See Scenes (and Guy Fieri!) From the Grand Tasting at the Food & Wine Festival

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Clarissa Wei
Food & Wine's star-studded week concluded yesterday and one of the biggest events was the Grand Tasting which went from noon to 6 p.m. As promised, there was a lot of food and a little bit too much wine. Visitors were handed a "tasting" glass when they walked in and the venue had two continuously running stages with celebrity chefs. The Tasting, sponsored by ShopRite with KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations, was admittedly product-heavy, but there were a handful of New York veterans (Casa Nonna and Sons of Essex among others) in the house. Oh, and we also found Guy Fieri.

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Clarissa Wei

A good number of the vendors were product representatives (think Campbell's, Barilla, and Bertolli). But our favorite had to be Nutella, which was giving out Nutella sandwiches and crepes. Everyone loves hazelnut butter.

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Clarissa Wei

Other highlights included the meatball from LAVO (top), shrimp ceviche from the Hudson River Cafe (middle left), a sloppy joe from 508 GastroBrewery, (middle right), grits from Dizzy's Club (bottom left), sesame noodles from Sons of Essex (bottom middle), and a crostini from Casa Nonna (bottom right).

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Clarissa Wei

And right before we left, we spotted Guy Fieri making a shake and pouring it down a woman's throat. The crowd went wild.

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Location Info

Lavo

39 E. 58th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Hudson River Cafe

697 W. 133rd St., New York, NY

Category: Music

Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

60th St. & Broadway, New York, NY

Category: General

Sons of Essex

133 Essex St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Casa Nonna

310 W. 38th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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