Zagat editor Maureen Giannone takes a sneak peak at three chefs and their dishes not to be missed at this year's New York City Wine & Food Festival and filed the following report.
This year marks the Sixth Annual New York City Wine & Food Festival kicking-off on October 17 when New York locals and visitors alike are invited to join in on the food festivities for four days straight, to benefit the hunger-relief programs of Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
As one of the festival's most popular events, don't miss the Blue Moon Burger Bash on Friday October 18. The country's best burgers are showing up to compete against New York's reigning champ, Josh Capon, who's festival burger opened the doors to his very own burger joint, Burger & Barrel.
"This is my go-to burger. It's my version of the classic bacon onion cheeseburger [with] caramelized onion and bacon jam, shaved pickles, American cheese, and a little secret sauce," Executive Chef-Partner Josh Capon says of his winning burger, adding, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
But maybe tacos an tequila are more your thing. On October 19 try some of the hottest taco recipes paired with Olmeca Altos Tequila cocktails featuring New York's own Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex. Also on Saturday, chefs will throw down at "Hidden Valley's Soup'er Sandwich" to see which restaurant's got the best soup and sandwich matchup.
"I'm going to be serving the bacon lobster tomato sandwich with a spicy tomato soup," says Corvo Bianco's Elizabeth Falkner, who's delivering a twist on an East Coast favorite.
But despite all the amazing food, there's something more meaningful at the bottom of this four-day event.
"The festival raises a ton of money for one of the best charities out there [and] at the end of the day, it's all about giving back and that really for me is what the hospitality field is all about," says a proud Chef Capon of his continued support and participation.
For information on the events, tickets, and more, visit nycwff.org.