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It’s almost that time of year again! From October 17-20, the 2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival will be taking the Big Apple by storm, and tickets are officially on sale for all the fun- and food-filled festivities. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience world-class events featuring culinary legends, local chefs, and everyone’s favorite Food Network personalities.
Presented by Food & Wine, this four-day culinary showcase is the only place where you can take down a throng of tacos and tequila with Bobby Flay, bite into the country’s best burgers alongside Rachael Ray, belly up to BBQ and the Blues with Robert Irvine, shout “Prost!” over unlimited bier and brats at Andrew Zimmern’s Oktoberfest, or be one of the lucky few to witness Morimoto’s legendary live karaoke. And you can curb every craving imaginable at the epic Saturday & Sunday Grand Tastings.
There’s something for everyone and at every price point, with locations from Manhattan’s West Side to Long Island City. And the best part: proceeds of the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. Tickets go on sale today—so act fast! Snag yours and get ready to eat, drink, and help end hunger.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday night, the 5th annual New York City Wine and Food Festival kicked off with two of the weekend’s most anticipated events. And though I would’ve loved to witness food royalty roast Anthony Bourdain, the Italian in me couldn’t bear the thought of missing one of my favorites—Meatball Madness hosted by the lovely Giada De Laurentiis. “This is the best Meatball Madness ever,” Giada exclaimed about the ‘always sold out’ event, which is in its fourth consecutive year.
The large-scale tasting showcased dozens of the city’s best chefs, who rolled out their version of the perfect bite. Hundreds of meatball maniacs packed into SoHo’s 82 Mercer to sample 36 different types of saucy spheres—in styles ranging from traditional Italian polpette with tomato gravy to pretzel-stuffed Austrian balls and Spanish oxtail albondigas.
Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian and Anne Burrell, along with Pat LaFrieda and Mark Pastore of sponsor La Frieda Meats, crowned Gabe Thompson of the soon-to-open L’Apicio the night’s big winner for his Amatriciana version. The carnivorous crowd also casted their votes and Donatella Arpaia snagged the coveted People’s Choice Award for her mother’s classic recipe of melt-in-your-mouth tomato braised veal meatballs.
Aperol Spritz cocktails, a selection of vino and sparkling San Pellegrino refreshed partygoers, while a display of cake pops from pastry hotshot Johnny Iuzzini provided some sweet relief. Meatball Madness started off the NYCWFF in delicious fashion and everyone seemed to have a ball—while devouring dozens!