11.7 C
New York

Top chefs flock to NYC Wine & Food Festival to serve up feasts after COVID famine


For the town’s still struggling restaurant industry, the Recent York City Wine & Food Festival’s full return next month is manna from heaven — and one other sign that life is getting back to normal after COVID shutdowns.

Firstly of lockdown, top restaurateurs closed up, leaving hundreds of employees within the lurch. Recent Yorkers vacated the town faster than the spread of crime and COVID. Now they’re back — even when some have been priced out of their former apartments — and desirous to feast, NYCWFF founder Lee Schrager told The Post.

“I feel persons are able to exit and have some fun, and while I assumed that Recent York was dead for a time, I also knew that it could come back because it’s the best city on the planet,” Schrager said 

This 12 months’s festival will bring together greater than 400 chefs for 80 events at 41 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn from Oct. 13-16. 

The creme de la creme of the culinary world includes French-born Alain Ducasse, Israeli-born British chef Yotam Ottolenghi and Tuscany’s Dario Cecchini. They join Recent York favorites Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Michael White, Justin Bazdarich, Ed Cotton, Amanda Cohen, Leah Cohen and Marc Forgione.

Daniel BouludDaniel BouludRecent York Wine & Food Festival

“It’s back to business,” Schrager said, adding that individuals are hungry for human contact. “We’re already selling the identical variety of tickets as 2019, when greater than 44,000 people attended.” 

That’s quite a change from the primary festival 15 years ago — a one-night event called Sweet, which brought together greater than 50 Recent York pastry chefs and sold about 1,200 tickets.

Thus far, NYCWFF has raised greater than $15 million. All net proceeds from this 12 months’s gatherings will go to the festival’s partner, God’s Love We Deliver, Schrager said. 

This 12 months’s coveted tickets include top chef JJ Johnson and Lauren Von Der Pool’s vegan dinner at God’s Love We Deliver using products from their rooftop garden. As well as, Kwame Onwuachi, a James Beard Award-winning chef and writer of “Letters of a Black Chef,” shall be hosting an Afro-Caribbean dinner.

Festivalgoers at last year's event.Festivalgoers eventually 12 months’s event. The festival gives chefs the prospect to reconnect with their fans — and generate sponsorship gigs, Schrager noted.Getty Images for NYCWFF

The festival also gives chefs the prospect to reconnect with their fans — and generate sponsorship gigs, Schrager noted.

“It’s like Spring Break for chefs, and the very best networking event of the 12 months,” he said. “The festival is an incredible opportunity for big-name chefs and lesser-known, latest chefs, from restaurants throughout Recent York and beyond. There may be a lot opportunity. All of the publishers are there, plus all the businesses for pots and pans and aprons and things.”

While the pandemic didn’t find yourself changing the character of live events, it has produced a certain group of people who prefer to congregate in small groups. 

The revamped Intimate Dinner Series will showcase renowned chefs Rachael Ray, Alex Guarnaschelli, David Burtka, and Mumbai-born and James Beard Award-winning best Recent York state chef/star Chintan Pandya.

Those not shy about big crowds can still attend the large signature events, from Tacos & Tequila to Blue Moon Burger Bash to the Backyard BBQ. The Grand Tasting tent shall be at Hudson River Park’s Pier 76. Other events shall be in Brooklyn, including a brunch with Michael Solomonov at his latest hotspot, Laser Wolf Brooklyn.

Dishes from last year's event.Dishes from last 12 months’s event.Getty Images for NYCWFF

Chefs on stage include Robert Irvine, Andrew Zimmern, Carla Hall, Duff Goldman, Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson, Geoffrey Zakarian, Katie Lee and Anne Burrell;

And due to a latest sponsor, Air France, there may also be more French chefs — coinciding with the rise in latest eateries from Le Rock in Rockefeller Center to Le Dive on the Lower East Side — in addition to Boulud’s Le Gratin in FiDi’s Beekman Hotel, Maison Close in Soho, Francis Staub’s rebirth of the late Anthony Bourdain’s Les Halles and Deux Chats in Williamsburg.

Dishes from last year's event.This 12 months’s festival will bring together greater than 400 chefs for 80 events at 41 venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn.Getty Images for NYCWFF

Schrager launched NYCWFF after emulating the Aspen Food & Wine Classic along with his South Beach Wine and Food Festival 22 years ago. 

“I got here up with each ideas from the Aspen event. I checked out that, and thought, how great wouldn’t it be on the beaches of South Florida, after which, how great wouldn’t it be to make use of classic Recent York City venues to showcase chefs and hold events,” Schrager said. 

He’s looking forward to seeing which trends and star ingredients grab the highlight this 12 months. 

“One 12 months, everyone did sea urchin. One other 12 months it was pork belly. I can’t predict and won’t know what this 12 months’s trend shall be until I see it, but I’ll see it. It can be something,” Schrager said.

Get the latest Sports Updates (Soccer, NBA, NFL, Hockey, Racing, etc.) and Breaking News From the United States, United Kingdom, and all around the world.

Related articles


Recent articles