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Highlights from the 2013 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 04:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

This year marked the 31st annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, America’s premier and most prestigious culinary event. And I couldn’t have been more honored or excited to be heading out West with the KitchenAid team to attend my very first Classic. With eager anticipation and my appetite in tow, I made my way from Manhattan to Aspen, Colorado for three jam-packed days of food- and fun-filled festivities.

  1. The culinary world’s finest gathered to celebrate at the 31st annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (photo: Huge Galdones)
  2. Chefs Eric Ripert, Tyler Florence, Daniel Boulud & Chris Cosentino share some laughs at the Grand Tasting
  3. The always entertaining Mario Batali does Italian proud during his lively cooking demo on the KitchenAid stage
  4. Magnificent mountain views provide a breathtaking backdrop for the Grand Tasting Village
  5. Triple threat! Johnny Iuzzini, Andrew Zimmern & Marcus Samuelsson sign their latest books for adoring fans
  6. Famed chefs Jacques Pépin, Susan Feniger & Tom Colicchio sign KitchenAid appliances for the Cook for the Cure® live auctions

Aspen is a charming little town, boasting world-class restaurants and hotels, eclectic boutiques, and stunning mountain scenery—a breathtaking backdrop for a truly exquisite weekend. Food-loving attendees indulged in the ultimate culinary celebration with a schedule featuring everything from exclusive events and grand-scale tastings, to panels with industry pros and live demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

Read the rest of my recap and check out more pics on KitchenAid’s The Kitchenthusiast™ blog here.

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Get On Board: The Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar!

Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 05:08 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Imagine traveling the globe in a single weekend, without ever leaving New York City.

The 2nd Annual Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar is an exciting multi-cultural extravaganza taking over NYC’s Lexington Armory from September 28–30. During this fun-filled weekend of events, you’ll feel like you’re being transported from region to region around the world — as you enjoy authentic international cuisine and beverages, cultural performances, live music, artisan shopping and tons of interactive experiences.


TASTE YOUR WAY AROUND THE GLOBE
Savor mezcals from Mexico, spices from Morocco, rums from Barbados, global street food from some of NY’s most popular food trucks and so much more! And at select sessions, you can sample flavors from celebrity chefs including José AndrésScott ConantMichael WhiteMasaharu MorimotoTim LoveJohnny Iuzzini and Jose Garces.

I’m honored that Travel + Leisure asked me to be an official Global Bazaar Ambassador. Join me for an international experience like none other by purchasing your tickets here. And for schedule info, visit TravelandLeisure.com. Hope to see you there!

And be sure to stay connected with me on Facebook and Twitter — I’ll be giving away 4 VIP All Access Tickets within the next few weeks!

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SWEET victory for Doughnut Plant | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Time for sweet seduction at one of the NYC Wine & Food Festival’s most thrilling events. So what if I just stuffed face at Burger Bash? This girl has never met a dessert that she didn’t have room for. Bring on Godiva SWEET, a treats-celebrating evening extravaganza hosted by Food Network’s Sandra Lee

  1. Doughnut Plant\'s crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly doughnuts were crowd favorites
  2. Food Network\'s Semi-Homemade chef Sandra Lee hosted the sweet soiree
  3. db Bistro Moderne\'s plum gelée delice with ricotta mousse, poundcake & candied corn
  4. The Stanton Social\'s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée was bursting with fall flavors
  5. Sprinkles created a darling display for their mini red velvet and pumpkin cupcakes
  6. The Harrison\'s sinfully delicious sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard & orange
  7. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s cinnamon cheesecake with roasted figs (photo: SeriousEats)
  8. The Blue Stove topped assorted mini pies with Godiva dark chocolate pearls and lemon
  9. Mark Israel savored the sweet taste of victory for his Doughnut Plant delights. Congrats!

The sprawling space at 82 Mercer was filled with tables upon tables of decadent desserts and confections from renowned NYC restaurants and celebrated pastry chefs. Perrier-Jouët flowed freely as the sugar-obsessed crowd sampled delicacies to satisfy every type of sweet tooth—from chocolates, cookies and cupcakes, to pies, pops and pralines.

Seasonal flavors shined in The Stanton Social’s spiced panna cotta with POM gelée, Locanda Verde’s cranberry spice cake with mascarpone gelato, and Gotham Bar and Grill’s cinnamon cheesecake with port-roasted figs—hands down one of the night’s best. Other favorites included crispy Godiva chocolate praline pops from Jean Georges pastry maven Johnny Iuzzini, sticky toffee pudding with bourbon custard from The Harrison, and Park Avenue Autumn’s aged goat cheese mousse with caramelized apples.

At the end of this ambrosial affair, Doughnut Plant was named the Godiva fan favorite for their doughy crème brûlée and peanut butter & jelly buns. Friday’s fifth annual SWEET left me in a sugar-filled state of bliss, and knowing that event proceeds will benefit Food Bank for NYC and Share Our Strength was just icing on the cake.

Until we sweet again…

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