Food Network Brings Wine and Food to New York

Laura McNamara

The Food Network is hosting its first-ever New York City Wine & Food Festival. The festival, which is being presented by Food & Wine and Travel+Leisure magazines, is the sister even to the popular Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Set primarily in one of Manhattan’s most fashionable neighborhoods, the Meatpacking District, the festival will take place this Columbus Day weekend, Thursday October 9 – Sunday, October 12 and will benefit the hunger relief programs of Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.

The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons and renowned winemakers from around the globe as well as America’s most beloved television chefs. “The festival’s main goal is to pay homage to New York City and everything that makes it one of the best restaurant cities in the world,” says Festival Director, Schrager.

The stunning line-up of talent includes: Rachael Ray (30 Minute Meals), Paula Deen (Paula’s Home Cooking), Giada de Laurentiis (Every Day Italian), Tyler Florence (Tyler’s Ultimate), Alton Brown (Good Eats), Masaharu Morimoto (Iron Chef America), Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives), Bobby Flay (Throwdown with Bobby Flay), and Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Alain Ducasse (Adour Alain Ducasse), Ferran Adria (El Bulli), Anthony Bourdain (Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations), Gordon Ramsay (Hell’s Kitchen), Nigella Lawson (Nigella Feasts), Lidia Bastianich (Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen) and more.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Monday June 16,2008. Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength.