This entire experience reminded me of how blessed I am to be able to share my love of cooking and baking with other food-minded people through this blog. Plus, I realized how convenient it is to live just two hours from several major cities, including New York. Although NYC is a mere two hours away, I doubt I would have attended this festival without the ShopRite opportunity.
On Friday, October 8th we packed my car and headed up to New York City. When we arrived at the Tribeca Grand Hotel we relaxed for an hour and admired the contemporary decor and our goodies from ShopRite. This was our first taste of foodie swag at the NYC Food & Wine Festival. We love free stuff, especially food, so we were psyched.
|In true NY style, the room was small and stylish.|
ShopRite was one of the event sponsors.
I met so many bloggers, ShopRite execs, ShopRite chefs, chefs from everywhere else, and bloggers that I was almost overwhelmed. So much food... so many people... so many questions. I relaxed and enjoyed the experience.
|Cooking demo with Chef Faith from ShopRite|
|A mini mojito... the first of many complimentary drinks.|
|Wearing your wine glass around your neck leaves your hands free for tasting other goodies. Our glasses were compliments of Waterford crystal.|
|Tyler Florence was really nice!|
|I'm so happy E was able to come support me and enjoy this event.|
|Everything from the atmosphere to the food was great at Abe and Arthur's|
|E had the filet|
|I had the fish... I believe it was cod with some crispy shrimp.|
|Strawberry cheesecake parfait was one of the dessert options.|
|We all loved these delicious, hot mini donut holes with sweet syrups.|
|We were on a mission!|
|Delicious pumpkin soup|
|Adorable Jelly Belly cupcakes|
|Fried jumbo shrimp over and Indian-spiced slaw|
|Ellie Krieger from Healthy Appetite was kind enough to speak to me about the wonders of Barilla Wheat Pasta|
|We (briefly) met Giada deLaurentiis! Photo courtesy of the Food Network|
I have so much more to share, but instead I'll be compiling a series of video clips into a short video documentary of our experiences in NYC. Stay tuned... it may be a week or more before I get around to it, but it's coming!
In the meantime I'm looking forward to getting back to actual recipe posts! I spent this entire weekend cooking up tons of autumn deliciousness and I'm looking forward to sharing the recipes this week!