You’re Not Too Late to Eat. Drink. End Hunger.
We know the Festival begins in what seems like a minute but there’s still time to get there, enjoy some of the most exciting chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and personalities in the food business today. This festival, which is only in its seventh year, is offering a huge assortment of events tailored to fit every budget and every culinary curiosity.
The most important thing you need to know about the Festival is the categories and where you might fit in. There are the intimate events, the walk around events and the “100” and under.
Obviously the more intimate you get with the celebrities the more it’s going to cost. Case in point the East meets West Dinner with Ivan Orkin and Andy Ricker. This dinner will revel in pan-asian cuisine, specifically focused on the flavors and techniques of Japan and Thailand.
They will be joined by Uncle Boons’ Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, as well as Tadashi Ono of Ganso Restaurant Group. The Gothamist says you should expect “an exotic combination of Thai street foods, ramen and izakaya specialties” at this small, seated dinner at events space Haven’s Kitchen. Tickets $250
The walk around events are a party of small plates of everything you can possibly think of from everyone under the sun including the NY sports teams, the New York Times and the Village Voice. Ok… The TV personalities make this their venue, people like Tyler Florence, Martha Stewart, Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay and you know there are many more. Unfortunately the biggest event in this category is SOLD OUT, the burger cook off hosted by Rachel Ray.
The Gothamist also likes this example of one of the “100” and under events; TimesTalk: Alain Ducasse, Daniel Boulud & Eric Ripert: an opportunity to hear the masters talk their trade this evening with three of France’s most celebrated chefs chatting with New York Times Dining editor Sam Sifton. The trio will discuss their favorite French recipes and “the stories behind them.” Hopefully Eric Ripert will dish some dirt on fun times with Anthony Bourdain as well. Tickets $35
What’s new and very exciting? Meatopia; the Carnivores Ball. Oh if you’re a carnivore this is right up your alley. Larry Olmsted a contributor to Forbes magazine describes it this way; “This formerly standalone annual event is actually older than the festival itself, but was folded in for the first time this year, making it easier on fans who want to attend. Hosted by chef, author and TV personality Michael Symon, this brings together a global A-list of big name meat-centric chefs for the “ultimate meat fest.” The Meatopia concept is simple: “The greatest meat chefs in the world cook every part of every animal over open fires. No propane is allowed, and all meat must be cruelty, hormone and antibiotic free. The ‘Whole Animal Court’ will include whole hogs, lambs, goats, and – of course – legendary butcher Pat LaFrieda will cook an entire 1000-lb steer.” This is accompanied by live music, wine, cold beer, and cocktails. Tickets $150
When all is said and done this is a charity event. The Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and the Food Bank for New York City. They have raised over $7 million so far and 100% of the net proceeds from the Festival go directly to these community based charities.
FlashPepper thinks it’s worth it even at this late date. Go. Eat. Drink. End Hunger.