After the lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to an end, people are returning back from their vacations and get back to business. Even the chefs are getting their game on to strut their stuff and show it to the public. Here are some events that are for the food loving people in NYC.
StarChefs.com 2010 International Chefs Congress
Monday – Wednesday, September 20 – 22
This year’s ever-evolving theme Creativity: Art vs. Craft has long been a subject of debate. ICC will give presenters the opportunity to define their role within the creative process. The 2010 line up includes some of the most influential culinary industry leaders in the world. Thomas Keller, famed for The French Laundry, but notably one of the most influential chefs of all time has joined a panel discussion moderated by Michael Ruhlman (The Soul of a Chef) with Dan Barber (Blue Hill) and David Kinch (Manresa, Los Gatos, CA) to discuss the role of creativity in the culinary arts and the ways which art and craft come into play. The dialogue will touch on related tensions in the industry and will strive to bring attendees to a common ground. The panel will conclude with a discussion about the future of creativity, art, and craft in cooking.
*Please note, people within the restaurant/food service industry are allowed to attend.
Location: Park Avenue Armory; Event website
Le Fooding: New York City vs. San Francisco Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot
Friday to Saturday, September 24 – 25, 2010
If you follow the food blogs or food-related sites talking about this year’s Le Fooding, it’s about NYC vs San Francisco, based on David Chang’s quote: “Fucking every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it.” You got the great NYC restaurants like Chang’s Momofuku, Nate Appleman of Pulino, and Dan Barber of Blue Hill (West Village), along with Daniel Patterson of Coi, Jeremy Fox of Plum. Frankly, I don’t care so much about rivalries, just give me the (good) food.
Last year’s Le Fooding was fun albeit a bit chaotic as the hours wind toward the end when it was one pour soul to scoop the ice cream for the masses. I am looking forward to go again this year’s madness.
Location: P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center in Long Island City; Info and schedules; to purchase tickets here. FYI, the VIP/Le Grand Cliquot tickets for September 25th are sold out.
The Vendy Awards
Saturday, September 25th at 12 PM – 5 PM
I have a lot of respect for the street and food truck vendors in NYC. (I love Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and visit them pretty frequently this summer.) It’s their time to shine this particular afternoon and win the coveted Vendy’s. On the Vendy Award’s site, the tickets are sold out but if you go to Time Out NY’s Food Fall Preview post, they have a special code to gain access to ticket sales page. Tickets start at $85 for general admission.
Location: Governors Island
Third International Chinese Culinary Competition
Thursday, September 30 to Friday, October 1
New Tang Dynasty TV (NDTV) is hosting Times Square to compete in this prestigious event. For two days, this open-air event will transform Times Square into ancient China’s Tang Dynasty capital, Chang-An, with Chinese architecture-inspired cooking stations and servers dressed in period-inspired costumes. The Awards Banquet, held on Sunday, October 3rd at Pier 60, will include the same theme transporting guests back through time to witness Chinese food being prepared in traditional ways. For Chinese food lovers, this is your event. Throughout these two days, there will be three set times to sample the competing chefs’ food and there is the Gourmet Reception and the Award Banquet.
Further event info and to purchase tickets. Tickets start at $100 for the preliminary tasting, Gourmet Reception $60, and banquet $275.
The Chocolate Show
Thursday, November 11 – Sunday, November 14
Chocoholics can sample and buy cocoa-based confections at this annual show. Some familiar chocolatiers and companies like Jacques Torres, Sweet Riot, and Peanut Butter & Co. And an old favorite, Mary’s (who didn’t exhibit last year) is coming back! I loved their gorgeous confections.
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion; Detailed info and tickets Tickets are $30, advance $28.