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Fall Food Happenings

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Another Labor Day has come and gone, and now it’s back to school, back to fall food happenings.  Summer may be the time to get outta town, but fall is all about being seen in the city.  France’s Le Fooding is back for a second year with its decidedly casual dining events and annual Vendy Awards, a tasting and award ceremony celebrating  everyone’s favorite street carts.   For one night, chefs are transforming Roosevelt Island into Pig Island for a pig-apalooza of sorts and that’s just for starters.

September 10: Pig Island II

It’s a good thing that bathing suit season is suspended, because you’re encouraged to pig out at this event. You’ll find upwards of 25 chefs dishing out pig-centric plates on Governor’s Island, including pulled pork sliders from Dinosaur BBQ and maple bacon sticky buns courtesy of Print’s Heather Carlucci.  Of course, there will be plenty of beer and wine as well.  Judging from last year’s turnout, long lines are inevitable, so get there early… and come on an empty stomach.

September 17: Le Grand Fooding, Campfire Session

Sure, we have our own food events, but it’s not often another country comes to America to throw a culinary bash.   After a sold out event last year, Le Grand Fooding descends on New York for a second time.  This year,  they’re calling it the Campfire Session, and while we’re not sure what exactly what that means, we imagine something warm and cozy.  What we do know is that there will be an international lineup of chefs, including Inaki Aizpitarte from Le Chateaubriand (#9 on Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurant list) and hometown favorite Wylie Dufresne (WD 50).  Sasha Petraske (Milk & Honey) will mixing drinks and Van Leuween will be scooping ice cream.

September 23-25: Le Grand Fooding, Exquisite Corpse

Because Le Grand Fooding was such a success last year,  this French organization has organized two more events this year. The follow up to the Le Grand Fooding showcases a 52-hour restaurant, which rotates chefs every four hours.     If you’re already missing M.Wells large format food you’re in luck, M. Well’s chef, Hugue Dufour, will be on deck for a four-hour stint.  The next chef to take over the restaurant borrows an ingredient from the last chef’s meal and makes it his own.  There are some pretty talented chefs from all over the world, including our own Andrew Carmellini from Locanda  Verde and The Dutch.

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September 24: Vendy Awards

The health crackdown on street trucks has really put a damper on our lunch break lately.  Which is why we’re especially excited to find our favorite truck bites at this celebration to New York’s best food vendors.  Part awards ceremony, part tasting, the Vendy awards is a wildly popular event, so don’t wait too long to buy tickets.  In fact, general admission tickets have already sold out.  For a few extra dollars, you can still secure an early entry admission ticket, which gives you an extra hour of eating and line cutting privileges, which is entirely worth it.

September 29-October 2: New York City Wine & Food Festival


Always wanted a chance to bowl with Anne Burrell? Brunch with the Neely’s or sing karaoke with Morimoto? You can do just that at the Food Network’s New York City Wine & Food Festival. This 5-day extravaganza gets better every year with seminars, tastings, and classes all over the city.  There’s  feasts devoted to Tacos & Tequila, Meatball Madness & even Fried Chicken.

November 10-13: Chocolate Show

The Metropolitan Pavilion hosts hundreds of events a year, but this is one of our favorites. If you’re a chocolate lover, you won’t want to miss the annual chocolate show.   The New York leg of the traveling showcase features everything from a chocolate fashion show (yes, really), tastings, cooking demonstrations, and book signings, all devoted to the sweet art of chocolate.  Wander from stall to stall, sampling “The Best Chocolate Cake in the World”, Liddabit Chocolates, and goodies from Jacques Torres. Oh, there’s even chocolate vodka to wash it all down.

RG Writer: Lauren Bloomberg

One Comment

  1. I’m always so glad when the big food events don’t end with the summer. After sandwich festivals and warm weather for three months, it would just be too much to lose it all at once! Thanks for this list of the upcoming ones.

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