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Get ready for family-friendly fun in the sun! As an official media sponsor of the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, I’ve got a few tickets to give away to the highly-anticipated Fun and Fit as a Family Event on Sunday, February 26th.
Presented by Florida Blue, this family-focused celebration lets parents and kids learn the basics of healthy eating up close with acclaimed celebrity chefs Sunny Anderson, Andrew Zimmern, Rocco DiSpirito, Michelle Bernstein, and more! Children will have the chance to explore the food garden, play sports on the beach, get their hands messy in the interactive Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen and explore the animals of Jungle Island—all while learning the basics of preparing nutritious meals and having a blast doing it.
Want in on all the fun? If you’ll be down at SOBEWFF and want FREE TICKETS to Fun and Fit as a Family, just email me at email@example.com, tweet me @ThisGirlCanEat or post a comment to my Facebook page telling me why staying fit is important to your family. And if you won’t be at the Festival this year, please pass this along to any friends that might be there.
Best of luck everyone and I’ll see you at the beach! xoxo
Photo courtesy of BizBash.com
The street cart craze continues to sweep the nation and on Sunday afternoon, over a dozen of the city’s top vendors parked their notorious trucks at Jeffrey Chodorow’s modern food marketplace, FoodParc. Hosted by bizarre-food guru, Andrew Zimmern, Carts in the Parc is the ultimate celebration of the best fare served on four wheels.
During the casual three-hour event, live bluegrass beats played as guests walked around the spacious outdoor courtyard to sample an assortment of street eats—including spicy beef and pork tacos from El Rey del Sabor, melted gruyere, cheddar, blue cheese and mushroom grilled sandwiches from The Milk Truck, and market fresh squash soup with apple and pumpkin from Rouge Tomate Cart. Attendees got sweet on the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck’s ginger curry shakes, Melt Bakery’s red velvet ice cream whoopie pies, and an incredible array of luscious treats and confections from Sweet Street Desserts.
Everyone voted for their fave and in the end, Biryani Cart was crowned People’s Choice winner (and scored an awesome hula girl tiki trophy) for their famous kati roll with grilled chicken tikka and caramelized onions on Indian Chapati. For the second year in a row, Carts in the Parc was one of the best events at the NYC Wine & Food Festival and I definitely recommend parking your appetite here in 2012.
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.
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.
It’s down to the home stretch of my marathon New York City Wine & Food Festival weekend. Sunday morning, I hurried down to the early session of the Grand Tasting, and grand it certainly was. It was an eating extravaganza in the tasting pavilion, which was packed with people eagerly sampling plates from dozens of NYC establishments, along with wines, spirits and creative cocktails to wash down every decadent bite. I bellied up to the vendor tables, one by one, and sipped and munched my way through like a true champ.
Standout bites of the tasting included: Landmarc’s Orecchiette alla Norcina, Ed’s Lobster Bar’s Lobster Roll Canapé, The Neely’s Pig Parlor BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, PEI’s Butter Poached Lobster & Short Ribs over Mashed Potatoes and Salmon Ceviche from Nuela. During and after the Grand Tasting, more Food Network stars autographed cookbooks and chitchatted with guests at the Welcome Center—Bobby, Rocco, Sandra Lee, Morimoto, and Miss Thang Paula Deen (she was just as adorable as you would imagine, ya’ll).
That afternoon, as if I hadn’t eaten enough already, I decided that I couldn’t miss out on sampling the best fare on four wheels at Carts in the Parc, hosted by bizarre-food guru, Andrew Zimmern. The street cart food craze is definitely taking NYC by storm and the city’s best vendors parked their infamous trucks at FoodParc—Jeffrey Chodorow’s new 20,000-sq. ft. indoor/outdoor modern food marketplace. The sleek, futuristic-looking hall on the ground floor of the Eventi hotel houses permanent food stands, such as 3Bs, Red Farm and Fornetti, and has a spacious outdoor courtyard which was lined with the boroughs’ most acclaimed carts for this highly anticipated event.
Check out pics below from my Day 3 festivities: