Last weekend, bon vivants far and wide celebrated the ultimate foodie paradise at the 9th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) presented by Coca-Cola.  This gastronomic event has raised over $9.5 million for charity with 100% of the net proceeds donated to No Kid Hungry and Food Bank for New York City.  The festival offered something for everyone with over 100 events showcasing the talents of 500 chefs and culinary experts at over 40 venues throughout the city.

On October 15, 2016 food and wine enthusiasts spent their afternoon at the Grand Tasting Event presented by Shop Rite featuring Samsung Culinary Demonstrations presented by Mastercard.  Guests gathered at Pier 92/94 for a leisurely Saturday of sipping and sampling a prolific selection of food, wine and spirits in the 130,000 square foot epicurean arena.  Attendees navigated the gourmet utopia experiencing tastings from the best restaurants, top food and wine vendors as well as favorite brands.   The festival was an opportunity to learn recipes and techniques, broaden food and beverage knowledge and most importantly delight in the pinnacle of food hedonism all in the name of a good cause.  Renowned chef, Robert Irvine said, “There are less fortunate people in the world and this event helps make sure we can take care of them.”  The NYCWFF made it possible to interact with hospitality professionals and share in the experience to eat, drink and end hunger.  Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs hosted live cooking demonstrations on two stages throughout the afternoon showing guests how to make their signature dishes followed by a question and answer session as well as a meet and greet book signing.

If you enjoyed the NYCWFF, don’t miss the South Beach Wine & Food Festival!

Mark your calendar for the 16th annual SOBEWFF February 22-26, 2017 to benefit FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.  The festival promises a weekend to remember for food and wine enthusiasts with over 90 events and more than 350 chefs, winemakers, spirits producers and culinary personalities.  See you at the beach for sun, sand and one of the most unforgettable events in culinary history.  Tickets go on sale October 24, 2016.