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New York Food & Wine Festival

I don't believe I've seen any discussion going on here about the upcoming Food & Wine Festival (offshoot of the SoBe version). Tickets went on sale Monday, I picked up pairs for the Friday Night 'Meatpacking Uncorked' tasting event, as well as the NY Times Talks with Anthony Bourdain and Ferran Adria (!!) on Saturday. Anyone else going to any of the events?

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  1. Looks like you got tickets to the only events worth attending.

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    1. re: il Trifulau

      That whole weekend was SUCH a back slapping self congratulatory cluster you-know- what. It was heinous. Conversely, the Gourmet Institute last week was amazing; it was the real thing.

    2. I saw a special on the food network of some festival in Florida where the chefs were up on stage doing cooking demonstrations. Is there anything like this here?

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      1. re: QueenPeach

        Here's the link.


        It is partly sponsored by Food Network. So it may be similar to what you're talking about.

        Luckily, I purchased tickets yesterday for the Bourdain and Adria event. They were the first ones to be sold out. Had no idea that they were going to be that popular. If I knew, I would have purchased a whole bunch and have scalped them. ; ) Surprisingly, both the Guy Fieri ones are sold out as well.

        Most of the events really don't look worth going to. $200 for a burger bash hosted by Rachel Ray?!?!??!

        1. re: Miss Needle

          I also snagged a ticket to the bourdain and adria event, but was really struggling with justifying the costs of the other events to myself. Everything is so expensive, at least the events of interest. I thought about the midnight tour of chelsea market, but I'm not a huge Bobby Flay fan.

          1. re: ginsbera

            Luckily the Bourdain/Adria tickets were only $30 each. The Adour tour looked pretty interesting. But there's no way I'm going to spend $750+ for it.

            And I also don't like Bobby Flay. Funny thing is that I've ran into him many times -- and not always in NYC.

        1. re: attractivekid

          I've been eying that one for several years. But it comes with a pretty steep price tag. $1395 a person, to be exact

          1. re: Miss Needle

            Miss N.... I went to the Gourmet Institute the first year, and I really thought it was worth the price. The seminars were excellent, with unique presenters, and the eating events were fabulous. The goodie bag they gave out was worth several hundred dollars, on its own... price has gone up $400 since that first time

            1. re: ChefJune

              ChefJune, it sounds fabulous. How wonderful that you got to experience it! There are quite a few seminars I would love to hit. But it's just too pricey for me at this point. I remember spending about that amount of money for lunch for two at L'Arpege and telling myself that it was going to be once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will probably treat this the same way. Maybe another time in the future, but not this year.

          2. re: attractivekid

            Which ones are tasting events? Descriptions don't seem too specific for some of them.

          3. If you are looking for value, the TastingsNYC event at Pier94, 11/7-9, is only $100 and includes chef demo's, wine tasting, restaurant tastings, a pan asian pavilion, plus several other specialty pavilions. The ticket also provides access to the International Chocolate Show. Website is tastingsnewyorkcity.com.

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            1. re: foodie2424

              Is this related to that terrible gourmet food festival one or two years ago at Pier 94?

              1. re: Miss Needle

                This is a new event for NY, it is the same thing as the highly regarded South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

                1. re: fishermb

                  I was talking about the Pier 94 event, not the NY Food and Wine festival.

            2. I also got tickets to Bourdain/Adria. I'm pondering one of the cheaper tasting events...

              1. It's awfully expensive! And I didn't check today, are a lot of the events already sold out? I was going to get tickets to one or two of the $30 things but I haven't yet.

                1. Going to the Meatpcking Uncorked and the Grand tasting on Saturday. Im a little nervous about the Grand tasting since the tickets were much more than I would have liked. Hopefully it will be worth it.

                  1. I'm going to the Burger Bash. I could give a rat's ass about Rachel Ray but gimme burgers by David Burke, Laurent Tourendel, Tom Collichio, Michael Lomonaco and others (I hear Jacques Torres is in charge of dessert along with Junior's cheesecake) and I'll pay big bucks!

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                    1. re: guttergourmet

                      but is it worth $200? That's my only issue with the event. Everything is extremely expensive....Anyone know any details about the free events, etc. that will be occurring in and around the meatpacking district?

                      1. re: guttergourmet

                        I'm also going to a private lunch at Una Pizza Napoletana where I intend to teach Anthony Mangieri and Ed Levine a thing or two about pizza.

                        1. re: guttergourmet


                          I agree, Rachel Ray is mionor. But with stalwarts like Collichio, Tourendel and David Burke there it seems worth it. And omg, Jacques Torres Himself? Nice.
                          Happy Eating.

                            1. re: guttergourmet

                              Cant wait. Post your full experiences on the Grinder.
                              Bon Apetito!

