Razor Clam Escabeche by Tessa
Happy Tuesday, Noshers – hope you had a boo-tastic Halloween! Today, I’m happy to share a few photos the 2014 New York City Wine & Food Festival, when I attended the Grand Tasting. This was my third time attending the Grand Tasting, and each year it gets better. Once again there were a TON of booths from various food and beverage companies, kitchen equipment companies, and delicious restaurants. Add to that dozens of demonstrations by top chef-lebrities (is Andrew Zimmern or Martha Stewart more your style?), book signings, and samples samples samples, and this proved to be yet another delicious and exciting afternoon. Here are just a few highlights from this delectable day!
Local vendors from New York state made a good showing:
They had one of those “grab the dollars” games – that was amusing to watch even though I’d never volunteer to be the “contestant” (or victim??):
Nutella mousse anyone? Mmmm….
Continuing on the hazelnut milieu – all you can eat Ferrero Rocher. Yes please!
As always, the Grand Tasting featured both larger, easily accessible brands as well as smaller, individually owned food companies and restaurants:
Fossil Farms, which specializes in exotic and organic meats, brought their A game:
La Slowteria offered “El Negrito” – duck magret, black mole truffle and epazote rice crisp. The black mole truffle took me by surprise, in a good way – yum!
And the most clever name of the afternoon goes to Sorbabes gourmet sorbet – and their sorbets were delicious too! My favorite flavor was the raspberry with dark chocolate – a classic combination!
Another highlight of the afternoon – oysters for the slurping, from a restaurant whose name unfortunately now escapes me….(the oysters were delectable though!).
Taking a little break from the food sampling (or gluttony, just being real here), I checked out the cookware displays – Analon had a strong showing. I entered to win an Analon cookware set but haven’t heard back yet – I’m guessing they’re still picking their winner…. 😉
I also tried my hand at these luxurious knives by Hammer Stahl Cutlery – slicing through tomatoes like buttah!
But back to the eating – Charcut Roast House came all the way down and over from Calgary with pig head mortadella. PIG HEAD!! OMG soooo good – see for yourself!
I was super excited to get a preview of LeDistrict – a French-inspired marketplace/eatery opening at Brookfield Place in 2015. I work in the neighborhood, so it’s always great to have more lunch options! Since dessert is always first, I sampled their Opera cakes:
As a Jersey girl, I OF COURSE had to stop by the Bongiovi Pasta Sauces booth! Bongiovi – family of delicious sauces and handsome musicians. What more can one ask for? 😉
Next door, I stopped by the Cabot Creamery booth where I had about 4 of these pimento cheese samples. Mmm….
Time to balance the sweet and savory, I next headed to DF Mavens. To be completely honest, I was a little hesitant when I heard this frozen treat was dairy-free. Who love dairy more than this girl? No one. But I’m not kidding – nor am I compensated to say this – DF Maven’s “ice cream” was creamy, decadent, and flavorful. And they’re sold at Whole Foods! This was, without reservations, really good.
Aaaaand back to the savory – and the samosa bar at Brick Lane Curry House didn’t skimp on the savory:
And what’s the best way to up the ante when it comes to Spaghetti Carbonara? Do as The Met Restaurant Group did – add scallops to it:
And serve it from a bowl of cheese. I think everything should be served from a bowl of cheese – let me know if you disagree.
And a sweet end to my afternoon – ice cream sundaes from Steve’s Ice Cream. I had previously written about Steve’s (see my writeup here) and I knew their flavors were delicious. And their ice cream sundaes were even better! They had two versions – the cinnamon coffee sundae with cinnamon coffee creme, blueberry preserves and local granola:
But I chose the strawberry ricotta sundae, with strawberry ricotta ice cream, hot honey and local granola:
For some reason, I just skipped right over the “hot” in hot honey – so the kick I got was unexpected but amazing! I see hot honey in my future – for spicy parfaits, brussels sprouts, popcorn, the possibilities are endless…. Oh and maybe some more ice cream sundaes of course!
Once again, the Grand Tasting didn’t disappoint – I left with a full stomach, delicious memories, and a mouth-watering swag bag! Can’t wait to see what the 2015 NYCWFF brings!!
Which of the above samplings would you most like to try?
Check out my write-ups of previous Grand Tasting events: