Food News: New York Taste, Cayman Cookout 2020, Argentina’s National Grill Championship and more… : New Worlder

On a bi-monthly basis, the New Worlder team shares a unique list of events, collaboration dinners, culinary and hospitality news from around the globe.

Chefs Night at Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Swedish chef Görgen Tiden and partner Chef Jimmy Stening are celebrating St. Maarten’s comeback with the 10th annual Chefs Night at the recently reopened Sonesta Ocean Point Resort from October 2-5, 2019.  The four days of culinary events will feature chefs such as Jimmy Stening, Elisabeth Johansson, and Brian Bojsen, who design menus inspired by Scandinavian heritage that also celebrate the local flavors of St. Maarten and the Caribbean by embracing local products and sustainability.  More information here.

Taste of the Santa Ynez Valley Launches in October

The Santa Ynez Valley is hosting a showcase of the best of wine country from October 17th – 20th.  The four-day inaugural event will offer experimental wine and food events from more than 100 restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, and breweries from across the Valley — an introduction to the culinary scene coming from California’s Central Coast. Each day will honor the culture of the different communities that comprise the valley including Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Solvang, and Santa Ynez. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the release of the movie Sideways, which helped put the region on the map and will be celebrated with Sideways Fest. More information and tickets here.

New York Mag’s Annual Taste Event Returns

On October 21st,  New York Magazine will host its signature culinary event: New York Taste. The evening, curated by editors and critics of New York and Grub Street, features tastings from more than 40 celebrated chefs, mixologists, and rising stars on the New York City restaurant scene such as Alex Raij (Saint Julivert), Ricardo Barreras (Pilar Cuban Bakery), Nico Russell (Oxalis), Lynnette Marrero and Natasha Bermudez (Llama San). A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to City Harvest, NYC’s largest food rescue organization. Tickets include unlimited tastings and the VIP pass offers early access and entrance to the private lounge with additional tasting opportunities.  More information and tickets here.

2019 StarChefs Congress Announces Main Stage Line-Up

The theme of the 2019 StarChefs Congress is New Foundations: Flavor, Technique, Business.  The MainStage will feature a cooking demonstration from Francis Mallmann, along with appearances by Diego Guerrero of STAgE in Madrid, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer of Toro in Boston, as well as local favorites Ben Turley and Brent Young of The Meat Hook and Greg Baxtrom of Olmsted in Brooklyn. The three day event takes place from October 27 -29 at the Brooklyn Expo Center and, in addition to all Main Stage demonstrations, passes include entry to workshops, business panels, and competitions such as the Fried Rice Battle, Vitamix Challenge, and Somm Slam.  More information and registration here.

A Taste of Riviera Nayarit’s Fall Bundle

This fall, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit, nestled between the Pacific Coast and the Sierra Madre mountains, is hosting a lineup of gastronomic events to support the region. Vallarta – Nayarit Gastronomica takes place from September 29th though October 3rd and offers a five-day celebration of the diverse cuisines with participants including Master Chef Mexico host Annete Michel, Rodolfo Guzmán, founder of Santiago’s Borago, and Spanish sommelier Yamir Pelegrino.  From November 14 – 17, golf and gastronomy enthusiasts can participate in the Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, hosted in conjunction with the St. Regis and Four Seasons resorts in Punta Mita. The 24th annual XXV International Gourmet Festival from November 19-24 will showcase the unique gastronomy of the Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic with internationally renowned guest chefs taking the helm at local restaurants and hotels. More information on the region’s events here.

Updates to the 2020 James Beard Awards

The James Beard Foundation recently announced some significant changes to how they are defining the regions around their Best Chef awards. This year, the awards will expand the number of regions from 10 to 12, as well as reintroduce stand-alone states as their own regions, separating out California and Texas, and establishing New York State as its own region, combining the previously separated five boroughs of New York City into the rest of the state. Additionally, this year brings the creation of a new Mountain Region. The effects of these changes are notable: new regions also require new Restaurant and Chef subcommittee members to represent those areas, additional judges, and the expansion of the America’s Classics Awards to six per year; however, the hope is that these changes offer appropriate recognition to the depth and diversity of dining across the United States.  More information here.

Argentina’s National Grill Championship Set for November

On November 9th, Buenos Aires will host the Campeonato Federal del Asado, or National Grill Championship. The competition will be held in the Mataderos neighborhood of the city, and bring together grill masters from the country’s 23 provinces, including the capital. The judges will include representatives from prominent grills across the country as well food critics. Each team will have to grill various cuts of meat using their own tools — deciding between charcoal, wood, or both. Nearby food courts will offer menus featuring the competition meats with local sides, of course, mate. The winner takes home bragging rights and a grill-shaped trophy.

Cayman Cookout Announces 2020 Line-Up

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman will kick off 2020 with an impressive lineup of chefs for their 12th Annual Cayman Cookout. From January 16 – 20, the oceanfront resort invites guests to partake in over 74 unique food and beverage experiences alongside some of the world’s most beloved chefs.  Some highlights include the Paella vs. Bouillabaisse cook-off between Jose Andres and Eric Ripert, The Beach Bash hosted by Al Roker, and the Grand Gala hosted by Andrew Zimmern. Additional events will feature Dominique Crenn, Clare Smyth, Daniel Boulud, and Stephanie Izard, among others. More information and reservations here.


Header image features a dish unique to the beach town of San Blas. Credit: Riviera Nayarit CVB courtesy of Riviera Nayarit.