Fried – Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

The fourth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival kicked-off this weekend bringing some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants to one city. Events ranged from Meatball Madness to Chelsea Market After Dark to The Oyster Bash. All proceeds from the festival benefit Food Bank for New York City which fights childhood hunger. So, yes, stuffing your face and guzzling drinks all weekend is acceptable. Hey, it’s for charity! See below for a recap from Fried, an event hosted by Hill Country’s Chef Elizabeth Karmel featuring fried chicken from over 20 restaurants.

Hill Country BBQ was a perfect venue for this Southern-cooking event. The live band jamming downstairs set the mood for a great party keeping everyone dancing and entertained. Waitresses distributed hot, cheddar chive biscuits to guests as they chowed down on fried chicken and drank Evan Williams Whiskey and Blue Moon. The best presentation award goes to Bob Blumer, host of Food Network’s Surreal Gourmet, and his Chicken Popsicles (fried chicken skewers pierced into half of a watermelon). Exciting appearances included: Marcus Samuelsson, Spike Mendelsohn, Art Smith and The Bromberg Brothers. Although several of the dishes were cold, it’s understandable when trying to serve hundreds away from your own kitchen. Overall, Fried was one of the most popular and hottest events, well organized and definitely a party I’d attend again next year.

Chek Recs from the Evening:

  1. Chicken and Waffles with Maple Butter (Hill Country- 1st pic)
  2. Fried Chicken with Cucumber and Melon Salad (Peels -2nd pic)
  3. Chocolate Peanut Pie with Pretzels, Bacon and Smoke Peanut Brittle (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami – 3rd pic)
  4. Bobby’s Lighter Cheesy Mac (Bobby Deen & Katy Mixon)
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