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Between attending demos, munching on tacos, and sipping spirits, I managed to experience a bunch more serious eats at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival. Think burgers, limoncello, and pizza. I've rounded up my favorite dishes and drinks from the experience, so check them out now!
I also had some fun celebrity chef sightings: I bumped into Anne Burrell at the bar, watched as Guy Fieri and his entourage arrived at the space and scoped out the scene, and met the lovely Claire Robinson in person. There were so many scrumptious tacos that it was hard to select one as a favorite, but I really enjoyed Sue Torres' taco, a smoked fish in a crunchy shell.
To get a better taste of the tacos, check out all my images after the break.
If you think the assortment of food in the tasting tent at the New York City Wine and Food Festival was overwhelming, wait till you hear about the drinks! There was sparkling wine, red wine, white wine, tequila, rum, flavored vodka, kombucha — basically every spirit and drink imaginable. As your fearless representative, I sampled and sipped my way through the tables. Here are the most exciting liquids I tried.
Last Friday, however, things changed: his Santa Fe Burger finally took home the top prize, the people's choice award! I tasted the scrumptious and messy burger that consisted of a beef patty topped with a queso sauce, roasted poblano peppers, and blue corn tortilla chips. It was so good that I found the recipe and tried it out. I wanted to see if the homemade version stood up to the burger made by Flay himself. Luckily it did!
The flavors in this burger are sublime: the smooth, creamy cheese sauce is rich, but light, and the crunch of the chips gives the burger a wonderful texture. If you are afraid of heat, don't worry: Flay calls the mild poblano "a gateway chile," and the burger isn't spicy at all. Get his winning recipe after the jump.
Besides an assortment of savory bites and lots of meatballs, another thing I consumed in massive quantities at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival was cookies. On Saturday morning, I gathered with eager kids and their attentive parents for an event entitled Milk and Cookies hosted by Martha Stewart. Over 15 of New York's top bakeries and pastry chefs set up tables with every type of cookie imaginable.Guests were invited to enjoy as many cookies as they wanted and the Manhattan Milk Company poured a never-ending supply of milk. Stewart debuted her new cookie iPad app and was followed around by a video crew documenting the event. The best part of the soiree were the crafting tables where children could decorate and package cookies using Martha Stewart's craft tools.
To get a better look at the cookies and crafting, browse the gallery of photos after the break.