I did a search, but the only post I found about this event was from 2005, and it didn't get any responses. I pretty much am decided that I will attend this event, because the list of participating restaurants and chefs is impressive, and I know there is no way I will be able to hit them all individually during my time in NY. Even if these "tastes" aren't the best they have to offer, it is better than never trying their food at all. Plus, I like supporting a good cause.
My main question is whether it is worth it to shell out for the VIP ticket. Tasting events I have attended in other cities have taught me that these events can sometimes be a madhouse (very crowded, hard to move or see what each restaurant has to offer, much less enjoy eating it, etc.) Is this event like that? The VIP ticket lets you in an hour early, so if it is, I am wondering whether the VIP ticket might be the way to go to avoid frustration. Has anyone done the VIP thing and, if so, did you think it was worth the extra $$? I am willing to spend the money if you get added value for it, but if the VIPs had the same basic experience as the general attendees, I'd rather save my money for a night out at another restaurant or two.
I'd also love to hear any comments about the event in general, if anyone had experiences they wouldn't mind sharing.