Women Wow at NYCWFF Supper is Served


Supper is Served kicked off the 11th annual NYCWFF, celebrating women in food & beverage, hospitality, and entertainment. While standing alongside Food Network Stars Katie Lee, Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli, and Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too Movement, Rachael Ray said, “it’s great to be here among women that I both admire and can attest to. This is a group of women that supports other women and that’s the message of this.”

Chef and Food Network Star, Alex Guarnaschelli called Supper is Served “a special, emotional campfire for the ladies.” Despite the rain, the tent on Pier 92 Rooftop was filled with the top female chefs and mixologists in the industry, as well as a special performances by Martina McBride and Natasha Bedingfield. Below are some standout starters and sweets from Supper is Served.


Pronto by Giada

Giada De Laurentiis was serving up big smile and her signature Arancini di Riso at Supper is Served. Super fans lined up to meet this culinary star and to try her irresistible rice balls. If you’re looking for the ultimate foodie experience, plan a trip to Giada’s restaurant, Pronto by Giada in Las Vegas.

Rachael Ray Every Day

If you’re Italian, then Sunday dinner is a time to bring the family together and feast over a big meal. Rachael Ray handed our her legendary mortadella meatballs with tomato sauce, bread crumbs and gremolata, Yum-O! If you want more Italian favorites, pick up a copy of Rachael Ray Every Day, How to Live Like an Italian.

Thaimee Table

Celebrity chef Carla Hall collaborated with Hong Thaimee at Thaimee Table to make a West African Cassava with Thai Green Curry made with coconut milk, Thai chilies and eggplant. If you miss your daily dish of Carla Hall on “The Chew”, be sure to look out for her new cookbook Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration which drops on October 23rd.


Mimi Weissenborn is the Executive Chef at Vinateria, a restaurant known for pairing chic Italian and Spanish inspired dishes with wine and cocktails. At Supper is Served, Weissenborn served Duck Lollipops, Duck Croquettes topped with a foie gras mousse and apple onion jam.


Roxanne Spruance is the chef and owner of Kingsley Restaurant NYC. Kingsley is known for seasonal French-American cooking, European wines and unique cocktails. Spruance sampled Foie Grais with mesquite, celeriac, sunflower and black pepper. Fans flocked to the booth since they recognized Spruance from her 2013 win on Chopped.


Emily Yuen, the Executive chef of Bessou, serves up Japanese comfort food inspired by her family food traditions. Foodies got to sample Shiso & Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp Nanbanzuke, a chilled cucumber soup with ginger, marinated shrimp and soy pickled jalapeños.

Sen Sakana

Sen Sakana creates a variety of ceviche & sushi by blending Japanese and Peruvian flavors. At the event, Chef Newman sampled her Nikkei Salmon Ceviche, torched salmon with shisho, cancha, and yuzu leche de tigre.

Black Seed

Black Seed are James-Beard nominated bagels that are hand rolled and cooked in a wood fired oven by chef Dianna Daoheung. These bagels contain honey for sweetness and are lighter than the typical New York bagel. If you’re craving craft bagels, try a Montreal-style bagel at Black Seed.


Buddy Valastro aka “Cake Boss” and his wife Lisa from Carlo’s Bake Shop showed their support at Supper is Served. Here are some sweet treats worth seeking out.

DŌ, Cookie Dough Confections

Have a guilty pleasure is licking the spatula while scraping the batter from the mixing bowl? Unfortunately, ingesting cookie dough is not safe if there are raw eggs in the mix. Kristen Tomlan, the owner and creator of DŌ, makes safe-to-eat cookie dough by using pasteurized eggs and heat-treated flour. She also offers gluten-free and vegan options. Classic flavors include sugar cookie and chocolate chip, as well as two new fall flavors, Pumpkin Nutella Chip and Caramel Popcorn.

Levain Bakery

Fresh baked goods brings the cookie monster our of all of us. Best friends, Connie McDonald and Pamela Weekes, had a goal-to create the world’s greatest chocolate chip cookie and Levain Bakery was born! If you’re craving cookies, especially close to the holidays, Levain Bakery is the place to go.

Melba’s Restaurant

Melba Wilson wanted to give back to the neighborhood she grew up in in Harlem by providing cozy and comfortable spot to dine in the community. Fans got to savor the south at Supper is Served with Wilson’s Mini Sweet Potato Waffles, got to love sweets on a stick!

Malai Ice Cream

Malai is a small-batch artisanal ice cream company created by Pooja. She uses ice cream as the blank canvas for her frozen creations then adds aromatic spices including ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, and saffron. At Supper is Served Pooja sampled a floral and spiced ice cream, Rose with Cinnamon Roasted Almonds.

Spice Finch

Top Chef Jennifer Carol opened up a modern Mediterranean in Philadelphia called Spice Finch. Since offering a bowl of dates is a seen as a sign of hospitality, Chef Carol welcomed women to the event by sampling her Date Truffles, with pomegranate, cashew streusel, and torn herbs.


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