Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2008
I don't know about the food, but a friend who went for the wine said it was worth the
taste testing experience, especially before Passover while her family was stocking up. so if you are going for $100 worth of food, you may be sorely disappointed. I'm mystified why it's so expensive, seeing as most of the wine is donated or discounted by vineyards looking to this as a marketing opportunity. usually wine tastings at this ticket price level are used as fund raisers for a non profit group.
I went last year, which was in the Jewish Heritage Museum in Battery Park City. The food was essentially a shmorg set up in the middle of the room. It was a complete zoo: incredibly crowded, lots of pushing, etc. The food was decent but nothing exciting, and the best items disappeared very quickly. Later on there was an assortment of desserts that was good and much less crowded, as it was in a separate room.
The wine, though, was much more enjoyable. There were dozens of wineries there, each offering samples of several different wines in a wide range of prices. Many of them were not yet available to the public but were released publicly in time for Pesach. I sipped a few dozen qines, found a few new favorites, and had some interesting conversations with the pourers.
However, it was in the same room as the food, so the place was incredibly loud and, like I said, very crowded. Once the food ran out, though, the crowd started thinning and the whole event was much more pleasant. I wonder if the new venue this year is big enough will alleviate some of the overcrowding from last year.
Bottom line: if you go for the food, you'll probably be disappointed. If you go for the wine, you'll enjoy yourself.