Last week we celebrated with Wine Enthusiast for the 2012 Toast of the Town.  The event spanned the entirety of the Hammerstein Ballroom, filling the venue with rows upon rows of delicious wines and plates of food and desserts.  We had a great time celebrating last year and thought that it couldn’t be beat – but with over 500 wines and spirits to try, along with 35 of the top restaurants in NYC, it was with great over-indulgences that we enjoyed the evening once again!

For the first hour of the event, VIP members were allowed early admission as well as samplings of some of the rarer wines vendors offered.  One of the first drinks I indulged in is the Kluge Brut Blanc de Blanc.

I am especially partial to South American wines, so I gravitated towards the Doña Paula 2007 Malbec, selected as Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 South American Wines for 2011.  This is the way to go to impress guests at a dinner party.

There was a surprising number of rosé wines to tastes, perfect for the start of warmer weather.  The giant Whispering Angel bottle caught our attention.

And of course, what would be an NYC event without celebrity endorsements?  Teresa Giudice Fabellini of the Real Housewives of New Jersey launched her own line of peach flavored sparkling wines, because that’s how much she loves bellinis.  Needless to say, people were there more for the photo-op than they were to try the wine.

Onto dessert!  The Hudson Cakery brought a tiered tower of fudge chocolate cupcakes topped with Swiss meringue peanut butter buttercream that was absolutely to die for.  Picholine took a fun take on “peas and carrots” with a spoonful of some sort of cooked carrot paired with a pea-flavored macaron.

The Butterfly Bakeshop had a slew of red velvet cupcakes – but even more impressive were the cakes that they had on display that were magnificently decorated.  A cake AND a cigar box!

Serendipity 3‘s frozen hot chocolate made from a secret blend of 14 types of cocoa is also one of Oprah’s Favorite Things.  And I certainly see why!

The savory plates were also a delight.  We were most excited about the delicious shrimp ceviche from Don Coqui.  “Take it like a shot!” was yelled as we threw back the shrimp and chased it with plantain chips.  The restaurant is out in New Rochelle, but we got the inside scoop that they are opening a Manhattan location later this year.  Stay tuned!

Instead of Ruth’s Chris‘ typical slabs of steak, they served up a seared Ahi Tuna with a slide of sweet potatoes.

There were a ridiculous number of meatballs.  While they were all tasty, there’s only so many one person can take!   Tommy Lasagna did the unexpected by not bringing their signature lasagna, but brought meatball sliders that were tender and juicy.

There’s tons more where all this came from, so check out the complete list of participating vineyards and chateaux and participating restaurants.  Be sure to check out our photo gallery below as well!

If you missed out, they are hosting other version of #TOTT: Chicago on June 8th and Washington, DC on June 22nd.  Don’t miss your next chance!

Yours,
Von

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