NYC Wine and Food Festival Recap

by Emily on October 7, 2011 · 0 comments

in Booze Without Borders,Food,Recommendations

This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but it just didn't feel right blogging on my MacBook Air while the world mourned this country's greatest modern innovator. I've been an Apple user since 1993 and my business runs on my iPhone and laptop. I could go on, but I'd like to just say R.I.P. Steve Jobs. I've been in the Apple store twice in the past week (the last time was the day before Jobs died), so these will be my last visits to Apple while the titan was still with us.

On with our show. This past weekend was New York food and wine lovers' Christmas, as we celebrated the best in food and drink at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. The festival features not only famous NYC chefs and notable restaurants, but it also plays host to dozens of parties and tastings. NYWFF gathers a number of Food Network's TV personalities, drawing hoardes of hungry fans out hoping for a glimpse of Paula Deen, Alton Brown or Guy Fieri. I skipped the celeb factor, for the most part, and focused on two events. On Friday, I made my way over to Pier 57 for the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Trade Tasting hosted by Beverage Media Group and ShopRite. Here were my favorite tastes:

LIQUOR

Jefferson's Presidential Select 18 Year Whiskey

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Death's Door White Whiskey

Tasting

Heaven Hill Distilleries Trybox Series Rye

WINE:

What I'm drinking '97 tête de cuvée #NYWFF

Palmes d'Or '97 Tete de Cuvee Champagne

PREPARED OR PACKAGED FOOD:

Veal sliders with Colavita olive oil. #nywff

Veal Sliders with Colavita Olive Oil

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Blueprint Cleanse had some of their healthy bites out. (I wrote about my experience with Blueprint Cleanse here.)

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Kikkoman fried chicken with aioli was surprisingly delicious. But maybe everything's delicious after tasting several whiskeys in a row. Other great products/foods I tasted are linked here: Mexico Lindo Claudia Bonilla - mini tamales with spicy sauce Pure Dark - great locally made chocolate Loi Restaurant Maria Loi - falafel and Greek salad from a famous Greek chef opening a restaurant in NYC this month Salt of the Earth Bakery - crazy good chocolate cookies, also local Tonnino - tasty tunas packed in olive oils infused with different flavors/spices

PRODUCTS:

I already have a red KitchenAid stand mixer with a glass bowl, but that didn't keep me from falling head over heels in love with the KitchenAid Artisan® Design Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in a new bright pink color. If anyone wants to buy me this one, I'll host a giveaway of my (still pretty new) red one here. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="179" caption="KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Raspberry Ice"][/caption] I couldn't find the below product online (the closest thing to it is the KitchenAid® 3-Speed Hand Blender with attachments) but this immersion blender is EVERYTHING. See all those attachments it comes with? I seriously need to get an immersion blender. Soup season requires it, and I have really missed mine since I got rid of it when I moved to NYC.

On Saturday, I enjoyed the "Old School vs. New School" panel presented by Bullfrog & Baum featuring Chefs Daniel Boulud, Marco Canora, Alfred Portale and my favorite NYC chef, Paul Liebrandt. The panel was moderated by Eater founder Ben Leventhal. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Chefs Portale, Boulud, Canora and Liebrandt"]Portale, Boulud, Canora and Liebrandt[/caption] Boulud made some of the most salient points, I thought. He said, "Let's talk old school diner versus new school diner. Old school diner was about enjoying the company of the other person, paying attention to the food. It's about Brillat-Savarin. The new school diner is taking pictures and sending them in three seconds." That gave me pause. As you know, I'm a frequent snapper of food shots and the majority of those happen while I'm out eating. However, I do respect the environment and tone of the restaurants I'm visiting. I've eaten at restaurants run by three of the four participatings chefs. The most I did at those restaurants was snap one or two surreptitious iPhone shots quickly and with no flash. I didn't take them for blog purposes and, to date, I haven't publicly written about any of those establishments. But there are other, more casual restaurants where my behavior will follow suit. As diners, we do need to be mindful of what we're contributing or taking away from the dining experience and remember that meals are a celebration and nourishment for our spirits as well as for our bodies. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="179" caption="Liebrandt with Leventhal"][/caption] I had one last hurrah at the NYCWFF Closing Party with Guy Fieri at Highline Stages. Readers know I love Guy, and I'm excited by the rumors that he might be opening a place in NYC. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="179" caption="Guy Fieri at the Festival's closing party"]Guy 3[/caption]

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