                              1. re: CHEFARTIST

                                Well I'm still recovering from the Burger Bash last night. Really cool event. Gorgeous night at the Tobacco Warehouse in DUMBO. Beautiful views of the bridges. Of course I didn't pace myself. Within 15 minutes I had consumed approximately 9 hamburgers and fries. Started with Burger Joint at Parker Meridien-a classic! Kobe sliders from Kobe Club were fabulous. The burgers from White Manna from Hackensack were the Platonic version of the White Castle belly bombers of my youth. Al Roker cooked a respectable burger with bbq sauce in lieu of ketchup. Michael Lomonaco fromPorter House was the gourmet burger with sun dried tomato jam and what looked like 12 other precious toppings. David Burke did what looked like a giant version of his Bloomingdales slider with some serious bacon on top. The chef from Foxwoods also did a great burger. Tom Colicchio jumped into the lead IMO with a blend of meat and onions that just melted in my mouth. I had to take a break at that point with cheesecake from Juniors, grape ice cream from Momofuku, chocolate chip cookies from Jacques Torres and some beer. Feeling woozy I plunged ahead and had what I was sure was the best burger of the night-Adam Perry Lang's southwestern style burger from Daisy May's BBQ. I told him I would have loved a bowl of his chili to go with it. It was the winner hands down. BLT was very respectable with more good bacon and Market Table was a top 3 contender. The actual chefs were literally cooking over hot grills and handing out the burgers. Rachel Ray made the obligatory cameo appearance with Bobby Flay and Giada who looks better on TV than in person. There were 7 other burgers I didn't even try because my eyes were glazing over not to mention my arteries were shutting down. I snagged a Shake Shack sun visor but not being a fan I couldn't stomach trying their burger at this point. Strip House looked good too but I couldn't bring myself to try it either. Katie Lee Joel (Billy's wife/daughter?) was a contestant but I didn't bother. And the winner was....Lang? Colicchio? Burke? In typical Food Network dumbed down fashion Katie Lee Joel! Somehow I don't feel disappointed that I didn't taste the winner's burger. On to pizza today at Una Pizza Napoletana with Anthony Mangieri and Ed Levine. Will report back.

                                1. re: guttergourmet

                                  OMG!! DUDE!!!!!
                                  That was intense just reading it.
                                  Ok, its safe to say that next year I AM NOT MISSING THIS!!
                                  Thanks dude. Ok, so no im seriously FAMISHED!!!

                                  1. re: CHEFARTIST

                                    So yesterday I went to the Pieman's Art at Una Pizza Napoletana. It was like sitting in the dugout on the night of the All-Star game. Ed "A Slice of Heaven" Levine was the host with photos by Adam "Slice" Kuban. I sat next to Scott "Pizza Tour" Wiener and Chef Ayoub of Fornino Pizza in Williamsburg, a formidable pizzaiola himself. Of course we (35 pizza nuts) were there to worship at the altar/oven of Anthony Mangieri at Una Pizza Napoletana. To stoke the 2 hour discussion and Q&A session, we started with fresh delivered pies from Vinny Vincenz around the corner. These were meant to represent the "standard" NYC pie. (Their square slices, by the way, are far superior). Then we got Totonno's pies from 2nd Avenue (Coney Island original would have been better but not feasible) to turn it up a notch. After talking about the history of UPN and Anthony, pizza in NYC and Naples, Patsy's vs. Artichoke vs. DiFara's vs. Peppe's vs. Lucali's vs. Bianco's vs. Mozza's which was pizza chat heaven for me, Anthony churned out pie after pie for the ravenous crowd until even I said no mas. Autographed books courtesy of Ed (since my old version has become a bit tattered from use) made for great parting gifts. Now if we could only get Anthony to put some sauasage on his pies.

                                    1. re: guttergourmet

                                      What? No Grimalidi's? Just kidding.
                                      Lol @ getting Mr.Mangieri to put sausage on his pies. Anthony is an original.
                                      Were you allowed to bring Wine?
                                      Speaking of Levine, Get his Book with The venerable David Pasternak of ESCA, entitled: "The Young man and the Sea", Great cookbook, Great Chef, Great restaurant!

                        2. Anyone have any "extra" Bourdain/Adria tickets they'd like to get rid of?
                          Or... know where I might look?

                          Thanks! :)

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                            1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                              either that is a glitch on the site or they made more tickets available due to the events popularity.

                              1. re: Stuffed Monkey

                                where are they still available? It shows it as being "sold out" on nycfoodandwinefestival.com...

                                1. re: NYCAngel

                                  all day tickets have been going back and forth for some of the events. My guess is either more were freed up and then bought out again or there is a glitch. When I wrote my post this morning at 10:15 there were tickets for Bourdains event and Ramsay's were sold out. Now Bourdain's is sold out and Ramsay's has tickets available.

