NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE takes place October 17 – 20, 2013 and there are several opportunities for wine, spirits and culinary enthusiasts to help eat, drink and end hunger while enjoying new and signature Festival events. Tickets to unique events that will satisfy any palate or budget are still available, with all proceeds from the Festival benefiting Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign.
"We are incredibly grateful to be the co-beneficiaries of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival for the sixth consecutive year," said Billy Shore, Share Our Strength's founder and CEO. "With the support of the Festival's attendees and amazing chefs, we are ending childhood hunger in America. Together, we can make No Kid Hungry a reality."
"We are proud to partner once again with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival," said Margarette Purvis, President and CEO of Food Bank For New York City. "For four days, Food Network personalities and supporters from far and wide will come together to enjoy delicious food while supporting a great cause. Innovative partnerships like these help us raise awareness of and much-needed funds for an issue that impacts the lives of 2.6 million people in New York City. Together, we can end hunger."
Passionate gourmands will not want to pass up the opportunity to attend the FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs 25th Anniversary Party presented by Delta ($300)on Friday, October 18 at the Mandarin Oriental. Editor in Chief Dana Cowin and Publisher Christina Grdovic will host an extraordinary evening with 25 FOOD & WINE Best New Chefs, including Daniel Boulud ('88), Tom Colicchio ('91), Andrew Carmellini ('00), Dan Barber ('02), Scott Conant ('04), Mario Carbone ('12), Rich Torrisi ('12) and many, many more. Guests can also enjoy a special dessert lounge overlooking Central Park featuring Perrier-Jouët Champagne, actress and cookbook author Ali Larter, and a handful of New York's finest pastry chefs, including Bob Truitt ('13), Matthew Lightner ('10), Christina Kaelberer of Culinary Concepts, Marc Aumont of The Modern, and Alina Eisenhauer, will be serving up decadent dishes to top off the party.
Cocktail lovers can still secure tickets to indulge in their passion like Patron XO Café Late Night($95) at The Wayfarer on Thursday, October 17, Global Night Market at The Plaza Food Hall hosted by Todd English featuring Hot Bread Kitchen($95) on Saturday, October 19, and Mixology Masters at Bagatelle hosted by Justin Warner($95) on Sunday, October 20. And those seeking to satiate a more savory craving can still attend the Festival's tribute to everyone's favorite lunchtime combination at Hidden Valley's Soup'er Sandwich presented by Martin's Famous Potato Rolls hosted by Jeff Mauro($125) at Hudson on Saturday, October 19.
Looking for a more intimate dining experience? Reserve a seat at the one-of-a-kind chef-driven offerings that are part of the Bank of America Dinner Series, including:
Daniel Patterson, Sean Brock and George Mendes Dinner ($250)
The Ultimate Catch hosted by Ben Sargent($225)
The Reimagined Classics: Dinner hosted by Quince's Michael Tusk ($250)
Ivan Ramen's Taste of Tokyo Dinner ($225)
Tickets for these events and more are available online at www.nycwff.org or by calling 866-969-2933 (phone sales open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT). 100% of the net proceeds from the Festival benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign. Stay up to date with the excitement by following the Festival at www.Facebook.com/NYCWFF or Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager at www.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager.
About the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE
The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry® campaign, 100% of the Festival's net proceeds go toward helping these community based organizations fight hunger. Southern Wine & Spirits of New York is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. More information about the Festival can be found at www.nycwff.org.
About the Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City recognizes 30 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As the city's hub for integrated food poverty assistance, Food Bank tackles the hunger issue on three fronts — food distribution, income support and nutrition education — all strategically guided by its research. Through its network of community-based member programs citywide, Food Bank helps provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank's hands-on nutrition education program in the public schools reaches thousands of children, teens and adults. Income support services including food stamps, free tax assistance for the working poor and the Earned Income Tax Credit put millions of dollars back in the pockets of low-income New Yorkers, helping them to achieve greater dignity and independence. Learn how you can help at foodbanknyc.org.
About SHARE OUR STRENGTH'S NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN
No child 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 America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through its Cooking Matters program. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
SOURCE Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival