While I’m on the topic of new companies launching, Foodbuzz has officially launched their publisher community. As you may know, they’re a community of food enthusiasts and bloggers and they also have an ad network that helps little blogs like this one pay for web hosting. Another perk of being a featured publisher is that they can get you press credentials to attend and cover food events. This weekend they got me into the Grand Tasting event at the NY Wine & Food Festival that’s put on by the Food Network.
Chelsea Market is an old public market that’s now a gourmet mecca of food.
The Wine & Food Festival is a series of food related events held over several days in the Meatpacking District. The crown jewel of the festival is the Grand Tasting where dozens of restaurants, food companies and alcohol makers give you a taste of what their wares. It’s all contained in a cavernous tent over the Hudson River, where thousands of press, industry folks and foodies crowd around for little (and sometimes not-so-little) bites of all kinds of deliciousness.
The venue was a giant tent on pier over the Hudson River. The inside was literally cavernous with throngs of people swarming about.
Tiny stuffed apples over a shot of something with bourbon in it.
These little dumplings from Wakiya were tasty. I went back for seconds… and thirds…
Ceviche presented on little brick steps.
There were literally too many boutique booze companies (I was lit before I made it half way through the tent). Variety ranged from wines to smooth vodkas like Zyr to oddities like VeeV, distilled from Acai Berries. There were these weird Evian booths stocked with water and women. The Food Network was of course on the scene taping the goings on.
There’s nothing quite like freshly sliced paper thin prosciutto
Every few minutes you’d hear a glass shatter followed by a round of applause… not a surprise given the amount of alcohol being consumed
The time flew by and it was time to go… probably a good thing considering I had to head back to work after wards.
I snapped this one on my way back to the subway.
The E train about to whisk me back down to work.