NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This Fall, 50,000 passionate fans came out to Eat. Drink. End Hunger. at the ninth annual Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Coca-Cola (NYCWFF). The Festival, which took place October 13 – 16 at locations across New York, raised nearly $1 million to help fight hunger with Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry®. Attendees enjoyed more than 90 events, including large-scale, signature tasting events, hands-on classes, intimate dinners, and more, to benefit the nation's leading hunger-relief organizations and explore the latest trends in food and beverage.
"We are thankful to everyone who joined us at NYCWFF to help us eat, drink and end hunger," said Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Senior Vice President, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility for Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. "One in five kids will face hunger this year, and nearly the same ratio of New Yorkers rely on Food Bank for resources – NYCWFF is proud to support the work of Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry® as they work to end hunger in America."
The Festival weekend was full of fan-favorite moments and a plethora of chefs walking away with top honors from various events, starting with Shake Shack and Boilermaker tying for Whoopi Goldberg's pick of the night on Thursday, October 13 at The William Vale in Williamsburg during Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoopi Goldberg & Andrew Carmellini. Shake Shack served up their salt & pepper honey chick'n, while Boilermaker offered guests a popcorn BBQ chicken waffle cone with fig honey and pickled vegetables.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer reigned supreme once again at the Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray on Friday, October 14, winning the Blue Moon People's Choice Award for their Greg Norman burger made with Waygu beef, house buttermilk-dill, blue cheese and arugula on a Martin's Potato Roll. Chefs served up approximately 8,000 lbs. of meat on more than 14,000 Martin's Potato Rolls to satisfy attendees at this Festival fan-favorite event. Plus, a panel of judges including David Burtka, Josh Capon, Jonathan Cheban, Neil Patrick Harris, and Marc Murphy chose a classic combination of double patties, American cheese, Kosher dill pickles, tomato, a romaine chiffonade and condiments sauce on a sesame bun from David's Café as Pat LaFrieda's 2016 NYCWFF Burger Bash® Champion.
On Saturday, October 15, the hit Food Network primetime series Chopped came to life at Rooftop Chopped. Here, attendees selected The Ainsworth's honey glazed Berkshire pork served over spiced roasted pineapple as their best bite of the night, sending them to the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival in February 2017 as winners of the People's Choice Award. The cast of Chopped choose Black Ant Restaurant as the event's judge's winner, presenting $10,000 courtesy of Food Network to the restaurant for their suckling pig with burnt chile grasshopper mole, crispy corn dumpling, chayote and pickled chilies.
Butcher Bar's "meat candy", consisting of double smoked burnt ends with homemade pickled cucumbers, dashes of their BBQ sauce and habanero sauce on a Martin's Potato Roll, impressed both the crowd and the judge's at Coca-Cola's Backyard BBQ presented by Thrillist sponsored by National Beef & Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Bobby Flay & Michael Symonon Sunday, October 16. The restaurant walked away with both the Thrillist People's Choice Award and winner of the Coke and Smoke BBQ Challenge, as judged by People magazine's Sonal Dutt, NBC's Tamron Hall and Katie Lee, author and co-host of The Kitchen on Food Network.
For the first time, fans of all ages had the opportunity to see a star-studded line-up of a dozen of their favorite Food Network and Cooking Channel personalities sharing their kitchen pro tips and tricks for fans and home cooks 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 at the signature Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite at Pier 94. Additionally, passionate gourmands also enjoyed multiple cultural dining opportunities at intimate dinners featuring wine pairings from the Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits portfolio part of the Bank of America Dinner Series curated by Chefs Club, hands-on classes part of Anolon® Gourmet Cookware's Artisanal Cooking Series at Home Studios, parties and tastings part of LOCAL presented by Delta Air Lines, and much more.
Save the date – NYCWFF's 10th anniversary is slotted for October 12 – 15, 2017. Follow the conversation all year long 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 $33 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 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 $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 2016, BizBash named the Festival the #3 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fourth 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.