This page is dedicated to touting all cool and fun food and wine events and happenings around NYC and the country – all related to food, wine, cocktails, food styling, writing and photography. See below for links to stories, photos and videos of the events I’ve hosted and/or attended plus upcoming events in support of food, wine, spirits and lifestyle.
Kristen teaches a Cooking for Color 4 Kids Class at Madiba Restaurant in Brooklyn!
This past week on June 27, Kristen launched a new cooking program for kids called Cooking with Color 4 Kids © with eDiningNews at Madiba Restaurant in Brooklyn. This interactive, hands-on cooking class is designed for the whole family, as Kristen teaches kids and parents how to cook colorful, healthy recipes through the color palette, ripe with fruits and vegetables and fresh, natural ingredients.
The class began with an introduction to the color wheel and the various benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables in the spectrum. Kristen had the kids name some of their favorite Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet foods and discussed ways to add more color into your cooking. Instead of just making a cheese pizza, add some spinach and fresh tomatoes or basil. Make your Macaroni and Cheese healthier by adding some broccoli to it.
Lots of fun colorful ideas were exchanged as the kids got ready to start making some of their own colorful recipes from the South African Restaurant Madiba in Brooklyn.
On the cooking menu were South African specialties such as:
All in all, it was a fun, interactive class that the kids and parents loved. And most of all a rewarding experience for me as I got to teach kids how to cook and eat healthy by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to their everyday cooking!
The class was videotaped live on Livestream by eDiningNews, and the video will be featured online for those who missed the class. All in all, it was a fun, interactive class that the kids and parents loved. And most of all a rewarding experience for me as I got to teach kids how to cook and eat healthy by adding colorful fruits and vegetables to their everyday cooking.
Stay tuned for more class locations and dates as the cooking program grows around NYC!
The Artful Gourmet caters a small corporate client event for Visual Marketing Partners at The Flow Space in NYC
This was a crazy busy week for me – one of the reasons being that I catered a small corporate client event for 75 people at The Flow Space in the Meatpacking District in NYC for Visual Marketing Partners design agency! I created a menu of small bites and appetizers for the event including Mini Crab Cakes with Remoulade Sauce, Mini Spinach, Mushroom and Cheese Quiches, Smoked Salmon Blinis with Creme Fraiche, Chives and Dill, and Teriyaki Chicken Rolls with Asparagus and Scallions and a Sesame Soy Glaze. We also served fresh crudite platters with chips and dip and had plenty of wine pouring for the guests courtesy of Pierre Loti Wine Bar. The event was a lot of work to prepare for in terms of the food and catering but it was a huge success and the clients and guests loved all the food and wine, which to me is the most important thing – full bellies and happy smiles all around. Cheers!
Join me for a fun Meet the Chef Event at City Crab NYC on Wed June 19th from 6-7:30 pm!
A special event with a live chef demo at City Crab on Wednesday June 19 from 6:00-7:30 / 235 Park Avenue South (19th Street)!
Featuring Chef Michael “Sheffy”Siry – Sheffy will do a live cooking demonstration of how to cook and break down a crab (either Dungeness or Blue) and will then show us how to use the crab meat to make the City Crab Signature Crab Cake!
Registration fee of $15 includes a glass of red or white wine or a beer and a complimentary crab cake.
All guests are invited to stay for dinner after and receive a 20% discount.
Sponsored and Hosted by Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet and David Hillman of eDiningNews.com
Sign up online at The New York Meet The Chef Meetup Group – www.meetup.com/MeetTheChef
New York City Wine & Food Festival
I recently attended the NYC Wine and Food Festival which was an amazing, star-studded event that is held every year at Pier 57 at the Chelsea Piers. The Grand Tasting event, sponsored by Shop-Rite and KitchenAid, is an all weekend affair – filled with food, wine and cocktail samplings from hundreds of vendors!
I of course experienced major food coma all weekend which is apparent once you see the photos of all the deliciousness I was exposed to that weekend.
I also attended a special French Benoit dinner by Chef Alain Ducasse with the KitchenAid team at One Bryant Park one evening – Filet and Foie Gras, Gougeres, six different French wines, Sauteed Scallops, French Cheese and Meat platters and divine Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream. WOW!
