Paella lovers rejoice!
The Paella Parade will take place June 7, and attendees will be able to taste nine different chefs' versions. Credit: Getty
Sunday, June 7 marks the first-ever Paella Parade at the new Water Taxi Beach. We spoke to Odila Galer-Noel of Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., importers of El Coto de Rioja wines, the sponsor and organizer of the event.
What will the Paella Parade entail?
Nine restaurants are participating, and each chef will create their own paella.
Some may be very traditional, others might be different. The public will come in, taste them all and wine will flow fairly freely (there will be 2 ounce pours per person with 4 different Spanish wines white, rose and 2 reds from El Coto De Rioja). They can vote on different categories.What will winners receive?
A five-liter bottle of a Spanish wine (worth about $180-$200). There will be at least 4 or five winners.
What sparked the idea for a Paella Parade?
This is something that we wanted to do for a long time. I got the idea from Valencia, where I went on my honeymoon. Theres a man there who makes the largest pan of paella in the world, and theres a festival around it.
We wanted to get the Spanish chefs together. There isnt an association for Spanish chefs, the way there is for French chefs.
Where will the proceeds go?
All the proceeds are going to two organizations: Action Against Hunger and New York City College of Technology (because their students are involved in a lot of the work they do. And they have a wine program in their culinary department).
Paella Parade will take place June 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. At the New Water Taxi Beach at Pier 17, South Street Seaport. $25, unlimited paella and wine. Under 12 get in free. (Lucy Cohen Blatter)