This past weekend kicked off the 6th Annual New York City Wine and Food Festival. There’s a ton of seminars and cooking demonstrations and tastings throughout the weekend and this was my first time going to any events. I wish I could have gone to more events, but the two I did have the opportunity to attend were amazing!
Plus, there were many celebrity sightings! For example, I grabbed coffee on the way to our first event and guess who came into the same coffee shop but Chef Marcus Samuelsson who I love! I think I held it together but Marcus Samuelsson!! And I saw Tyler Florence and Geoffrey Zakarian, two chefs of Food Network fame.
But on to the food… the first event was the Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. It was held at the Biergarten at The Standard and featured a ton of great food from a multitude of chefs. The place was packed and by the end, I was so full! We ate very well!
1. Burrate with Meyer Lemon and Argula from Jean Georges // 2. Smoked Salmon with Beets from Cafe Boulud // 3. Shaved Autumn Vegetable Salad from Barbuto // 4. Slow Poached Egg with Pumpkin Puree from North End Grill // 5. Squash from Hearth Restaurant // 6. Brussel Sprouts from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm // 7. Squash Ravioli with Kale Pesto from The Top of the Standard // 8. Kale and Pork sliders from Gotham Bar and Grill // 9. Monte Cristo Sandwich with Duck Confit // 10. Chicken Liver Mousse with Butternut Squash from The Lamb’s Club // 11. Yogurt Parfait from The National // 12. Bloody Mary from American Harvest // 13. Goat’s Milk Yogurt Cake from The National
And after feasting, we headed to a panel discussion with Chef Daniel Boulud and prominent alumni of the Boulud Restaurant Group. They included, Chefs Mike Anthony, Lee Hanson, Riad Nsar, Lior Lev Sercarz, Dominique Ansel and was moderated by Gail Simmons (of Top Chef). It was inspiring to hear them speak of Chef Boulud’s influence on their careers and the passion he helped instill in them throughout the years. Plus, he’s a hilarious little French man.
All in all, it was a jam-packed foodie day! Good food and inspiring chefs, what more could you ask for? I’ll definitely be back next year!