The next day got even better as I went backstage at the festival and had the opportunity to meet Giada de Laurentiis in person (she’s GORGEOUS! And tiny!), Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri as they did their cooking demos on stage for a full audience.
I have to say Guy Fieri is a RIOT. He had the audience rolling in laughter and even had them running around the stage grabbing spatulas and cast iron pans like the Price is Right. Pure entertainment!
FLAVOURS Food Tasting and Cocktail Reception with Paris Gourmet at Ava Lounge, Dream Hotel NYC
Check out the full scoop on this premiere FLAVOURS French food and wine tasting event I attended with Paris Gourmet at the Dream Hotel in NYC!
Link to photos and story: http://wp.me/p24PsS-1OH
French Restaurant Week Press Event at Orsay NYC
It’s French Restaurant week in NYC, Sept 17-30th. In honor of this, I was invited to a special press event at Orsay in NYC to learn more about the participating restaurants, meet the Master Chefs and mingle while tasting some delicious French chartucerie and appetizers and champagne. The event was sponsored by Paris Gourmet, a specialty food importer, OpenTable, and Action Against Hunger charity.
Find out more about French Restaurant Week
Follow French Restaurant Week on Facebook to get special announcments and offers
***Check out the fun photos from Meatopia 2012 event on Sept 8th, Randall’s Island NYC! Awesome event sponsored by Joshua Ozersky and Whole Foods, Amstel, Diageo, oXo, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors and more. Butchers, Knives, Music, Meat, Fire. OH, and RAIN!
But that didn’t stop us from sampling all the delicious charred, grilled, smoked and braised MEAT and of course brewskies to go with!
Chef Celebrities Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar from Extra Virgin, Zak Palaccio, April Bloomfield, Pat LaFrieda, Alex Guarnaschelli, John Stage, Mike Toscano, John Walsh and many others shared the stage serving up scrumptious food, and the live Butcher’s Competition went on despite the storms and mud!
Armand “The Arm” Ferrante has been crowned Whole Foods Market’s Best Butcher 2012.
The three finalists in the 2012 Best Butcher contest were:
West coast champion: Jon “Kabali” Kalabolas (Lafayette, CA)
Central U.S. champion: Andy “The Animal” Alcorn (Ft. Collins, CO)
East coast champion: Armand “The Arm” Ferrante (Middletown, NJ)
A Special Rooftop Event by The Artful Gourmet + Miditto for KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure
*UNFORTUNATELY WE NEED TO CANCEL TONIGHT’S EVENT DUE TO WEATHER, AND ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PLANNING A NEW EVENT DATE FOR THIS – WILL BE ANOTHER EVENING IN EARLY AUGUST! STAY TUNED FOR THE NEW DATE ANNOUNCEMENT OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS!
- Thursday, July 26th 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- Limited to 40 people only – tickets $30 per person
- Private rooftop with panoramic city views at The Monterey at 175 E 96th St in NYC
- Wine provided by miditto wine clique, and business member Pierre Loti Wine Bar and Restaurants
- Food created by Kristen Hess, The Artful Gourmet (stuffed mushrooms, caprese cocktails, mini skewers, strawberry terrines, plus mini-cupcakes donated by Tasty Pursuits
We’re championing the health benefits of good life, good people, good food and wine. Join us in our efforts to raise a toast AND exceed our fundraising goal of $500!
This is how you can help the cause, while you are enjoying the fiesta!
1. Tip the Tip. Ayza Wine Director, Lea Williams, will be present to answer questions about wine and food pairings. All we ask is that you “Tip the Tip” jar, which will ALL be donated to the KitchenAid Cook for the Cure funds.
2. Tip and Be Merry. For every glass you drink, we ask you to consider tipping the Tip Jar. ALL funds will be donated.
Everyone who tips and attends will be eligible to win a special gift from miditto business member sponsors:
Space is limited to 40 people. Support the cause and purchase your tickets.
RSVP by Wed 7/25 and get your tickets at http://sunsetwinedine.eventbrite.com/
More fun Food and Wine Events around Town!
Check out the full report plus photos and videos from the Annual Taste of Queens event!
View the full report, photos and videos on this exciting international Chef competition at the CIA!
Read about Chef Madison Cowan, get recipes and watch videos of his live media tour for the National Pork Board
toppings for the crowd and I got to also ride in the Oscar WeinerMobile! Too fun! Check out all the great photos from the event.