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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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