Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NYC Wine n Food Fest - My Weekend Deja View

Hey there! Sorry so slow on the post from this past weekend. I've had a couple of packed days. I'll make it quick :-). After hangin' with The dancin' Chairman in the Grand Tasting Tent Friday afternoon, that night it was all about Brooklyn!
That's me under the Brooklyn Bridge happy I'm there! I was pretty beat earlier in the day mostly from traveling, but Aaron McCargo and Aida Mollenkamp both visited me at the Grand Tasting and we made plans to hangout at the Burger Bash. Plus it was in Brooklyn, how could I not go? Speaking of, here I am with the big guy ...
He met my dude that night and we all had a good laugh at how eating too many burgers, even tiny sliders, could make you feel like ... you ate too many burgers. You know? So, I had Bobby Flay's burger and stuck to the beer. Smart choice, his burger was just as good as I remember the last one being down in South Beach at the other festival. Mmmmmm yummy. It was crowded and so many people were there to chat with.
This is Aida and me sandwiching Stan, a big-time-crazy-cool ad sales rep at Food Network. We hung out a bit there and then walked around the corner to an after party. I had a cooking demonstration the next day, Saturday, so I scooted early to get some rest.

So the next day I headed over to the Javits Center for WBLS' Circle of Sisters event. Remember I told ya, you'd never guess who I ran into? Take a look ...
Look familiar? I was walking up to the stage and saw her standing there and immediately thought, "Hey! Next Food Network Star!". It's Nikki Shaw, remember she was on a couple of seasons ago. Well, she was hosting the event that day and took questions from the audience as I prepared my Grilled Chicken with White Wine Mushroom Sauce and Sweet n Sour Garden Collards. Then, I headed over to the broadcast booth to do an interview with radio host Jeff Foxx, when I ran into WBLS host Jasmine and singing legend Charlie Wilson. I grew up listening to him when he sang with the Gap Band and just recently caught him at the Essence Festival. He tore that stage up! What a performer! It was a nice chance to tell him that and if you are interested ... he said he'll be back next year. Says the event organizers called him shortly after to book him again.

I called it a day after that because I knew I would be giving out more of my North Carolina House Ribs with Viva Towels the next day. Sunday, Jacob stopped by for a visit and has some great flicks on his blog. Right across from me was the Iron Chef booth and the plates coming outta that kitchen were soooooo good!
That's contestant Eric Greenspan and you can jussst make out the back of Seamus Mullen's head. Then I headed out to eat some and drink as well. One of my first bites was from Govind Armstrong.
Looks tiny, but it packed a flavorful punch. I told him my daddy used to always have venison in the freezer from his hunting trips, so I was familiar with the versatility of the meat. Here we are after I had two of these, I'm so greedy.
Then, I doubled back around and headed over to get something everyone was talking about the whole weekend ... the marrow.
Wanna know what's in it, and by it, I mean the hollowed out bone ... can you see it?
Ahem, that's my drink there, Wild Turkey with Honey. I had it neat, then got the mixed drink ... very yummy, not an ad, just an observation. :-) Here's the marrow getting shaved on ...
I ate so much and then when I was stuffed, headed home to rest. I sat down in my movie room to the read the Sunday paper and look what I found!
Pardon the hard cheese, but this is seconds after I saw it and I wanted to catch the moment. Totally excited. And pardon the mess, it's my work-couch lol. Anywho, in my hand, is what fell out of the advertisement section ... my first ever coupon! How neat! I knew it was coming, but didn't know when. It's with Viva of course and my Dad called shortly after I saw this told and me one of his co-workers saw it, then I got a text message from a friend that saw it. It seemed to be everywhere. Neat feeling, I love a coupon with a real amount of money off, that's almost a dollar!!! My dad kept saying on the phone I was "20 cents off" to kid with me and I kept correcting him with "it's 85!!". It was funny. Hope you saw the coupon and put it to use! Viva towels were all the rage at the Wine and Food Festival everyone kept telling me they were so soft, like I had something to do with it. That's the smart engineers and people at the plant. I'm just happy to be here to spread the word. Ok, well that's it! More flicks later from a secret shoot I had yesterday with some ladies from Food Network and food flicks from my vacay.

9 comments:

Mai said...

Congrats Sunny! I can imagine the feeling seeing yourself on a coupon advertisement "pure excitement". HOOT HOOT (Rolling my fist like Arsenio Hall :)

Skinnamon Coast said...

Sunny, where are u on Twitter? This is cocoapopps! Saw your comment-Thanks! So glad you appreciated the piece!

Love you and keep doing what you're doing! Thanks for the post! twitter.com/cocoapopps

Lana said...

Sounds like an amazing weekend. It's not often that so many food-related heavy-hitters descend on New York at the same time.

Sounds like the major events were at the Tasting Tent, Burger Bash, Meatball Madness, Sweet and arguably at Chelsea After Dark. At least, if I had been able to make it out there this year, those first four would have been the events I'd have gone to!

Totally a WIN on the coupon! Viva *is* one of the more expensive paper towels, but definitely one of those you-get-what-you-pay-for kind of thingys.

New topic: did you get your final harvest out of your garden?

Sunny Anderson said...

complaint dept. mgr., haven't had the pibbster in years. aaaaand watchyo mouth :-)

mai, thanks so much! it was pretty interesting. never saw any of this coming. not one bit. and thanks for the arsenio throwback! things that make you go hmmmm ...

skinnamon coast, cute name! i'm not on twitter and no, thank you for the post. very nice.

lana, it was pretty fun and i enjoyed every single bit! hate i missed meatball madness. on the new topic, ahem ... may have some onions left in the jungle ...

Christa said...

Oh my gosh, that looks like more fun than people should legally be allowed to have...glad it was fun.

I'm still lovin' the show and already can't wait for some turkey tips.

:) Christa

Barbara Elam said...

Hey Sunny! It's Barb from Texas, just stoppin by showin some lub as I call it! lol I visited you on your My Space page to add you as a friend but you hadn't been there since JULY '09!! LOL Sooo I hunted you down over here! Love the show, the blog, the hair on the new season just beautiful, just everything about it!! Keep on keepin' on and much lub to you and yours!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX! Barb

Latrice Fowler said...

Sunny you are such an inspiration. I wish you much continuous success! Many blessings to you my sistah...and many many more coupon ads!!!!!! I'll surely buy!!!!

LaDivaCucina said...

That's fabulous about the ad, you must be thrilled. Congrats! La Diva got quoted in the Miami Herald last week and was pretty happy too. Is the Viva campaign national? (for print?)

Dang them short ribs look gooood! What does the marrow taste like? Texture? I've not ever had it, it's not something I would crave?!

Sunny Anderson said...

ladivacucina, thanks. i must admit, it really doesn't seem real. i think that's why i'm blogging too, just want to have a record of this ... i'd never believe me if i told it lol. it's a national campaign and i actually used the product before they contacted me, so it feels even better. now, about the marrow, it's good so many different ways, i must say this was creamy and went well with the pulled ribs beneath it. i think if you had it, you'd crave it ... but then move on to the next thing. i think.