OMG!!!!! I’m finally going to get to tell you about the best day of my life: today, I went with my mom to the New York City Wine And Food Festival sponsored by Food Network and Cooking Channel. All proceeds go to the Food Bank For New York City and No Kid Hungry. It was their 10th anniversary, and for the first time, there was a section of events for families for the first time this year called Family Fun!, so people of all ages could go; you didn’t have to be at least 21. The event that my mom and I went to was Culinary Demonstrations Only at the Grand Tasting presented by Shoprite. There were tons of food to eat, people to see, books to sign, and so much more!!!!!
I started off the day at 12:30 seeing a cooking demo by Jason Smith, the most recent Holiday Baking Champion and Food Network Star. He made pan-seared pork chops with apple chutney, that, of course, included bourbon. His Southern charm makes everyone smile, and I was so glad when I got the opportunity to have him sign my NYCWFF shirt that I bought and take a picture with me.
Next was Debi Mazar and her husband, Gabriele Corcos. They have a show on Cooking Channel that I don’t really watch because I’m more into Food Network, so I didn’t go to their demo, but I love seeing Debi play Maggie on one of my favorite TV shows, Younger. I went to their book signing where they, also, signed the back of my shirt and took a picture with me.
Then, Alex Guarnaschelli, The Queen, if you will, as the other superstars refer to her on Guy’s Grocery Games during his Superstar Tournaments. I mean, she’s the Iron Chef, ICAG they called her (short for Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli), she’s a Chopped judge, she’s just a legend in the cooking world. I had to choose between her and Marc Murphy’s demos because of the conflicting times, but I planned to go to both of their book signings anyway, so I went to Alex’s demo. She made some chicken breasts with a sauce and pineapple upside-down cake with pink peppercorn caramel.
I was going to Marc Muphy’s book signing, another Chopped judge, but a guy said that he already left, and Alex’s started a little bit early, right after her demo. Since I was going to Alex’s signing anyway, I still went to hers, and as I expected, the line was really long, but my mom and I still waited in it because I really wanted to meet her (oh, and she was wearing an ICAG shirt, from, of course, Guy Fieri, and a family of three was also wearing #ICAG shirts: lolz). She, too, signed my shirt, and we took a picture together. She also signed a piece of paper for Gabby because we were talking yesterday, and she asked me to try and get a signature from Alex for her.
Valerie Bertinelli: what can I say about her? I think she’s one of my new favorite chefs on FN, as I mentioned in one of my previous posts, and, I mean, she went from actress to Food Network chef, and even though I didn’t see her act on any shows, I really enjoy watching Valerie’s Home Cooking. Her fights with plastic wrap always get me riled up. Lolz. She’s also a co-host of Kids Baking Championship, which I love to watch. Anyway, my grandma got me one of her old books, which I think at the time had been her most recent (her latest book was just released a few days ago), so I brought it for her to sign in addition to my shirt. For her demo, she made scalloped potatoes. When she asked if we wanted to have some, I went up, but by the time I got up there, they’d unfortunately ran out of it. Once again, she signed my copy of her book that I told you I got, and just like everyone else, she signed my shirt, and we took a picture together. And, just like Alex, my other friend, Hannah, wanted a signature from her, so she wrote one on a piece of paper for her.
Finally was Katie Lee, Southern gal and co-host of The Kitchen. She made cauliflower chicken fried rice with a little help from her Z100 friend, Elvis Duran. I went to her book signing, and she was so sweet, not that everyone else wasn’t. She signed my shirt, took a picture with me, and then, that was the end of my day.
During each demo, people had asked questions that were answered by the chefs that were cooking, and in between each event, we, of course, walked around and sampled food, everything from spinach and kale pesto to cheesecake to arancini balls and pizza. It was all sooooo good!!!!!
I thanked my mom over and over again because it was truly an amazing experience to get to meet all my favorite chefs, and I just had such a great time. I was even put on the NYCWFF website!!!!! Oh…and I forgot to tell you guys, at each person’s book signing, I gave them my business card. Yeah, I have a business card that I created for this blog. It’s in the collage that I used for this post’s picture. Anyway, that was my unbelievable day!!!!! Next year, I hope Gabby can come with me; I think she would’ve really enjoyed this. Bye.