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Fall Fest Returns

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Southern Wine & Spirits of New York readies for 2014 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

Fall in the Big Apple means the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival is back for another long weekend. Winemakers, spirits producers and international culinary personalities will come together with the public for some spectacular events. This year’s festival will take place October 16th– 19th, with more than 120 events including dinners, parties, seminars and tastings across New York City. As always, 100% of net proceeds will go to some great charitable causes fi ghting hunger in America.

To date, festival proceeds have exceeded $7.5 million. “Since Lee Schrager launched this festival here in 2008, the priority has always been to raise money for the benefi tting charities: Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and The Food Bank for New York City,” says Rosalinda Secondini, director of special events at Southern Wine & Spirits of New York. More than 55,000 people are expected to attend NYCWFF events. The diverse roster of events means that there are signature events that both consumers and members of the trade can enjoy, from exclusive Intimate Dinners to Wine Seminars.

The Grandest Tasting

This year, the festival’s Culinary Campus will again be Piers 92 and 94, near West 55th Street. The Southern Wine & Spirits Trade Tasting presented by Beverage Media kicks off the Grand Tasting on Friday, October 17th. Trade Day is exclusive to Southern Wine & Spirits of New York accounts. This tasting offers networking, sampling and trend-watching in an expansive setting. The new Wine GEMS Collection Room and the Boutique Spirits Collection Room will debut at Trade Day; limited entry is by sales rep invitation. Access for attendees to The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite on Saturday and Sunday is offered with a supplemental fee.

Secondini notes, “We are very excited to expand the Grand Tasting by introducing the Wine GEMS and Boutique Spirits vintage wines and high-end, artisanal craft spirits” from the Southern Wine & Spirits and Lauber Imports’ portfolios. A preview of potential selections in these special rooms is available on the Grand Tasting event page at NYCWFF.org.“There will be more than 50 special wine and spirits offerings in these rooms, and I know the rare wines and limited vintage selections will really please,” adds Secondini.

Allen Katz, director of mixology and spirits education for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, has been hard at work preparing the Boutique Spirits Collection Room. Katz says, “This unique tasting of our boutique spirits focuses on a new category that we are attempting to add defi nition to. Beyond ‘craft’ or ‘artisan,’ these brands have four key attributes: production of fewer than 100,000 cases per year; all natural, cocktail focused and perhaps most important, unique recipes to each brand.” The popular Taste NY Pavilion will also be featured again at both Trade Day and the Grand Tasting. There will be more than 125 wine and spirits exhibits presenting at the Grand Tasting events.

Tools & Talent

Much thanks is due to the celebrity chefs, culinary personalities and wine and spirits professionals hosting dinners, seminars and walk-around tastings, but there is also a great team behind the scenes making all the festival magic happen. At Southern Wine & Spirits, that team includes multimedia specialist Chris McCormack, festival product and database specialist Viviana Barcia, and the broader NYCWFF team, led by Executive Director Lee Schrager and associate directors Annie Washburn and John Trumbull.

“The participation and generosity on the part of celebrity chefs, the wine and spirits supplier sponsors and many volunteers across the four days ensures a successful festival,” says Secondini. “I’m thrilled to be a part of the biggest fundraising fest in the region.”

Seminars held at Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St

hosted by Ray Isle
Saturday, October 18th
12:00pm – 1:15pm, 3rd Floor

hosted by Michael Négrier
Saturday, October 18th
1:00pm – 2:15pm, 3rd Floor

hosted by Eric Hemer
Saturday, October 18th
2:30pm – 3:45pm, 3rd Floor

hosted by Ed Schoenfeld and Josh Wesson
Saturday, October 18th
3:00pm – 4:00pm, Mezzanine level

hosted by Laurent Drouhin
Sunday, October 19th
12:30pm – 1:45pm, Mezzanine level

OF SANGIOVESE hosted by Audrey Herd-Smith
Sunday, October 19th
2:30pm – 3:45pm, Mezzanine level


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