NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (NYCWFF) will once again set out to help EAT. DRINK. END HUNGER. this week. With more than 90 events taking place at locations across New York, the Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to support the fight to end hunger with No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City. Tickets are still available for select events, including large-scale, signature tasting events, hands-on classes, intimate dinners, and more.
NYCWFF is taking one of its fan-favorite events to Williamsburg, bringing Chicken Coupe, its decadent pairing of fried chicken and champagne, to The William Vale on Thursday, October 13. Here, hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Andrew Carmellini will guide you through an indulgent evening of bubbles and birds all happening poolside at Brooklyn's newly opened hotspot. A new Festival event taking over Brooklyn's food hall Berg'n is Best of Brooklyn presented by MUNCHIES hosted by Action Bronson, taking place on Friday, October 14. Featuring signature dishes from some of the borough's favorite neighborhood restaurants and chefs, guests will indulge in the food that makes Brooklyn's culinary scene so vibrant, all while dancing the night away to an exclusive DJ set from TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton.
For the first time, fans of all ages have the opportunity to catch their favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel chefs and culinary personalities LIVE at the Samsung® Culinary Demonstrations presented by MasterCard® on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 with the introduction of the Culinary Demonstrations Only ticket option. A featured part of the culinary epicenter at Pier 94, home to the 135,000-sq. ft. playground that is the Festival's signature Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite, these stages will host a star-studded line-up of a dozen chefs sharing their kitchen pro tips and tricks for fans and home cooks of all ages to enjoy.
On Sunday, October 16, bring the whole family to an afternoon barbecue cookout at Coca-Cola's Backyard BBQ presented by Thrillist sponsored by National Beef & Pat LaFrieda Meats. Taking place at Pier 92 with hosts Bobby Flay and Michael Symon, 30 chefs will dish out their best barbecue fare to see who will be crowned top grill maestro and take home Thrillist's People's Choice Award. An esteemed panel of judges, including People magazine's Sonal Dutt, NBC's Tamron Hall and Chef Aarón Sánchez, will decide the winner of the inaugural Coke and Smoke BBQ Challenge.
Other signature tastings taking place at Pier 92 include:
- Barilla's Italian Table presented by Alfa Romeo hosted by Giada De Laurentiis on Thursday, October 13
- The iconic culinary competition Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray on Friday, October 14
- The brand new Rooftop Chopped competition, featuring both Judge's Choice and People's Choice Awards, and the opportunity for attendees* to meet with show producers and casting executives and audition LIVE for the hit Food Network series Chopped
A series of unique cultural dining opportunities can also be found throughout the weekend, including several of the Bank of America Dinner Series curated by Chefs Club. A selection of global flavors that can be found as part of this series include:
- A Kosher Dinner hosted by Elior Balbul, Eden Grinshpan, Amitzur Mor & Yehuda Sichel
- Fusion of Moroccan and Mexican cuisine at A Dinner hosted by Mourad Lahlou & Alex Stupak
- A celebration of Korean cuisine at A Dinner hosted by Deuki Hong & Edward Lee
- Some of Europe's finest come together at A Dinner hosted by Gabriel Kreuther and the Chefs from Cala de Volpe and Les Airelles
- And more!
Additional experiences paying homage to global flavors include another new Festival event, Koreatown Eats sponsored by Korean Food Foundation hosted by Deuki Hong & Matt Rodbard at the bustling Union Fare food hall in Union Square. Plus, NYCWFF brings Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern to the Big Apple after the event's successful debut in South Beach this past February, and also celebrates America's favorite pastime of food and football on Sundays at Game Day Eats presented by Samuel Adams hosted by Jaymee Sire at Hill Country Brooklyn.
Tickets for available NYCWFF events can be purchased online at nycwff.org or by calling 866.969.2922 (phone sales open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). An on-site box office located just outside of Pier 94 will be open Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Follow the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NYCWFF or by tagging #NYCWFF.
Between NYCWFF and its sister SOBEWFF®, which takes place each February in Miami, Florida, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.
*Purchasing a ticket to Rooftop Chopped does not guarantee an audition. Auditions will take place on a first come, first serve basis during the event.
About the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival is hosted by and benefits No Kid Hungry® and Food Bank For New York City, with 100% of the Festival's net proceeds helping fight hunger. The Festival has raised more than $9.5 million to date for these hunger-relief organizations. Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits is the exclusive provider of wine and spirits at the Festival. In September 2015, BizBash named the Festival the #3 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the third year in a row. More information on the Festival can be found at nycwff.org.
About No Kid Hungry®
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.
About Food Bank For New York City
Food Bank For New York City has been the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 64 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank's income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank's nutrition education programs and services empower more than 44,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org.
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