OCTOBER 27-29, 2023  |  JAVITS CENTER, NYC
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TASTE OF THE WORLD THEATER

Take your seat in the

Taste of the World Theater

Watch culinary presentations by leading chefs

from around the world…Live and in person!

  • New flavors, new recipes, new tips

  • The diversity of cooking and ingredients

  • Fresh, local, produce products & ingredients

  • A “made from scratch” ethos

  • Innovative cooking techniques for home cooking

  • What’s new in restaurants

Explore the Tastes of the World Pavilion

  • Sample new tastes at multiple tasting tables

  • Meet cookbook authors at book signings

  • See new ingredients up close

Photo credit: R.L.DeFalco

Presented by Doug Duda, host of the ground-breaking A&E International TV series The Well Seasoned Traveler.

For the last twenty years, Doug has presented international culinary experiences including Taste of The World at travel shows in Miami, Atlanta, Boston, and New York.

Sylvie Bigar

International food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar is the author of Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul.

In addition to Travel + Leisure, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Food & Wine, Forbes.com, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food Arts, Departures, Town & Country, National Geographic Traveler, Gotham, Hamptons, Time Out New York, Air Canada, Passport Magazine, Narratives, Southampton Press, and New York Resident, for which she has also served as food editor. In French, Sylvie has contributed to Le Figaro Magazine, Histoire Magazine, her hometown newspaper, Le Temps and FrenchMorning.com.

In 2018, her piece in Departures magazine's Hunting Gooseneck Barnacles on Vancouver Island won the bronze award from the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation for Best Culinary Travel. Back in 2016, French Cassoulet, an Obsession boils over for the Washington Post won a gold Travelers' Tales Solas Award for Best Travel Writing in the food and travel category.

Photo credit: Thomas Schauer

Jason Birchard

Veselka was founded in 1954 by a Ukrainian immigrant named Wolodymyr Darmochwal, as a five-and-dime that also served soup and sandwiches. In the years that followed, it expanded to a full coffee shop. A young man named Tom Birchard married Darmochwal’s daughter Marta in 1966 and would go on to take over the business. Their son, Jason Birchard, began working there as a teenager, and today, he serves as Veselka’s third-generation proprietor.

As perhaps the most familiar Ukrainian landmark in New York City, Veselka became a gathering place for customers looking to show their support for Ukraine. Lines have stretched around the block, business has skyrocketed, and Veselka has done its best to increase awareness of the ongoing war – including raising approximately $200,000 for humanitarian efforts.

Photo credit: Veselka

INTRODUCING OUR TASTE OF THE WORLD CHEFS

10.30am

WELCOME TO TASTE OF THE WORLD

Doug Duda, host of the A&E international television series The Well Seasoned Traveler, on culinary travel, serves a sweet taste to illustrate how your next vacation begins in your own kitchen.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Apple Cider Doughnut Munchkins.

 

Brought to you by: ITS2022 

11.00am

I LOVE NEW YORK

WELCOME TO NEW YORK IN FALL -

 

Celebrate the scenic beauty and harvest bounty of New York in the autumn with a taste of what awaits you during your next trip upstate.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Apple Cider Doughnut Munchkins.

 

Presented by Taste NY and Hudson River Fruit.

2.00pm

EXHIBITOR SPOTLIGHT: INDONESIA

SPICE UP THE WORLD -

 

Famed Chef Yono Purnomo presents the flavors of Wonderful Indonesia.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Indonesian Curry and rice.

 

Presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia. 

4.00pm

CULINARY TRAVEL AUTHORITY

TASTE THE NEW NEW YORK - WITH PAULINE FROMMER -

 

Join the famed travel expert for tips and a tasting drawn from her culinary experiences during the research for the latest guidebooks -- including  the New York City Guide. 

Guests enjoy a tasting of laksa.

 

Book signing to follow her presentation at the Tasting Table.

12.00pm Noon

INDIA

TASTE KALUSTYAN'S DELICIOUS MAPS OF INDIA -

 

Executive Chef Asher Biju from The Pierre Hotel in New York and Aziz Osmani, co-owner of Kalustyan's, take us on the journey that produced their latest creation -- Kalustyan's Specialty Simmer Sauces -- which offer an edible guide to the regional tastes of India. 

Guests enjoy a tasting of Indian style curry and rice.

AGENDA    -   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30

2.00pm

CULINARY TRAVEL AUTHORITY

SAVOR SYLVIE BIGAR'S CASSOULET CONFESSIONS -

 

The distinguished food travel writer and author of the recently published book Cassoulet Confessions, invites us to savor her culinary memoir.

Guests enjoy a tasting of cassoulet.

 

Book signing to follow her presentation at the Tasting Table.

11.00am

WELCOME TO TASTE OF THE WORLD

Doug Duda, host of the A&E international television series The Well Seasoned Traveler, on culinary travel, serves a sweet taste to illustrate how your next vacation begins in your own kitchen.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Apple Cider Doughnut Munchkins.

Brought to you by ITS2022 

3.00pm

NEPAL

NOSH ON THE NEW NEPAL -

 

Chef Bikash Kharel presents the delights of Nepali cuisine with a New York spin.

Guests enjoy a tasting of dumpling.

 

Presented by While in Kathmandu.

4.00pm

TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE SPOTLIGHT

FIND YOUR FORAGING COOKING CLASS -

 

Tracy Hayhurst, Culinary Director of Seed & Spoon at Husky Meadows Farm, and Rana Justice, Horticultarlist and Forager, dish up a sample of their mushroom foraging cooking class.

 

As featured in Travel +Leisure magazine's September 2022 food issue.

AGENDA    -   SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29

1.00pm

UKRAINE

TASTE THE TRUE UKRAINE IN NEW YORK CITY -

 

Join Jason Birchard, 3rd generation proprietor of Veselka, and the iconic Ukrainian restaurant's head chef, Olesia Lew, for a taste of their pierogi class, food activism, and volunteerism during wartime.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Pierogi.

12 Noon

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: I LOVE NEW YORK

WELCOME TO NEW YORK DURING HALLOWEEN WEEKEND -

New York in the autumn is pumpkin picking time for the whole family, and pumpkin cookies taste even better when the whole family gets to decorate them.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Pumpkin Cookies

 

Presented by Taste NY. 

3.00pm

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: BRAZIL

SAVOR THE SURPRISING FLAVORS OF BRASIL - 

 

Discover why the vibrant ingredients and soulful foodways of Brazilian cuisine landed on the pages of the 2022 Travel + Leisure magazine's annual Food issue.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Brazilian chocolate.

5.00pm

SINGAPORE

VISIT A SINGAPORE HAWKER MARKET - 


Roy Tan, owner of Daisy's Dream at New York's Urban Hawker Market, shows you how to prepare Laksa, a signature dish of coconut curry rice noodles.

Guests enjoy a tasting of Singapore style coconut curry rice noodles.

1.00pm

SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: TRAVEL + LEISURE GO

VACATION WITH A PERSONAL CHEF -

 

Use Travel +Leisure GO to rent a vacation home with the option of a personal chef and enjoy not only delicious meals but also tips on how to shop the local markets and how to prepare the local cuisine.

Guests enjoy a tasting of fritter.

Live Presentations & Tastings