Eat and Drink 9 things you may have missed at 2014's Wine and Food Festival By MELISSA KRAVITZ & GEORGIA KRAL October 19, 2014 5:02 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The festival returned for its 7th year, bringing plenty of wine and food from all over the country to New York City from Thursday, Oct. 16th - Sunday, Oct. 19. Endless Pizza at Ronzoni's La Sagra Slices Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz The first night of NYCWFF kicked off with a rooftop event featuring slices from some of the city's best pizzerias. Highlights included a speck and truffle slice from, Don Antonio by Starita; Emily's The Emily slice with mozzarella, pistachio, truffle and honey; Rubirosa's Tie Dye slice with tomato, vodka and pesto; and Philadelphia's Pizzeria Vetri focaccia with melon, chicory and ricotta salata. Food Network's Adam Richman and Jon Bon Jovi welcomed crowds to the beginning of the festival, and plenty of samples of Bongiovi pasta sauce were available for tasting. Burgers at the Blue Moon Burger Bash Photo Credit: GEORGIA KRAL One of the very best things we ate at the 2014 Wine & Food Festival was the burger from Perla at the Blue Moon Burger Bash -- and Perla wasn't even listed as a participant! (Montmartre, another Gabriel Stuhlman restaurant, was.) The burger was perfection: tons of meaty flavor, pickled escarole, Caciocavallo cheese. And it came with a side of tater tots and crispy chickpeas. The best thing at any tasting event ever? Other highlights: the dry-aged burger from Smith & Wollensky (with a side of fried creamed spinach!!), the Red Cat burger from Rouge Tomate. Morimoto hamming it up at Rock & Roll Night Market Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Okay, so there wasn't any actual ham at Friday night's event at the Harvard Club, but Morimoto wasn't camera shy while food lovers lined up for his sushi and cold sesame ramen. Lang pi cold skin noodles and lamb dumplings from Xian Famous foods were another fan favorite. The party raged until 2 a.m., thanks to sake cocktails and a seemingly endless supply of Asian food ranging from Malaysian to Thai to Japanese to Brooklyn-fusion style cuisines. Dominique Ansel's Wonderland Photo Credit: GEORGIA KRAL Dominique Ansel and friends created a Wonderland of desserts at the High Line Hotel refectory on Friday. Those lucky enough to get in were treated to magical concoctions from Mad Hatter-inspired trifles to mushroom and concord grape tarts to kombucha in little bottles that red "drink me." For his part, the Cronut creator came up with a dessert he called "Painting the roses red." A rose stem was topped with an edible rose made of hazelnut financier and raspberry jam that was then dipped in rose water, wrapped in champagne marshmallow and covered with rose petals and sprayed with white chocolate. Ridiculously delicious lobster at Claws & Cru Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz This brunch event on Saturday morning brought crustacean and champagne lovers to Gotham Bar & Grill. Chef Alfred Portale crafted an excellent multi-course brunch centered around lobster. Thank you, chef. Dishes like poached Maine lobster with golden beets, quail egg and ginger foam were complemented by crisp aged champagne. All the desserts at Brooklyn's Best Dessert Party Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Saturday evening at the Maritime Hotel brought Brooklyn's best dessert shops offering their sweetest goods. Ample Hills ice cream, Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie and a selection of doughnuts from Dough proved that Brooklyn is the place to be for anyone with a sweet tooth. Pinnacle vodka mixed up dessert-style cocktails, shaken with whipped cream, caramel apple and pumpkin pie flavored booze. Endless samples, celebrities (like Paula Deen) at the Grand Tasting Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz One of the festival's main events, the Shoprite Grand Tasting on Satuday and Sunday, was grand indeed. Food Network stars like Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray led cooking demos, Martha Stewart signed her new cookbook and selfies with Paula Deen became a main attraction. The star-studded event was also packed with great tastes: local restaurants shared their signature dishes, New York food brands offered bites of their products and ample booze tastings made this the perfect event for any food lover. These lamb dumplings from Xi'an Famous Foods Photo Credit: GEORGIA KRAL Xi'an is famous for their northwestern China cuisine, like cumin lamb and biang noodles. They also make some great dumplings. We tried some hot & sour lamb dumplings at Dale Talde's Dim Sum brunch, and were sent straight to heaven. You're lucky because you can head to one of their seven locations to try some yourself. When Pat LaFrieda unveiled this giant steer Photo Credit: GEORGIA KRAL Meatopia X: The Carnivore's Ball meat tasting event on Sunday afternoon featured bites from top restaurants of all culinary backgrounds, from Oceana to The Cannibal to Jeepney. Whiskey cocktails were also enjoyed on the roof of Pier 92, with its picturesque views, but the highlight of the event was when this whole steer was extracted from a concrete container where it had been cooking, via forklift. Pat LaFrieda, the famous meat purveyor, was responsible for this 1,000 pound hunk of meaty goodness. Meatopia, founded by the food writer Josh Ozersky, dictates that every part of every animal be cooked over open fires. All meat is cruelty-, hormone- and antibiotic-free. By MELISSA KRAVITZ & GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.