First I would like to say that I owe a HUGE thank you to the kind people at ShopRite. I had such an awesome weekend at the New York City Wine and Food Festival and it was all because of their generosity.
I arrived at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC on Friday afternoon and found out that on Friday and Saturday’s they offer free champagne with check-in…ok! It was only 11:45am but I figured it was 5 o’clock somewhere…. 😉
I also received a great gift bag full of delicious goodies. I’m planning on making a baked french toast with the Panettone bread…doesn’t that sound delicious?
Around 1pm I walked down to the lobby and met a few other bloggers, members of the ShopRite team and few PR people that I had been working with. We took a van over to the event and checked in for the New York City Wine & Food Festival – Media day. There was a little grassy area a few little stands that were giving out some free drinks, chocolate and cupcakes.
All of us walked across the street to the event and got a Waterford wine glass with a convenient little holder that went around your neck to hold the glass. Greatest idea ever! Even with my wine around my neck I unfortunately still did not have enough hands. It would be totally cool if we could attach a couple extra arms when we need them. I could only imagine the looks I would get if I could make that happen….
I sampled some delicious wine and lots of delicious food but unfortunately I was so busy shoveling the food into my mouth that I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought. Although I do a have a few to share. The first pictures is a delicious red wine blend from the company Wines That Rock. If you have never heard of them you should definitely check them out. Taken from their website, this is how they explain their wine. “Great tasting wine inspired by music. With classic tracks from The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyed and The Woodstock Festival blasting in the clessar, our winemaker Mark Beaman crafts custom wines for each of these legendary artists and their timeless albums – blending one-of-a-kind wines with Rock ‘n Roll mythology” I also had to share the delicious display of waffles topped with Nutella and strawberries…man I love that stuff!
I wandered around for a few hours at the Festival and decided to head back to the hotel and meet my friend Rebecca. We were going for dinner at Abe & Arthur’s that was sponsored by ShopRite.Before dinner there was a book signing with Tyler Florence. Boy is he handsome 🙂 We all recieved a copy of his new cookbook, Family Meal. Which by the way is awesome. I cannot get over all the delicious looking food. In the picture I’m in the silver and it’s a horrible angle but my hand and Tyler’s hand almost touched….hahaha I’m such a dork 🙂
After the book signing we went into a private room and had a delicious dinner with the other ShopRite bloggers and some of the ShopRite executives. Rebecca and I both had the goat cheese and beet salad for our appetizer. For dinner I had the filet for dinner and Rebecca had the cod fish with crispy rock shrimp with sugar snap peas and young ginger and soy sauce. Our sides were served family style and we were given green beans and truffle herbed-Parmesan fries – both were delicious! Dessert was also served family style and there was a delicious cheesecake parfait and warm ricotta donuts and cinnamon funnel cake.
After dinner they were handing out free ice cream on the street so I had to stop and get myself a small cup. They had three flavors they were offering – Maple Bacon, Cracked Caramel and Mexican Hot Chocolate. As delicious as the last two sounded I had to try the maple bacon. I’m so intrigued by bacon in dessert….
For Saturday’s Grand Tasting event my brother flew into NY from Florida. When I arrived back to the hotel after dinner he was in the hotel room and starving. He hadn’t eaten in 26 hours…what? How can anyone go that long without eating? We decided to take a little walk and get a bite to eat at Bubby’s Pie Co. This place was awesome! My brother had chicken and waffles and the most awesome mac and cheese. I had a slice of chocolate peanut butter pie that was amazing. It was light and airy but oh so rich…just the way I like it 🙂
Saturday was the Grand Tasting event. I debated whether or not I should eat breakfast but then I thought about it some more and realized I love food and would have to eat breakfast. One of the other bloggers told me about a little place around the corner that had some tasty breakfast sandwiches so my brother and I headed off to check it out. I unfortunately cannot remember the name of the restaurant but I did have this awesome ham and vegetable omelet on a toasted croissant.
Ok now finally onto the Saturday Grand Tasting. I know I know I blabbered long enough 🙂 Here is a picture of me before I enterd the tasting tent. AKA: This is me before I enter the tent to gorge and drink to much.
Here is a picture of my brother enjoying a delicious Asian inspired salad. I unfortunately could not partake in this salad because I am allergic to sesame 🙁
See that lovely little scallop? I stalked that stand just so I could score a freshly seared one. My opinion…it was tasty! Nicely cooked and served on a lovely beet puree.
I of course had to share the picture of me and Angelo again. He was just so scrumptious 🙂 His food was also my favorite of the day. You would think I would have photographed it but I was too busy eating it! He prepared a sweet glazed pork belly with cucumber kimchee and apple. I’m still dreaming about that dish….
To end my visit I present you with the cutest thing ever! A Jelly Belly Cupcake Cocktail 🙂 The great people at Hello Cupcake! were asked to help out Jelly Belly with a presentation and this is what they came up with….so fun! They were delicious too 🙂