In today's Media Mix, more on Amy's Baking Company, plus a sneak peek at Roberta's cookbook
The Daily Meal brings you the biggest news from the food world.
NYCWFF Lineup: Here's a look at what to expect this fall at New York City's Wine and Food Festival. [Grub Street]
Google Glasses? What do Google Glasses really mean for restaurants and bars? For one, privacy protection, as fellow diners may be unknowingly recorded. [Herald]
Amy's Baking Company Meltdown: The Facebook page of the Kitchen Nightmares restaurant that made Ramsay walk out was purportedly hacked, with all the offending all-caps crazy messages deleted. [Facebook/Amy's Baking Company]
Roberta's Cookbook: Beloved Brooklyn pizza joint Roberta's is releasing a cookbook, and the photos look downright delicious. [Eater]
Star Chefs Come to New York City Wine & Food Festival
Chefs John Besh, holding the platter, and Aaron Sanchez work their magic behind the stove during last year’s New York City Wine & Food Festival.
In the past few years, big-name chefs have become increasingly nomadic, popping in to far-flung restaurant kitchens for special occasions. The idea is to expose local diners to the broader culinary world.
That visiting-chef concept, however, has long been at the heart of the four-day New York City Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off Thursday. The festival this year features some of the most prominent names in fine dining, hailing from California to Catalonia, who will be hosting a series of 21 dinners. Meal prices range from $250 to $300.
The lineup is the eight-year-old festival’s most ambitious yet, and the dinners are intended to be collaborative efforts between visiting talent and chefs with restaurants in New York City.
Among them, Daniel Boulud, the chef behind Daniel and Café Boulud, joins forces with John Besh, Jose Garces and Andrew Zimmern at the Park Lane Hotel on Friday night. The event, hosted by Food & Wine editor Dana Cowin, is inspired by her 2014 cookbook that featured those chefs.
Mr. Besh, a Louisiana chef who has been a regular at the New York festival over the years and is contributing a pasta filled with corn mousse for the event, said he likes how the dinners foster a sense of camaraderie among the chefs, while also harnessing their competitive streaks.
River to River Festival Announces Lineup
“For us, there was no option of not doing River to River,” said Lili Chopra, who curated the festival with Nanette Nelms.
The River to River Festival will once again bring live performances to Lower Manhattan, its organizers announced on Thursday. The lineup for the 2021 edition, set to run June 10-27, includes work by Okwui Okpokwasili, Mariana Valencia, Miguel Gutierrez, Nora Chipaumire and more.
“For us, there was no option of not doing River to River,” said Lili Chopra, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s executive director of artistic programs, who curated the festival with Nanette Nelms. That’s because, Chopra said, the festival “was created in the aftermath of 9/11 as a way of really showing resiliency and the healing power of artists.”
Unlike many other arts showcases, River to River wasn’t canceled in 2020. But it didn’t present its usual mix of dance, music, performance art and film while the pandemic was still raging. Instead, it commissioned four artists — Asiya Wadud, Jean Shin, Muna Malik and Mona Chalabi — to create installations that reflected the impact of the preceding months on New York’s residents.
This year, the free festival will comprise indoor events at the Arts Center at Governors Island and the Flamboyán Theater at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center on-demand digital offerings and outdoor performances at Teardrop Park, Rockefeller Park and other locations downtown.
Okpokwasili will follow up her recent piece at the High Line, “On the way, undone,” with another processional performance on June 20 at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. The choreographer Gutierrez and the musical duo the Illustrious Blacks will also conduct processions on June 13 and June 25.
Among the indoor performances is Valencia’s “Futurity,” which will run June 25-27 on Governors Island. A version of a piece that Valencia, a choreographer and performer, debuted at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, it examines the concept of “site” and draws on social histories of queer life in New York from the ’60s to the present.
For her contribution, the choreographer Chipaumire will stage a scene from “Nehanda,” an immersive opera about a spirit venerated by the Shona people in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, in an outdoor performance in the Lower East Side on June 26.
The festival will also offer film screenings, walking tours, concerts and art installations.
Virtual Wine Festival May 1 - May 3, 2020
Line-Up For This Weekend’s Virtual Wine Festival
Old York Cellars takes its Annual Spring Wine Festival On Line to Support NJ Pandemic Relief Fund
Old York Cellars Winery has announced that over 25 local musicians, comedians, restaurants, food trucks, vendors and professional food and wine writers have joined its Virtual Spring Vine to Wine Festival this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winery will feature online, three days of music, comedy, culinary demonstrations, wine education, chocolate and cheese tastings, vineyard tours, and tours of its beehives. The festival kicks off Friday evening May 1st, with separate programming on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.
