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The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One announced its lineup of events to celebrate 15 years in the Big Apple. Widely recognized as the largest gourmet gathering in New York City, the four-day Festival will take place October 13 – 16, 2022 and feature more than 80 events around the city. For the 15th installment, Food Network personalities and more than 400 chefs, mixologists and wine and spirit producers will come together to create an unforgettable epicurean celebration comprised of walk-around tastings, intimate dinners, pier parties, brunches, lunches, master classes, wine tastings and more. The Festival’s charitable partner, God’s Love We Deliver, is the New York City metropolitan area’s leading provider of medically tailored meals and nutrition counse. ling for individuals living with severe illness. To date, the Festival has generated more than $14 million for its charitable causes with one hundred percent of the net proceeds supporting its mission to EAT. DRINK. FEED NYC
The signature, fan-favorite tasting events will return to Hudson River Park’s Pier 76 and Pier 86, Home of the Intrepid Museum and feature two sprawling, outdoor areas showcasing the nation’s most talented chefs and culinary personalities throughout the Festival weekend. Featured events include:
  • Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray (Thursday, October 13)
  • Peroni’s Taste of Italy hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant with special guest Whoopi Goldberg (Friday, October 14)
  • Grand Tasting featuring Culinary Demonstrations presented by Liebherr Appliances featuring fan-favorite Food Network personalities and Restaurant Row presented by Tock. (Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16)
  • Caviar presents Tacos & Tequila After Dark powered by Toyota hosted by the Cast of The Kitchen with special guests Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show (Saturday, October 15)
  • Backyard BBQ presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Dario Cecchini (Sunday, October 16)

The Hard Rock Hotel New York will serve as the new backdrop for a slew of returning fan-favorite events. On Friday, October 14, Food Network star Jet Tila will host Taste of Asia, a late-night celebration featuring a variety of signature offerings from the finest Asian outposts in the city. Keep the party going and honor all things fabulous on Saturday, October 15 at Drag Brunch hosted by David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris featuring jaw-dropping performances by the industry’s most in-demand drag queens and kings. That night, celebrate the Festival’s 15th birthday with a dessert-filled, blow-out bash with a special performance by front man of legendary group RUN DMC, Rev Run, at the 15th Anniversary Dessert Party hosted by social media star turned TV personality Kalen Allen.

On Saturday, October 15, bring the whole family to enjoy the best of both worlds at the new Sweet and Savory Brunch hosted by Duff Goldman. Later that night, the city’s top bars from all five boroughs will duke it out for top honors during Battle of the Boroughs: A Cocktail Showdown presented by BACARDI hosted by The Try Guys, the internet’s favorite explorers and hosts of No-Recipe Road Trip with the Try Guys

New to the roster this year and anchoring the Festival’s presence in Brooklyn is Industry City, a vibrant creative hub along the waterfront which will host new and returning Festival events. Kick off the Festival weekend early on Thursday, October 13 with Food Network’s resident, spikey-haired blonde Anne Burrell as she hosts the ever-popular Aperitivo happy hour and indulge in Italian-inspired cocktails and canapes. On Friday, October 14, the brand-new event Flavors of the Mediterranean hosted by Michael Symon will take guests on a journey from the Iberian Peninsula to the Adriatic Sea – think lush dips and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres inspired by some of the best places to eat in the world. Those looking to celebrate with the whole family can head over to Fornino in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday, October 15 for the Ultimate Pizza Party hosted by Buddy Valastro. Top off the weekend with a Brunch hosted by Michael Solomonov with entertainment by SNACKTIME on Sunday, October 16 at his new Brooklyn outpost, Laser Wolf. 

Gourmands looking to sharpen their culinary skills alongside the experts should snag a spot at one of the Festival’s Master Classes taking place at the Institute of Culinary Education and at participating venues. Choose from a variety of classes and gain hands-on experience with world-famous chefs, mixologists, and culinary stars such as Stefano Secchi of Rezdôra, Masaharu Morimoto, Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Duff Goldman, Calvin Eng of Bonnie’s, Maneet Chauhan, Matt Abdoo and Shane McBride of Pig Beach, the team behind Ukrainian restaurant Veselka and more!
A plethora of unique, one-night-only collaborative meals hosted by some of the world’s most critically acclaimed chefs and paired with a variety of high-end wines and spirits from the Festival’s exclusive provider, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, make up this year’s revamped Intimate Dinner Series. Participating chefs and personalities will be joining us from New York, California, New Orleans, London, France and other worldwide locales and include Alain Ducasse, Sohla El-Waylly, Daniel Boulud, Kwame Onwuachi, Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson, Dani García, Antonia Lofaso, Michael White, Chintan Pandya, Carlton McCoy, Lauren Von Der Pool and many others.
The Festival’s Capital One Cardholder Pre-Sale runs from June 10-16 during which time Capital One credit and debit cardholders can take advantage of special offers and purchase tickets before they are available to the general public on June 17. Cardholders will receive exclusive access to a Shake Shack HQ Dinner & Tour, Sushi Rolling Master Class with Masaharu Morimoto, once in a lifetime dinner with father-son duo Jean-Georges and Cédric Vongerichten, early entry to signature events, special pricing and more.
Located in the heart of Manhattan, Conrad New York Midtown will serve as the official host hotel for NYCWFF 2022, offering travelers a spacious and residential retreat during Festival week. The complete line-up of events for the 15th Anniversary Festival is available online at Ticket sales open to the general public on Friday, June 17. Stay up to date by following the conversation all year long on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @NYCWFF/#NYCWFF and on TikTok at @NYCWineFoodFestival.  Between NYCWFF and its sister festival SOBEWFF®, which takes place each February in Miami Beach, more than $47 million has been raised to benefit the respective charitable partners of each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining cultures of their host cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities and serve as a platform to drive awareness and engagement for a wide array of philanthropic activities. 

ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.

Food and Drink

1800 Tequila and Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop



This is a perfect idea for a gift for the tequila lover in your life. The new 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop celebrates the best taste in tequila and in life this holiday season.

As part of 1800 Tequila’s passion for sports and dedication to its community, all apparel proceeds from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop will directly benefit The Carmelo Anthony Foundation to provide communities better access to recreational activities such as refurbishment of local basketball courts.

Featuring a partnership with brand tastemaker, 10-time NBA All-Star, and entrepreneur, Carmelo Anthony the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop showcases tasteful gifts for tequila, fashion, and sports fans alike.

The 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop is a limited-edition apparel capsule collection featuring four bespoke items designed and produced in collaboration with Carmelo Anthony and his apparel lifestyle brand STAYME7O. The 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O collection includes: 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Varsity Jacket (hero product), 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Hoodie, 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Snapback Hat, and 1800 Tequila x STAYME7O Embroidered Fabric Patch.

Consumers can purchase apparel from the 1800 Tequila x Carmelo Anthony Holiday Drop Shop through various bundle sets ranging from $75 – $295 while supplies last. Sign up to get notified for early purchase access on



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Countdown to Christmas: A Sweet Treat For Christmas and Chunakah



24 days to go! Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

I am starting first with Chanukah which starts December 7th. Here are great little surprises and treats. First up are these festive Chocolate Dreidels ($14) are  handmade with the finest chocolate, and filled with milk chocolate gold-foiled Gelt coins for a surprise inside that never disappoints. They make a great addition at any Chanukah celebration everyone will love! Each Dreidel contains 3 coins. Gluten Free. Kosher Certified.

Then there are the adorable Menorah Pops. At $4.95 its a sin not to indulge.



Menorah Pops $4.95

Their unique selection of Chocolate Gift Boxes, Towers and Gift Baskets stand out among New York’s discerning chocolate enthusiasts. We loved the box of 30 Chocolate Mini Presents at $25 these bite-sized solid premium milk chocolates wrapped in Italian foil are perfect for filling stockings or party favors. Gluten Free. Kosher Certified.

 Li-Lac Chocolates are fresh, gourmet chocolate hand-crafted in small batches for exceptional quality and superior taste. They also come in dairy free, sugar free and Kosher certified making them perfect for the family. These chocolates are creamy, tasty and so delightfully sinful.

Handmade in Brooklyn, not only are you supporting a local business but freshness is guaranteed.

Li Lac Chocolates are now my go to chocolate place for gifts.

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Ziploc and Milk Bar Host Holiday Mixer



It was the holiday mixer that hit all the sweet notes.

Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi and Ziploc hosted a fun interactive holiday party at the New York City Milk Bar flagship location on November 29. Attendees at the special affair got to hear Christina’s tips and tricks for the holiday season, as well as see Ziploc’s latest innovation, the Stay Open Design bags.

