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2009 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

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:

  • The intersection between food and fashion will be examined at the dinner hosted by fashion designer Zac Posen with Giada De Laurentiis (Giada at Home) and Marcus Samuelsson.
  • 2009 James Beard Award “Best Chef New York City” Gabriel Kreuther of The Modern will host an Oktoberfest Dinner.
  • Alain Ducasse and his chefs will cook dinner in the Beard House kitchen for the first time.
  • A decadent Chocolate Brunch will be held with Jacques Torres & Friends.

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

First Annual Festival Sud de France

Be transported to Mediterranean France and the Languedoc-Roussillon region when The First Annual Festival Sud de France takes place in New York throughout the month of October.
 
The Festival is a multiplatform program, involving all tiers of the wine & food industries: wine producers, importers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, wine bars, retailers, sommeliers and chefs.

For the entire month of October, New Yorkers will discover the wines of Languedoc-Roussillon through a series of in-store tastings and special Sud de France menus and winemaker dinners at wine stores, brasseries, bistros, and wine bars throughout the City. Producers from Languedoc Roussillon will welcome avid foodies and Sud-ies to explain the methods behind their wines and demystify the Languedoc-Roussillon region, helping to personalize the Sud de France experience.
 
There will be additional events including a weeklong “open house” at the Maison de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon (10 East 53rd Street) from October 5 – 9 2009. It will feature nightly classes conducted by Jamal Rayyis amongst others for consumers on topics such as “pairing the wine & cuisine of Languedoc-Roussillon,” “Languedoc 101” and a Sparkling Friday seminar on bubblies from Sud de France.

A series of events will take place in September and October in partnership with well-known cultural trendsetters, including Creative Time, the James Beard Foundation, and The French Wine Society.

A rooftop party with Time Out New York and participation in Wine Spectator’s Feast of Famous Faces will touch avid foodies in their elements. The two ambassadors will educate both wine trade professionals and the general public at events, cooking demonstrations and via television and radio.
 
Information on wines served at Festival events will also be made available to help consumers find and remember the tastes they discovered and enjoyed at Sud de France classes and events. A fun contest, publicized through the website, will encourage participants to vie for a trip for two to the “Sud de France” in 2010.

With 30 appellations, 12 vins de pays, and a political-economic climate that is friendly to innovation in all sectors, the Languedoc-Roussillon’s bounty is inviting to consumers who seek value and diversity in their wines. In the June 30th issue of The Wine Advocate, David Schildknecht declared, “the Languedoc has never offered more bargains or more inspiring and talented idealists.”

What a perfect way to celebrate “Food, Wine & Sun” this Indian Summer with the Festival Sud de France. With the current focus and attention on Languedoc-Roussillon the first ever Sud de France Festival is poised to touch a receptive public, ever desiring to learn more about wine through approachable and exciting events and classes.

A web site created for the occasion will publish all details of the Festival in a “blog-style” presentation, including: promotions and participating venues, dates and locations classes and seminars, and information on the wines and cuisine of Languedoc-Roussillon, as well as a list of all importers and distributors in the New York metro area.

Go to: www.festival-suddefrance.com/ny

Coffee And Tea Festival Brightens Up The Weekend

For a great chance to explore all aspect of our national obsession with caffene, the 4th annual Coffee and Tea Festival NYC will be host to a spectacular collection of coffee and tea companies from around the country at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th St. between 6th and 7th Ave.).
Yoon Hee Kim
Open to both the trade and the public from 11 am - 6 pm on 4-18 and 11 am - 5 pm on 4-19, 2009, the show serves as an opportunity for gustatory professional and the public to meet on this common ground--a love for coffee and tea.

Included among the featured exhibitors for the 2009 show are the following companies:
Omoma Coffee, SerendipiTea, Café La Paz, Tay Tea, Tavalon, Starbucks, Harney & Sons Tea, Green Mountain Coffee, Keurig, Guayaki Yerba Mate, El Pedral Gourmet Coffee, Hancha Tea, Zen Green Tea Liqueur, Srina Tea, Vittoria Café Coffee, TeLight, Sacred Rose Tea, and Jalima Coffee.

