NYC Wine & Food Festival: Four days of culinary bliss
What started two years ago as a one-night party called SWEET has grown into a four-day gourmet bash: the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival.Tomorrow through Sunday will be devoted to food, food and more food. Not to mention wines being poured at venues throughout the city, and spirited entertainment on offer all around town. But it isn’t just about partying. In fact, the festival is about serious business — raising money for the Food Bank for New York City, which supplies assistance to some 1.3 million hungry New Yorkers, and for Share Our Strength, which helps feed 6 million children nationwide each year. Last year’s festival raised more than $1 million for the charities, and this year organizers expect to do every bit as well. “Lee Schrager puts together great food festivals,” said Marc Murphy, chef/owner of the downtown restaurant Landmarc, who will be one of three chefs participating in Midnight Amore, at Scarpetta on Saturday night. “And the money they’re able to raise helps feed people around the city.” The festival also showcases the diversity of New York’s restaurant scene. Events range from the most casual to the most elegant. They include Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash, which will take place in Brooklyn, dinner with Alain Ducasse at the James Beard House and the Grand Tasting, on Pier 54 in Hudson River Park.
The Grand Tasting alone brings together food from many of the city’s top chefs and restaurants. “The Grand Tasting is a unique opportunity to taste in excess of 400 different wine and spirit items from our portfolio,” said Brett Dunne, vice president and general sales manager for Wines, Southern Wine & Spirits of New York.
“The festival brings an awareness of just how great the food is in New York City,” Murphy said. “As far as I’m concerned, the city’s food is the best in the world.”
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