Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite with KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard - Day 2

On Sunday, October 14th I attended the 2nd day of the New York City Wine and Food Festival's  signature Grand Tasting, presented by ShopRite with KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard at Pier 57. The Grand Tasting included samplings from NYC's top restaurants and chefs and fine wine and spirits. 

This was the first time I have attended the Grand Tasting, and I was amazed at how many participants there were! Upon entry I received a gift bag and tasting glass, and was surprised to receive additional samples from vendors, such as Colavita organic marinara sauce, Bertolli extra virgin olive oil, Badia paprika, Campbell's Skillet Sauces in Creamy Chipotle and Ghirardelli chocolates. It felt like I went grocery shopping! 

The Grand Tasting event included culinary demonstrations from top Food Network and celebrity chefs. I was able to catch the last one with Chef Michael Symon at the South Stage, as he took us through an entertaining  chicken cooking demonstration.

Here's a look at my food tasting favorites and booths at the Grand Tasting.

Campbell's Thai Tomato Coconut Bisque 

 Ferrero U.S.A. - Nutella Stuffed French Toast with Strawberries & 
Nutella and Caramelized Banana Quesadillas

Ted Cipollone, Pounds & Ounces
Ancho Glazed Short Ribs 
goat cheese polenta, baby carrots, horseradish cream, braising jus

Junior Borges, Amali
Braised Grass-Fed Beef Short Ribs with pickled cabbage, roasted garlic, Gruyere

Jennifer Sant'anna Hill, 508 GastroBrewery
Beef Brisket Bulgogi Sliders w/ Kimchi Aioli 
Bulgogi marinated beef w/ cucumber pickled japapleno, kimchi aioli on brioche slider bun

Hudson River Cafe 
Hudson River Ceviche 
calamari, mussels, shrimp, and octopus with tequila elderflower mojo

Barbacoa Chili - naturally raised beef, pinto beans & organic black beans with crispy tortillas, sour cream, shaved radish & cilantro 

Colavita - Meatball sliders served on Martin's Potato Rolls w/ Polenta Fries

Black Bear Corned Beef Reuben on a Potato Pancake with Black Bear Cole Slaw

Pinnacle Vodka was sampling flavors that I wasn't familiar with, including Pumpkin Pie, Peach, Whipped and two of my favorites - Cucumber Watermelon and Coconut. 

 Mionetto - Can't get enough of the 'IL' SPR!Z

Delta lounge

Aisle seats featured at the Delta lounge

Executive Chef Adriano Ricco of STK Midtown - the booth was already closed out toward the end of the Grand Tasting, but I hope to visit STK Midtown soon and try some of Chef Adriano Ricco's dishes!

Culinary Demonstration with Chef Michael Symon

- Kim Weling

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