FMS MUST SEE: NYC Wine and Food Festival
Hey, there, been a long time...but if you're new here then welcome. Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the New York City Wine and Food Festival as both press and volunteer. Sometimes the best way to attend events like this you should try to volunteer. You do good, eat good and end up feeling good from serving for a good cause but also from the delicious food that you'll be able to taste. This year I attended two events as a volunteer and two as press. Too bad technology hasn't advanced enough for you to taste everything that I had but just use your imagination. The first event was the Tacos and Tequila event hosted by Food Network rock star Aaron Sanchez. I had some tacos that made me take a moment to do my good food dance, you know the one that we all do when we eat something delicious. My favorite thing however wasn't even a taco. It was a jalapeño relish from Javelina Tex Mex.
It was everything and hit some spicy and sweet notes that I wasn't expecting. I was actually full by the time I found their table, but I'm greedy so I tried it anyway. They paired the relish with a brisket on a mini tostada shell. Now of course there were some other winners there, but this one was obviously my favorite. The boyfriend loved the taco with chicken on a butternut squash shell with a sweet/tangy compote on top of it. Granted, their were damn near 50 stations and I might have tried half, but those two were the wins for us.
The second event that I attended was the most popular Burger Bash. And it's popular for a reason because who doesn't love burgers? I will say that I wish there was a variety of burgers that didn't only use beef. I did quite a few laps and everything was beef and many of them had bacon. There were some burgers that were definite misses, but my favorite was from PorterhouseNYC. It was pretty basic but the meat was so delicious and buttery.
The last event was the midnight brunch hosted by Rev Run and his wife Justine. It was in my hometown Harlem at The Cecil. Now, I'm not going to lie, I didn't love the food. BUT, there was a great jazz band that made up for the lackluster food. The boyfriend liked the bread pudding from Corner Social. I'm not a real fan of bread pudding but it was really tasty.
All in all, the festival was a success and they managed to raise 8.5 million dollars for Food Bank for New York and No Kid Hungry since they've been putting together this festival which I think is pretty amazing.