Friday night at the New York City Wine & Food Festival was spent just how you would expect: with dancing, drinks and lots of food. Night owls made their way to The Bowery Hotel in downtown Manhattan, where Rachael Ray and her husband, John Cusimano, brought their signature South by Southwest music and cocktail party, Rachael Ray’s Feedback, to the Big Apple. The Bowery Hotel’s glamorous, luxurious and vintage-style terrace proved the perfect place to unite Rachael and John’s shared love for food and music. Boasting the rockin’ vibes of Austin (the live music capital), special bar bites curated by Rachael herself and libations handcrafted by award-winning chefs, this late-night party bled into Saturday.
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After waiting in meaty anticipation for 12 long months, burger enthusiasts from across the country converged upon Midtown Manhattan tonight to welcome the New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s much-beloved Burger Bash back to the Big Apple. This year’s fan-favorite event marked the eighth annual celebration of all things between the bun and the second time it took place on the roof of Pier 92, where the hundreds of hungry partygoers could enjoy sprawling city sights and glowing Hudson River views. Once again, Rachael Ray was on hand to host the sold-out bash, and she was joined by fellow Food Network favorite Robert Irvine, who was one of four of this year’s esteemed judges. Josh Capon, who’s won Burger Bash at both the New York City Wine & Food Festival and the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, was on hand as well, but this year he wasn’t cranking out his now-famed Bash Burger. Instead, he joined Robert, Coolio and New York Jets player Nick Mangold as a judge of the entire menu of burgers up for grabs.
It was up to the partygoers to vote for the burger they thought was the best of all, and after the votes were tallied, Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer scored the coveted people’s choice award, thanks to its blue cheese-laced Kobe beef burger. One of the team members from the restaurant joined Rachael on stage to collect the $1,500 prize.
With plenty of tangy tomato sauce at the ready, and tender meatballs and cheesy margherita pizzas on hand, the stage was set for the 2015 New York City Wine & Food Festival‘s opening night bash on Thursday: an Italian feast hosted by who else but Food Network’s own queen of Italian cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis. Along with Giada, more than 30 chefs gathered high atop Manhattan’s Pier 92 to serve the ultimate Sunday supper-style menu complete with Old-World favorites, from classic red-sauce gravy and pillowy gnocchi to succulent porchetta and even sweet-tooth-satisfying cannoli.
FN Dish caught up with Giada as she mingled with fans, and she told us that when it comes to Sunday supper at her house, it’s a kid-friendly feast. “Usually it’s Jade and I cooking, and then it depends on what friends or what family is available to come over,” she said. And as for what’s likely on the menu at her house? According to Giada, “Pasta is Jade’s favorite.” At Giada’s station on Thursday night, however, there wasn’t pasta but a pair of golden-brown arancini — one filled with artichoke and the other with lemony crab, both nestled in a bright tomato sauce.
The crunchy and colorful leaves, the cozy sweaters, the pumpkin spice lattes — there are many reasons to love fall. But perhaps the best reason of all is that it means the arrival of one of the culinary industry’s most-anticipated events: the annual New York City Wine & Food Festival. Each October your favorite Food Network chefs converge upon the Big Apple for a four-day celebration of all things food and drink, from the cheesiest, juiciest burgers and the most-succulent barbecue to craveable tacos and a seemingly never-ending supply of meat.
This year’s festival kicks off Thursday, Oct. 15, and will run through Sunday, Oct. 18. FN Dish will be on hand all weekend long to join A-list stars, like Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine and more, as they mingle with fans at walk-around tastings, late-night bashes and jam-packed demos alike. If you can’t make it to New York this weekend to take in the parties for yourself, stay tuned to FN Dish for continued coverage of the action, or search the hashtag #NYCWFF to see what’s going down.
By Joseph Erdos and Sara Levine
Portland, Oregon, should be on any food fanatic’s radar. If you want to sample food from more restaurants than you could ever possibly visit over a single weekend, plan a trip during Feast Portland, the city’s annual food festival. Feast celebrates all the great eats and drinks the city and region has to offer, plus tastes from more top chefs and restaurants across the country. Portland in September is gorgeous and green, perfect weather for walking off the food (and wine, and craft beer …) you’ve consumed. We just returned from the fourth annual Feast and can confirm that the festival’s name couldn’t be more appropriate. Here’s just a handful of our favorite bites. Read more
By Katie Workman
Nothing says tennis tournament like a … steaming bowl of maple miso tofu with jasmine rice?
