Why You Do Not Want to Miss the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel NYC Wine & Food Festival

Every year NYC eagerly awaits the hottest food event of the year – the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival. The NYCWFF is a four-day long festival featuring a variety of food related activities and as many food celebrities as you could ever want to see. You can rub elbows with Rachel Ray at her annual Blue Moon Burger Bash, or hang with the entire cast of Chopped at their rooftop event at Pier 92. Why stop there? With a plethora of food events, tastings, and seminars and panels, you really have a multitude of options – here are some of our favorites:

The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite

If you only do one event, go to the Grand Tasting. Not only do you get a swag bag, but you also get to spend hours wandering around a 130,000-square-foot culinary wonderland. You’ll get to sample food from some of NYC’s finest establishments, sip wine & spirits from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New York portfolio, and collect cooking techniques and tips at the Samsung Culinary Demonstrations. Bring a friend, you’ll both have an amazing time. Tickets start at $185, get yours here.

Brunch

While the coveted Lobster Place Oyster Bash is sold out (we’re still crying over our lack of tickets), there are three other brunch events to choose from – Josh Capon will be hosting the New York Yankees Pinstripe Brunch presented by Delta Airlines, if you have a Mastercard then you’ll definitely want to check out Broadway Tastes presented by Variety, and if you’re on a budget A Brunch with Craftsman and Wolves hosted by James Beard Award-nominated Chef William Werner is only $85! Act fast, tickets sell out quickly!

Bank of America Dinner Series Curated by Chefs Club

So you’ve missed out on A Dinner with Ghetto Gastro hosted by Martha Stewart, but don’t despair there are plenty of other great dinners to attend. Explore Israeli and Middle Eastern culinary traditions at A Kosher Dinner with Elior Balbul, Eden Grinshpan, Amitzur More, and Yehuda Sichel, who are bringing kosher cuisine to the forefront of the NYC dining scene.

Other options include:

  • A Dinner with Melissa Clark, Marco Canora, Sara Jenkins and Marc Murphy – Thursday, Oct. 13th at 7:30pm, $250.
  • A Dinner with Floyd Cardoz and Anita Lo – Thursday, Oct. 13th at 7pm, $250.
  • A Dinner with Mourad Lahlou and Alex Stupak – Thursday, Oct. 13th at 7pm, $250.
  • A Dinner with Deuki Hong and Edward Lee – Friday, Oct. 14th at 7pm, $250.

Full listing here.

Hands-on Classes

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If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, NYCWFF offers some excellent hands-on events. You can learn how to add spice to your kitchen with Lior Lev Sercarz’ A Guide to the World of Spices, where you’ll not only create your own custom blends but you’ll also head out with an early release of Lior’s upcoming cookbook!

You can also learn how to bake bread with Zach Golper of Bien Cuit, roast like a pro with The New York Times’ Melissa Clark, and decorate cakes with none other than Sylvia Weinstock! Classes will take place in state-of-the-art professional culinary kitchens at the Institute of Culinary Education. For a full listing of hands-on classes, and to buy tickets click here.

There really are so many awesome events to choose from, and if you’re on a budget then definitely check out the $100 and under options as you’ll certainly find something to your taste there! Are you planning on going to the 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival? What event sounds the most exciting to you? Let me know in the comments, or feel free to send me a tweet with the #NYCWFF hashtag!

*Photos courtesy of NYCWFF, from NYCWFF 2015*

NYC Wine & Food Festival: Day 2

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

My second day at the NYC Wine & Food Festival was pretty eventful – I definitely ate more, haha! There was less of a crowd, and I was able to actually stop at different places rather then being pushed along by a massive swarm of people. Here are some of my memorable eats:

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My favorite was the smoked salmon from Domain NYC. They smoked the salmon right there and were drawing a curious crowd. They plated it in these little plastic orbs so that when you opened the lid your nose was flooded with the mouthwatering smoky scent of the salmon.

Domain NYC at NYCWFF

Another favorite was from Chipotle. Confessesion: I’ve never ever had Chipotle before – I know, I know, shame on me. However, if they turn out food as good as the carnita tacos I had from them at NYCWFF then they’ve won a new customer.

Chipotle at NYCWFF

I also had a great clam chowder – however, I had been eating for a few hours straight and was too full to finish it.