                                  1. re: ginsbera

                                    where are you seeing this?
                                    I just checked the festival site and it still says that both the Bourdain event AND the Ramsay event are sold out...

                                    Thanks for your help!

                                    1. re: NYCAngel

                                      I was viewing all the info here: https://www.imgtickets.com/online_NYC/

                                      but now the ramsay event is sold out too. Yesterday the Bobby Flay Chelsea Market tour was sold out, but now it appears to be available...weird.

                                      1. re: ginsbera

                                        I'll keep watching that site... thanks!
                                        Do you know of anywhere else I might look for people trying to get rid of extra tickets?

                            2. This is coming up soon! I'm looking forward to checking out the Sweet party...

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                              1. re: citysweettooth

                                My take, so far (I attended the Chelsea After Dark event (which I loved!) and the Meatpacking Uncorked event (which was OK but I'm not a huge wine enthusiast). Chelsea After Dark was just a blast and I think a good value for the $75 ticket there were probably 30 or so wines on offer and harder stuff too, but the main feature was the food and places like Ronnybrook Dairy Farm (with their ginger creme brulee milkshake - with optional bourbon). Eleni's (excellent caramel apple and fleur de sel topped cupcake), Chelsea Thai (satay and mango salad), Morimoto (Lamb Carpaccio) stood out to me. For seafood fans there were also oysters and lobster bisque. There was Live music and DJing and as the night wore on people started dancing, everybody was having fun. The biggest mob scene was the area where Bobby Flay was autographing and serving burgers. If not for my tall companion there is no way I would have gotten one. Luckily the burger was excellent (it would have been really disappointing to struggle through a mob and get a bad one!) but it would have been better if they had devised a line for that area. It was indeed an excellent burger (topped with cheese and potato chips). The best part was meeting the artisans behind the food at Chelsea Market and you could see they were having a blast too!
                                As for Uncorked it was fun to see the inside of a lot of these fancy boutiques and try the various wines. The best was Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor, the space is gorgeous and full of pop art style and they had a spread of desserts from heaven, a bakery in Bovina, NY. I was wildly impressed by their fudge brownie! Wine Cellar Sorbets was set up near Pastis and everything they had on offer was great as usual. Even so I'd recommend this mainly to serious wine fans, most of the places had no food at all (not even crackers and cheese) which was pretty odd I thought. So kudos to Michael Angelo's!
                                You can see way more info and pics at my blog here:

                              2. Saturday happens to be my anniversay, so my husband thought I would like to see Guy Fieri. He purchased tickets to see some taping of his show(not sure which one or how many). We are to be there for three hours. Hope it is worth what he paid, gotta give him credit for trying.....I do love the food network!

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                                1. re: Hilary

                                  I'll be fortunate to be at a handful events starting tonight with the Chelsea After Dark, then a Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday. SWEET on Saturday night promises to be a blast and then also the Adria/Bourdain talk as well as Heirloom Tomato tasting with Scott Conant. Promises to be a great weekend and I'll be covering it all.


                                  1. re: ginsbera

                                    I had a blast at the rest of the event too. I attended a grand tasting (faves from that were the root beer float (with root beer sorbet, vanilla ice cream, sasparilla whipped cream, and salted caramel crumble) from Cookshop and Black truffle and Langoustine Har Gau with Peking Duck Broth , Enoki Mushrooms, Cilantro and Olive Oil by chef Jonathan Wright of The Setai (a hotel in Miami).
                                    My fave dessert at Sweet was the Chocolate-Peanut Butter & Concord Grape Pop by Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges. I took loads of pics of all the pastries and posted them. Sweet was really fun especially, but it was pretty much impossible to try everything. I think you have to get a team of sweet fans together to try it all.

                                    1. re: ginsbera

                                      The 2 events I attended were both great. Meatpacking Uncorked was a good time, probably tried about a dozen different wines and sakes, the lines were never longer than 5 minutes. I do agree that there should have been some sort of food/snack accompaniment. The only thing I saw was terrible Barilla tortellini with an alfredo sauce it looked like. Even so, for $40 it's hard to find any other place in the MePa where you can get a bit sloshed on solid drinks.

                                      The other event I went to was the Bourdain/Adria conversation at the NYTimes Center. This was great, just listening to the 2 of them talk about the experience of eating and cooking. At the end of the event I got Adria's new book A Day At elBulli which he signed, met him and Bourdain, really nice guys.

                                      Overall, it seems like people had a better time than they were anticipating, nearly all of the reviews have been positive despite most people thinking that the events weren't that special. Will definitely pick out 1 or 2 more events to attend next year.

                                      1. re: fishermb

                                        I went to the same 2 events as you. I wouldn't do Uncorked next year mainly because I'm not physically capable of getting my money's worth of wine given the lack of food (fyi, they were also giving out bags of caramel/chocolate popcorn and I had a cracker w/cheese at one store). It was worth a try, though.

