During the South Beach Festival, Rachael Ray's Burger Bash is one of the weekend's most coveted tickets. Naturally the event planners decided to recreate the party at the New York City counterpart. I was lucky (or unlucky — that many burgers made me sick, literally!) enough to attend the party last Friday night. While I wasn't able to stomach all 18 burgers, I did taste quite a few. Love burgers? Take a closer look at the Burger Bash!
At his Kidz Kitchen demonstration at the NYC Wine and Food Festival, Alton Brown not only answered audience members questions, but he taught the eager crowd how to make a kid-friendly dish, a pancake cake with a slime-like avocado frosting. Here are his tips for making the most delicious pancakes:
- Always weigh out the dry ingredients. It's especially important to weigh out the flour which can become very compact.
- For the best batter consistency, use both all-purpose and cake flours.
- If using baking soda include an acidic ingredient in the wet mixture. Brown likes buttermilk.
- To create your own pancake mix, measure several batches of the dry ingredients. Keep stored in air-tight container. Shake to combine before using the pancake mix.
- Don't overbeat. The batter should be lumpy.
- Be patient! When bubbles form around the edges of the cake and the center looks firm and set, carefully pick up with a spatula and flip over.
Did Alton Brown forget something? What's your technique for making the best pancakes?
This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Alton Brown's demonstration at the NYC Wine and Food Festival. The demo was a part of a Kidz Kitchen series, so the studio was packed with aspiring young cooks.
In person, Brown — who's a bit weary-looking with longer, shaggy hair — is comical, scientific, and jokingly insulting. Watching a chef cook live is an interesting experience, especially when they answer the audience members' questions.
To get up close and personal with Alton Brown and find out what he had to say, read more
Along with some of New York's top chefs, the stars of Food Network were busy partying hard this weekend at the Food Network's NYC Wine and Food Festival. The Macy's Culinary Council party on Saturday night (which I attended — more details to come!) drew the largest crowd of celebrity chefs.
Gail Simmons mingled with friends, while Bobby Flay danced with fans. Tyler Florence chatted quietly on the 10th floor rooftop, but Johnny Iuzzini got angry when the bouncer wouldn't let him access the too-crowded roof.
To check out a gallery of the celebrated chefs at the party, read more
All weekend we've been attending the Food Network's Wine and Food Festival in New York City.
We learned some interesting food facts at the demonstrations and tastings. To find out what the celebrity chefs taught us, test your common culinary knowledge by taking our quiz!Take the Quiz
This weekend the who's who of the food industry is headed to New York City for the first-ever Food Network NYC Wine and Food Festival. Of course, we'll be there soaking it all up!
We're incredibly excited to check out the demonstrations, speakers, grand tastings, and parties. From helpful tips and new products to celebrity chef sightings and upcoming food trends, we'll share as much of our experience with you as possible, so be sure to check back next week for our coverage of this fabulous event. And if you see us at the festival, come up and say hello!