New York City Wine and Food Festival, sponsored by S.Pellegrino, kicks off from October 12-15 and with over 80 different events taking place across the city, it’s promises to be a delicious few days for food lovers.
With chefs from all over the world flying in for special dinners, one-off events and incredible pop-up ideas planned, we thought we’d highlight a few of our top picks for the upcoming event.
Many tickets are already sold out, so we’ve been sure to highlight events that are still available. Here’s five of our favourite finds.
Korean Cuisine Masterclass
If you want to hone your skills in an area of cooking you might not know a lot about, we suggest looking at this masterclass from chef Junghyun Park from the Atoboy restaurant in New York. Atoboy and chef Park’s cooking has exciting everyone from Pete Wells at the New York Times to the our very own FDL staff. Park will teach people the secrets behind dishes like his infamous crispy fried chicken with spicy peanut butter sauce, he will also demonstrate the tricks behind his delicious range of Korean-style tapas dishes.
Institute of Culinary Education
October 15 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Lunch with Meir Adoni
Chef Meir Adoni has crafted a personal style of Middle Eastern cooking, taking traditional dishes and twisting them with modern techniques and sharp flavour combinations. The chef, who normally also opeartes the Lumina bistro in Tel Aviv, will be cooking a special lunch at his Nur restaurant.
If you’re crazy for cheese then this event is the one for you. Taking place at the impressive Norwood Club, a historic townhouse in Chelsea, guests will be invited to indulge in an afternoon of local cheese tasting guided by Liz Thorpe, author of The Book of Cheese. There will be a selection of artisanal cheeses available to sample, paired with wines and two small guided tastings with Thorpe.
The Smorgasburg festivals have become a stalwart of the New York dining scene and to celebrate their 10th anniversary, they will be creating what they call a ‘culinary playground’ on the rooftop of Pier 92. They’ll be music, hosts from the cast of Chopped and a food and drinks from some of the most delicious food vendors New York has to offer. Tickets seem a little pricey for admission to a party but they promise guests will “sip on carefully curated cocktails and savor an endless and delicious array of Smorgasburg’s most popular offerings”.
Dinner with Alain Ducasse, Laëtitia Rouabah and Guests
If you want to go big during the festival, this is the event for you as chef Alain Ducasse hosts a special dinner celebrating female chefs at his Benoit bistro. Ducasse and his executive chef Laëtitia Rouabah will welcome Melissa Rodriguez, Executive Chef at Del Posto; Emily Yuen, Executive Chef at Bessou and Abby Swain, Pastry Chef at Temple Court to create a unique, one-off menu for all those who want to sample some of the cities best chefs.
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