Wellness in the Schools (WITS) Gala 2017

Date: Monday, April 24th, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM

About the event: Wellness in the Schools (WITS) is a national non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools. Through public-private partnerships, we work with schools to provide healthy, scratch-cooked meals, active recess periods, and fitness and nutrition education. Trained culinary graduates partner with cafeteria staff to feed kids real food, and fitness coaches encourage schools to let kids play. An annual favorite, the WITS Gala is in its 10th year. The event features tastings from over 30 of NYC’s top restaurants, chefs, and beverage providers; live entertainment; and auction.

Where: Tribeca Rooftop, 2 Desbrosses Street, New York, NY 10013

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SUS 2017 Dinner for a Better New York

Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM

About the event: Curated by chef Andrew Zimmern, this extraordinary culinary experience celebrates Opportunity for All – meeting the needs and improving the lives of vulnerable New Yorkers.

Where: Eventi at 849 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

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Taste of the Upper West Side

Date: Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th, 2017 

Time: Friday, May 19th, 7:00 PM — 10:00 PM; Saturday, May 20th, VIP 6:30 PM — 10:00 PM, GA 7:30 PM — 10:00 PM

About the event: The 10th annual Taste of the Upper West Side is making an exciting return this spring to bring one of the city’s most exciting culinary events to the UWS on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th, 2017. Featuring two nights of celebration, this fabulous event will delight guests with fantastic food from world-renowned chefs of the Upper West Side. Presented by the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District (“BID”), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all net proceeds will be donated to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification.

Where: O’Shea Complex Schoolyard

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The Taste of Home 2017

Date: Coming soon!

About the event:  What would NYC’s best chefs make if you were a guest in their home? Join us for our annual culinary benefit, featuring tasting items from esteemed NYC chefs, served up in the comfort of our cozy bookstore. All proceeds to benefit Housing Works, Inc.’s mission to end AIDS and homelessness in NYC.

Where: Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012


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City Harvest Summer in the City

Date: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Time: VIP 6:30 PM, GA 7:30 PM

About the event: Join us for our 15th annual Summer in the City event at IAC HQ (555 West 18th Street). Summer in the City is the culinary experience that kicks off the summer featuring some of New York City’s hottest chefs and mixologists! Last year, the event raised nearly $350,000, enough to help feed 450,000 children and their families. Highlights from the event were a DJ set by Questlove, an outdoor VIP patio featuring oysters by Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co., and a MINI convertible photo booth. Restaurants included some of the city’s best – Butcher Bar, Emmy Squared, High Street on Hudson and Khe-Yo. The Platinum Premium Bar offered Casa Dragones tequila, Macallan Rare Cask scotch and Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame champagne.

Where: IAC HQ, 555 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival Alex’s events are coming soon! 

Date: August 31st — November 13th, 2017

About the event: A Spectacular Celebration of Global Cuisines, Music & More. The International Food and Wine Festival will play host to seminars, tasting events and sumptuous dinners overseen by top Disney Chefs as well as renowned guest Chefs. “What’s Cookin’ With…” features some of the country’s top celebrity chefs will begin the morning with a delightful plated brunch and sparkling wine toast. The fun starts with a demo, and the chefs answer questions from the audience and share secrets of their successes.

Where: Epcot World Showcase; Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830

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Pig Island

Date: Coming soon!

About the event: The Eighth Annual Pig Island will return this fall. Featuring 25+ chefs creating the freshest and funkiest dishes from locally sourced hogs. Previous years’ dishes included glazed pork belly and peach on cold ramen, wood smoked pork pizza, pig head tacos, roasted pork sliders, crispy pig ear lettuce wraps and bacon banana bread with caramelized bacon. Keeping the focus on local, Pig Island also features a selection of New York State craft beer from Sixpoint and others, wine, artisan spirits and ciders all included in one general admission price. Pig Island benefits local farms, celebrates both award-winning and up-and-coming chefs, and great outdoor grilling.

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Share a Second Helping of Life

Date: Coming soon!

About the event: Join New York City’s premier women chefs to raise funds to help thousands affected by breast and ovarian cancers. The funds raised by A Second Helping of Life enable SHARE to provide free support services and education programs to thousands of women and their families. For four decades, SHARE has provided dedicated, experienced support, and in the last year alone, we touched 40,000 people with our programs.


Tickets: Stay tuned to purchase tickets.


James Beard Taste of America New Orleans

Dates: Friday, September 30th — Sunday, October 1st, 2017

About the event: Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. Taste America is a national program of events that takes place in ten cities over six weekends each fall. The festivities include exclusive benefit dinners featuring a visiting Taste America All-Star, local JBF Award–winning chefs, and culinary celebrities. Join Alex Guarnaschelli in New Orleans to celebrate local flavor and the culinary arts.


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Alex’s Lemonade Stand: Lemon NYC 2016

Date: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM

About the event: Lemon: NYC is a memorable and exclusive culinary event benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer. Hosted by Chef Alex Guarnaschelli of the Food Network and Butter Restaurant, Lemon: NYC brings over 20 top chefs to craft their signature dishes for a limited number of guests. Located in the Metropolitan Pavilion in the heart of Chelsea, guests will rub elbows with culinary superstars while sampling innovative tasting plates and sipping on signature cocktails. All proceeds from this event will benefit childhood cancer research!

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion; 125 W 18th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Desert Trip: Coacella Concert Dinners in Northern California

Date(s): Coming soon!

About the events: This world-renowned concert in the North California desert offers amazing culinary experiences. Outstanding in the Field offers an outdoor desert dining experience like no other—a four-course prix fixe seated dinner in a luxurious, shaded setting. This fine dining experience is prepared by master chefs, complete with wine pairings, craft beers and cocktails by the same expert team as Culinary Experience. It’s like eating at the best restaurant in town, right before attending the best concert.



2017 New York City Wine and Food Festival Alex’s events are coming soon!

Dates: Thursday, October 12th — Sunday, October 15th, 2017

About the event: NYCWFF is considered the largest food and wine festival in New York City! With more than 100 events, the festival is widely recognized for tastings in celebration of America’s favorite foods, intimate dinners with world-renowned chefs, late night parties, hands-on classes, educational seminars, coveted wine tastings and more.

Where: New York, New York

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Epcot Food and Wine Festival: “What’s Cookin’ With…” Alex Guarnaschelli

Date: Coming soon!