Once upon a time a giant culinary festival took over the NYC gastronomy scene and the rest, as they say, is yummy! Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is approaching fast October 17th - 20th, so buy your tickets and get ready to eat, drink and eat some more at fan favorites Blue Moon Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray and Tacos & Tequila with Bobby Flay.  FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs 25th Anniversary Party is sure be a Who's Who of the culinary world. #NYCWFF is also celebrating Oktoberfest for the first time and promises an afternoon of cold beer and hot sausages hosted by Andrew Zimmern, PROST! Then, Goooo sport fans... Touchdown and eat up Jet Fans on a judge free zone at Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Joe Namath and Mario Batali. [~doing the wave~]

NYCWFF will cater to the city that never sleeps with late night parties such as Gotham West Market Opening Party; Rockin' Dumplings and Rollin' Sushi hosted by Masaharu Morimoto; Cigars & Spirits by Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate; and Patrón XO Cafe Late Night; or try something new at Global Night Market in The Plaza Food Hall hosted by Todd English.

Lets not forget the most important meal of the day, BRUNCH! Whether you prefer sweet pancakes or savory eggs dishes, spicy Bloody Mary's or bubbly. So as they say in the South... What do you have a taste for? The New York Times presents Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian,  All that Jazz Brunch by Foods from Chile hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli or a power brunch at Taste NY hosted by The Honorable Andrew Cuomo and Friends.

The Walk-Around Tasting events are obviously our favorite at NYCWFF! The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite Featuring KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations by Food Network personalities and chefs presented by MasterCard® is the biggest event and runs on Saturday and Sunday. Copious amounts of wines and liquor, tables amongst tables of tasty bites from the best New York restaurants. This is the must attend to event. See you there... and don't forget to wear your fat pants.

New York City Wine & Food Festival
October 17th - 20th, 2013


#NYCWFF 2013

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE Announces 2013 Event Line-Up and Moves its Central Hub to Midtown West
- The Festival Takes Place October 17 – 20, 2013 -
New YorkNew York (May 2013) – Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager is pleased to unveil the event schedule for the 2013 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE benefiting Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.  Taking place October 17 – 20 the Festival will feature a dynamic line-up of returning signature events, a plethora of new soirées and exclusive chef-driven dinners that once again brings top winemakers, spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities from around the world for an unparalleled weekend to Eat. Drink. End Hunger. in New York City.  Adding to the excitement, the Festival is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hudson, Morgans Hotel Group’s celebrated hotel known for its whimsical design and iconic public spaces.  As Headquarter Hotel, Hudson will serve as the ideal backdrop for a variety of Festival events, including wine and pairing seminars hosted by FOOD & WINE, complementing the move of the Festival’s central hub to Midtown West.
Mark the calendar:  Starting Monday, June 10, MasterCard® cardholders will enjoy exclusive presale access to all of the Festival’s 100 events at www.nycwff.org or by calling 866.969.2933. 
“We are excited to announce this year’s program, which highlights both fresh and returning signature events at new venues in Midtown, including Pier 92 and Pier 94,” noted Schrager, who also serves as the vice president of corporate communications & national events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.  “This year’s Bank of America Dinner Series also features a truly impressive line-up of host chefs from around the globe, paired with the finest wines from the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York portfolio.”         
Pier 94 will be the new home of the Festival’s signature Southern Wine & Spirits of New York Trade Tasting presented by Beverage Media Group and Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite with KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard®.  Celebrity chefs and culinary personalities appearing on the KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration stages include Anne Burrell, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Emeril Lagasse, and many more.  The adjacent Pier 92 will host the Festival’s iconic Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray and Olmeca Altos Tequila presents Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay, as well as new events including: Jets + Chefs Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Mario Batali, and La Sagra Sunday Slices sponsored by Time Out New York hosted by Anne Burrell & Adam Richman.     
Gourmands and aficionados looking for one-of-a-kind wine and culinary experiences will be delighted by the line-up for the Festival’s Bank of America Dinner Series, featuring internationally-acclaimed chefs and fine wine pairings.  The series will take place in venues across New York City and includes:
  • “I Love NY” hosted by Daniel Humm & Will Guidara
  • Yardbird Hong Kong Dinner hosted by Matt Abergel
  • Farm-to-Table Dinner presented by Wine Spectator hosted by Bill Telepan & Andrea Reusing
  • Manresa: An Edible Reflection hosted by David Kinch
  • The Chef and the Doctor hosted by David Bouley & Dr. Mark Hyman
  • Cross-Country Dinner hosted by Sean Brock, George Mendes & Daniel Patterson
  • Inside the Empire: Dinner hosted by Pubbelly
  • A Night in the D.O.M. hosted by Alex Atala
  • One Plate at a Time presented by Wine Spectator hosted by Rick Bayless
  • Italian Paradise Dinner hosted by Giada De Laurentiis
  • Classico E Moderno hosted by Michael White & The Altamarea Group Chefs
  • The Ultimate Catch hosted by Ben Sargent
  • The Silver Standard Dinner hosted by Dan Silverman & Michael Schlow
  • Flavors of the West Coast – Tyler Florence Brings Wayfare Tavern to New York City presented by Wine Spectator
  • Exploring the Mediterranean: Dinner hosted by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
  • Reimagined Classics: Dinner hosted by Quince’s Michael Tusk
  • Taste of Tokyo: Dinner hosted by Ivan Orkin
In addition, the 2013 Festival will include a very special fête in honor of the 25th Anniversary of FOOD & WINE’s Best New Chefs, plus new events like Delta Air Lines Global Night Market at The Plaza Food Hall hosted by Todd English featuring Hot Bread Kitchen and Guy Fieri’s Rock of Ages Party.   Returning fan-favorites include: Meatpacking Uncorked presented by Cupcake Vineyards, Time Warner Cable presents Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, Thrillist’s Barbecue & The Blues presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Robert Irvine, Rockin’ Dumplings & Rollin’ Sushi hosted by Masaharu Morimoto, and a series of Master Classes at the International Culinary Center.  
General ticket sales for the 2013 Festival start Monday, June 24 online at www.nycwff.org or by calling 866.969.2933 (phone sales open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST).  100% of the net proceeds from the Festival benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.  Stay up to date with the excitement by following the Festival atwww.Facebook.com/NYCWFF or follow founder and director Lee Brian Schrager atwww.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager.    
About the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign, 100% of the Festival’s net proceeds go toward helping these community based organizations fight hunger.  Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival.  More information about the Festival can be found at www.nycwff.org.   
About the Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 30 years as the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs.  As the city’s hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of  community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank’s hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.
No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program.  This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.


