Food and the City

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by the Food Network & Cooking Channel, kicks off its 11th year on October 11th, with four days of feasting, wine tasting, mingling, panel discussions and more.

Thursday night’s opening soiree, Supper is Served, will be a tribute to women in the kitchen. Held on the Roof of Pier 92, it will be hosted by #metoo movement founder Tarana Burke, and feature performances from Natasha Bedingfield and Martina McBride.

In addition to regular favorite events like the Burger Bash, which draws over three thousand people, and the Oyster Bash, which will feature over 13,000 mollusks, this year will introduce several new offerings. A celebration of Instagrammable dishes called A Taste of NYC will be hosted by TV personality and food writer Adam Richman, and presented by Tommy Hilfiger at the company’s flagship store; Truffle Takeover will be a walk around tasting of the luxurious, seasonal tubers; Countess Luann de Lesseps will dominate a Drag Brunch; a late night dessert party called All About Cake will be presented by Pure Wow and hosted by Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi; and Katie Lee will oversee a Yappie hour for adults, children and pets at the Aventi Hotel.

Among this year’s panels are Immigration and Hospitality, moderated by Ana Navarro, with Marcus Samuelsson and Andrew Zimmern; and Future Bites, Storytelling and Marketing in the Kitchen of the Future, about how tech is influencing the kitchen.

A highlight of the festival is always the intimate dinners hosted by some of New York’s most celebrated chefs. This year, there will be 25 of these gatherings, including the twentieth anniversary of Café Boulud, presided over by Daniel Boulud and held at that restaurant, the tenth anniversary of Benoit, hosted by Alain Ducasse at that bistro, and a meal by David Bouley, focused on health conscious dining and held by that uber chef at his Flatiron test kitchen.

On Saturday, Chrissy Teigen will appear at a party for her own book, Cravings: Hungry For More, at the Union West space, and on Sunday there will be a closing “Backyard BBQ,” but the NYCWFF is more than a four-day bacchanalia. To date it has raised over $11 million to fight hunger, supporting the organizations No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.


For tickets and more information, visit nycwff.org.


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