“Ziploc bags have been a favorite tool of mine since I started baking because they are so versatile and easy to use. From rolling out and freezing dough to ensuring my baked goods always stays fresh, there’s no shortage of ways that I use Ziploc® at home and in our bakeries,” she said. “The new Ziploc® Stay Open Design bags help give me an extra set of hands in the kitchen. As soon as I tried them, I was immediately reminded of mixing puppy chow in a Ziploc® bag as a child, and I knew this would be another perfect collaboration.”

Teaming up for the release the bakery’s first-ever, limited-edition take on “puppy chow” dessert – Ziploc x Milk Bar Holiday Mix – is a perfect way to start December. Perfect for festive gatherings, hosting gifts, stocking stuffers, family road trips and long sessions on the couch watching holiday movies, the offering features popular holiday flavors, including corn square cereal, white chocolate, cookie butter, sprinkles, and sugar cookie pieces.

Each bag of the Ziploc® x Milk Bar Holiday Mix comes pre-packaged in a quart-size Ziploc® Stay Open Design storage bag. Ziploc®‘s latest innovation helps ensure the contents will stay fresh and easily snackable thanks to a cuffed opening and patented stand up bottom that keeps it upright and open for filling and sharing with confidence. For the month of December, pick up a bag at the New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles Milk Bar stores for just $7, plus tax, while supplies last.

And, for anyone in NYC, starting December 1, you can also book the perfect holiday activity, a build-your-own holiday mix-making experience! Attendees will learn Christina Tosi’s tips and tricks with the Milk Bar expert bakers and walk away with a gallon-size bag of holiday mix gifting for their own enjoyment.

For those not located near a Milk Bar store, don’t worry! Milk Bar and Ziploc® are sharing the exclusive recipe for free on both of their websites – a wonderful opportunity for a festive home activity with friends and family. Ziploc® also created a one-stop shop, to easily find all the ingredients needed at Amazon, Target or Walmart, including Ziploc® Stay Open Design bags that allow for easily folding, filling, scooping and snacking.




Photos by AP for Ziploc®

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Lifevine Brings a Sparkle to Your Holiday Party




Lifevine is a wine that is oh so fine this holiday season for all the right reasons.

If you are looking for an alternative for drinking this holiday season look no further than these incredible bottles that will forever find a place in your home.

The wine brand with zero sugar is a wine lovers dream. All in the brand’s portfolio is excellent in every single sip and it feels oh so good to know it is one of the first wines to list both serving facts and ingredients on the bottle. They believe in providing you the transparency you deserve so that you can make the best choices about what you put in your body.

As the company states, “We set out to produce a wine to fit your active lifestyle. We wanted a wine that offered excellent taste, purity, zero sugar* and full transparency. That is why we created Lifevine. We are committed to the highest level of transparency because we believe you should know what’s in your wine. Beyond zero sugar*, we want our wine to be free of harmful toxins and pesticides, without compromising quality or flavor. For this reason, we lab test all of our wines and submit them to a 3rd party standards organization to certify and award for things like organic and purity.”

Your holiday parties are set to buzz with delight with such an amazing alternative that tastes great and will not make you feel guilty the next day.

Varietals include Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and more. Lifevine is lab tested for purity, certified pesticide free and committed to label transparency.

Here is to your perfect holiday with Lifevine.

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Park Terrace Hotel, Hotel Chocolat and Ofreh



Park Terrace Hotel

Hotel Chocolat kicked-off the holidays and unveil the Velvetiser‘s pop-up for the season.


Apple Pie Hot Chocolat from Velvetiser’

We miss the fireworks at the Bryant Park Christmas Tree lighting ceremony but we did watch Ofreh sing Christmas (Baby Please Come Home). Click here to hear her husband Andy Karl singing “Sleigh Bells”.

Healthy snacks and drinks abounded.

Rice paper stuffed with vegetables

Reconnecting with Diva Gals Daily Samantha Bessudo Drucker

Diva Gals Daily Maureen Martin

Diva Gals Daily Delaina Dixon with Hot Chocolat

A salted caramel rum old fashion

From the balcony of the Park Terrace Hotel

From the balcony of the Park Terrace Hotel

From the balcony of the Park Terrace Hotel

There was plenty of holiday cheer, a holiday sing-along and plenty of European style hot chocolate, festive cocktails and bites. What a way to start the season.


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