by Maria Russo in Events, News, October 14th, 2016
by Elizabeth Brownfield in Events, Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2016
If you’ve ever reveled in the smoky air of your backyard while grilling up a burger or two, you can imagine what guests of Friday night’s Burger Bash were in for when they walked into Manhattan’s Pier 92. Not one but dozens of chefs and restaurateurs came together at this rooftop party to serve up hundreds of juicy, cheesy, piled-high burgers to hordes of hungry fans, all eager to get their hands on the between-the-bun creations.
2016 marks the ninth year of this beloved New York City Wine & Food Festival event, and like in festivals past, the burger offerings put forth ranged from the classic (hello, American cheese) to the downright creative — think lamb-beef-combo patties and lobster toppings, which kept partygoers coming back for more. With so many burgers on display, it was up to both guests and judges — such famous, food-loving figures as Chopped judge Marc Murphy, Josh Capon, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka — to decide which was worthy of the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice awards, respectively. We caught up with judge Josh, who knows what it takes to make a winning burger — he’s won a whopping six Burger Bash competitions — and he told us that the perfect burger would have “perfect meat, perfect bun, perfect toppings and perfect execution.” Simply put, he said he’d be looking for “balance.”
by Allison Milam in Events, October 14th, 2016
Chefs and diners alike had their late-night nosh dreams come true at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Tacos & Tequila event, hosted by tatted taco-guru and epic party-thrower Aarón Sánchez. Fourteen all-star chefs, including Amanda Freitag and Laurent Tourondel, showcased all the creative culinary goodness they could fit inside a tortilla at the party, held at the Eventi hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
Aarón (pictured above with Miles Landrem, the executive chef of his restaurant Johnny Sánchez, and three partygoers) called the ever-popular combo of tacos and tequila “the people’s food.”
by Maria Russo in Events, Food Network Chef, October 14th, 2016
On the first night of the ninth-annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, it seemed only fitting to ring in the festivities just below Food Network’s home base at Chelsea Market, one of the premier indoor food halls in the world. The sprawling food mecca went all-out for Chelsea Market Live, an after-hours feast celebrating the best walk-around bites the culinary destination has to offer, hosted by Cooking Channel stars Haylie Duff, Tia Mowry and Tiffani Thiessen. Food Network’s offices are located just a few floors above, so it’s safe to say we know our way around the place like the back of our hands (which we use to carry lunch from Chelsea Market daily). That said, these were the bites we couldn’t get enough of.
by Maria Russo in Events, News, June 27th, 2016
If the Italian feasts you know and love are reminiscent of lively parties full of friends, a bounty of pasta and pizza, and a seemingly never-ending flow of wine, you’ll be happy to know that the Italian Table that Giada De Laurentiis hosted on Thursday night was just like that — only her bash featured hundreds of guests and dozens of dishes. (They needed more than one table.)
Giada kicked off the ninth-annual New York City Wine & Food Festival in true big-city fashion, bringing together chefs and restaurateurs for the ultimate rooftop soiree at Pier 92, located high atop Manhattan’s Midtown. While guests enjoyed such savory and sweet bites as squid-laced pasta, chicken Parm-meatball combos and creamy panna cotta, Giada mingled with fans and took pictures with partygoers while wood-burning ovens blazed in the background.
Instead of delivering the usual red-sauce staples, chefs dished out inventive, surprising dishes, including a muffuletta sandwich, a super-spicy pizza and a seasonal panna cotta dessert. Check out 10 top bites of the night.
by Michelle Baricevic in Holidays, How-to, November 19th, 2015
If you’ve ever watched Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli on TV and thought to yourself, “Man, it would be so cool to meet those chefs someday,” that day has come — well, it will in a few months, actually.
by Lauren Miyashiro in Events, October 19th, 2015
Three hours. On average, that’s the amount of time it takes to adequately cook a Thanksgiving turkey. Thanks to an innovative technique from Chef Tyler Florence, however, 90 minutes is all you’ll need this year. During an appearance at last month’s Grand Tasting at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, Tyler gave audiences a demo on spatchcocking a turkey. The process involves removing the poultry’s spine and flattening its breastbone, which not only cuts cook time in half, but also allows for greater heat distribution, making your bird juicier and crispier than ever before.
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.
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.