From October 13th-16th, some of the most beloved celebrity chefs and foodies will hit NYC for the ninth year of the New York City Wine and Food Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the city. Hosted by Food Network and the Cooking Channel, the festival brings culinary TV to life, with events hosted by your favorite celebrity chefs, like Mario Batali, Giada De Laurentiis, and Dominique Ansel (inventor of the Cronut), as well as an array of other non-food celebrities.
This year, join over 55,000 of your fellow food aficionados and 500 world-class chefs as you taste some of the best bites and booze from a wide range of cuisines and techniques, and watch as some of latest global culinary innovations are unveiled. With a wide range of intimate dinners, hands-on classes, late night parties, wine tastings, cooking demos, and educational seminars all across the city, there’s something for everyone, no matter if you’re an established gourmand or an amateur foodie.
Here are some faces to look forward to at the events at NYCWFF 2016:
(October 13, 7:00 – 10:00PM, The William Vale Hotel, 111 N 12th Street, Brooklyn)
After a long week, you deserve a luxurious take on one of America’s favorite comfort foods: fried chicken. Head to the brand new William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn with Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg and chef Andrew Carmellini for a classy, yet cozy feast featuring not only delicious chicken dishes, but also decadent champagnes and sparkling wines and plenty of side dishes and desserts.
(October 13, 8:00-10:00PM, Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue, Manhattan)
Kick off the weekend early with exclusive tastes from the venue that jumpstarted the NYC Food Hall Trend. With actresses turned food connoisseurs Haylie Duff, Tia Mowry, and Tiffani Thiessen as hosts, sample all the best bites that Chelsea Market has to offer. Get a sampling of vegan sushi, gourmet doughnuts, Asian-Mexican fusion, locally sourced seafood, Italian delights, and more, paired with a selection of wines, beers, and spirits. Come hungry and leave with the best food coma you’ve ever had.
NYC’s Chelsea Market
(October 14, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Bouley Botanical, 281 Church Street, Manhattan)
A top chef in the United States for over forty years, David Bouley creates compelling and imaginative flavors for any foodie to savor, while bringing high-quality, yet health conscious ingredients to the plate. At this special intimate dinner, Bouley will prepare a one-of-a-kind menu for guests to enjoy in the Bouley Botanical Garden. Guests will experience beauteous perfection with both the mouth-watering food and the serene surroundings.
Celebrity Chef David Bouley in the kitchen
(October 14, 7:00 – 10:00PM, JW Marriott Essex House New York, 160 Central Park South, Manhattan)
Taste the world without having to leave NYC. With inspiration from outdoor markets, food cart hawkers, urban kitchen spaces and eclectic, exotic flavors, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of Thailand or India, sampling some of the greatest street food in the world. Zimmern will team up with chef Jessi Singh of NYC hotspot Babu Ji and chefs Matt Danzer and Ann Redding, the duo that runs the kitchen at Uncle Boons, to present an unforgettable international menu.
Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods
(October 14, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Arabelle, 37 East 64th Street, Manhattan)
If you haven’t gotten the chance to visit his restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles (you definitely have to check them out), get a taste of Rick Bayless’ authentic Mexican Cuisine at his intimate dinner at Hôtel Plaza Athénée. This Michelin Star-awarded chef will not disappoint with his vibrant flavors and farm-to-table quality. Alongside Bayless, James Beard Foundation’s 2016 Rising Star Chef, Daniela Soto-Innes, will add to the exciting Mexican meal’s deliciousness. This is a food fiesta that’s not to be missed.
(October 14, 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Union Fare, 7 East 17th Street, Manhattan and October 16, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, Morimoto, 88 10th Avenue, Manhattan)
You don’t have to fly to Japan to be in the presence of one of the greatest sushi chefs in the business. Join sushi legend Masaharu Morimoto to learn the secrets of sushi-making, from the best stuff to put inside to the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing way to roll it up. Don’t worry if your personal roll doesn’t turn out on par, there will be plenty of professionally prepared rolls and pieces paired with tasty wines and sakes to top off the experience.
Who doesn’t love sushi and a party? Also join Masaharu Morimoto for a night of karaoke, cocktails, nigiri, crudo, ceviche and creative rolls. Get ready to dance the night away, while the DJ blasts his beats throughout the venue. Spend a night full of fun with your chopsticks in one hand and a microphone in the other, as you sing, dance, and eat your heart out.
(October 15, 12:00 – 3:00 PM, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Arabelle, 37 East 64th Street, Manhattan)
Support your favorite local team (or if you prefer the Mets, just come for the delicious food), while indulging in a decadent Saturday brunch. Meet veteran Yankee players including Tino Martinez, Gerald Williams, Jim Leyritz, and Brian Boehringer while brunching on some bites from local chefs at Dos Caminos, Miss Lily’s, Delicatessen, NYY Steakhouse, Bowery Meats, and more. Munch with some music with an exclusive guitar performance from 5-time MLB All-Star Bernie Williams.
(October 16, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Pier 92, 52nd Street and West Side Highway, Manhattan)
The Food Network classic show is coming to life on the rooftop of Pier 92. Hit the roof with some of your favorite Chopped cast-members, including Ted Allen, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, Geoffrey Zakarian and more. Unlike when you’re watching on a TV screen, when these chefs prepare their courses, they not only have to satisfy judges, but their goal is also to impress you. Get a taste of what each chef has to offer and vote on the final decision of who will get chopped and who will come out victorious. Also, get the chance to meet with the show’s producers and directors and see if you have what it takes to be a contestant on this Food Network favorite.
A new take on bottomless boozy brunch, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka are hosting a bottomless Broadway brunch. Join these two celebrity foodies and cast members from Broadway favorites, including Wicked, The Book of Mormon, Aladdin, Jersey Boys, and The Lion King, and enjoy Broadway show-inspired brunch bites.
Eat your heart out for a good cause!
While you’re enjoying your food baby after this week of foodie and boozy festivities, know that you are also helping to fill the bellies of those in need. 100% of the net proceeds from the NYC Wine & Food Festival will benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign and the Food Bank for New York City.
For more info, visit: http://nycwff.org/