Virtual Cooking Show to Benefit Regional Arts Organizations

17th, 5-6 pm

11 Years of Giving.
Over $1.25 Million Granted.

Impact on the Community? Immeasurable. #TheArtsMatter

2021 "Virtual Sponsor"


We’ve Gone Virtual for 2021

The 2021 Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival couldn’t happen in person but as they say, “the show must go on.” Especially this year. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to celebrate food, wine and the arts organizations that make our region so special.

We hope you’ll join us on April 17th at 5pm for our pilot episode of Wine&Dine and Cook! National celebrity Chef Aaron McCargo will demonstrate a live cooking recipe, and be joined by our Host Ric Orlando, and representing regional arts organizations, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. It’s sure to be a fun and lively hour of cooking, cocktail recipes and conversation. In addition to your ticket link to the virtual show, you can add-on ingredient boxes and spirits to complete the experience and cook along with us at home!

Buy your ticket today!

Meet our National Celebrity Chef; Aaron McCargo Jr

Big Daddy’s House premiered and ranked as the number one “In the Kitchen” weekend show during its initial six-episode run. Food Network renewed the show for a total of six seasons. On Big Daddy’s House, Aaron shared his passion for big, bold flavors and fun, family cooking. From comfort foods to barbeque favorites to breakfast delights, Aaron whips up mouth-watering recipes inspired by many years of culinary experience and his fun-loving family while bringing a down-to-earth vibe and warm smile to the kitchen. Aaron has also made appearances on hit Food Network shows such as The Best Thing I Ever Ate and Guy’s Grocery Games, and is a regular expert on Paramount’s TV show, Bar Rescue and spin off Back to the Bar. Most recently, you can see Aaron sharing his expertise on QVC with Cooks Essentials. Aaron is also an author to the cookbook entitled, “Simply Done, Well Done” which entered bookstores nationwide offering up the delectable menu choices showcased on his series in an easy to prepare, simple way making his good cooking available in people’s kitchens everywhere. Aaron also launched a product line of spices thereby furthering his quest to make flavorful, bold foods available to everyone.

Aaron has been featured on numerous national news programs including The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, Rachael Ray, The Talk, Dr. Oz, Steve and The Chew. His rise to fame has been covered everywhere from The New York Times to Essence Magazine where he was previously a contributing editor. In ESSENCE Magazine readers were able to find more of his innovative ideas about how to get the family into the kitchen.

Aaron McCargo Jr

Our Mission

To provide sustainable funding for the support and preservation of the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, NY, through an annual 3-day Food & Wine themed Festival that markets our restaurants, chefs, and their innovative cuisine; educates consumers on healthy, sustainable agriculture; and donates all net income directly to deserving non-profit arts organizations.

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Empire Merchants North is the exclusive wine and spirits sponsor of the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival. Please drink responsibly.