Virtual festival guests have the opportunity to sip, shop, listen, watch and interact with New Jersey musicians, restaurants, food trucks, artisan craftspeople, a chocolatier, comedians, vendors and the winery team. Some of the entertainment lineup includes musicians Anker, Faye Meyer, Greg Cagno, Kyle Campbell, RPG Project, Craig Rutter, Chris Peckhart, Jason Nelson, Lindsay Jordon and Ed Wall. Culinary experiences with Kyma Greek Cuisine, Dough Artisan, The Towpath Restaurant Americana, The Beach Shack, Maddalena’s, Rosetta's Farm Spices, Tastefully Simple, Latin Bites, The Flying Pie Guy and Chef José Diaz of Old York Cellars Tasting Room & Kitchen in Lawrenceville. Crafting with Chirp Workshop, House of Corks, Nora Lewis Jewelry Creations and The Attico. Chocolate making with Laurie's Chocolates. Laughter with comedians Helene Angely, Buddy Fitzpatrick, Joe Bronzi, Andrew Kennedy, Kelly Terranova and Rodney Laney. Creative vendor demonstrations and tours by Color Street and Touchstone Crystal. Tours, tasting and more with Winemaker Scott Gares, the Old York Cellars Team, and Northlandz. Pairing ideas and wonderful ways to support New Jersey small businesses with professional food and wine writers Robin Shreeves, Jenn Hall and Tara Nurin.
The Virtual Wine Festival will be hosted on Old York Cellars Facebook and YouTube pages. Many of the festival participants will be engaging in live chats on Facebook throughout the weekend. The winery will be donating 10% of wine sales made from April 28 to May 10 to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. Viewers will also have links to support the other businesses and performers featured during the Virtual Wine Festival.
Old York Cellars is encouraging festival guests to host their own virtual festival at home and try some of the recipes from the winery’s Facebook page, order delicious takeout/delivery from one of their featured restaurants and invite their friends to virtually join them. Guests can tag their food and virtual festival photos with the hashtag #OldYorkCellarsWineFestival
Black Food & Wine Festival to celebrate chefs, food and culture
Words once advised by Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Congress and the first Black candidate to seek a major party nomination for president, is the sentiment behind a new festival coming to Charlotte this fall.
Husband-and-wife team chef Greg and Subrina Collier have announced plans for the inaugural Black Food & Wine Festival happening Oct. 22-24 at Camp North End. More than 75 chefs, farmers, distillers and other hospitality industry experts are expected to participate in the three-day celebration.
“Participating in other festivals, I saw how Black chefs and culinarians weren’t represented — not to the amount we should’ve been,” says Subrina, a 2020 James Beard Foundation Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow. “I’m hoping to get people excited to keep supporting not only small businesses but Black businesses and Black chefs.”
The Colliers, who own Uptown Yolk and the critically acclaimed “modern juke joint” Leah & Louise, leaned into their network for the lineup of notable chefs from across the country. Among the first to sign on to participate were:
- Atlanta chef Todd Richards, cookbook author and co-owner of Lake & Oak Neighborhood BBQ and Soul: Food and Culture.
- Asheville chef Ashleigh Shanti, who stepped down in November as chef de cuisine at Benne on Eagle to launch an Asheville-based restaurant group.
- James Beard-finalist chef Duane Nutter, founder of the Southern National restaurant in Mobile, Alabama.
Three of Bravo’s “Top Chef” alumni are also on the list:
- Keith Rhodes, James Beard-nominated chef/owner of Catch in Wilmington
- Tiffany Derry, chef/co-founder of Texas-based T2D Concepts hospitality group
- Chris Scott, chef/owner of Butterfunk Biscuit Co. in New York City
Expect Charlotte-area talent such as chefs Greg Williams and Jamie Barnes of What The Fries, chef Michael Bowling of Hot Box Next Level Kitchen, chef Whitney Thomas of The Grand Bohemian and Lindsay Williams of Davidson Wine Co., among others.
“I was particular about having not only Black chefs but also Black women representation,” Subrina said. “I want people to see that Black women are and have always been capable of higher levels of management and execution.”
The festival draws inspiration from the Harlem Renaissance, a period during the 1920s and 1930s that shared a look inside Black life, identity and culture through the arts.
“Back then, there was a burst of creativity and cultural appreciation born out of Prohibition,” said Greg, a two-time James Beard nominee. “Now, one hundred or so years later, Black creativity has been unappreciated and unnoticed for a while. We want to shine that spotlight bright.”
