There are few foods revered for their simplicity and nostalgia-inducing power like crispy, juicy fried chicken. But on Thursday night, 17 prominent New York City-based chefs and restaurants proved that sometimes it pays to shake up an old classic when they served their unique takes on chicken to guests at Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse.
Held on the opening night of this year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival, the fourth annual Chicken Coupe (presented by Cooking Channel) was hosted and judged by fried chicken enthusiast Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg had approached festival founder Lee Brian Schrager several years ago about dedicating an entire event to the universally loved dish, and this year, she wrote the foreword to Schrager’s book, Fried & True — so you might say they know a thing or two about anointing a winning bird.
Around the Cooking Channel and Food Network offices, everyone is gearing up for this weekend’s 7th annual New York City Wine & Food Festival, beginning tonight. For four days, NYC will be taken over by food industry innovators cooking, speaking and feeding folks at nearly 100 different events across the city. Our brazen editors will branch out, attempting to cover as much ground as possible to report back to you hungry Devour and FN Dish readers on the festival’s happenings.
If you’ve never been to a food festival, it’s important to prepare yourself before diving into the gluttonous, glorious adventure that they can be. I recently had the opportunity to attend Feast Portland — a three-day food festival celebrating Oregon’s unique culinary culture — where I learned the hard way that even food editors have finite stomachs. And so, too, do you — so read on as I reveal 10 food festival truths to help you navigate the bottomless bites to come.
Cooking Channel stars and hundreds of Food People celebrated with wine and party bites on Friday night to celebrate The New York City Wine & Food Festival. Meatpacking Uncorked, sponsored by The Corcoran Group, offered food and wine enthusiasts a chance to mingle with top Cooking Channel talent at hot Meatpacking District stores — and try Cooking Channel-inspired recipes. Most importantly, all proceeds from the events went to benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.
Smoked, roasted, braised, or steamed — no matter how it was served, the vendors at Thrillist’s New York City Wine & Food Festival’s BBQ & The Blues event delivered down-home meaty goodness in its finest form.
Hosted by Rocco DiSpirito at the Hudson Terrace, the sold-out affair on Oct. 12th was classy, cool and packed with eager party-goers energized by the ‘30s-style street jazz of Brooklyn’s Baby Soda band, an open bar and mounds of gorgeous meat for the taking.
We’re celebrating our second birthday (and summer!) with a road trip, and we kicked it off this weekend in Brooklyn, New York. We set up camp at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg and doled out our favorite food and drinks and kept the crowd entertained with live music, a photo booth and more. Plus, Baron Ambrosia and Eden Grinshpan from Eden Eats stopped by to take part in the fun.
Here’s a look at what went down:
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Debi and Gabriele hosted a swanky Cocktails and Caviar party above the new Dream Hotel.
The 2011 New York City Wine and Food Festival was a weekend-long celebration of, well… wine and food. It featured bites from top TV chefs and the city’s best restaurants, plus cocktails and wine in all varieties. It was also a chance to meet and mingle with all the big stars from Cooking Channel and Food Network. But the annual festival is more than just a big party — 100 % of the proceeds from the festival go directly to the Food Bank For New York City and the Share Our Strength foundation.
Check out the Cooking Channel stars who made an appearance:
Pear & Chestnut Verrine Flavored with Rum Anejo, from Tribeca Grill
Last Saturday, over 50 pastry chefs from New York City restaurants and bakeries competed at the Sweet event, part of the New York Wine and Food Festival. It was a fantastic confectionery spectacle, featuring some truly unique sweet treats.