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Fieri-Style Fun in Guy’s Garage | NYCWFF 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011 at 09:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Nobody can throw down quite like Guy Fieri can. After four mind-blowing days of food and drink-filled events, the culinary rockstar helped worn-out partygoers power through one more crazy night of debauchery at his closing bash, Party in Guy’s Garage.

  1. Guy Fieri fired up the crowd and brought electric energy to the NYCWFF closing party
  2. Highline Stages went back to the future for a rockin\' 80\'s themed closing party
  3. Clips from Top Gun, Sixteen Candles & The Lost Boys brought on a nostalgic 80\'s trip
  4. Guests sipped beer & cocktails in Guy\'s Knuckle Sandwich tumblers (photo: Metromix)
  5. Artichoke Basille\'s decadent pie with artichoke hearts, spinach, cream sauce & cheeses
  6. The Ronald Reagans tribute band rocked out a mix-tape worthy hit list
  7. The crowd danced All Night Long to hits from Lionel, Guns N\' Roses, Bon Jovi & Journey
  8. Levain Bakery sampled spoonfuls of their righteous chunky cookies (photo: Metromix)
  9. Guy and Lee Schrager thanked everyone for helping raise $1.5 million for charity!

During the wild 80’s themed blowout at the Highline Stages, guests were greeted at the door with neon shades, tumblers for booze and were bombarded by sights and sounds of the totally awesome era. There was big hair everywhere, throwback movie clips projected on the walls, vintage video games, the decade’s best hits blasting from The Ronald Reagans tribute band, and even an Axl Rose lookalike. This party was as hot as Jake Ryan on prom night.

Savory eats included roast beef sliders from This Little Piggy, creamy artichoke pizza slices from Artichoke Basille, and a spread of smoky BBQ grub from the Triple-D host himself, along with sweet treats from Led Zeppole, chunky chocolate cookies from Levain Bakery, and plenty of sugary cocktails to wash it all down with from party sponsor Pucker Flavored Vodka.

Best part of the entire night? When Festival founder, Lee Schrager, announced that this year’s NYC Wine & Food Festival raised $1.5 million for charity! Talk about a rad way to end Sunday Funday.

Congrats to everyone on another amazingly successful NYCWFF!

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Burger Bash beefs up Brooklyn | NYCWFF 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 03:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

After maxing out my appetite at Meatball Madness, my stomach was pushed to capacity again at Friday’s Blue Moon Burger Bash, presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats. One of NYCWFF’s most popular events, this sold out meat extravaganza drew more than 20 A-list chefs and food personalities, who served up their “best between a bun” in the ultimate burger throwdown.

  1. Beauty & Essex\'s Chris Santos fired up his \"Best Dressed\" lamb and brisket burger with spicy garlic aioli, vine ripe tomato, goat-feta cheese & pickled red onion
  2. Brooklyn Bridge Park\'s beautiful Tobacco Warehouse set the scene for Burger Bash
  3. DBGB\'s \"Piggy\" layered beef with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño mayo & tangy mustard slaw
  4. After jumping on stage with Lee Schrager, Guy amped up the crowd in true Fieri fashion
  5. Shake Shack\'s classic Shackburger is always a crowd-pleaser—and well worth the wait!
  6. It\'s a tough job, but someone\'s gotta do it! Judges Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern took center stage for the winner announcements
  7. Fresco by Scotto\'s gorgonzola & crispy pancetta sirloin burger with cheesy zucchini chips
  8. Guests enjoyed unlimited burgers and brews alongside stunning Brooklyn Bridge views
  9. The cover band played hits spanning decades and kept partygoers on their feet
  10. Abe & Arthur\'s chef Franklin Becker won the top trophy for his \"Wisconsin\" cheeseburger
  11. Burger & Barrel\'s enthusiastic chef Josh Capon accepted the People\'s Choice Award. Woot!

Comedian Whoopi Goldberg took over for Rachael Ray to host this year’s massive grillfest at Dumbo’s landmark Tobacco Warehouse. As aromas of sizzling meat and grease wafted through the air, carnivorous guests noshed on burgers and side dishes, sipped Blue Moon brews and Sutter Home wines, and voted for their favorite patty. Beloved burger joints Shake Shack and Bill’s Bar and Burger drew the longest lines, while last year’s People’s Choice winner Bobby Flay attracted the biggest fan mob.

