Four-Day Feast

Every day in New York heralds a culinary adventure, but there is something particularly electric about the annual Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (October 12-15). Founded by Lee Schrager, this sister event to the one in Miami’s South Beach is celebrating 10 years of eating and imbibing with over 80 events across the city—and donating 100 percent of its net proceeds to the Food Bank for New York City and the No Kid Hungry campaign. Loads of culinary heavyweights and television personalities will make appearances, from Peru’s famed Gaston Acurio and Chicago’s favorite Mexican chef Rick Bayless to Giada De Laurentiis and Ace of Cakes’ Duff Goldman. The Grand Tasting is the heart of the event, complete with bites from some of New York’s finest restaurants, wine and spirits poured from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio, and cooking demos. But after tackling that 150,000-square-foot food and drink mecca, don’t overlook the Northwestern Mutual Pier 92 Rooftop for the Blue Moon Burger Bash, or a slew of intimate dinner shindigs with the likes of chefs Alain Ducasse and Jean-Georges Vongerichten. There are also brunches including a Broadway Tastes themed one hosted by actress Kristin Chenoweth, late-night parties revolving around egg sandwiches and Bloody Marys, and because NYCWFF is every bit as educational as boisterous, hands-on classes that reveal how to make dishes like ethereal brioche and beignets, and seminars investigating topics like clean eating.



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