New York City Wine and Food Festival Raises Money to End Hunger

Food Network and The Cooking Channel’s annual New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) presented by Capital One was held from Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 14 at locations throughout the city. This celebration brought out countless food lovers from near and far to experience taste sensations from some of the world’s finest chefs, renowned brands, and the city’s best eateries. A total of 80 events featured 500 favorite chefs.

NYCWFF is a festival that the attendees can feel good about. Their goal is to “Eat, Drink, End Hunger.” One hundred percent of the net proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry and the Food Bank For New York City. In the United States, 13 million kids struggle with hunger including one in five in New York City. There are 1.4 million New Yorkers who rely on emergency food to eat. Just $1 through the Food Bank For New York City provides five meals. To date the NYCFF has raised $11.5 million dollars to help fight hunger. The financial figures will soon be in for this year’s festival.


We attended “A Taste of NYC” that was held at the Tommy Hilfiger Flagship Store on 5th Avenue on Friday evening, October 10. It was a celebration of the some of NYC chef’s most tasty items offered to guests as small bites. Presented by Tommy Hilfiger, it was hosted by Devour Power and Adam Richman. We enjoyed sandwiches by Michael Tang of SET on the Lower East Side; Cachapas by Jesus Villalobos; Meatballs by Joe Sansotta of Mutz Fast.Fresh.Italian; Two Bite Stombolis by Sean Rawilinson of Macchina; and beverages by Four Roses Bourbon, Modelo, and Blue Moon. In his charming address to the attendees Richman commented, “Food is not a privilege, it’s a right.”


Other events that were held throughout the city included the Bank of America Dinner Series presented by The Wall Street Journal. This included programs like “Dinner with Andrew Zimmerman and David Shim” at the Cote Korean Steakhouse. Another popular program is the “Blue Moon Burger Bash” presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats and Hosted by Rachel Ray. This year, new and exciting foodie adventures were available like the “Pizza Making Master Class” with Marc Vetri and “All About Cake” presented by PureWow and hosted by Christina Tosi of Milk Bar.

The NYCWFF presents something for food enthusiasts that have many tastes and styles.

It is especially a time that New Yorkers and many more come together to benefit an underserved population and do good work to care for each other.

For more information visit:
No Kid Hungry
The Food Bank of New York City 

Top photo: Macchina
Photo Credit: Marina Kennedy

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