The show will also feature some extraordinary related products including Best Friends Cocoa, Biscottea, Deborah’s Kitchen, Chip ‘N Dipped Cookie Co., Erica’s Rugelach, and Taste of Home Bakery.

In addition to booths, tastings and opportunities to buy unique products, this two-day event  also features a full program of presentations from well-known industry pros and pioneers.

Some of the highlights include:
• Home Roasting 101
Presented by Donny Raus, President of Northeast Roasters Group.
• Korean Loose Leaf Tea Ceremony
Presented by Yoon Hee Kim of the Korean Tea Culture Foundation.
• Chocolate Tasting
Hosted by Dina Cheney, author of "Tasting Club."
• Afternoon Tea: Tips Terms, and Traditions
Presented by Ellen Easton.
• The Art of Coffee Cupping & Tasting
Hosted by Marcela Zuchovicki of Jalima Coffee, Sponsored by Gillies Coffee.
• From Garden to Cup: Journey With Tea
Presented by Yoon Hee Kim,
Korean Tea Culture Foundation.
• Think Outside the Cup: Creating Coffee-And Tea-Infused Desserts,
Presented by Celebrity Chef Melody McGinley Whitelaw.
• Turkish Coffee & Culture, Presented by Sule Akoglu of The Turkish
Cultural Center.
• Korean Powdered Green Tea Ceremony
Presented by Yoon Hee Kim, Korean Tea Culture Foundation.
• Green Teas of China, Korea and Japan
Presented by Yoon Hee Kim, Sponsored by TeaClassics.
• Tea Cocktails
presented by Chris Cason, Tea Sommelier at Tavalon

The 4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC will also help raise funds and awareness for Cup for Education, the official charity of the event. Cup for Education helps poor and rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities and provide the basic tools needed to educate the future generations of coffee farmers.

Goodie bags will be also be available to attendees each day and include samples from: Adagio Tea, Celestial Seasonings, Wholesome Sweeteners, The Tea House Times, Glee Gum, Teeccino, Choice Organic Tea, Chopsticks Magazine, and others.

An all day pass includes sampling of the international lineup of coffee and tea exhibitors as well as attendance at the special
presentations.

for more info: www.CoffeeAndTeaFestival.com  

The 4th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC
April 18th and 19th, 2009 

The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W 18th St.
631 940 7290  

 

PEN World Voices Festival 2013

Assembling academics, writers, philosophers, and great thinkers the world over, the 9th Annual PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature (April 29 – May 5, 2013, various venues) is like an intellectual version of the Avengers, just substitute fighting aliens with contemplating the human condition. An open letter written by the festival organizers states that PEN World Voices brings “remarkable writers, journalists, philosophers from all over the world to our City, where we discuss and debate some of the most sensitive issues of our lives today.”

Speakers at the festival include:

  • Judith Butler
  • Eduardo Galeano
  • Joy Harjo
  • Aleksandar Hemon
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Ursula Krechel
  • Fran Lebowitz
  • Claudio Magris
  • Pierre Michon
  • Téa Obreht
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Sapphire
  • Charles Simic
  • Naomi Wolf

The opening night (April 29) lecture on bravery in arts, politics, and society and is hosted by comedian Baratunde Thurston, formerly ofThe Onion and author of the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black.

PEN World has several lecture series on various topics, including obsession and the role it plays in the creative process (Naomi Wolf on Truth) and workshops for aspiring artists and writers (What the Wu-Tang Clan Tells Us About Political Publishing with Bhaskar Sunkara).

One of the more unusual events is The Quiet Volume, a performance conducted by Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells, which is described as “A self-generated and ‘automatic’ performance, Autoteatro, for two at a time experienced in the reading room of a library, audience members sit side-by-side taking cues from words both written and whispered – via an iPod and headphones – and find themselves burrowing an unlikely path through a pile of books.”

As one of the most major literary events in New York, PEN World Voices offers a wide array of speakers and views, making it an engaging literary event on a global scale.

To learn more, go to:  http://worldvoices.pen.org/

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
April 29 – May 5, 2013

Various Venues

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