Keasbey, NJ; October 1, 2009 – For the second year, ShopRite is the presenting sponsor of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit hunger relief initiatives through the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength. The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite is part of the Wine & Food Festival presented by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel Leisure magazines. One of the Festival’s most popular attractions, The Grand Tasting is set to satisfy the most seasoned palates by showcasing ShopRite’s premier line of limited edition specialty products, signature dishes from the city’s most respected restaurants and world-renowned wine and spirit makers in a deliciously designed two-day gastronomic experience.
“As the presenting sponsor, we are very excited to showcase the ShopRite brand by bringing ShopRite’s award-winning line of top quality products, as well as dishes created by our team of professional chefs, to all food lovers,” stated Joe Gozzi, director of Specialty Foods at Wakefern Food Corporation, the distribution and merchandising arm of ShopRite supermarkets. “Not only does the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival help place New York City’s food scene center stage, it also lets the public know that ShopRite is more than a neighborhood supermarket, it is a culinary resource for home chefs.”
Grand Tasting ticket-holders will enjoy high quality culinary creations by Chef Faith Alahverdian ShopRite’s Corporate Executive Chef and head of ShopRite’s Culinary Workshop. Chef Faith will feature the following exclusive recipes at the New York City Wine & Food Festival:
• San Marzano Tomato Bisque with Fresh Basil Coulis and Mini Cheese Panini — featuring ShopRite’s own San Marzano DOP Tomatoes. • Baby Arugula, Wild Red Watercress and Grilled Certified Angus Beef Summer Roll with a Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette — featuring ShopRite Certified Angus Beef and ShopRite Imported Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Campania Grown Cherry Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart – featuring ShopRite’s own Imported Campania grown canned cherry tomatoes and Black Bear Goat Cheese • Easy Cherry Cranberry Cheesecake Tartlets – featuring ShopRite’s single batch Imported Cherry Preserves from Canada.
“Recently more and more people have re-discovered the joys of cooking for their friends and family. ShopRite is so proud to be able to offer home chefs the perfect ingredients for restaurant quality cooking at home. Products like these are affordable luxuries, little touches that can make the everyday extraordinary,” said Chef Faith.
Chef Faith’s recipes feature a selection of ShopRite Private Label specialty ingredients that can make meals a masterpiece at a fraction of the cost of gourmet shops, including ShopRite San Marzano Tomatoes, ShopRite Extra Virgin or Organic Olive Oil, ShopRite Imported Campania Grown Cherry Tomatoes, ShopRite Certified Angus Beef, ShopRite Imported Preserves and ShopRite’s exclusive Black Bear line of premium meats and cheeses including Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano and Chevre.
ShopRite has traveled the world to bring key ingredients of the highest quality to home chefs at incredible value. Some highlights from ShopRite’s collection of specialty products:
ShopRite San Marzano Tomatoes ShopRite’s imported San Marzano tomatoes are distributed in numbered cans, available for a limited time. Grown exclusively in the San Marzano region of Italy and gently nourished in the volcanic soil of Mt. Vesuvius, these tomatoes are a rare and precious ingredient that will heighten the flavor of any recipe.
ShopRite San Marzano Tomatoes have received the prestigious DOP (Denominazione d’ Origine Protetta) designation from the European Union. This certification, referred to as ‘Denomination of Protected Origin,’ guarantees the authenticity and genuine characteristics of certain food and agricultural products across the continent.
ShopRite Imported Preserves Made with luscious, ripe fruit bursting with fresh flavor, ShopRite’s limited edition batches of preserves can be used for cooking or as a delicious spread. Small batches are produced in limited quantities using fruit harvested at its peak ripeness — from the farm to the jar the very same day, in a variety of flavors including Strawberry, Apricot, Blackberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Cherry.
About ShopRite ShopRite supermarkets are members of Wakefern Food Corporation, a retailer-owned cooperative. Through the more than 200 stores located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than five million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite was named Feeding America’s (formally named America’s Second Harvest) Grocery Distributor of the Year (1999) for its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, a year-round initiative dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities served by ShopRite stores. Since its inception, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated more than $20 million to 1,500 worthy charities and food banks.
About The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel Leisure. The event offers a broad array of seminars from Thursday, October 8th – Sunday, October 11th and consists of several hundred culinary events around NYC. ShopRite’s Grand Tasting, is one of the premier highlights of the citywide festival. Attendees at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite will indulge in two three-hour sessions of food sampling featuring ShopRite’s own brand of culinary creations. For event schedules or ticket purchase, visit shopriteforms.mywebgrocer.com. Ticket price for each session is $150 per person (ShopRite Price Plus members will receive a 10% discount). Net proceeds will benefit the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength
About Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival After seven years, The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival brings their one-of-a-kind celebration of wine and food to the great city of New York, complete with a who’s who robust roster of celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. New York City participating talent include: Rachel Ray, Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown, Masaharu Morimoto, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsey and Nigella Lawson to name a few. For a full breakdown of events and time and a complete listing of participating Chefs, restaurants and winemaker icons, go to www.wineandfoodfestival.com.