Joe Namath to headline at New York City Wine & Food Festival #NYCWFF

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The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (NYCWFF) has a packed roster of events planned for the 2013 Festival and CITYPEEK will be in attendance for the first time. After a successful fifth anniversary celebration, the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is gearing up to once again pay homage to one of the greatest dining cities in the world while fighting to end hunger! The sixth annual Festival takes place October 17-20, 2013. It is the only Festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America’s most beloved television chefs.

The Festival began as a one-night event, SWEET, in the fall of 2007. In 2008, Festival Founder and Director, Lee Brian Schrager (Vice President, Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America) launched the inaugural Festival that has quickly grown to mirror the success of its sister Festival, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.

Echoing the charitable component of South Beach, the New York City Festival benefits the hunger-relief programs of Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Having raised over $6 million to date, 100% of the net proceeds from the Festival go directly to these community-based organizations. Eat. Drink. End Hunger.

The NYCWFF continues its long-standing tradition of designing unique lifestyle opportunities that appeal to everyone’s taste buds with the creation of Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate presented by diet pepsi hosted by Joe Namath and Mario Batali.  Taking place on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at New York City’s Pier 92, renowned chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Batali will give his chef coat a rest and don his treasured green and white gear to team up with NFL legend, Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer Namath to host a day of grilling demonstrations, ramped-up tailgate fare, interactive fan-fanatic activities for the whole family and more.  Like all Festival events, proceeds benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign


"This event is the amalgamation of all of the things that I love: grilling, tailgating and football," said Batali.  "I couldn't be more excited to bring Benno and Leo to hang with Joe Namath and eat food cooked by some of my favorites."


The event will bring together more than 20 celebrated chefs and former New York Jets stars for a new type of gridiron classic that welcomes fans of any age.  In addition to chefs offering samplings of amped-up game-day cuisine, fans can enjoy culinary demonstrations from Batali, alongside sons Benno and Leo Batali, as well as Rocco DiSpirito and Andrew Zimmern.  Spectators can also get in on the action with authentic FanZone activities including the chance to win game tickets with pre-game field passes and take pictures with the New York Jets Flight Crew.  Batali and Namath will be joined by former New York Jets players Greg Buttle, Bruce Harper, Marty Lyons and Wesley Walker, among others, for a tailgate experience that is sure to get everyone ready for the next day’s showdown, when the Jets take on the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium.


"What goes with football better than food?" said Jets President Neil Glat.  "The concept was an obvious one for us and partnering with the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival was a terrific match.  We are looking forward to seeing the tailgate creations these chefs dream up and watching our fans enjoy this new event."


Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate will be one of several food-centric Jets events this fall.  The Jets are partnering with the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) to launch The Official New York Jets Cooking School - Tailgating Division that will provide opportunities for fans to participate in tailgating classes and football-themed cooking experiences starting in September. Also, the Jets Taste of the NFL Benefit, an annual food and fundraising event, will return this November.  More details will be available in the coming week on the team’s official website,


Tickets for this event and more are available online at or by calling 866-969-2933 (phone sales open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST).  100% of the net proceeds from the Festival benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign.  Stay up to date with the excitement by following the Festival at or Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager at   

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