Photo by Peter Taylor
The Black Food & Wine Festival kicks off Oct. 22 with a Chuckwagon Carnival — featuring food trucks, amusement rides and family-friendly entertainment — and ends the night with a Black Stork Chefs Dinner, a ticketed multicourse meal. The Stork Club was a famous New York City supper club that refused to serve Josephine Baker and learned the high cost of racism.
Day 2 is a nod to the Cotton Club, which first opened as Club Deluxe by heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson before mobster Owen “Owney” Madden took it over, limited the audience to White patrons and revamped it into the popular cabaret that attracted an A-list of Black performers.
On Oct. 23, the Cotton Club Festival anchors a day of events that include vendors, demonstrations and tastings before ending with The Harlem Nights Chefs Dinner — a reference to the 1989 film classic starring Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor.
The Savoy Jazz Brunch will wrap up the weekend on Oct. 24, with multiple chef stations and live music. The Savoy Ballroom was one of the first racially integrated venues in the country.
“We need a moment of fellowship, and I want our moment of fellowship to be happy,” Subrina said. “We have to always fellowship when things are going on — police brutality, people dying and marching — I want us to get together, and I know something that makes people happy is food and drinks.”
Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2020
There is a typical structure to these types of introductions. First, the editor talks about how many places they traveled to in the creation of the list (that would be 25 for me remember airplanes?). Then they recall how many meals they’ve eaten for research (110). Finally, there is a statement about what made this year in dining so special (Bold flavors! Casual dining has never been better!).
But there is nothing typical about 2020. By March, it had become clear that life as we knew it was on pause as the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world. Restaurants were hit fast and hard. Most had to close—some temporarily, others forever. The handful that remained open were forced to swap the intimate conviviality of the dining room for the sanitized transactions of delivery and curbside pickup. Restaurants, places of hospitality, had to become inhospitable to survive.
So why run this list now, when restaurants as we know them are on indefinite hiatus? Since 1988, Food & Wine has recognized 31 classes of Best New Chefs—groups of 10 (or sometimes 11) chefs who make the sharpest, most forward-thinking, and satisfying food in America. For 32 years, the accolade has celebrated the best cooking of the day while heralding the culinary leaders of tomorrow.
In that respect, this year is no different. This year’s class will shape the future. They are resilient and brilliant, thoughtful and caring. They are leading their teams through unprecedented circumstances, navigating choppy waters with sheer determination and optimism as their compass. They are the people who not only will help rebuild their shattered industry, but also will eventually help it thrive in new ways—through their cooking, their resolve, and their vision for what a more equitable future in restaurants might look like.
What a strange time to be a restaurant editor, but what an honor. During my first year on the road scouting for Food & Wine, I encountered the punchy, flavor-to-the-face kind of cooking I am always chasing. I saw menus that weren’t afraid to deviate from the standard French culinary techniques. I met chefs who cared just as much about their staff and their communities as they did their food. This groundbreaking cooking and leadership are evident in all corners of the kitchen, which is why, for the first time in more than 20 years, we’re including pastry chefs in this class of BNCs.
The fallout from the pandemic has revealed new layers of strength and creativity, best embodied by this year’s class of Best New Chefs. With them at the helm, the future of dining looks brighter, fairer, and more delicious than ever before.
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The New York City Wine & Food Festival Is Coming Up — Order Your Tickets Now to Mix and Mingle with Food Network Chefs!
Though we're mere days into the official summer season, believe it or not, it's time to think ahead to fall. Every October, the New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola comes to the Big Apple and hosts a weekend-long eating and drinking extravaganza, complete with chef demos, sit-down dinners, walk-around tastings, and plenty of opportunities to meet and greet your favorite Food Network stars.
This year's 10th anniversary celebration is set for October 12 through October 15, and the events are slated to be bigger and better than ever. The cast of Chopped is kicking off the festival with a rooftop Smorgasburg event on Thursday, Oct. 12, while the Blue Moon Burger Bash, a longtime favorite event hosted by Rachael Ray, will take place on Friday night atop a Midtown Manhattan rooftop as well. On the weekend, it's all about wake-up-worthy brunches, back-to-back Grand Tastings, featuring demos from chefs like Anne Burrell and Alex Guarnaschelli, and late-night soirees under the stars.
Ready to get in on the action? Ticket sales for the New York City Wine & Food Festival are now open.
