by Maria Russo in Events, October 22nd, 2015
by Lauren Miyashiro in Events, October 19th, 2015
The 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.
by Joseph Erdos in Events, October 19th, 2015
On 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.
by Erin Hartigan in Events, October 18th, 2015
The 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
by Joseph Erdos in Events, October 18th, 2015
Pigging 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.
by Maria Russo in Events, October 17th, 2015
Anyone 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.
by Allison Milam in Events, October 17th, 2015
After 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.
by Maria Russo in Events, October 16th, 2015
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.
by Maria Russo in Events, October 16th, 2015
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.
by Maria Russo in Events, News, October 14th, 2015
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.