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Eat, Drink & End Hunger at NYCWFF 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 09:10 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

New York’s most mouthwatering weekend is almost upon us. From October 16-19, the 2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival will be taking the Big Apple by storm and tickets are still available for some of the most anticipated events and food-fueled festivities. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience world-class cuisine, wine and spirits, while mingling with culinary legends, superstar chefs and your favorite TV personalities.

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Presented by Food & Wine, this four-day epicurean extravaganza is the only place where you can take down tacos and tequila with Bobby Flay, party in a pastry wonderland with Dominique Ansel, belly up to brunch and Bloodys with the Chopped judges, tailgate with Joe Namath, Mario Batali and the NY Jets, and rock ‘n’ roll with Morimoto and friends at a late-night karaoke and sushi soirée.

nycwffSnag still-available tickets to savor Southern-style brunch with Trisha Yearwood, crush pizza with (my Jersey girl crush) Jon Bon Jovi at La Sagra Slices, and curb every craving imaginable at the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings.

There are events to please every palate and at every price point—with locations from Manhattan’s West Side to Queens. And the best part is: proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength‘s No Kid Hungry campaign. Tickets are going fast—grab yours today and get ready to wine and dine to help end hunger.

Check out my coverage from previous NYCWFFs here, and let me know which events you’ll be attending. Hope to see you there!

Image courtesy of NYCWFF

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Going Mad for Meatballs at NYCWFF 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

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.

  1. People\'s Choice winner Donatella Arpaia with host Giada De Laurentiis (pic: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)
  2. Casa Nonna\'s classic veal porcini meatball came with a dollop of creamy burrata cheese
  3. Neapolitan veal and pork meatballs with lemon, capers & brown butter from Atlantic City\'s Fornelletto
  4. Meatball lovers packed into SoHo\'s 82 Mercer to chow down on 36 different varieties
  5. High Heat Pizza Burgers & Tap topped a thin crust pizza with their \"broken balls\"
  6. The ultimate ballers and last year\'s People\'s Choice winners, The Meatball Shop\'s Daniel Holzman & Michael Chernow served pork balls with spicy meat sauce (pic: SeriousEats)
  7. Alison Eighteen created a homestyle meatball with pomodoro, parmigiana and fresh basil
  8. Hearth and Terrior chef-owner Marco Canora served his parm balls between bread
  9. Loved Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony\'s spicy lamb spheres with yogurt sauce
  10. One of the night\'s most unique—Edi & The Wolf\'s Austrian-style pretzel-stuffed balls
  11. Pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini sweetened things up with cake pops and an edible paint graffiti wall
  12. My favorite cocktail! Palm Bay offered Aperol Spritzes for guests to sip as they sampled
  13. City Grit\'s Sarah Simmons served a Southern slider with onions on a cracker crisp
  14. The night\'s big winner, chef Gabe Thompson of L\'apicio, celebrates with his sous chef
  15. Event judges Anne Burrell and Geoffrey Zakarian put on their best taste tester faces (pic: Neil Rasmus/BFAnyc.com)

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 GuarnaschelliGeoffrey 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!

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Raising the Bar at Meatopia 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 03:09 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

More than 40 chefs, hundreds of hungry carnivores, thousands of pounds of meat. Last Saturday’s Meatopia on Randall’s Island was an ambitious culinary spectacular where whisky and beer flowed freely and meat reigned supreme. Event founder Josh Ozersky seriously upped the ante from last year’s meat-filled fest and successfully executed one of the most organized and enjoyable food events of the year—in spite of some wet weather.

Some of the highlights and best bites from Meatopia 2012:

  1. Meatopia 2012 brought dozens of chefs & hundreds of carnivores to the grounds at Randall\'s Island
  2. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria\'s signature Spit-Roasted Short Ribs with olives, celery, walnuts & horseradish
  3. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli preparing her Canard A La Presse with Sauce Chasseur
  4. Marc Forgione\'s massive grilled rib steaks were served with marrow butter & pickled grilled onions
  5. Chef Naomi Pomeroy of Portland\'s Beast restaurant wood searing her meat
  6. Pomeroy\'s jerky-like seared intercoastal \"finger meat\" with pickled watermelon remoulade
  7. The team from 42 Restaurant cooked a giant pan of pork belly for their savory Portuguese-style paella
  8. Pat \"Meat Master\" LaFrieda cooked a 1,000-pound Creekstone Angus steer over hard-wood charcoal
  9. Whole Foods Market Best Butcher Competition hosted by Meatopia founder Josh Ozersky
  10. Austin pit master Aaron Franklin drew the longest lines for his BBQ beef brisket
  11. The team at Hill Country Barbecue fired up zesty Bell and Evans chicken
  12. Aaron Franklin holding up a hunk of his world-famous BBQ beef brisket. Mmmm, best brisket ever.
  13. Majestic night on Randall\'s Island, complete with skyline views and stormy skies
  14. During the event, Discovery Channel\'s Jimmy DiResta handcrafted an entire bar in the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky tent (image: Diageo)
  15. Jimmy DiResta\'s completed bar impressed the whisky-loving crowd in the George Dickel tent (image: Diageo)

The talented lineup of chefs and pit masters showcased at this year’s “City of Meat” (including Marc Forgione, Alex Guarnaschelli, Franklin BeckerApril Bloomfield, Naomi Pomeroy and many others) focused on utilizing whole animals, and dished up a dizzying array of meats prepared in every way, shape and form. A few of the most mouthwatering dishes included Pat LaFrieda‘s whole marinated Creekstone steer, Justin Smillie‘s succulent spit-roasted short ribs, Portuguese paella with soft egg and jalapeños from Anthony Goncalves, tender grilled rib steak with bone marrow butter and pickled grilled onions from Marc Forgione, and the undeniable crowd favorite, Aaron Franklin’s BBQ beef brisket—which blew away any preconceived notions of what brisket should taste like.

While the event was in full swing, dark grey clouds rolled in and the sky opened up on the carnivorous crowd. Luckily, the Amstel Light and Diageo tents provided shelter from the rain, along with music, entertainment and unlimited tasty beverages. While weathering the storm in the George Dickel Tennessee Whisky tent, I had a blast watching Discovery Channel’s Jimmy DiResta handcraft an entire wooden bar from scratch and downed delicious whisky cocktails like the “Possum Eatin’ Peach Pits”—my favorite drink of the night, and the perfect complement to the savory all-meat menu.

Congrats to another successful Meatopia! Looking forward to even more meaty madness in 2013. And to tempt your taste buds in the meantime, dive into the peachy punch cocktail recipe below:
 

 
Possum Eatin’ Peach Pits Recipe

1 ounce George Dickel Tennessee Whisky
1/4 ounce Stirrings Peach Liqueur
1/2 ounce Olorosso Sherry
1 teaspoon Amaro CioCiaro
1/2 ounce black tea
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Slices peaches and strawberries for garnish

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker; Shake well. Pour contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with sliced peaches and strawberries. Cheers!

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