New York Raises the Curtain for Live Events
Just a couple of months ago, New York City’s cultural community feared the pandemic might put live events on hold until late 2021. But now, a true spring season is taking shape.
Presenters of all kinds, from comedy and music clubs to nonprofit cultural venues such as the Shed and Park Avenue Armory, have recently announced slates of shows for the coming weeks. In large part, they were able to do so because of New York state’s decision to allow arts and entertainment venues to reopen, with a 33% capacity limit and a maximum of 100 people indoors and 200 outdoors, starting April 2.
The state has put other restrictions in place, including requiring that attendees wear face masks. It is also letting venues increase capacity if all patrons show proof of a negative Covid test before entering.
Some venues will begin hosting events as early as this weekend, with state approval.
Presenters say they are eager to get back in the game. And they say audiences are ready to return as well.
2020 NEW YORK - APRIL 2020 Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events waiting for new dates
April 1, 2020 - Night Out for No Kid Hungry - New York, New York
EVENT POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. No child in should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.
April 4, 2020 New York City BBQ Cookoff - Staten Island, New York
Come visit New York City’s authentic living history village for the only BBQ cookoff within the five boroughs that has been sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society! A family-oriented event that includes BBQ sampling, judging, cash prizes, amusements, and live entertainment.
April 11, 2020 - Bacon and Beer Classic - Brooklyn, New York
The Bacon and Beer Classic is a one-of-a-kind event hosted inside baseball parks and stadiums across America. It is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer. As the attendees walk through the stadium they will get a taste of history through the hundreds of craft brew samples and mouth-watering bacon-inspired tastes local restaurants cook up. Music will get people dancing, interactive games will bring out their inner kid, and the cooking demos and beer schools will teach everyone – from the expert to the novice – a thing or two about bacon and beer. All of our events are all inclusive! From the moment you walk into the park, it's all about the experience, and not about opening up your wallet
April 18, 2020 Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival
Belmont Lake State Park, New York
Held at Belmont State Park, the event marks the start of the spring trout stocking program on Long Island. Activities include open fishing, fishing instruction, fly casting demos, displays, fish cleaning services, games and refreshments.
April 18-19, 2020 - Wines & Bites 2020
Shawangunk Wine Trail, New York
Shawangunk Wine Trail Event. Savor the region’s finest wines, one delicious sip at a time paired with a variety of scrumptious food bites over the course of one or two days. Each of the thirteen member wineries has selected cheese, meat, salad, pasta, or dessert to offer with their wines. Receive a souvenir wine glass at the starting winery of your choice and continue on a self-guided tour of the SWT at your own pace.
April 24, 2020 The James Beard Awards Gala - New York, New York
The James Beard Awards Gala and Reception. Known as the Oscars of the food world, the James Beard Awards cover all aspects of the industry: chefs and restaurateurs, cookbook authors and food journalists, restaurant designers and architects, and more. The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals in America.
April 24-26, 2020 28th Annual Wine & Herb Festival
Cayuga Lake, New York
Sample wines at each winery along the Cayuga Wine Trail and receive a different herb at each stop. Build your garden, while sipping our fine wines and savoring herb prepared cuisine. April 24-26 and May 1-3, 2020.
April 25, 2020 Annual Spring Craft Beer Festival - Elmont, New York
EVENT CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. New location at Belmont Park Racetrack. More than 50 craft breweries will be in attendance, pouring samples of their finest brews-more than 150 in all. The brewery lineup will include many of Long Island's favorites and some new additions-notable national craft breweries who will be making their festival debut.
April 25-26, 2020 23rd Annual 'TAP' New York Craft Beer & Food Festival - Hunter, New York
New York's largest craft beer festival. Over 120 breweries representing over 300 individual beers offer everything from IPAs and lagers to wiesbiers, doppel and trippel bocks, stouts, ales. pretty much any variety you know of, and probably a few that you don't. Beer competitions and daily cooking demonstrations.
2019 NEW YORK - APRIL 2019 Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events waiting for new dates
April 27, 2019 New York City Chili Cookoff - Staten Island, New York
This cookoff is a Regional event, which means winners will qualify for the World Championship in October! Come visit New York City’s authentic living history village for the only chili cookoff within the five boroughs that has been sanctioned by the International Chili Society! A family-oriented event that includes chili sampling, judging, cash prizes, amusements, and live entertainment.
April 30, 2019 Healthy Brand Showcase - New York, New York
Healthy Brand Showcase is a one-day product showcase featuring new health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, and natural beauty products. For one-day only, national media, industry experts and celebrity guests meet national brands in person, demo their products, and collect press kits, product samples and gift bags.