New Taste of the Upper West Side

6th Annual Whole Foods Market New Taste of the Upper West Side Announces New Faces, New Look, New Weekend Friday, May 31st, and Saturday June 1st.

Travel Channel’s Adam Richman to Host Comfort Classics
Top Chef Judge and Food & Wine Special Projects Director Gail Simmons To Host Best of the West Honoring Shake Shack Creators Danny Meyer and Randy Garutti.

The 2013 Whole Foods Market New Taste of the Upper West Side is back celebrating its sixth year with top-name chefs, A-list hosts, renowned honorees and more participating restaurants. Created by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), proceeds from the weekend will continue to benefit the Columbus Avenue BID’s Streetscape Project as well as support the Wellness in its Schools program at the O’Shea School complex and P.S. 87.

Kicking off the 6th Annual Whole Foods New Taste of the Upper West Side is an exciting new event, Soirée in the Park on Wednesday, May 29th, at7 p.m. in Theodore Roosevelt Park. Hosted by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (BID), the festive fundraiser will feature champagne and hors d’oeuvres by chefs John Fraser (Dovetail), Maria Loi (Loi) and Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi Parmacotta)

Comfort Classics, Friday
Friday May 31st, 2013
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
$105 per person
Under the Grand Tent on Columbus Avenue between W 76th and W 77th Street. Hosted by Travel Channel’s Adam Richman, the connoisseur of cool, returns to host this high-energy evening for the third consecutive year. Featuring over 40 chefs from Upper West Side institutions to new entities, the evening will showcase unique bites inspired by old time classics along with new takes on time treasured favorites served alongside cocktails, wine and spirits by Southern Food and Wine and music from DJ Fresh.

Best of the West
Saturday June 1st, 2013
VIP, $250 per person 6:00 pm
General Admission $135 per person from 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Under the Grand Tent on Columbus Avenue between W 76th and W 77th Street. Celebrating the Upper West Side’s most extraordinary chefs and restaurants, hosted by Top Chef Judge and Food & Wine Special Projects Director Gail Simmons and honoring restaurateur visionaries and Shake Shack creators Danny Meyer and Randy Garutti, the Best of the West is a culinary lover’s dream. With more than 40 of New York’s premier chefs, wine and spirits, and live music from the 17-piece New York Big Band; this is an event not to be missed. Be sure to order VIP tickets if you’d like to mingle with some of the culinary stars.

Tickets now on sale www.newtasteuws.com


Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013

Whether you sip, slurp, gulp or gargle... It's time to pinky-up because the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is coming May 17-21, 2013. What does this mean? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Well, for starters, fancy dressed Cocktailians will be roaming the New York Public Library which will be transformed into one of the world’s grandest cocktail parties for the Opening Night Gala. The black-tie event will take over all four floors of the marbled halls, filling every reading room, stairwell, nook and cranny with masterfully created cocktails, live musical performances, delectable nibbles and noshes, and thousands of the city’s most fashionable movers and shakers filling every room libating their way through chapters of mixology recipes. Then, throughout the five imbibing days, hob nob with other cocktail lovers at all the different spirited soirées, bar crawls, bus tours, pig roasts, punch parties; and a three-day trade conference for beverage industry professionals.

