I'm so sorry it took me this long to tell you about the rest of our weekend last month at the New York City Wine & Food Festival. As most of you know my mom and I got to go to the festival because of the generosity of Shoprite and after attending and working the Grand Tasting on Saturday we got to go to the Down Home Country Brunch on Sunday at the Midtown Hilton hosted by Trisha Yearwood.
I liked the Down Home Country Brunch more than the Grand Tasting as it was smaller and much more intimate. They set up these lovely tables in a big beautiful ballroom so you could go and get plates of food down the hall and then come back to your table and actually enjoy it. We brought along two out of the three of my sisters so it was nice that we could all sit and eat together. They also gave us a full menu of the food choices and who made them which made it easy to know what foods were worth waiting in line for.
These shrimp and cheesy gits with collard greens and ham were the best plate of the day in my opinion. Lev Gewirtzman is the chef and owner of Mayfield in Brooklyn and I'm dying to go and try out what wonderful creations he has in store for his guests. The white shoepeg corn pudding that went along with the BBQ ribs was really good as well from the Hill Country BBQ Market.
One the left is monkey bread french toast that had a bourbon maple syrup from Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room. On the right is our host's Country Quiche. As most of you know Trisha Yearwood is married to Garth Brooks and apparently it was his idea to put cheese tortellini in her sausage and tomato quiche recipe. I wouldn't think to do that but it was delicious and hearty :)
Here I am with Damaris Phillips who was the winner of The Next Food Network Star Season 9. She is from Kentucky and has an adorable southern accent, I'm so glad I got to meet. She hosts the show "Southern at Heart" on the Food Network where she teaches guys to cook for their ladies which I record on my DVR every Saturday morning!!
The little cup on the left was Damaris's Cornbread in sweet milk that had a drizzle of honey. Although it sounds like a strange combination it was clearly my families favorite as every single one of us brought two or three of those tiny cups back to our table. There was something about the cold milk with the cornbread that made it delightful. The plate on the right was open faced shrimp benedict from Damian McDowell from Marietta in Brooklyn.
We even got to meet the beautiful and talented host of the brunch Trisha Yearwood who sang a few songs for us acoustically after we were all done eating to promote her new album Prizefighter coming out later this month,