NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospitality, food, beverage and lifestyle experts converge in the Big Apple once again for the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (NYCWFF), which returns for its 10th anniversary October 12 – 15, 2017. NYCWFF brings together some of the world's most accomplished chefs, winemakers, spirits producers, restaurateurs, culinary personalities, and fellow event leaders to EAT. DRINK. END HUNGER., with 100% of the net proceeds benefiting the hunger-relief organizations Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®.
New for its 10th year, the Festival is bringing industry members the chance to experience four featured panels FREE during its Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Trade Tasting presented by Beverage Media Group on Friday, October 13. They include:
- Inaugural Clean & Sustainable Cooking Discussion (12:30 – 1:15 PM)
- How clean and sustainable cooking could change everything! José Andrés, ThinkFoodGroup chef/owner, passionate humanitarian and one of Time's "100 Most Influential People," is joined by former White House Chef Sam Kass for a panel moderated by Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation, for an in-depth look about the next big movement in food. Every day, billions of people still cook over open fires that emit harmful fuels and cause a dramatic impact on health, climate, and human livelihoods. Hear straight from the experts about this global crisis and how the new clean cookstoves movement is saving lives.
- Inside Celebrated Living's Platinum List Awards (2:00 – 2:45 PM)
- Everyone dreams about the perfect vacation, visiting exquisite restaurants and beautiful hotels. Now meet the experts who have chosen the best of the best in travel for Celebrated Living—the premier luxury magazine of American Airlines. Each year, the Platinum List Awards are published in the September/October issue. Moderated by Celebrated Living editor-in-chief Eric Newill, come ask our notable experts about the criteria they used in making their selections, and hear from some of the winners, who will discuss what drives them to the top of the hospitality game. Participating panelists include: PBS and Travel Channel host Samantha Brown; Maneet Chauhan, Chopped judge and executive chef and co-owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House, Nashville, TN; Fern Mallis, founder of New York Fashion Week; Ralph Scamardella, head chef of Tao Group; and Chef Michael White, Altamarea Group/Ai Fiori - one of the winners of Best Hotel Restaurants.
- Raising the Bar: Are Craft Cocktails the New "Farm-to-Table"? (3:30 - 4:15 PM)
- Creative cocktails, expensive ice, fresh squeezed juices, homemade bitters, antique glassware - everyone has them now. Just like farm-to-table is now an industry standard, so is an innovative and thoughtful craft cocktail program. So how do you set yourself apart? Moderator Talia Baiocchi, editor-in-chief of PUNCH and author of the James Beard nominated Sherry (Ten Speed Press), sits down with some of the industry's smartest and most thoughtful minds, including Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Director of Spirits Education and Mixology Allen Katz, The NoMad Bar head bartender Nathan O'Neill, and Nitecap's Natasha David, to weigh in on the best ways to shine fresh light on the bar.
- Chefs are Rock Stars, & Rock Stars are Chefs! (4:30 – 5 PM)
- Billboard Deputy Editor Isabel Gonzalez-Whitaker moderates a discussion between award-winning chef and restaurant owner, television personality and music advocate Mario Batali, and chef and Grammy Award-winning musician Jarobi White of seminal hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. The two creatives will be joined by acclaimed food and music writer Brooke Mazurek to discuss the unique synchronicity of these worlds and why the love affair between music and food is gaining momentum.
NYCWFF also has a variety of ticketed events available for purchase by consumers and industry professionals eager to enjoy a more trade-focused experience during the Festival weekend. They include: A Wall Street Journal Talk: Eating Better, Wasting Less – Innovative Approaches to Reducing Food Waste, Steak and Whiskey Pairing with Allen Katz at STK Downtown, and two special Wine Spectator Seminars – Unique Wines of Southern Italy and Holiday Wines on a Budget.
Tickets to these events and more at NYCWFF's 10th anniversary are on sale now, online at nycwff.org or by calling (800) 764-8773.
Between NYCWFF and its sister Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which takes place each February in Miami, Florida, more than $36 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.
About the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola
The Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola is hosted by and benefits Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry, with 100% of the Festival's net proceeds helping fight hunger. The Festival has raised more than $10 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 2017, BizBash named the Festival the #3 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fifth year in a row. More information on the Festival can be found at nycwff.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 approximately 62.5 million free meals per year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City'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. Food Bank's nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a low budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBankNYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (FoodBank4NYC).
About No Kid Hungry®
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 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.
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