The New York City Wine and Food Festival, the biggest culinary event to hit NYC each year, is happening this weekend. From seminars to late night parties, intimate dinners to epic showdowns, there's something for every food lover at this fete, which celebrates all things food and drink. Keep in mind that while many large events get the most exposure, if you're looking to avoid the major crowds, the smaller events have unique and exciting experiences to offer.. There are so many events to choose from; here are a few that Serious Eats thinks are worth your while:
The Grand Tasting
The largest part of the festival, this signature event offers access to culinary demonstrations, book signings, bites from top chefs and restaurants and endless sampling of fine wine and spirits. Join Serious Eats and Progresso for a demonstration celebrating Progresso's new Artisan Soups. Chefs Marco Canora, Einat Aidmony, and more will be cooking live demonstrations of their favorite soups - with Serious Eats' very own Ed Levine and J. Kenji Lopez-Alt acting as their sous-chefs. If you're headed to the Grand Tasting, make sure to come stop by and check it out!
Time/Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 19 & 20, 12pm - 6pm Price: $175
Ivan Ramen's Taste of Tokyo Dinner
Ivan has a fascinating story - an American guy (from Long Island) making ramen in Tokyo. His highly anticipated restaurant will be one of the hottest openings of the year. To top it all off, his book, Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint will be the first book on ramen publish in English. The event is an intimate sit-down dinner on the 5th floor of the International Culinary Center. Ivan blends his understanding of Japanese cuisine with his classical French training, for an unforgettable meal and evening.
Date/Time Sunday, October 20, 7-10pm Ticket Price: $225
The Lobster Place presents Oyster Bash
Set in the festive Biergarten at the Standard, Chelsea Market favorite The Lobster Place brings out their best oyster purveyors for an afternoon supplemented with beer and bubbly. The event is hosted by chef John Besh of New Orleans. Oyster farmers will be hand shucking oysters and chatting with guests. You can even learn how to shuck your own!
Date/Time: Sunday, October 20 12pm - 3pm Ticket Price: (sold out)
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 25 Anniversary Party
For 25 years, Food & Wine has celebrated the newest and brightest chefs across the country. Many of today's renowned chefs earned this title early on in their careers. Join Editor-In-Chief Dana Cowin along with Best New Chef alums Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Andrew Carmellini, Dan Barber, Scott Conant, Mario Carbone and many more for an exciting evening. Perrier-Jouet Champagne will accompany the special dessert lounge overlooking Central Park.
Date/Time: Friday, October 18, 7:30pm - 11pm Price: $300
Daniel Patterson, Sean Brock and George Mendes Dinner
This intimate dinner brings together three distinct styles of American cuisine. Sean Brock, of Charleston, is a James Beard Award Winner and master of southern cuisine. George Mendes, chef/owner of Aldea, brings his popular Portuguese-American fusion. Finally, Daniel Patterson, star of the San Francisco culinary scene, brings his Northern California style to the table.
Date/Time: Friday, October 18, 7pm - 10pm Price: $250
Godiva Truffle Showdown
This brand new event takes you on the ultimate taste journey of Godiva's newest Truffle Flights. Some of NYC's hottest chefs will be in attendance, showcasing their one-of-a-kind desserts, using truffles from the collection. The event is located at the iconic 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Date/Time: Friday, October 18 Price: (sold out)
For more info and ticket information, check out the NYCWFF site.
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