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Eat, Drink & End Hunger at NYCWFF 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 09:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

New York’s most mouthwatering weekend is almost upon us. From October 16-19, the 2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival will be taking the Big Apple by storm and tickets are still available for some of the most anticipated events and food-fueled festivities. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience world-class cuisine, wine and spirits, while mingling with culinary legends, superstar chefs and your favorite TV personalities.

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Presented by Food & Wine, this four-day epicurean extravaganza is the only place where you can take down tacos and tequila with Bobby Flay, party in a pastry wonderland with Dominique Ansel, belly up to brunch and Bloodys with the Chopped judges, tailgate with Joe Namath, Mario Batali and the NY Jets, and rock ‘n’ roll with Morimoto and friends at a late-night karaoke and sushi soirée.

nycwffSnag still-available tickets to savor Southern-style brunch with Trisha Yearwood, crush pizza with (my Jersey girl crush) Jon Bon Jovi at La Sagra Slices, and curb every craving imaginable at the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings.

There are events to please every palate and at every price point—with locations from Manhattan’s West Side to Queens. And the best part is: proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength‘s No Kid Hungry campaign. Tickets are going fast—grab yours today and get ready to wine and dine to help end hunger.

Check out my coverage from previous NYCWFFs here, and let me know which events you’ll be attending. Hope to see you there!

Image courtesy of NYCWFF

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Do Chicago Gourmet Like A Boss

Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 03:09 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

This weekend, September 26–28, marks the seventh annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet—one of the nation’s premier culinary festivals. To help guide event-goers through the weekend-long epicurean experience in Millennium Park, Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport shares his expert advice on tackling the weekend like a pro.



This year, Adam will be leading the Hamburger Hop burger battle, the official Chicago Gourmet kick-off event, and serve as emcee of three interactive seminars over the weekend: The Mexican Takeover with Rick Bayless; The Whole Fish with Masaharu Morimoto; and Carla’s Comfort Foods with Carla Hall from ABC’s The Chew.

adam rapoportHere are Adam’s top five insider tips for navigating the festival in style:

Pack Your Sunscreen. You’re going to be eating, drinking and hanging out in the sun (yes, it’s going to be sunny) all day. Play it safe with SPF.

Explore. Reach beyond your boundaries, meet different chefs and try foods you haven’t tasted before. One of the great things about Chicago Gourmet is that the festival features restaurants from all across the country. So use your afternoon in Millennium Park to try all those restaurants you normally don’t get to.

Be Punctual. Be the nerd who gets there early. That way you can eat everything before everyone arrives, then hit your favorites for a second time.

Get Prepared. Know who’s going to be cooking and where, then map out a plan of attack. Download the official Chicago Gourmet app for Android and iPhone for the ultimate smartphone companion.

Learn Something New. Take your wine, beer and spirits cred up a notch by attending the interactive seminars. Your knowledge will dazzle all at your next dinner party.

Hungry for more advice? Follow Adam’s exciting culinary adventures on Twitter and Instagram.


Image and video courtesy of Bon Appétit

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Dine Out to Make a Difference This September

Monday, September 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Did you know that one in five children struggles with hunger in America? No child should ever grow up hungry. This September, you can help the cause just by dining out.

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The average person eats 90 meals during one month, and that means 90 chances to help end childhood hunger in America. All month long, you can dine at participating restaurants nationwide supporting No Kid Hungry, make a contribution, and take advantage of promotions and rewards in return for doing good.

And if you can’t dine out, you can still make a donation here. Every dollar raised feeds a child in need up to 10 nutritious meals, including the most important meal of the day: breakfast. Please join me in raising a fork for the initiative and let’s help end childhood hunger once and for all!

No-Kid-Hungry-LogoFor more information and to find participating restaurants, visit NoKidHungry.org. Share your experience with your social network, follow @NoKidHungry on Facebook and Twitter, and join the #90Meals conversation to end childhood hunger, one meal at a time.


Image courtesy of NoKidHungry.org.

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Savor Summer with Apricot Rice Pudding Pops

Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 05:06 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Who doesn’t love a good popsicle? Summer’s ultimate frozen treat that’s fun to eat, easy to make, and reminds us of scorching hot days when we were young—probably with the melting sugary pops running down our faces. Happy as can be.

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For a grown up twist on everyone’s favorite childhood chiller, try these creamy Apricot Rice Pudding Pops. And find more mouthwatering recipes for ice pops, paletas, and popsicles in boozy, bold, and fresh fruit flavors at BonAppetit.com.

