It’s a foodies’ dream to have the opportunity to attend one of the biggest food landmarks of the year – the New York City Wine & Food Festival. Fortunately, I had just that opportunity working with one of my food clients, Welch’s, over the weekend.
My, oh my, especially at the Grand Tasting Pavilion do they offer row upon row of food, wine and spirits available for sampling. Some of my favorites?
- American Express offered a VIP lounge catered by Tao and Lavo, with Tao offering a variety of selections including cucumber and spicy tuna sushi rolls, chicken satay with peanut sauce , a spicy thai dumpling soup and satay of chilean sea bass with wok roasted asparagus. Lavo provided infused cocktail selections with passion fruit and mango, among other flavors, as well as appetizers and signature sides such as its baked clams oreganato with toasted bread crumbs and butter and meatballs.
- Equinox offered coconut water in real coconuts!
- Buitoni brought the spirit of Italy alive with its staged photo on their tricked out Vespa and also offered samples including their Chicken and Mushroom Ravioli and Wild Mushroom Agnolotti which you can buy in-store and prepare at home.
- Anolon Gourmet Kitchenware always had a line as they served up crowd-favorite mini burgers topped with carmelized onions and basil mayo.
- And Welch’s (whom I can’t fail to mention), had a photo booth vineyard, complete with fun props like purple boas, hats and purple mustaches, as well as copies of its new Taste the Harvest 2012 Guide with the good folks at Zagat, along with samples of its 100% White Grape Juice and 100% Grape Juice. Alton Brown even paid a visit as the team coordinated media interviews with him prior.
- Curious to try your hand at hosting the Next Iron Chef? (Alton Brown, here I come!) Time Warner offered the opportunity to stand on stage and announce the show and sent participants their own personal video to share with friends. Here it is!
If your mouth is watering already, you can imagine how it felt navigating this place! One Twitter-er wrote that he was trying to keep it under 4,000 calories which sums it up pretty well. For more on the festival, visit: http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com.
What’s up next? I think Napa is in the cards.