New York City has been upping its game in the sports-venue cuisine arena in recent years, and the scene at the United States Open, which kicks off today in the Queens neighborhood of New York City, is a prime example. You can definitely go with a hot dog and hamburger meal in mind and get it. But don’t expect defrosted meat — you’ll be getting skinless dogs and juicy burgers made with Pat LaFrieda beef. And if you are looking for another kind of culinary experience altogether, you’re going to have a lot of choices.
Sure, you may consider yourself a grill master for flipping a few burgers this summer, or even learning how to achieve those sought-after crisscross grill marks on your steak. But have you ever grilled for more than a day straight? In New York City this week, a team of two die-hard grillers took on that very mission in the hopes of not only breaking the Guinness World Record for a team marathon barbecue at The Finest Grillathon, but also setting a new one.
Hosted by Ball Park Park’s Finest, with Food Network’s own Tyler Florence on hand, the event started late last night, on Tuesday, when Susie Bulloch, from Utah, and Drew Battistelli, from Tennessee, first took to their grilling stations to kick off their marathon cookout. They set off to grill for a whopping 38 hours, in downtown Manhattan’s Gansevoort Square, which will mean that they’ve firmly surpassed the old record of 30 hours. On the menu are, of course, what else but Ball Park Park’s Finest frankfurters, along with other hearty grilled favorites. From juicy pork shoulder to tender beef, there was no shortage of classic and creative takes on beloved summertime fare.
Picture this: Two convention hall-size floors filled wall to wall with both brand-new and famed eats and drinks from around the world, the freedom to roam around and sample all of the goodies you want, and the chance to chat with the companies that created them. That was the scene at the 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show, which took place at the Javits Center in New York City last month. This three-day extravaganza brought together the best items in the culinary world, and FN Dish was on hand to take it all in. From super-buttery biscuits from South Carolina to DIY cold-brew coffee, fizzy matcha tea, lavender-scented caramel and just about everything in between, there was no shortage of creative, inspiring takes on the foods and drinks you know and love. Read on below to find out which seven bites and sips we’re most excited about.
Chuao Chocolatier Strawberry Waffle Wild Bar (pictured above): Chuao is known for delivering “creative flavor combinations,” and they’ve indeed done that with this brand-new bar, part of the company’s breakfast-inspired collection, which also includes the Cinnamon Cereal Smooch Bar. The strawberry-scented treat features a base of a smooth milk chocolate plus specks of crunchy waffles.
Callie’s Charleston Biscuits Cheese and Chive Biscuits: Light yet full of intense buttery richness, the biscuits from this South Carolina mother-daughter team range in flavor from buttermilk to cinnamon, but we’re especially keen on the cheese-studded variety laced with bright chives. No, we won’t admit exactly how many we sampled.
Though summer’s just begun, it’s not too soon to start planning an autumn getaway — especially when the promise of your favorite chefs is right before you. For the eighth year in a row, the most-famed names in the culinary world are set to come together for a weekend-long celebration of all things food and drink at the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival. This year more than 500 chefs will be in attendance at nearly 100 events, kicking off in Manhattan on Thursday, October 15.
From the now-infamous battle of beef at the annual Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and hosted by Rachael Ray to Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast, presented by Ronzoni, and Geoffrey Zakarian’s Saturday morning brunch, you’re invited to join these chefs and others for walk-around tastings, intimate seated dinners, late-night bashes and wake-up-worthy brunches alike.
Chicago pride was on display last night at the 25th James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, which have temporarily migrated from New York for a three-year run at the Windy City’s Lyric Opera. The ceremony’s host, Food Network’s own Alton Brown, may be a Southerner, but he was joined on stage by gala co-chairs Grant Achatz, Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan, three of Chicago’s greatest chefs. Rich Melman, founder of prolific Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award with a speech packed with pride for his hometown. Mayor Rahm Emanuel applauded the city’s food scene on the red carpet and in remarks on stage. When Food Network asked the mayor if he had any favorite places to travel outside of Chicago for great food, he didn’t miss a beat in retorting, “Yeah, Chicago!” And every time Chicago took home an award, the opera house boomed with cheers. Read more