                                        1. re: fishermb

                                          The bourdain adria event was great, although asmimov was a bit skiddish as a moderator. My favorite event had to be the Burger Bash for just the overall location, food, drinks, personalities, etc. The Morimoto after party was also quiet amazing, but not technically a ticketed event for the festival.


                                          1. re: ginsbera

                                            "a bit skiddish"--you're too kind! I thought Asimov was pretty terrible. Kept interrupting at random times to ask questions that really didn't have to do w/anything. My sister and I kept looking at each other in horror each time...

                                  2. I went to a few - Chelsea Market After Dark, Rachel Ray's Burger Bash and the Ferran Adria/Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay Times Talks.

                                    I'm neither a fan of Bobbly Flay or Rachel Ray, but I went more so for the events than the hosts. I really didn't think the hosts were going to be around for much of the events anyways.

                                    Personally, I wasn't that big a fan of the Chelsea Market After Dark event. The system to deal with the lines was pretty horrendous. It was packed inside. There was a good amount of food and even more to drink, but with the mob, it was a bit aggravating.

                                    There were two different burgers that Flay offered. I was lucky and patient enought to walk away with one of each - one topped with chips and the other with coleslaw. Neither one was fabulous, but thankfully, I preferred the chips one, my friend the coleslaw one, so we switched. We both left half of each of our burgers uneaten, which I'm sure enraged our fellow attendees who weren't as lucky to get one, but oh well...

                                    Chelsea Market's entrance was nicely decorated and save for the Flay burgers, my friend and I had a good time and left plenty full. We also got a gift bag from Bowery Kitchen that was pretty nice.

                                    The Burger Bash was insane! There was no way to get 18 burgers in, but I tried. I may have made it halfway through and coincidentally, Katie Lee Joel's "burger" was the last one I had. My favorite was Adam Perry Lang's or Laurent Tourondel's. Lots of chefs present and everyone was pretty friendly save for Bobby Flay who promised my friend a picture and ended up not even taking one with her. (You suck, Bobby Flay!)

                                    Moving on...

                                    The two Times Talks that I attended were great. The Adria/Bourdain event was the first ticket I purchased. I didn't care about anything else so long as I got these tickets. It was great to hear them speak and to hear Adria's immense passion for food. I wished that it was slightly longer to accomodate for all the translation that had to happen. I ALSO wished that Asimov stopped interrupting. Who interrupts Ferran Adria (or anyone for that matter...) when they're talking??? Sheesh! I also wished that Bourdain got to speak a bit more. The book signing afterwards was great. I wasn't aware that they were doing that, but had brought along my copy of Kitchen Confidential anyways on the off chance I could've gotten an autograph and it worked out.

                                    I really was unsure of attending the Gordon Ramsay talk. I had actually kicked myself for buying the tickets, but ended up really enjoying it. He was funny and I just liked what he had to say. He was also super-friendly during the book signing and I got over being chefstruck enough to have a conversation with him. (I was too tongue-tied to even say anything to Bourdain - how lame!)

                                    Suffice to say, I had a great time. Next year, I'd definitely get tickets to the SWEET event that was hosted by Duff Goldman this year. I heard tons of raves for it - including from my friends who attended. The Heirloom event sounded good too, but I was busy and couldn't make it. I guess that overall, the events were fun, even Chelsea Market After Dark... Can't wait til the NYC Wine & Food Festival comes backs again next year!

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                                    1. re: psylocke62

                                      I also went to the Adria/Bourdain event and also wished Asimov wouldn't say anything. He may have time to edit himself in writing, but speaking isn't his forte. It was incredibly awkward and stopped the whole flow. While I appreciated Adria's enthusiasm, I kind of wish I heard Bourdain speak a bit more. Adria definitely has a lot to say. And I also wish that Adria honestly answered the question, "What would your last meal be" than to skirt the issue.

                                      Overall, it was entertaining and I'm glad that I went.

                                      I also wished that I read the descriptions more carefully. I bypassed all the "Shoprite" tastings because I thought that it was actually going to be catered by Shoprite (silly me). When I read somebody's review of the tastings, I tried to purchase tickets. These tastings looked a lot more interesting than paying $200 to eat a whole bunch of burgers (which I probably wouldn't have been able to eat more than two unless I took a bite and threw it out). But they were already sold out.

                                      1. re: Miss Needle

                                        Shoprite actually did have a table serving food at the Grand Tastings, but obviously that wasn't the main attraction ^_^ I think especially for people who like wine and spirits as that was almost 50% of the tent (I'm not an avid drinker, but tried a few) you can definitely taste a lot of new things at those events and it was also great getting to try food from so many famed NYC restaurants at once.