October looks to be an exciting (and expensive!) month for foodies. The New York City Wine & Food Festival runs from the 9th to the 12th (featuring talks with Alice Waters, Ferran Adri and Anthony Bourdain, and Gordon Ramsay), but Gourmet magazine wont be outdone its sixth annual Gourmet Institute, from October 17 to 19, features seminars and demonstrations from seemingly every big chef in the city.
Participants include Andrew Carmellini, Charlie Palmer, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jacques Torres, Marcus Samuelsson, Gabrielle Hamilton, Todd English, Marco Canora, David Chang, Masaharu Morimoto, Dan Barber, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert (rehashing their stint cooking at Les Halles), and perhaps most exciting since hes in from out of town, Grant Achatz on Aroma Techniques. A ticket to the weekend extravaganza doesnt come cheap ($1,395 gets you access to the demos and a Saturday-night dinner at Fiamma, Picholine, or Union Square Cafe), so you may have to decide between this and that Top Chef cruise.