The 14th annual Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) once again catered to the kosher consumer’s love affair with international cuisine and top-drawer wines that happen to be kosher. Like a kosher United Nations assembly, it featured sips and small plates representing the latest from Israel, Chile, Japan, France, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, California, and all points in between.
New York’s premier kosher food and wine extravaganza was hosted by Royal Wine Corp. on Monday, February 17 at Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Thousands of hungry attendees — members of the public as well as professionals from the kosher food and beverage industry — lined up shoulder-to-shoulder to taste today’s most innovative creations from top kosher chefs, caterers, and vendors. The diverse offerings ranged from kosher poke and street tacos to barbecue style smoked salmon and creamy non-diary frozen gelato pops.
No great meal is complete without great wine so thousands of bottles of exceptional new releases were poured, representing more than 60 wineries from nearly every wine-producing region in the world.
“An extraordinary bounty of wines from all over the world is coming to market in 2020,” said Nathan Herzog, president of Royal Wine. “This year’s most extraordinary bottlings included Château Léoville Poyferré Saint Julien 2017, Château Giscours Margaux 2017, Flam Noble 2016, Champagne Drappier Rosé de Saignée, and Herzog Single Vineyard Calistoga 2016.”
Also highlighting this year’s KFWE was the 30th anniversary of kosher wine production by the venerated House of Rothschild. “We were delighted to celebrate with the introduction of Barons Edmond and Benjamin de Rothschild Haut-Médoc Anniversary Edition 2016 and their first-ever Kosher Château Clarke Listrac-Médoc 2016,” said Herzog.
Kosher wine is big business in the United States, and it’s getting bigger. According to Jay Buchsbaum or Royal Wine Corp, “Consumption of kosher wine is outpacing general market consumption by more than 100%, with an average price of $20+ per bottle. Every year sees more and more kosher wines earning top scores and prestigious awards from the industry.”
Other highlights of KFWE NYC 2020 included:
- Herzog Generation VIII Napa Valley 2016
- Herzog Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley 2016
- New Wine and spirits for Passover and year round
- United Airlines with samples from its new menu, available to Polaris clients on flights between Newark and Tel Aviv, offering everything from blintzes and bagels to kale quinoa burgers served with Herzog wines.
Food options at KFWE were provided by: Buffalo2go, Elegant Desserts, Fruits by Pescha, Graze, Great Bistro Falls, Grow & Behold, Judd’s Memphis Kitchen, Kosher Poke, Le Marais, Marani, Moishe Brown, Pelleh Farms, Reserve Cut VIP Experience, Silverleaf Caterers, Sushi Tokyo, T Fusion Steakhouse, Taam Eden Bakery, The Hangry Heifer, The Loft, The Rebbe’s Choice, UN Plaza Grill, Urban Pops, Wall Street Grill, Weiss Brothers Catering & Event Planning, and West Wing/Diamond Caterers.
“The Kosher Food & Wine Experience would also like to thank all of our sponsors including BZS Transport, Five Star Corrugated, Snitow Kaminetsky Rosner & Snitow, LLP, IDB Bank, United Airlines, Reliable Brokerage, JLL, and Banquest for another incredible event and helping to make the 2020 Kosher Food & Wine Experience better than ever.”
The Kosher Food & Wine Experience is produced each year by the Royal Wine Corporation. With annual shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and London, it has become largest exhibition of its kind. Visit http://TheKFWE.com for up-to-date information on upcoming events.