HW Pick: Meet, Greet And Eat At NYC Wine & Food Fest ’15

celebs at the nyc food festThe eighth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is pleased to release its 2015 program of events.  

Set for October 15 – 18, 100% of the net proceeds from more than 100 events taking place throughout New York City benefit Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®.  To date, the Festival has raised more than $8.5 million to help fight hunger with the nation’s leading hunger-relief organizations.

“We are excited to unveil our 2015 event line-up, which includes the return of Festival fan favorite events and a variety of new experiences for our passionate attendees,” said Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications and National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. “Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to see their favorite chefs and culinary personalities, including both veteran and new faces from Food Network & Cooking Channel, plus interact with leading winemakers and spirits producers from the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York portfolio.”

The Festival’s culinary campus at Piers 92 & 94 will once again serve as the central hub for gourmands throughout the weekend. Pier 94 remains the centerpiece for the Festival’s 135,000-sq.ft. tasting compound Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® . Here, guests will sip, savor and sample their way through offerings from New York City’s best restaurants and the finest wines and spirits in the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York portfolio. After its successful debut last year, guests will again have the opportunity to upgrade their tasting experience by adding on access to the Wine GEMS Collection Room presented by Wine Spectator.

Pier 92 continues to host a parade of signature events that anchor the Festival each evening, starting with Giada De Laurentiis’ Italian Feast presented by Ronzoni featuring New York City’s best trattorias, sliceslingers and meatball shops. The next evening will feature Festival fan favorite Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray, which gets a twist this year with the inaugural “Smack Down” of the best mac and cheese dishes from participating chefs. On Saturday, October 17 Pier 92 will see the return of Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Joe Namath and Mario Batali, plus the introduction of new event The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown presented by Cocktail Kingdom hosted by Emeril Lagasse. The Festival will closeout with a celebration of the life and legacy of acclaimed food writer and longtime Festival friend Josh Ozersky at Meatopia hosted by Michael Symon. Carefully curated by the late carnivore community’s fearless leader himself, Ozersky’s vision for the world’s greatest meat festival will live on with the country’s greatest chefs serving up their best creations.

The Festival continues to bring renowned chefs from all over the world together with top winemakers and spirits producers for more intimate experiences offered as part of the Bank of America Dinner Series. A sampling of participating luminaries include Rainer Becker (ZUMA, United Kingdom), José Enrique (José Enrique, Puerto Rico), Leonor Espinosa (Leo Cocina y Cava, Colombia), Sebastiano Lombardi (Hotel Il Pellicano, Italy), Virgilio Martinez (Central, Peru), Jordi Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Spain), and national treasures like Lidia Bastianich, David Bouley, Gerard Craft, Charles Phan, Bill Telepan, Alice Waters, and many more.

New events in 2015 include unique walk-around tastings such as Brunch @ Bobby’s hosted by Bobby Flay, the preeminent master of brunch himself, Sweet Masquerade hosted by Dominque Ansel and Pecko Zantilaveevan, Veg Out with Hungryroot hosted by Haylie Duff, Ramen Party hosted by Josh Ostrovsky (a.k.a. The Fat Jew), Top Dog – A NY Hot Dog Competition hosted by Andrew Zimmern, Cavier, Champagne and Cocktails at The Wayfarer, Pigs n’ Pints hosted by Robert Irvine at the Festival’s headquarter hotel Hudson New York, Midnight Jazz Breakfast hosted by Rev Run and Justine Simmons, and panels like Eating Stories hosted by Mario Batali and Mary Giuliani, plus much more.

Festival staple events like Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Tacos & Tequila hosted by Aarón Sánchez, Thrillist’s Barbecue & The Blues hosted by Adam Richman, Rachael Ray’s Feedback™: Chefs and Cocktails, Rock & Roll Sushi hosted by Masaharu Morimoto, Stacked: Sandwiches and Sides hosted by Tiffani Thiessen, The Lobster Place presents Oyster Bash hosted by Anne Burrell, and Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the Cast of Chopped will return with new faces to serve up their best creations. More educational and hands-on seminars return with master classes at the Institute of Culinary Education, Pairing Seminars hosted by FOOD & WINE, and Anolon Cookware’s Artisanal Cooking Series at Home Studios.

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For more information on the Festival go to nycwff.org.

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