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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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Andrew Zimmern’s Carts in the Parc | NYCWFF 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 07:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

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.

  1. Guy Fieri and Andrew Zimmern go crazy for cream puffs from Sweet Street Desserts (photo:
  2. Carts in the Parc celebrates the best local food truck and street cart fare
  3. Pat LaFrieda No. 7 Hanger Blend cheeseburger bites from FoodParc stand 3B\'s
  4. Greek eats from the Souvlaki GR truck drew one of the day\'s longest lines
  5. Fresh and fiery spiced up pork taco from El Rey del Sabor
  6. Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man! Host Andrew Zimmern jumped on stage to sing with the band
  7. Sweet Street Desserts served a selection of tasty treats—cupcakes, cookies, cream puffs & more! (photo:
  8. Now, that\'s a cream puff! Rich chocolate covered pastry bomb from Sweet Street Desserts
  9. The Milk Truck\'s grilled cheese goes gourmet with gruyere, bleu, cheddar & mushrooms
  10. Tender plum and sesame glazed lamb ribs from the China Grill truck
  11. Mexicue dished up \"Mexican meets BBQ\" chili sliders with cilantro-lime crema & jalapeños
  12. Biryani Cart wins the People’s Choice Award!

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.

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Bobby Flay’s The Art of the Taco | NYCWFF 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 04:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

“Tacos, Yo!” exclaimed host Bobby Flay as he manned the mic at his Saturday night soiree, Patron Tequila’s The Art of the Taco. Presented by Creekstone Farms, the event featured nearly 30 of the country’s hottest chefs who put their own unique spin on the South of the Border staple—with styles ranging from traditional, Mexican-inspired to elevated with French flair.

  1. Gotham Bar and Grill\'s veggie version with wild mushroom, white truffle & queso fresco
  2. The evening\'s host, chef Bobby Flay, spices up the taco throwdown. \"Tacos, Yo!\"
  3. Guests packed into 82 Mercer to sip tequila and crunch on the best tacos around
  4. Pampano Taqueria\'s charred tuna wonton taco with mango salsa & guacamole
  5. Buddakan topped a moo shu pancake with savory Peking duck glazed in chili hoisin
  6. Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian were all smiles
  7. Laurent Tourondel brought the heat with his green chili braised pork shoulder taco
  8. Michael Psilakis dished out his Cretan spiced lamb
  9. Slow-roasted pork shoulder with salsa roja from La Esquina\'s Akhtar Nawab
  10. Chilaquiles with Mexican chocolate chili sauce drizzle over organic vanilla ice cream

This time at 82 MercerPatron and Corona flowed as taco-lovers bounced from station to station sampling tortillas stuffed with creative combos of steak, lamb, shrimp, tuna, beef tongue, duck, pastrami, lobster, bone marrow, oysters and foie gras.

Tender braised pork carnitas from Mercadito, a Cretan spiced lamb pocket from Kefi’s Michael Psilakis, and Scarpetta chef Scott Conant’s spice crusted lamb neck tacos all made me swoon, while versions with oysters from Riverpark and foie gras from Recette palatably expanded my taco horizons.

Dozens of celebrated chefs and TV personalities (including Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Forgione, Claire Robinson, Marcela Valladolid, Debi Mazar, Jeff Mauro, Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian) were seen doling out their taco creations, mingling with the crowd and even belting out Bon Jovi. Awesome.

After taking in tons of savory tacos, sweet relief was welcomed by ice cream chilaquiles drizzled with Mexican chocolate chili sauce and Gramercy Tavern’s salted chocolate hazelnut tacos. And after many of Bobby’s margaritas were had by all (hello, Sunday hangover!), the event turned into a late night dance party and guests and chefs alike let loose and had a grand ol’ time.

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