Apricot Rice Pudding Pops
Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, tough outer layer removed, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons short-grain rice (such as arborio)
  • 1/4 cup quartered pieces of dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • Combine milk, coconut milk, cream, lemongrass, ginger, nutmeg and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan. Scrape in seeds from vanilla bean; add bean. Bring to a boil; remove from heat, cover, and let steep for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place rice and 1/2 cup water in a small bowl; let stand for 10 minutes (to soften and release some starch). Drain.

    Strain coconut-milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium saucepan. Add rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer (do not stir or rice will become too starchy) until rice is very tender, 30-35 minutes. Let cool slightly.

    Stir in apricots and sugar. Divide mixture among ice-pop molds. Freeze until beginning to set, 30-45 minutes. Insert a stick into each pop. Freeze until firm, about 1 hour longer. DO AHEAD: Pops can be made 2 weeks ahead. Keep frozen. Image courtesy of Bon Appétit.

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    Food, Fun, Farmers & Fowl at the 2014 Duckathlon

    Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10:05 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Tickets are now available for the 9th annual Duckathlon hosted by D’Artagnan—a leading purveyor of all-natural and organic poultry and game. Taking over New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion on June 14th from 12-5pm, this experiential “farmers-to-table” event will pair acclaimed chefs Anita Lo, Harold Moore, David Waltuck, Brad Farmerie, Cedric Tovar, Shane McBride, Saul Bolton and more with sustainable farmers, as they lead a series of interactive experiences and compete against each other for ultimate duck domination.

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    “D’Artagnan has always worked with small farms that share our commitment to sustainability and humane practices,” said Ariane Daguin, co-founder and CEO of D’Artagnan. “With the Duckathlon, our goal is to literally bring the farm to a larger Manhattan ‘table,’ and this event reflects our company-wide belief that product excellence begins with a true passion for animal husbandry.”

    Throughout the day, game-loving gourmands can also enjoy a variety of hands-on challenges, live demos and on-stage events such as a fierce French dessert face-off between famed Master Pastry Chefs François Payard and Jacques Torres.

    Another reason to join in all the fowl-filled fun? Duckathlon tickets benefit global hunger organization Action Against Hunger and its FoodLove initiative, connecting those who celebrate food and care about hunger in support of lifesaving nutrition. Now that’s something to quack about.

    Find more details and snag your tickets HERE.

    Image courtesy of TimeOutNY

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    2014 Time Out New York Food & Drink Awards

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 01:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    It was another exciting year for the New York City dining scene, with new spots boasting everything from amped-up Asian to seductive Spanish to reimagined Italian. And last night, Time Out New York held their annual industry awards to honor the very best new restaurants, bars and chefs.

    Taking over Marquee nightclub, the 2014 Food & Drink Awards presented by Stella Artois paid tribute to the city’s culinary finest in a grand celebration attended by top toques, restauranteurs, mixologists and industry insiders. Guests sampled signature dishes from nominated spots, including Toro, Pearl & Ash, Betony, Bunker and Dominique Ansel Bakery, and sipped craft cocktails created by Golden Cadillac, Betony, Attaboy and The Long Island Bar.

    TONY readers voted for their faves to determine ten winners in the Readers’ Choice categories—top honors included Best New Restaurant (Carbone), Chef of the Year (Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi), Best New Sushi (Sushi Nakazawa), Best New Cocktail Bar (The Dead Rabbit), Best New Southeast Asian (Uncle Boon’s) and Best Brand Extension (Lafayette). Additionally, ten Critics’ Picks were presented, in aptly named categories ranging from the Dirty Disco Award (Golden Cadillac) and the “Soy, Vey!” Award (Ivan Ramen) to the Global 180 Award (Mission Cantina) and the Mad Scientist Cooks At Home Award (Alder). All twenty coveted awards were handed out during the event and the full list of this year’s winners can be found here.

    Many congrats to all the talented 2014 winners and nominees!

    Related: My Time Out New York Food & Drink Awards coverage from 20132012 2011. Images courtesy of Time Out New York.

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    The Daily Meal: Funniest Jimmy Fallon Food Moments

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 05:02 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    Nobody puts the funny into food better than Jimmy Fallon. Back in March 2011, The Daily Meal crowned him “Late Night’s Culinary King,” and since then, the comedian continues to up the epicurean ante.


    During his Late Night career, the hilarious host has invited countless culinarians and industry celebs to cook, mix cocktails, and promote their latest projects on his show. From whipping up dishes with culinary heavy hitters including Mario Batali, Giada de Laurentiis, and Bobby Flay; to hosting fierce Fried Chicken Battles, Martini Races, and Burger Cook-Offs, the funnyman has delivered highly-entertaining food moments to viewers, week after week.

    My latest piece on The Daily Meal honors Jimmy’s Late Night reign with a collection of 20 culinary clips. Check out Fallon’s funniest food-focused moments here.

    Image courtesy of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

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