Cook. Eat. Drink. Live.

I’m trying to decide if I should go to this event tomorrow: Cook. Eat. Drink. Live.

The press release says that it’s a “lively, interactive, holiday-themed event that showcases new food products, celebrity chefs, wineries, cocktails, cookbook authors, mixologists, and popular restaurants. In addition to the tastings, guests can do holiday shopping with both purveyors and wineries, as well as have the opportunity to purchase gift certificates to over fifty of New York City’s popular eateries.”

The only thing holding me back is that children aren’t allowed, and well, my toddler generally accompanies me to most food events I attend…and it’s the weekend and we’ll want to have fun, so I probably won’t go. But if you’re in New York, it might be a fun way to spend part of the weekend.

Here are some of the highlights:
• The Main Stage features cooking demonstrations, party planning tips, sampling by celebrity chefs and authors. Hosted by Tanya Wenman-Steel, editor-in-chief of epicurious.com, the talent includes Iron Chef Michael Symon, chefs Bill Telepan, Jimmy Bradley and television personality/author Karen Bussen.
• The Astor Stage offers a range of informative and fun holiday-themed programs throughout the festival hosted by television personality Ted Allen, wine expert Marnie Old, Orson Salicetti, Apotheke’s Mixologist and more.
• Robert Mondavi Discover Wine Pavilion will be stocked with wines from the Robert Mondavi Private Selection and Mondavi Winery portfolios. The pavilion provides guests with an interactive learning experience through tastings and classes.
• Restaurants for those looking to try new foods from the city’s best restaurants, The Tunnel/La Venue will be offering tasting samples, gift certificates and reservations from One if by Land, Two if by Sea, Rouge Tomate, Benjamin Steakhouse and more.
• The Last Store on Main Street throughout the festival The Last Store on Main Street coalition, in partnership with The Grape Exchange of New Rochelle, will be sampling and selling wines from all over New York State including Duck Walk Vineyards, Lieb Cellars and Brotherhood Winery.
• Coffee & Tea Pavilion To help guests recharge after their busy shopping sprees, the folks from the NYC Coffee & Tea Festival will be offering new flavors and holiday blends, including Harney & Sons’s tea.
• FineWaters Pavilion offers tastings, flavor profiles, serving and stemware suggestions from a distinctive collection of waters from around the world, including Patagonia Mineral S.A. and Glace Rare Iceberg Water.
• Action Against Hunger. A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to Action Against Hunger (www.actionagainsthunger.org).

Cook. Eat. Drink. Live./November 7, Saturday 2-6PM, November 8, Sunday 2-6PM/The Tunnel/La Venue 608 West 28th Street

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