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!

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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!

Big News Ahead…

*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!

If you’ve been watching my twitter or instagram or saw my post on the DUMBO Arts Festival you might have noticed that something has been cooking between me and Progresso – well, I’m pleased to announce that this weekend I will be heading to the New York City Wine & Food Festival as a Progresso Artisan Ambassador!

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Having tasted the soups, I’m so excited to be sharing this line of soups with you – they’re amazing! Progresso’s new line of Artisan Soups, available in East Coast grocery stores, was designed around the concept of celebrating Progresso’s heritage and tradition of quality. Which pretty much means that this line of soup is certain to be an exciting collection of great flavors!

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The line includes five soups: Creamy Tomato with Roasted Red Peppers, Masala Curry Butternut Squash, Rustic Tomato with Chicken and Dumplings, Creamy Potato with Sausage and Kale, and Smoky White Bean and Winter Vegetables. Sounds good, huh? Look out for my complete review of the whole line later this month, as well as a recap of my experience as a Progresso Artisan Soup Ambassador!

Meanwhile, I had a chance to briefly chat with Heidi Teod, Ph.D – the culinary expert behind Progresso’s new line of Artisan Soups. She was very excited to share Progresso’s new soup line at NYW&FF and said that creating the line was a “wonderful opportunity to explore and use ingredients to create a contemporary take on traditional soup!”

I also love the flavor blueprints that Progresso has for each soup – they’re amazing, check out the rest of them on their site here!

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Heidi gave me so much insight to the Progresso Artisan Soup line, and I can’t wait to share it with you – so be sure to follow along with the #ProgressoAmbassador hashtag, and let me know what you think!