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nycwff-grand-tasting-10Razor 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:

nycwff-grand-tasting-1A super-cute booth by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign – Tork donated $1 to Share Our Strength for every autograph collected (the equivalent of up to 10 meals for a child).

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Of course I had to leave my autograph! 🙂nycwff-grand-tasting-33

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??):

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Nutella mousse anyone? Mmmm….

nycwff-grand-tasting-4Continuing on the hazelnut milieu – all you can eat Ferrero Rocher.  Yes please!

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As always, the Grand Tasting featured both larger, easily accessible brands as well as smaller, individually owned food companies and restaurants:

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Fossil Farms, which specializes in exotic and organic meats, brought their A game:

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nycwff-grand-tasting-9Yes, I helped myself to ALL the varieties of pate’s and charcuterie from the Fossil Farms booth!

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!

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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!

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Another highlight of the afternoon – oysters for the slurping, from a restaurant whose name unfortunately now escapes me….(the oysters were delectable though!).

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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…. 😉

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I also tried my hand at these luxurious knives by Hammer Stahl Cutlery – slicing through tomatoes like buttah!

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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!

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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:

nycwff-grand-tasting-21As well as the vichyssoise:

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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? 😉

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Next door, I stopped by the Cabot Creamery booth where I had about 4 of these pimento cheese samples. Mmm….

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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.

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Aaaaand back to the savory – and the samosa bar at Brick Lane Curry House didn’t skimp on the savory:

nycwff-grand-tasting-26And 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:

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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.

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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:

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But I chose the strawberry ricotta sundae, with strawberry ricotta ice cream, hot honey and local granola:

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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:

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1 Comment

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    Butter
    November 15, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Pasta . . . in a CHEESE BOWL?!?! Sure, I’ve had it before, but it still gets me every time.

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