and beer to bubbly brut and tequila-spiked cocktails.

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