This year's New York City Wine & Food Festival kicked off with a glorified "scavenger hunt" of the NYC Meatpacking District. On Friday night, "Meatpacking Uncorked" allowed dozens of restaurants and retailers to host an open-house tasting experience, sponsored by Corcoran.
Patrons were handed passport-style maps marking each participating location throughout the district. The objective? Dash like mad to visit as many stops as possible within a 3-hour time limit. Restaurants and food trucks served one-bite appetizers while retail stores hosted the majority of wine tastings.
Drink highlights from the evening included a refreshing Napa Valley Girard Sauvignon Blanc at Charles Nolan, an elegant New Zealand import The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc at Calypso, the award-winning Castello di Monastero Chianti Classico at Lilla P, and Chile's deep ruby Llai Llai Pinot Noir at the hidden basement shop Buckler.
Food pairings were inventive and satisfying as well. Some of the standout savory courses were an olive pesto crostini at Corsino, goat cheese and chicken quesadillas at The Diner, gourmet grilled cheese from Gorilla Cheese NYC, and a sampler of the signature Sidney dog from ASIADOG made with chopped mango, cucumber, red onion, peanuts, and just a touch of fish sauce. Desserts included a delicious watermelon cooler and a hearty ricotta tartine at the Le Pain Quotidien bakery, as well as the comforting traditional-meets-gourmet apple and pecan pies served at Sweet Street Desserts.
All net proceeds from the 2011 "Meatpacking Uncorked" went to benefit the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength, non-profit organizations dedicated to ending childhood hunger. Last year, over $1.2 million was raised for these charities during the festival.
Source: International Business Times