The annual New York Wine & Food Festival arrives next weekend, four days of industry panels, events, tastings and, of course, parties, with some of the biggest names in the business. The full schedule is overwhelming and some of big-ticket events are already sold out, but here are a few top picks:
Mile End Shabbat Dinner at the culinary salon City Grit, with modern takes on classic Jewish dishes from Mile End, Russ & Daughters, Kutsher’s Tribeca and more. They’re following the dinner up with a panel talk at ABC Kitchen the next day, dubbed “The Future of Jewish Food,” featuring Gail Simmons, Josh Ozersky, Mitchell Davis and tastings from delis across the country. (Fri, Oct 12, 7-10PM; City Grit – 38 Prince Street between Mulberry and Mott Streets; panel Sat, Oct 13, 5:30-9PM; ABC Home, 888 Broadway)
To PR or Not To PR” Should You Go It Alone in a 2.0 World? This panel is geared toward restaurateurs questioning whether or not they need to work with a traditional PR firm; with input from Jennifer Baum (Bullfrog & Baum), Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin), Michael Stillman (Fourth Wall Restaurants) and Gabriel Stuhlman (Perla). (Fri, Oct 12, 3-4PM; The Standard Hotel, the High Line Room, 848 Washington St)
The Future of Restaurants Panel: Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin discusses current food trends—from the farm-to-table craze to pop-ups—with Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and Magnus Nilsson, in the attempt to answer the ever-pressing question: what’s next? (Sat, Oct 13, 11AM-12PM; Theater at Bumble and bumble – 415 West 13th St)
Gin Revolution: Head down to the Vault at Pfaff’s to hear Allen Katz, Director of Mixology for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York and Co-founder of the New York Distilling Company, discuss the history and art of distilling, and learn why the clear spirit is a newfound favorite amongst professionals and cocktail enthusiasts alike. Cocktail demos and tastings to follow, naturally. (Sun, Oct 14, 4-5:30PM; The Vault at Pfaff’s-643 Broadway)
For a full schedule NYCWFF events, see here.