New York City Wine & Food Festival 2012

Meatball Madness, Shake & Bake, and everything in between

Scenes from the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival 2011.

SATURDAY (10/13/2012) Cooking Channel's Uncorked Event 10:19 AM This past Friday night, at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, attendees of Cooking Channel’s Uncorked event in the Meatpacking District did just that, traveling from designer store to designer store and socializing with show hosts from the Food Network sibling channel. At the event, which was hosted by both Food Network and Cooking Channel, each guest received a "passport" at the beginning of the night, which consisted of a map that showed them where to find the cooking personalities and where to snack along the way.At Diane Von Furstenberg, husband and wife time Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos chatted and posed for photos with fans among brightly colored displays of clothing. When asked what they were most excited for at the Wine & Food Festival, Mazar explained that she was eager to tell people about the premiere of the new season of their hit show Extra Virgin, which blends her Queens, N.Y., upbringing with her husband’s authentic Tuscan cooking. What’s the number one piece of advice for cooking authentic Tuscan food? "Spend your money on the ingredients," says Corcos, "not the appliances." Across the street at Scoop, Chuck Hughes hung out with fans as they sipped on champagne and doled out advice for exploring new cities, which he covers on his show Chuck’s Eat the Street. Around the corner at Levi’s, Ben Sargent of Hook, Line & Dinner discussed fishing and the "Montauk blitz," with attendees. For Sargent, having his own show on the Cooking Channel was a lifelong dream, and he was excited to be able to tell people his success story at this year’s event.— Anne Dolce

Cooking Channel's Uncorked Event

SATURDAY (10/13/2012) Cocktails Ever After: A Night of Skinnygirl Spirits, Amateur Paparazzi, and Bethenny Frankel 11:41 AM If you had any doubt about Skinnygirl’s dominance in the market, the Bethenny Frankel event at NYCWFF proved that it’s here to stay. Women of all ages (and the token males in the crowd) sipped on everything Skinny, took pictures on the Skinnygirl "red carpet," and anxiously waited for the true star of the event: Bethenny. About an hour in, Frankel showed up with entourage in tow and posed for the photographers and the mobs of girls with iPhone cameras in hand. Then, she was quickly escorted to a set-up VIP lounge in the corner of the room, where bottle service was waiting for her. If the constant clammering to take photos of the reality star bothered her (imagine the polar bear exhibit at the zoo, mind you), the ever-cool Frankel didn’t show it. She poured drinks for herself and the lucky few escorted into the red roped- area, made conversation, and danced out of her seat to a few choice songs ("Call Me Maybe" was the first). While these weren’t the craft cocktails of the Astor Hours event at the Public Theater the night before (Sprite and cranberry juice were on hand for the hundreds of vodka cranberries ordered), the bar kept churning out the drinks to the crowds. By far, the highlight of the night for the crowd was when Frankel herself hopped behind the bar. To the screams from fans and applause from the bartenders, she started taking drink orders like a champ. — Marcy Franklin


Cocktails Ever After: A Night of Skinnygirl Spirits, Amateur Paparazzi, and Bethenny Frankel

SATURDAY (10/13/2012) The Future of Restaurants 1:14 PM With trends being stacked on trends, printed food, chefs trading kitchens — sometimes it seems as though the restaurant world is already squarely set in a future where robot servers and Willy Wonka's three-course meal gum became a reality a long time ago. So where's it all heading? What's next? That's what Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin posed at Panel Discussion: The Future of Restaurants Part of Local presented by The Corcoran Group to Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, and Magnus Nilsson (of Sweden's Fäviken Megasinet) during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. So what is next? Hong Kong, Mission Chinese, locavorism, organics all got several mentions, so too the state of fine dining, and chefs with research teams, but there was less in the way of tightly summarized formal conclusions, and more in the way of free-form conversation. From the sound things, restaurants are going to have to do some pretty crazy things to jump the shark when there are already examples of spots doing whiskey programs, craftbrewing, foraging, pop-ups all at the same time... with T-shirts designed by a skateboarder. "Is there dinner involved in this situation?" quipped Batali at one point. "Everything I've heard so far doesn't sound like anything I'd want to eat." A few things were clear. One, Mario Batali capacity for zingers and showmanship is unquestionable ("You know what I tell my vegetarian customers? That pig was a vegetarian.") Two, you really have to feel for Tom Colicchio for having lost his restaurant idea notebook after filming in Seattle. — Arthur Bovino

The Future of Restaurants

SATURDAY (10/13/2012) The Braiser Media Lounge 6:05 PM The Daily Meal caught up with top chefs at Food Network’s New York Wine & Food Festival Saturday as they stopped at The Braiser’s media lounge at Dream Hotel in New York City. Anne Burrell, Spike Mendelsohn, Dale Talde, Manuel Trevino, and Justin Warner shared what’s coming up, their favorite spots to eat, what’s behind their work, and bits of their personalities on day three of the four-day food festival. — Ashley Day

Celebrity Chefs Dish on New Restaurants, Books, and More

SATURDAY (10/13/2012) How Anne Burrell Got Her Hairstyle 4:44 PM Asked at the Braiser Lounge how her infamous hair style happened in the first place, chef Anne Burrell's first response was to make sure everyone knew that she was not from New Jersey. "I've always had wild hair my entire life," chef Burrell noted. "It all started when as a kid I had horrible hair. I had Dorothy Hamill. It was the pin straight and it looked like my mom put a bowl over my hair to cut it. I had the braces, and the pin-straight hair. And I'd say, "Mom! I want Farrah Fawcett hair. And I just started to get creative with my hair and it never stopped. It keeps growing and growing." — Arthur Bovino

From Dorothy Hamill to Farrah Fawcett and Beyond

Brooklyn's Backyard presented by PURE LEAF™ hosted by Adam Richman 11:04 PM Entering the art deco bank building for the second annual culinary ode to Brooklyn, you make your way to each of the teller's booths to make a delicious withdrawal. Fort Defiance served sensational choucrout atop of a bed of delicious sauerkraut. On the opposite side of the glass, Fort Reno was smoking ribs with an actual smoker. The third Fort, Ft. Greene's own FoodFreaks were back with a three-cheese grilled cheese, tomato soup for dunking and fried Brussels sprouts. The battle of chopped liver between Mile End and Fleishers Meat was a stand-off. Rucola's branzino crudo went head to head with Acme's salmon jerky and Allswell's shark ceviche. Sidecar stopped by with their Guy Fieri endorsed brandade. TALDE's Top Chef Dale Talde imported lettuce wrapped chicken larb which met its match in Der Kommissar's East meets West Pakwurst. Longest line of the night (other than taking your photo with Adam) was the iconic Brennan & Carr's roast beef au jus. L&B Spumoni Garden's mortadella covered fried chicken cutlet hero was even better than a tomato covered slice of their Parmesan dusted sicilian pizza. Peppa's Jerk Chicken and the ball boys from Arancini Bros. made up for the no-show by David's Brisket. Tchoup Shop brought some NOLA to Brooklyn with crawfish and mini- buttermilk biscuits which complimented Blue Sky Bakery's banana chocolate mini-muffins. The chocolate room did mini-mint chocolate chip ice cream hot chocolate floats and Junior's served mini-chocolate mousse cheesecake parfaits. — GutterGourmet


Brooklyn's Backyard Hosted by Adam Richman