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Thursday, October 16

Grand Tasting at NYC Wine and Food Fest

In my opinion, the Grand Tasting is the main reason for attending a food fest like the recent New York City Wine and Food Festival. The educational opportunities and smaller wine tastings are great, but it's the sensory-overload display of food, wine, and liquor--all for the tasting--that I love the most.

It can also be one of the most crowded events.

Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd level on both Saturday's and Sunday's Grand Tasting. It's definitely been a problem the last few years in Miami, so it was great to be able to walk around freely and actually have some time to speak with the vendors.

Everyone entered through the "Target Welcome Area" and got their wristband, gift bag, and some chocolates and espresso (if you wanted it). You then had to wait to cross a very busy street to get over to the pier where the Grand Tasting tents were. Kind of a strange arrangement, but people seemed to deal okay.

A big thing to help ease the crowds seemed to be the event organizers' decision to break the public Grand Tasting into two separate sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. It was such a help!

Alex Guarnaschelli
from The Cooking Loft was there all day Sunday representing her restaurant Butter. I complimented her on the show and was excited to hear it had been picked up for more episodes.

AND I'll be eating at Butter for the first time this Saturday. I'll be going for my birthday before Saturday Night Live. Can't wait!

Seriously, if there is one event to attend at a festival like this it's the Grand Tasting. Do it! Your stomach will thank you... even if your head doesn't the next morning when you wake up and realize you drank about 10 glasses of wine and a few shots between the hours of 11 and 3. You might even meet a Dancing With the Stars castoff like we did!

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At 10/16/2008 11:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's Lorraine Bracco with her wines right???
OMFG I ADORE her. Just love her.A marvelous actress and would love to taste something from her vineyard as well.
I hope you got to yap with her!!!

At 10/17/2008 9:20 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Alex's show. Happy Birthday and please review Butter.

At 10/17/2008 9:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What lovely pictures:-) And I too want to hear about Butter!

At 10/17/2008 9:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I'm sooo envious in a good way! Glad you had so much fun, thanks for posting your pics and being so "real" now, it's lovely to put such an adorable face with your fantabulous blog!

At 10/17/2008 10:41 AM , Blogger Freddy said...

Jacob, that looks so cool. Looks like you had a great time and got to meet all sorts of cool people. I am totally jealous!

At 10/17/2008 11:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jacob, you are TOO cute! Thank you so much for the pictures, lovely!

At 10/17/2008 11:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aww so cute Jacob! Thanks for the pics! Wish I was there *(soo jealous)* Keep up the great blogg-age :)

Christel from Canada

At 10/17/2008 1:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh! Lorraine Bracco!!!!

At 10/17/2008 4:53 PM , Blogger Prohomemaker.Com said...

You're gonna be at the SNL that will feature Sarah Palin. Now that should be something to watch. In fact, you "betcha" I am gonna watch. :-)

At 10/17/2008 8:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great pics. Can't wait for the reviews. Hope you told Alex that we all love her and her show.


At 10/18/2008 12:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's Rocco up to these days besides having some dance lessons?

I'm surprised he didn't make Mama try out for him while he picked up chicks backstage.

At 10/18/2008 10:21 PM , Anonymous Susan said...

Happy Birthday Jacob! I can imagine you are in culinary heaven about now - then headed for a fun evening with Sarah (Palin)!!!


Tell us about Butter when you return!!!!!!!!

At 10/19/2008 12:04 AM , Anonymous Lana said...

I was at Sunday's tasting, 11a - 2p. Had a wonderful conversation at the Share Our Strength booth.

As you say, sensory overload! Thx for the great blogging.


At 10/19/2008 8:48 PM , Anonymous Patricia said...

Happy belated Birthday!!!! Tell us how the meal was...


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