This year’s KFWE was held on March 1st at the Hilton Meadowlands in New Jersey, a departure from the usual Chelsea Piers location. The lengthy event allowed plenty of time for food and wine tasting, as well as mingling and networking with fellow Jewish foodies.
As in year’s past, each attendee is gifted a complimentary wine glass to use in taste testing the dozens of wines that lined the edges of the room. While there were far too many wines to try all of them, we did get to enjoy a few glasses and hear about many more.
We tried the new Bartenura Magenta, a wine that is the perfect sweet red compliment to the Bartenura Moscato we all know and love. Expect to see that also canned alongside the other Bartenura varietals in the near future.
We also got to taste Amare Stoudemire’s new brand of wine, aptly named “Stoudemire.”
While we didn’t get to taste the Flegmann wines, we loved hearing the story of the family brand that was founded by the current owner’s Hungarian ancestors.
The food at KFWE was equally show-stopping. Tierra Sur and Sushi Tokyo were apart of the catering lineup, as was a special menu curated by Chef Michael Solomonov. We immediately headed towards the Tierra Sur station, highlighting flavors from California & Mexico, offering special treat from the SoCal restaurant. Tierra Sur did not disappoint; some of our favorite dishes were their Veal Carnitas and the Beet Tostada.
Equally as nice as the food and wine was the company. We got to wine, dine, and shmooze with friends like Naomi Nachman, Dan and JJ of Dansdeals, Esty Wolbe, Rabbi Drew Kaplan, and so many more.
KFWE is an experience not to be missed for those who enjoy wine, food, and socializing. If you didn’t make it in 2022, mark your calendars for Winter 2023 to score tickets to the kosher event of the year.