Presented by Food & Wine and Travel+Leisure Magazine, The 2009 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival takes place this Columbus Day weekend. Guests can savor returning Festival favorites including the kick-off event -- Chelsea Market After Dark presented by The Food Network and hosted by Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) and Sandra Lee (Sandra’s Money Saving Meals). There's also the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Allen Brothers hosted by Rachael Ray held under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO.
• There will be the chic, neighborhood-wide tasting of Meatpacking District Uncorked, RED, hosted by Tom Colicchio with Paul Bartolotta.
• Godiva Chocolatier presents SWEET sponsored by Perrier-Jouët, a celebration of sugary delicacies hosted by Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes).
• The unparalleled tasting of food, wine and spirits will be found in the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite at Pier 54 in Hudson River Park.
A selection of exciting new events that have been added for the 2009 Festival. The fresh program begins on Thursday, October 8th, 2009, with Bacon, Bourbon and the Blues hosted by Thrillist with the following innovative programming continuing throughout the weekend:
Beloved and controversial New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni will hold a culinary discussion to share insights from the field and discuss the highly anticipated release of his book Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater (Penguin, 2009)
An unprecedented dinner series in conjunction with the James Beard House will include:
TimesTalks presented by New York Times will feature a new line-up of discussions with Ina Garten, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Anthony Bourdain
The Festival’s interactive wine and spirits seminars and cocktail clinics will return, taking place at Festival headquarters, The Standard, New York with new headliners like Kevin Zraly, Tony Abou-Ganim, Andrea Robinson, Anthony Giglio and Josh Wesson.
Not-to-be-missed wine seminars at the Astor Center, featuring in-depth discussions with brand aficionados including Boisset, Perrier-Jouët Fleur led by Agnes Laplanche, and Château de Beaucastel led by fifth generation owner and winemaker Marc Perrin
Delta presents Dim Sum & Disco Brunch hosted by Ming Tsai, featuring talent such as Shang’s Susur Lee and Chinatown Brasserie’s Joe Ng at China Grill.
An all-day affair Flavors of the Farm: A Day with Stone Barns Center and Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
Hill Country will play host to the queen of Southern cuisine and her friends as Paula Deen hosts Down South Up North with boys Bobby and Jamie Deen; featuring the latest creations from the Lee Bros., along with Art Smith, Chris Lily and Katie Lee Joel.
Closing out the weekend is an unprecedented tribute to Little Italy’s most iconic dish the “meatball”, with Meatball Madness hosted by Giada De Laurentiis at la venue at the Waterfront.
The 2009 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is produced by Karlitz & Company and Southern Wine & Spirits of New York.
All the proceeds from the Festival will again benefit the community based, hunger-relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.
For 26 years, The Food Bank For New York City is the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. Through its network of more than 1,000 food assistance programs, it provides 300,000 free meals a day to New Yorkers in need. In addition, the Food Bank continues to mobilize its efforts to end hunger and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers through direct services, benefits access, and nutrition education. For additional information, go to foodbanknyc.org.
Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. A net of community groups, activists and food programs catch children at risk of hunger and ensure they have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. It works with the culinary industry to create engaging, pioneering programs like Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation®, the nation’s premier culinary benefit; Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®, a national grassroots effort; Share Our Strength’s A Tasteful Pursuit®, a touring dinner series; Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out ®, a week-long program involving thousands of restaurants nationwide; and Share Our Strength’s Operation Frontline®, a cooking-based nutrition education program. Visit Strength.org.
Ticket information and the full line-up of new and returning events can be found by calling 866.696.2933 or at: www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com
2009 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
The Standard, New York