WAIT. THERE'S MORE! Le Bernardin’s Chef Eric Riper will host a cocktail-paired dinner. Brooklyn cocktail mecca, Huckleberry Bar, will have a mixology class featuring Brooklyn-based, produced and inspired spirits. Celebrate Grand Central Terminal’s 100th anniversary at The Campbell Apartment, featuring turn-of-the 20th century cocktails. Also, a decadent afternoon of chocolate and cocktail pairings. Um... Tiki Safari? (Cant wait to see what that's all about!) Then off to learn a few tricks of the trade, only to forget everything after sampling a few too many at countless bar seminars and hands-on workshops at some of NYC’s most heralded watering holes. Finally, hair of the dog at a boozy brunch. WHATTHEHELL? Don't say I didn't warn you. Good Luck and Cheers!

Tickets go on sale March 15th at Noon http://www.manhattancocktailclassic.com/


evian® @ SOBEWFF

evian® is making a splash at the  Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE with Chef Richard Blais on Instagram and Twitter!

evian Natural Spring Water returns to the South Beach Food & Wine Festival as an official water sponsor for the 12th consecutive year. This year, evian has partnered with TV personality and Atlanta based restaurateur, Chef Richard Blais, for an interactive takeover of the @evianwater Instagram account to provide the social community with a behind-the-scenes view of the epicurean festival with a Live young® twist.

Beginning Friday February 15, 2013, the week leading up to #SOBEWFF, Chef Blais will kick off the #evianeats Foodie Photo Series on Instagram, where a fun, foodie theme will be posted once a day on the @evianwater Instagram account. Instagram users are invited to upload photos of their own culinary creations and dishes via Instagram and Twitter (@evianwater) using hash tag #evianeats. Then, Chef Blais will take over the @evianwater Instagram account live from #SOBEWFF and will tweet and Instagram all the action live! So whether you are at the festival or not... join in on the fun!

Oh yeah, And if you are wondering where NYC Sidewalker will be? We'll be at the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village, inside the evian® interactive photo booth making all the funny faces... Woohoo!

More information can be found at: http://www.evian.us
Facebook: http://facebook.com/evian
Twitter: https://twitter.com/evianwater
Instagram: http://instagram.com/evianwater


Cochon 555

5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers for 5 Porky Years! The Fifth Anniversary Tour kicks off in New York City on February 10th, which also happens to be my birthday! Coincidence? I think NOT. This traveling pork circus will then continue to nine other cities. All in preparation for the the Grand Cochon (that's like, head pig in charge). So get your tickets because a little swine will do you fine. http://www.cochon555.com/

· New York City on February 10
· Atlanta on February 17
· Vail on March 10
· Seattle on March 17
· Boston on March 24
· Washington, DC on April 7
· San Francisco on April 14
· Miami on April 24
· Chicago on April 28
· Los Angeles on May 5


Japan Week NYC

Japan Week Announces Multi-Day Festival to Promote Japanese Culture, Food & Beverages and Tourism at Grand Central Terminal 
March 19-21, 2013

Japan Week program this year highlights include: Announcement of Grand Central Terminal’s First Sister-Station Relationship with Tokyo Station, a Japanese Pop-Up Sake Bar and Exquisite “Ekiben" Bento Boxes and Geisha make up demonstrationn.  Also, Japanese Restaurant Week will take place from March 3 - 18, 2013 and the Japan Pavilion at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show: Japan Week will have a presence at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, a leading food & beverage trade show on March 3 - 5, 2013.

For more information about Japan Week, please visit  www.japanweek.us
“like” on Facebook www.facebook.com/JapanWeekNY
Follow on Twitter @JapanWeekNY
More information about travel to Japan visit japantravelinfo.com



It's that time of the year again to get out of the cold and head to the beach! Trade the snow for the sand at The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE. Get ready for some foodie fun in the sun and fabulous evenings at parties with the Moon over Miami.

#SOBEWFF take place February 21-24 and promises to be better than ever with Festival Director Lee Schrager creating new events like From Big Apple to Big Easy hosted by John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson, Aarón Sanchez and Jonathan Wax-man. Then, after spending the day at the Grand Tasting, head to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach for Wine Spectator's Best of the Best. Dinners like Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini, Garden to Glass hosted by Emeril Lagasse featuring Bar Lab Cocktails & My Ceviche, and White on White Dinner at BIANCA hosted by Michael White with Brian Massie are sure to impress; just remember to wait 30 minutes after eating to go swimming.

Lastly join Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam with Ziggy Marley Live presented by Ziggy Marley Organics featuring Cuisine of the Sun by Ortanique and friends, at The Official Festival Closing Party.