New York City Wine & Food Festival is one of the most highly anticipated undeniably the biggest and baddest annual events in town. Every year, NYCWFF brings together high-profile celebrity chefs and influential personalities in the food and drink world for an incredible cause.
Bringing together over 50,000 revelers annually, 100% of the net proceeds benefit the Food Bank For New York City and the No Kid Hungry® campaign to end childhood hunger in America and the five boroughs of New York City. To date, NYCWFF has raised over $10.5 million to help fight hunger.
As the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary, we chat with the Managing Director and all around cool dude, John Trumble.
What are some of your favorite craft cocktail bars in NYC?
Nothing better than PDT, gang is kill’n it. Always been a big fan of EO. I wish I could grow a handlebar mustache as well as those boys. I love a bar that transports you into a different time and place, even if it’s just for a couple of hours. That’s probably why I’m obsessed with speakeasy’s even though the concept may be a bit tired.
Walking into a place like Blacktail and its old Havana vibe where all the bartenders are wearing Panama Jack hats and Guayabera’s, the cocktails are authentic and on point, makes me want one of their rum specialties right now! Pro tip: they give you a 4-rum daiquiri to wet the palette. I had two.
Where do you live and what is your local bar?
Greenwich Village, Reservoir on University, been going there for 15 years. I’d put their chicken fingers up against anyone in the city!
You are also involved in South Beach Wine & Food Festival. What are some of your favorite Miami bars?
I love the Broken Shaker. I also want to drop in to the new EO location on Washington.
What’s your current drink order?
It kinda depends on the shoes I’m wearing. In the summer when I’m wearing flip-flops, you couldn’t pry a bottle of rosé out of my cold-dead hands. Anything from Provence will do.
As fall approaches and I’m digging out my lace-ups, a good Manhattan will do the trick. Tried-and -true-stand-by, though, just give me a Grey Goose rocks, squeeze of lemon.
You probably get some baller drinks perk with your job. What is the most #goals worthy tipple you’ve ever experienced?
Since I live and work in the concrete jungle, I’ll keep it local. One of the most famous restaurants in Paris, Caviar Kaspia did a pop-up at Spring Place in Tribeca last year. My wife and I went with another couple and had the place all to ourselves. It’s an exact replica of the original, right down to the silver and anything goes attitude. The vodka was ice cold and the beluga caviar was plentiful. It was definitely one of the most decadent meals I’ve ever had.
Who is the most fun Chef for a fun party night?
PJ Calapa of the The Spaniard is always down for a good time! PJ’s gonna be man’n the grill at Burger Bash on Friday night, stop by!
Feels like you could get into some trouble with Marc Forgione as well! See him at our Iron Chef Showdown on Saturday night of the festival.
For a real stretch, Bourdain. Bourdain would be epic. I bet that guy has stories for days.
What crafty drinks events should cocktail enthusiasts NOT miss at NYCWFF?
Definitely look out for Femme Fatale with the ladies of Speed Rack hosted by Anne Burrell, it’s a new event this year and we’re all very excited about it. Great list of female bartenders creating some of the best craft cocktails out there and we’re pairing them with great food! Tacos & Tequila is always one of my favorite events at the festival. Pigs & Pints with Robert Irvine is a great option for some good day-drinking at the Standard. If you’re looking for me on Sunday, though, I’ll probably be at Rooftop Rose with Katie Lee & Elvis Duran drowning myself in summer water!
Can you tell us a little about the very important charity elements of NYCWFF?
Celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary in October 2017, NYCWFF has raised over $10.5 million dollars to end hunger. The festival has two unbelievably dedicated partners and beneficiaries in this fight, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign and Food Bank for New York City. There are so many worthy causes to support, but everyone has to eat and no one should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from. Jump in and be a part of the solution in the fight to end hunger.
How can we keep up with your thirsty and food-y adventures?
Follow John on Instagram – @johnetrumble
NYC Wine & Food Festival details
October 12th – 15th, 2017
For More Info – nycwff.org
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