Clam Chowder at NYCWFF

In between eating I did manage to win a Rachel Ray grill set from the Progresso Artisan stage! I was so excited – I told you guys how I saw all these people on day 1 walking away with cool prizes, well, I absolutely did not expect to win one myself!

Progresso Artisan Giveaways

I have to say, one of my favorite moments from NYCWFF was meeting Ed Levine of SeriousEats.com. I’ve been reading Serious Eats since I was in middle school, and it was definitely a source of inspiration as both a writer and a eater. How much of an inspiration you ask? Well, between reading Serious Eats and Ruth Reichl’s books, I went from wanting to be a doctor to wanting to be a food writer, and I even went so far as to start my own NYC food blog while I was still in high school.

Progresso Artisan Stage Serious Eats Ed Levine and Kenji

Anyways, Ed was on the Progresso stage with J. Kenji Lopez-Alt (Serious Eats & The Food Lab – we’re also massive Kenji fans at my house), as well as other chefs who were dishing up their own soups as well as engaging NYCWFF attendees with tales of their favorite soups, ingredients, and techniques. Good times. Check out what the chef’s created!

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Later on restauranteur Joe Bastianich (Eataly, Del Posto, etc.) regaled the Progresso Artisan audience with everything from soup and wine pairings to stories of how he personally identifies with the Progresso brand, and more specfically their new Artisan Soup line!

Joe Bastianich at NYCWFF with Progresso Artisan SoupsI have to say, being a Progresso Artisan ambassador was awesome, and I can’t wait to share with you all what I thought of each of the soups – so stay tuned!

NYC Wine & Food Festival: Day 1

*This post is a part of my work with Progresso, however all opinions are completely honest and my own. For more information please see the PR tab above. Thank you!

Believe it or not, this year was my first time ever attending the New York City Wine & Food Festival. The size of the festival is pretty decent, and I think if you commit yourself (and limit your wine intake) you could very well cover the whole floor in one day.

Progresso Artisan Soup Stage at NYCWFF

It was so great to be there as a Progresso Ambassador because I could actually see first hand what people thought of the soup and chat with the Progresso team. Apparently, more then a few people had a hard time believing that the soup was not prepared right there on the spot because it tasted “too fresh” and had too many “real vegetables”. If you don’t know, the Progresso Artisan line’s unique Tetra Pak packaging, which keeps the soup tasting the same as it did when it went in the box really gives the line an edge – keeping it out of the can and in the carton. So yes, if you’re reading this now and were one of those incredulous few, the soup you were tasting is the same exact soup you’ll find on shelves all over the East Coast! I promise!

Progresso Artisan Soup SamplesProgresso Artisan Creamy Potato with Sausage and Kale NYCWFF

The soups were incredibly popular, as were the numerous giveaways going on at the Progresso stage – I was so excited to see attendees walk away with kitchenware and even a few massive gift baskets!

After a few hours of wandering around, with stops at the Progresso stage, me, Mel (Food and New York City), and Serena (Big Apple Nosh)- also Progresso ambassadors and amazing bloggers, stayed our wandering feet at the Food Network stages. We watched a surprisingly low key Guy Fieri, and Robert Irvine, pull together a couple of dishes before we moved on.

Progresso Artisan Ambassador NYCWFF

I loved the pasta with fresh mozzarella and basil from Barilla – it was so good, and very simple, I’m definitely going to recreate it at home. I also tried a kombucha, butternut squash, and pecan dish that looked pretty and sounded exciting but wasn’t particularly thrilling.

It was pretty hectic, but of all the foods I tried my favorite (outside of Progresso Artisan Soups, obviously, lol!) was a pumpkin butternut squash soup with accompanying grilled cheese. The booth was actually for a cruise line, and they were exhibiting the kind of deliciousness that can be found while cruising with them. Having never been on a cruise, I suddenly comprehended why people went on them. The soup was creamy and flavorful and the grilled cheese was in all ways perfect.

NYCWFF Soup and Grilled Cheese

Later on we caught Robert Irvine doing a demo, he was pretty crowded by adoring fans and media – but I managed to get a pretty decent shot ;)

Robert Irvine NYCWFF

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t beyond exhausted by the end of the day. Alas, my food exploration was not over – we did spend the evening dining at Del Posto which I will link my recap/review here when it goes live! And be sure to stick around for my recap of day 2!

Where you at the NYCWFF? have you had a chance to try Progresso’s Artisan Soup line? What’s your favorite soup? Let me know in the comments below!