Plan your foodie trip ahead of time for The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE taking place October 16-19, 2014. Featuring more than 100 dinners, tastings, parties, seminars, and more over the course of four days, this year's Festival will showcase the expertise of more than 350 of the world's best culinary and wine and spirits industry leaders. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the nation's leading hunger relief organizations, No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City, for which the Festival has raised more than $7.5 millionto date.
Anchoring this year's Festival program are more than 25 intimate dinners planned as part of the Bank of America Dinner Series, featuring a delegation of renowned chefs from all corners of the world. Talent highlighted throughout the series will include: Philippe Baranes, David Bouley, Dario Cecchini, Dominique Crenn, Kobe Desramaults, Alain Ducasse, Christopher Kostow, Ori Menashe, Enrique Olvera, Yotam Ottolenghi, Michel Richard, and many more. There will also be a special dinner on Wednesday, October 16 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the renowned Le Cirque restaurant, hosted by 2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sirio Maccioni.
A selection of brand new events has been added to bring fresh new flavors and experiences to even the most discerning palate. Guests can enjoy Hot Dog Happy Hour with Mo Rocca, Dominique Ansel's Wonderland, Ample Hills & Brooklyn's Best Dessert Party, Down-Home Country Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood, Delta presents Food with Altitude featuring its Culinary Captains, and the MasterCard Priceless Exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to Rachael Ray's Feedback™: Chefs and Cocktails. The Festival is also collaborating with Meatopia founder Josh Ozersky to close out the weekend with Meatopia X: The Carnivore's Ball hosted by Michael Symon. The meat-centric event features some of the world's greatest chefs cooking beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and wild game over live wood fires; and of course, as in Meatopia's past, celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda will cook and serve a one thousand-pound steer.
The Festival brings back its fan-favorite large tasting events as well, with a handful receiving a unique twist from previous years. The celebrated pizza event that debuted in 2013 comes back as Ronzoni's La Sagra Slices hosted by Bongiovi Brand Pasta Sauces & Adam Richman presented by Time Out New York, where musician Jon Bon Jovi will join brothers Anthony and Matthew to show their support of dad John senior's new line of Bongiovi Brand Pasta Sauces. Other returning signature events include:
- Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard®
- Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray
- Thrillist's Barbecue & the Blues hosted by the cast of The Kitchen
- Rock & Roll Night Market with Hot Bread Kitchen hosted by Masaharu Morimoto
- Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate hosted by Mario Batali
- ABSOLUT Best Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the cast of Chopped
- Stacked: A Sandwich Showdown hosted by Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irvine
- CASAMIGOS Tequila presents Tacos & Tequila: A Late Night Fiesta hosted by Bobby Flay
- The New York Times presents Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian
- Oktoberfest sponsored by Village Voice hosted by Andrew Zimmern
- Mixology Masters hosted by Justin Warner
Another popular event returning with expanded allure is Cooking Channel presents Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, in celebration of Schrager's newly-released Fried & True: More Than 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken and Sides (Clarkson Potter; May 2014). New this year, Chicken Coupe will feature award-winning cocktails from the mixologists at The Dead Rabbit alongside everyone's favorite indulgent fried chicken offerings.
Also back in 2014 are coveted experiences like Celebrity Cruises® Wine & Pairing Seminars hosted by FOOD & WINE, The New York Times' star-studded Times Talks, unique hands-on sessions at the Home Studios, Master Classes at the International Culinary Center, and more.
The entire line-up of events for the 2014 Festival can be found at nycwff.org. Use a MasterCard® to get access to the MasterCard® Presale which runs June 9-22, before general ticket sales begin on June 23, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online at nycwff.org or by calling 866.969.2933 (phone sales open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). The Festival is once again pleased to partner with Hudson, Morgans Hotel Group's celebrated property, as its Headquarter Hotel.