As the weather gets warmer, local New York City restaurants are putting together several food festivals in order to give back to their favorite charities.
Check out the five hottest summer food festivals:
New Taste of the Upper West Side
An elegant affair in Theodore Roosevelt Park begins this year’s New Taste of The Upper West Side. This food festival celebrates recently opened restaurants that are in the area. Starting May 27th, 40 restaurants will present their best home-style dishes and compete for the title of Best Comfort Food Dish. On May 30th, Best of the West will see celebrity chefs and hosts Anna Burrell and Marc Murphy oversee a highly anticipated tasting event. This festival is great for sampling the chefs’ favorites and supporting local restaurants.
The Flavor of Midtown
Grand Central Partnership will host its noted annual tasting event, Grand Gourmet. The Flavor of Midtown in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will be held on May 7th from 7-9:30pm. Over 40 of Midtown’s top restaurants, bars, and specialty tasters will be present at this event. Pershing Square owner Michael O’Keeffe and chef Robert Lesley will serve as event chair and captain. Proceeds will go towards benefiting one of the largest homeless service providers in Midtown, the Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation.
Central Park Conservancy’s Taste of Summer
This particular event happens to be one of the city’s most chic and stylish culinary events. Central Park Conservancy’s Taste of Summer event will be held in the iconic Bethesda Terrace on June 10th from 7-11pm. This event brings in well over 900 guests every year, with tastings by Maccioni Restaurants and other recognized eateries like Kappo and Masa. The park’s very own Loeb Boathouse will also be featured, alongside a luxury silent auction and great music by DJ Kiss. Proceeds will benefit the Central Park Conservancy, which builds, manages, and enhances Central Park for the public to enjoy.
City Harvest’s Summer in the City Tasting Event
At this event, foodies from all over can join culinary chair Chris Santos, chef/owner of Beauty & Essex and The Stanton Social, at Metropolitan Pavilion on June 17th from 6:30-10pm. Franklin Becker from Little Beet Table, Angie Mar from Beatrice Inn, and Anita Lo from Annisa are just a few of the names that will be attending this year’s City Harvest Summer in the City event. Last year, the event entertained over 750 guests and raised $335,000, which went to City Harvest, a nonprofit organization that helps feed over 1.4 million New Yorkers who are facing hunger each year.
Harlem Eat Up!
When chef Marcus Samuelsson first announced his plans to host Harlem EatUp!, the response was tremendous. This area has had a reputation of being the place to go for ethnic and diverse cuisine, however, it has not truly received the spotlight that it deserves. Samuelsson has been a crowd favorite in Harlem’s culinary scene since he opened Streetbird Rotisserie, Red Rooster, and Ginny’s Supper Club. Starting May 14th and ending May 17th, local chefs, restaurants, and artists, along with people from all across the country, will host several programs in the Harlem area. Dine in Harlem (a ticketed dinner) will present dishes from culinary hotshots such as Bobby Flay, Joseph Johnson, and Gustavo Lopez. The Stroll, an afternoon at Morningside Park, will feature tasting tents, demonstrations, and meet-and-greets. Proceeds from this event will go to Harlem Park to Park and Citymeals-on-wheels.