I can tell you with a lot of certainty that our next adventure is going to be one of our favorites of the year. It's all about food. Well, not all about food. Before arriving in New York City for the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCW&FF), we'll be roaming around the Northeast. Our hope is that, while leaf peeping, we work up the appetites of our lives so that – when we arrive in NYC – we hit the ground ready to eat. A lot.
The NYCW&FF – photo courtesy of Billy Farrell Agency
The NYCW&FF (hosting some of our events) has been on Casa NVR's radar for a while. The event started just a few years ago, in 2007, as a single night bash. We're happy that this, the sixth year, is a 4-day extravaganza – 17-20 October. Its goal is to honor one of the world's greatest culinary cities while fighting to end hunger. A pretty perfect pair of intentions.
Every year, as we approach the end of the year, our minds turn to food security and the fact that about 1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. I was just hearing that about 20% of the kids right here in America struggle with hunger. For years now, we've been challenging the way we look at food and advocating for worldwide policies that make feeding everyone a priority.
Given that, we're impressed that 100% of the proceeds from the NYCW&FF go to charity. A couple of years ago, the Festival raised more than a million dollars for the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. No Kid Hungry, the primary focus of Share Our Strength, emphasizes the importance of connecting kids (and families) to healthy food choices (hello, breakfast!). Worldwide food security starts at home, with the decisions each of us make about the food we eat.
So, we're all in for this year's NYCW&FF, we can't wait to dig into some amazing food and help with the hunger crisis along the way.
What's on our culinary itinerary? We're most eager for the Blue Moon Burger Bash. It's a walk-around tasting of some top chefs' burger creations. Does it get better than that? We had a chance to ask one of the competitors, Michael Lomonaco, what our tasting strategy should be.
“Plan to shop around first for the burgers that most intrigue you since the vast amount of food means it may be difficult to try them all," he advised. "Go with a friend or two, and share, share, share. And most of all try MY burger; a Dry Aged Prime Burger Surf & Turf made with Maine Lobster.”
What?! A surf and turf burger? Now you know why we're crazy with excitement. He went on to share that, after his own land and sea creation, he likes a burger with blue cheese and bacon. Clearly Lomonaco, the Executive Chef/Managing Partner behind Porter House and Center Bar in NYC, knows his stuff. We let him know that we'll make it a point to swing by one of his establishments for an NVR favorite – the Old Fashioned. We asked him what to expect.
“The Old Fashioned is one of the original cocktails, among the most essential of drinks to master. Our King’s Old Fashioned is named for the artisanal ‘Kingston’ sugar we use to prepare it, along with ‘wet walnuts; sugared and preserved whole walnuts imported from Eastern Europe. These ingredients stay true to the Old Fashioned essentials along with allowing us some creative license. A great and refreshing cocktail; stop in and try one with some Roasted Quail and Chanterelles.”
Oh, we will, Michael, we will!
With that, we're off to the Northeast with our goal – the festival's tagline – front of mind:
Eat. Drink. End Hunger.