ShopRite to Host 'Grand Tasting' Event at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

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For the fourth consecutive year, ShopRite is the presenting sponsor of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which will take place Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District at historic Pier 57. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit hunger relief initiatives through the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength. The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival hosted by The Food Network, Food & Wine and Travel and Leisure magazines.

For the fourth consecutive year, ShopRite is the presenting sponsor of the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, which will take place Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd in New York’s trendy Meatpacking District at historic Pier 57. Proceeds from the event will once again benefit hunger relief initiatives through the Food Bank for New York City and Share Our Strength.

The Grand Tasting Presented by ShopRite is part of the New York City Wine & Food Festival hosted by The Food Network, Food &Wine and Travel and Leisure magazines. As one of the Festival’s most popular attractions, The Grand Tasting will not only showcase ShopRite’s premier line of limited edition specialty products, but will also offer attendees signature dishes from the city’s most respected restaurants and world-renowned wine and spirit makers in a deliciously designed two-day gastronomic experience.

This year, ShopRite’s area at The Grand Tasting offers ticket-holders the opportunity to try recipes created by Lynn Logg, ShopRite’s Corporate Executive Chef and head of ShopRite’s Culinary Workshop. Chef Lynn will feature the following exclusive recipes at the New York City Wine & Food Festival:

  •     Pasta with Crumbled Sausage tossed in a Spinach Cream sauce featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta
  •     Garden to Table Pasta Salad featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta and ShopRite Imported Basting Oil
  •     Pasta with Butternut Squash, Carmelized Onions and Pancetta with a Rosemary Brown Butter featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta
  •     Pasta Pie featuring ShopRite Imported Organic Pasta and ShopRite Imported Campania Grown Cherry Tomatoes

“More and more people are discovering the joys of cooking at home. ShopRite products, which boast specialty and imported restaurant quality ingredients, help our customers turn everyday meals into extraordinary meals,” said Chef Lynn. “The Grand Tasting is the perfect venue to showcase all that the ShopRite brand has to offer – the authenticity and taste that foodies love, at affordable prices for the gourmet chef in everyone.”

Chef Lynn’s recipes feature a selection of ShopRite Private Label specialty and limited edition ingredients that can make meals a masterpiece at a fraction of the cost of gourmet shops, including ShopRite Imported San Marzano Tomatoes, ShopRite Extra Virgin Olive Oil, ShopRite Imported Campania Grown Cherry Tomatoes and ShopRite Imported Basting Oil. Two new ShopRite products will also be introduced and featured at the event: ShopRite Imported Organic Pastas, which come in seven authentic Italian varieties – Trottole, Radiatore, Gigli, Fusilli, Casarecce, Rigatoni and Pennoni, and ShopRite Imported Woodfired Pizza, which is available in four blends of Italian cheeses and spinach – Four Cheese, Margherita, Goat Cheese and individual size Certified Organic Four Cheese.

Joe Gozzi, director of Specialty Foods at Wakefern Food Corp., the distribution and merchandising arm of ShopRite supermarkets, adds, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with New York’s premier food and wine festival. As the presenting sponsor, we are also very excited to showcase the ShopRite brand by bringing our award-winning line of top quality products, as well as dishes created by our team of gourmet chefs, to all food lovers. Not only does the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival help place New York City’s food scene center stage, but it also lets the public know that ShopRite is more than a neighborhood supermarket, it is a culinary resource for home chefs.”

About ShopRite
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative, based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 230 ShopRite supermarkets 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 is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $27 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. As a title sponsor of the LPGA’s ShopRite Classic, ShopRite has raised more than $24 million for local schools, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit http://www.ShopRite.com.

About The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite
The Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite will take place at the historic Pier 57, with beautiful views of the Hudson River. The 2011 New York Grand Tasting includes an all day ticket which offers access to culinary demonstrations from top celebrity chefs. For one all-inclusive ticket price, guests will enjoy the ultimate culinary showcase for any foodie including all-day tastings provided by NYC’s top restaurants and chefs, accompanied by fine wine and spirits from the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York portfolio along with 12 daily cooking demonstrations from beloved Food Network talent, all under one roof. For event schedules or ticket purchase, visit http://www.shoprite.com. Net proceeds will benefit the New York City Food Bank and Share Our Strength.

About Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival
The fourth annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine takes place September 29 - October 2, 2011. The Festival is hosted by and benefits the Food Bank For New York City, fighting hunger in the five boroughs; and Share Our Strength®, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America. For a full breakdown of events and time and a complete listing of participating Chefs, restaurants and winemaker icons, go to http://www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com.

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