2017 NEW YORK - APRIL 2017Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events waiting for new dates
April 29-May 6, 2017 VariEATy 2017 - New York, New York
Variety the Children's Charity of New York is pleased to present the second year of Varieaty: Local Eats to Benefit Local Youth! During this week-long initiative local food vendors partner up with Variety the Children's Charity of New York in support of providing therapeutic arts programs for the tri-state area's most underserved youth. During VariEATy 2017 vendors donate a percentage of sales back to Variety the Children's Charity of New York.
2016 NEW YORK - APRIL 2016Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events waiting for new dates
April 16-17, 2016 New York Culinary Experience - New York, New York
The only hands-on culinary event of its kind that offers you the chance to cook side-by-side with 30 of the world's most renowned chefs.
April 19, 2016 Long Island Horseradish Festival - Riverhead, New York
The Long Island Horseradish Festival has been postponed until 2017.
2015 NEW YORK - APRIL 2015Food & Wine Festivals, Shows & Local Events waiting for new dates
April 28, 2015 Meat Matters - New York, New York
Join Chef Rick Bayless and other nationally-renowned chefs for an intimate taste experience at the Food Network Kitchen in NYC! Meat Matters is a rare opportunity to explore the Food Network Kitchen, learn about the issues surrounding producing and eating meat, and connect with leading change makers in the culinary world.
April 30, 2015 Wines & Food Extravaganza - New York, New York
In the presence of His Excellency François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France at the United Nations, and Former Prime Minister Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux and, George Sape President, and Robert Wilmers Chairman of the Board of the American Friends of Cité des Civilisations du Vin, and Sylvie Cazes, President of the Cité des Civilisations du Vin will host a Wines & Civilizations Tasting Extravaganza in the United Nations Delegates Dining Room. VIPs in attendance will get to taste wines from over 50 countries, including France, the United States, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Germany or South Africa of course, but also wines from China, India, Brazil, Lebanon, Kenya, Israel, Australia, Thailand, Tunisia, Ethiopia and many more “unexpected” countries. This Wines & Civilizations Tasting Extravaganza will be organized in a non formal but elegant setting, allowing guests to mingle and enjoy many different experiences and surprises from Europe, Africa, Asia, America or the Middle East throughout the evening. An exclusive and unique assortment of delicious international foods will be prepared specially for our guests by some of the world’s most respected chefs.
Critic's Choice 9th Avenue Food Festival
The neighborhood once known as Hell's Kitchen will stoke the cooking fires this weekend as it celebrates the 19th annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival. Weather permitting, up to a million nibblers are expected to stroll through the gastronomic gantlet from 37th Street to 57th Street in Manhattan. The fair runs from 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. tomorrow and Sunday.
Food from more than 30 countries will be served on the milelong route. The selections will include six-foot-long heroes from Manganaro's Hero Boy near 37th Street pasta specialties from Bruno Ravioli near 46th Street spinach pies from Poseidon, the Greek pastry shop near 44th Street apple-walnut pies from the Little Pie Company of the Big Apple on West 43d Street French apple tarts from Crepes Suzette on West 46th Street empanadas from La Milonga, the Argentine restaurant on the corner of 50th Street, and, from Ninth Avenue International Foods near the northwest corner of 40th Street, suckling pigs, roast baby lambs and quails in wine sauce.
Mike Deraney, co-owner of the Little Pie Company of the Big Apple, expects to sell 1,500 to 1,800 slices of pie over the two days. Jeanette Le Pourhiet, one of the owners of Crepes Suzette, says she has lost count of her apple tarts in previous years. "People like desserts best," she proffered.
Lili Fable, the president of the Ninth Avenue Association and the owner of the Poseidon pastry shop, said: "We try to serve the same things every year because the same people always come back looking for them. We have people coming back from as far as Pennsylvania asking for the spinach pies." Mrs. Fable estimated that 200 stores and at least that many vendors would participate in the fair this year.
There will be entertainment on Sunday at two stages, on 37th Street and north of 45th Street. The lineup on 37th Street starting at 1:30 P.M. includes a zydeco band, Kurdish dancers, a chorale group, a flamenco dance troupe, Middle Eastern folk dancers and a Dixieland band. On 45th Street from 12:15 to 5:30 P.M., there are nine dance troupes representing Bulgaria, Spain, Poland and more.
Mayor David N. Dinkins is scheduled to lead a walk along the avenue on Sunday at 12:30 P.M.
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is co-sponsored by the city and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Information: (212) 581-7217.