Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta
Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival 2019
Luxury Experience brings you some of the many highlights from the 2019 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival.
Meet the Talent, September 21, 2019
Matt Storch and Jessica Tom
The Food Network was well represented with celebrity chefs Christian Petroni, David Burkta, David Rose, Erik Ofgang, Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian, Jessica Tom, Lindsay Perkins, Marc Murphy, Mary Giuliani, and Valerie Bertinelli.
Celebrity Green Room
The Celebrity Green Room provided attendees with an opportunity to be front and center as their favorite cooking show chefs answered questions from hosts Matt Storch and Robin
When asked to name her favorite ingredients, Valerie Bertinelli replied, "celery salt and butter" and suggested substituting regular salt for celery salt in recipes. As for Geoffrey Zakarian, chef, restauranteur and judge on the cooking show, Chopped, when asked the same question, he replied, "vodka, vermouth, and olives!"
Geoffrey and Margaret Zakarian
NUKITCHENS Celebrity Book Signings
Chef Marc Murphy
Season with Authority
Celebrity Chefs were on hand to meet and greet as well as sign their cookbooks, including David Burtka & Marc Murphy, Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian, Mary Giuliani & Jessica Tom, Valerie Bertinelli, and Michel Nischan & Erik Ofgang.
On the Kitchen Stage - Chef Demos
Attendees had the opportunity to watch their favorite chefs in action throughout the day including Christian Petroni, David Burtka, David Rose, Geoffrey & Margaret Zakarian, Jessica Tom, Lindsay Perkins, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schapman, Mary Giuliani, and Valerie Bertinelli.
Chef David Rose
We attended two of the fabulous chef demos: Chef David Rose who demonstrated how to create Oxtail Fried Rice, and Chef Christian Petroni, who demonstrated how to create Stracciatella Soup.
Chef Christian Petroni
Read the Gastronomy section for Chef David Rose's Oxtail Fried recipe and Chef Christian Petroni's recipe for Stracciatella Soup.
Rums of Puerto Rico
Spirits aficionados had the opportunity to attend a variety of master classes by Rums of Puerto Rico, Ketel One, Don Julio, and Glyph Molecular Whiskey.
Ketel One Class
Recipe from Ketel One Class
Ketel Soda with Cucumber Mint
Ketel One® Vodka
Method: Add the Ketel One Vodka to a glass, top with club soda. Garnish with cucumber and a sprig of mint!
Cheers! Edward F. Nesta sampling Ketel One Cocktail
Mad River Whiskey
There was adiverse selection of spirits to appeal to all palates including Bourbon, Gin, Mezcal, Tequila, Vodka, and Whiskey (including Mexican Whiskey). We worked our way around the offerings and made a few new discoveries during our travels. Some of the spirits brands included cocktail recipes which made it nice for attendees to create the luscious libations at home.
Don Julio Tequila
A few of the many tastings included Broken Shed and Ketel One Vodka, Lyon Rum, Mad River Whiskey, Litchfield Distillery, Tuck Gin, Sierra Norte Mexican Whiskey, Don Julio Tequila, Smuggler's Notch Distillery, Glyph Molecular Whiskey, Rums of Puerto Rico, Monkey 47 and many more.
Smuggler's Notch Distillery
Cocktail Recipe from Sierra Norte Mexican Whiskey
Sierra Norte Mexican Whiskey
Barbara Sweetman, Edward F. Nesta
Sierra Norte Mexican Whiskey - Smokin' Chocolate
Siera Norte Yellow Whsikey
Abuelita Mexican Chocolate
Fee Brothers Axtec Chocolate Bitters
Method: Mix all ingredients together.
Wine, Beer, and Other Beverage Tastings
Wines flowed throughout the day from Clement Vigne, Four Cellars by Little Big Town, Brotherhood - America's Oldest Winery, Talbot Vineyards, Mionetta, Whitehaven, Lillet, and many more, as did the beer from Stella Artois. There were also non-alcohol selections as well from bubblyTM Sparkling Water, Pure Leaf Tea, and a host of PepsiCo assorted beverages.
Four Cellars Whitehaven
Stella Artois Talbot Vineyards
Sangria Recipe from Lillet
Lillet SangriaLe Blanc Spritz
Method: Mix all ingredients together.
Food Tasting Highlights
There was an incredible selection of food from area restaurants and caterers, as well as a diverse selection of culinary products to sample. We thoroughly enjoyed sampling our way through the grand tasting.
A few of the many tasting highlights included the Pumpkin Bisque topped with Sour Cream and Apple Strudel from Citarella, the artisan gelato from Gelatissimo whose amazing flavors included Hazelnut, Crème Brulee, and Goat Cheese & Caramelized Fig, chocolates from Le Rouge Chocolates by Aarti, and the Avocado, Tuna Tartar, Cilantro Lemon Ginger Dressing Micro Green Dijon Mustard from Renaissance Westchester Hotel.
Little Beet Table offered Sunflower Hummus with za'atar, herbs, and radish paired with a Lemongrass Gin & Tonic with lemongrass infused gin, beet syrup and lime, and The Lodge at Woodloch presented Nordic Nut & Seed Bread with Smoked Trout Mousse and Root Vegetable Salad & Citra Hop Vinaigrette.
The Lodge at Woodloch
There was also delectable food from the Little Pub, Eastend, Benjamin Steakhouse, Green & Tonic, South Bay, OKO Westport, Geronimo Tequila Bar & Southwest Grill, American Cut, Embody, Fin & Brew, Park City Honey Co., Fjord Fish Market and Catering, Argana Restaurant & Bar, Wild Shrimp Poke Bowl, Aqui Es Santa Fe, Jacob's Pickles, Panko Peruvian Bistro, and others.
There was an ample selection of BBQ and Burgers to sample including tasty offerings from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Kow Steaks, Brother Jimmy's BBQ, Beyond Meat, and Bedford Hall, and BBQ Sauces to sample from The Palmetto Sauce Company.
After a great afternoon of sampling wonderful wine, beer, spirits, and amazing food, as well as attending chef demos, the evening culminated with a world-class concert! Michael Franti & Spearhead was the opening band to get the attendees in the mood to party, followed by the GRAMMY, ACM, CMA, and AMA Award-winning band, Little Big Town, comprised of Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook. (Read more about the concert in the Performances section.)
Once again,the Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by PepsiCo was an amazing experience of wine, spirits, food, friends, music, and much more! We cannot wait to see what 2020 will bring.
Little Big Town
Until next time!
ABOUT THE 2019 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
"The 2019 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival presented by PepsiCo is a multi-day event highlighting the area's rich culinary landscape and showcasing innovation in the food and beveragei ndustries. It benefits multiple charitable organizations. All tickets include food, wine + live music!"
For information on attending the next Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by PepsiCo, please visit the website: www.SerendipitySocial.com/greenwich-wine-food/
Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival
Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
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