Some of the night’s mouthwatering bites included Beauty and Essex’s Lamb and Brisket Burger (with spicy garlic aioli, vine ripe tomato, goat-feta & pickled red onion), DBGB’s Piggy Burger (beef with BBQ pulled pork, jalapeño mayo, mustard-vinegar slaw & a cheddar bun), and Dram Shop’s Cheeseburger (two beef squares, double cheese & the works). Between burger sampling, attendees indulged in milkshakes and pie with Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and belted out 80’s, 90’s and Top 40 hits along with a rockin’ cover band.

Judges David Burke, Anne Burrell, Adam Richman and Andrew Zimmern picked the cheddar cheese, Nueske bacon and brioche “Wisconsin” from Franklin Becker (Abe & Arthur’s) for the win, People’s Choice went to Josh Capon (Burger & Barrel) for his juicy bison round, and Chris Santos (Beauty & Essex) snagged the Heinz Best Dressed Burger Award. Many congrats to all!

Ultimately, this year’s Bash was a blast, even though a sudden mid-event downpour kept me from trying several of the burgers. No big deal—many more delicacies were on my evening’s agenda, and I left Brooklyn to make my way to the all-desserts soiree, SWEET.

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Meatball Madness kicks off the 2011 NYCWFF

Monday, October 3, 2011 at 08:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Thursday night, meatballs reigned supreme at the fourth annual NYC Wine & Food Festival kickoff event, Meatball Madness. Food Network’s Italian beauty Giada De Laurentiis played host to dozens of the city’s best chefs who rolled out their version of the perfect bite.

  1. Festival founder Lee Schrager and host Giada De Laurentiis with People\'s Choice Winners, Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop
  2. San Pellegrino\'s Meatball Madness kicked off the NYC Wine & Food Festival on Thursday night
  3. A meatball-loving crowd filled NYC\'s sexy event venue at 82 Mercer Street
  4. Le Cirque chef Craig Hopson rolled out Tuscan-style polpette with polenta and panzarotti
  5. Maialino\'s luscious rabbit rendition with creamy pecorino \'whiz\' sauce over rapini
  6. Abboccato\'s Jim Botsacos did Nonna proud with his roasted pepper and ricotta meatballs
  7. Campari poured classic Negroni cocktails and sparkling Negroni Sbagliato with prosecco
  8. Le Caprice\'s pork and scamorza meatball with spicy cherry pepper salsa and fig antipasti
  9. The Meatball Shop\'s steak \'n\' bacon cheddar biscuit sliders with mushroom gravy
  10. The Little Owl\'s chef Joey Campanaro took home top honors for his gravy meatball sliders

Nearly 1,000 meatball maniacs flooded into SoHo’s 82 Mercer to sample saucy spheres and sliders made from blends of beef, pork, veal, rabbit, goat, seitan and lobster. Styles ranged from traditional Italian polpette with tomato gravy (Donatella Arpaia’s braised veal version was delizioso) to exotic Thai-inspired goat meatballs with boiled peanuts, tatsoi and panang curry from Kin Shop’s Harold Dieterle. Giada got sweet and smoky with mozzarella, fig and honey, Maialino’s Nick Anderer dished out rabbit smothered in creamy pecorino ‘whiz’ over rapini, and Osteria Morini chef Michael White’s melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto and mortadella version was another standout.

Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Dana Cowin and Lee Anne Wong crowned The Little Owl’s Joey Campanaro the night’s big winner for his grandma’s gravy meatball slider with pickled fennel. The crowd also casted their votes and The Meatball Shop’s Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow snagged the coveted People’s Choice Award for their steak ‘n’ bacon cheddar balls with mushroom gravy on a buttermilk biscuit.

Classic Campari cocktails, a selection of vino and sparkling San Pellegrino refreshed partygoers, while A Voce provided sweet relief with scrumptious chocolate cannoli over roasted cherries. Meatball Madness certainly started off the Festival in style and everyone seemed to have a ball—while devouring dozens!

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