New Panels and Upgraded Tasting Opportunities Beckon
By W. R. Tish
As the four-day Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented by Coca-Cola gears up to kick off on October 12th, members of the trade have more than ever to look forward to. On Friday, October 13th, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Trade Tasting Presented by Beverage Media will feature not only the traditional array of wine, spirits and lifestyle booths, but also three trade-specific panels:
Panel #1 – 12:30-1:15pm
Inaugural Clean & Sustainable Cooking Panel
Chef José Andrés, former White House Chef Sam Kass and moderator Radha Muthiah, CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, discuss the environmental impact of cooking fuels as well as the inefficiency of our global food system, which wastes a third of the food produced and emits excess greenhouse gases.
Panel #2 – 2:00-2:45pm
Meet the Experts: Inside Celebrated Living’s “Platinum List” Awards
Experts including Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis and Chef Michael White of Ai Fiori discuss the criteria they used in making their selections of leaders in the hospitality industry for these annual awards.
Panel #3 – 3:30-4:15pm
Raising The Bar: Are Craft Cocktails the new “Farm-to Table”?
Creative cocktails, expensive ice, fresh squeezed juices, homemade bitters, antique glassware—everyone has them now. So how do you set yourself apart? James Beard Award-winning writer Talia Baiocchi leads a panel weighing in on the best ways to shine a light on your bar.
Not the Same Ol’ Dram
Another highlight for the trade is the Southern Glazer’s Boutique Spirits Collection, also part of Trade Day. “It is a unique and important opportunity, particularly in New York, to showcase distilled spirits on the vanguard of the cocktail industry that don’t always get the attention they warrant but are some of the most well-made and versatile products available today,” says Allen Katz, Director of Mixology & Spirits Education at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of New York, who oversaw this year’s Boutique Spirits Collection. “They come from a range of suppliers, large and small, and will be featured in signature cocktails and on their own. It is one of the few places you will find this great collection all at the same place and the same time.”
Conveniently, the trade panels and special wine and spirits collections all happen under one roof, at Pier 92 on the West Side, on Trade Day. Other signature events—from rooftop soirees to intimate dinners, from the Blue Moon Burger Bash Presented by Pat LaFreida to cooking demos and hands-on workshops—will spread the food and wine action all over town, even into Brooklyn.
And over the course of four days, 100% of the net proceeds will go to benefit the Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry (part of Share Our Strength). To date, NYCWFF has raised more than $10 million to support the fight to end hunger. n