This past Sunday was a heck of a day. Lucky me was able to attend the Grand Tasting at the New York City Wine and Food Festival. Special thanks to Anolon as I attended as their guest. They were a sponsor of the festival and had a cool booth filled with awesome cookware and a cooking demo with Chef Dave Bonom. He made fabulous pulled pork sliders with five different tastes that represented the boroughs of New York City.
Did your grandparents or parents ever tell you they walked twenty miles to school in the snow? I’ve heard that story a few times and after this weekend I have my own. Since I knew I would be packing in some food, I decided there would be no cab rides for me. So after taking the train into Penn Station, I decided to walk the two miles to Pier 94 where the Grand Tasting was being held. There was not two feet of snow but it was a little windy and I had only eaten half a banana. I also didn’t have my coffee so my energy level was a little low. I was trying to burn some calories before the big eating extravaganza. I resisted the urge to get a Sabrett hot dog on the way since I needed extra stomach room for the big event. Walking through New York City on an almost empty stomach and not stopping to indulge takes discipline I tell ya.
So I finally arrived and it was time for the tasting party to start. My first stop was the Anolon booth where I stopped to chat with the Chef and check out all their cool cookware. They were also holding a recipe remix giveaway so there was quite the buzz at their booth. After enjoying my time there, it was on to some tasting.
The booze and wine booths were numerous. I did enjoy a few cocktails. I am always up for a Bloody Mary. I loved the little antipasto skewers that came on top. They were made with Chopin Vodka.
I think my favorite tasting of the day was this Cured Ocean Trout with Golden Beet Yogurt, Crispy Black Bread and Pickled Beets. I loved the texture and the salty sweetness of the dish. It was made by Owen Clark of Gwennett St. I definitely want to try this Brooklyn restaurant as soon as I can.
My favorite dessert of the day was Brioche Ice Cream Sandwiches with Pistachio Honey Ricotta Ice Cream and Toasted Brioche. Just pure heaven! It was created by Keith Schroeder of High Road Craft Ice Cream. I now see a Brioche ice cream sandwich in my future that I will try to make at home. Unfortunately I have no good picture to show. The warm bun was melting the ice cream and it went straight to my lips.
Another one of my favorites from the day were these sliders from Rare Bar and Grill. It was a burger soaked in whiskey with caramelized shallots, applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese. It was cooked just perfectly and that is not always easy to do in such large quantities. Next time I’m in NYC you bet I will be getting a burger from there!
How about some Dirty Banana Ice Cream with Awesome Sauce from Big Gay Ice Cream. I have heard so much about the ice cream and it was as good as I thought it would be.
All of this food was really yummy.
And then there was some celebrity chefs………….. Guess who? Yummy here too, right?
So I went home happy and stuffed. It was another two miles back to Penn Station but then I had a relaxing ride home on the train munching on a few more samples from my goody bag.
***For full disclosure, Anolon provided me with a ticket to the event and paid for my travel expenses. As usual, all opinions are my own.