20090902nywinefood.pngSummers are slow in the culinary world, but fall is almost upon us.

And with it comes an incredible number of food festivals—like the New York City Wine and Food Festival, held October 8-11, with events all over our fair city.

We're talking demos from Alton Brown and Ming Tsai, brunch with Paula Deen, dinner with Alain Ducasse, and far, far more than could ever fit into a single post. We're particularly excited for our own Ed Levine's event: The Pieman's Craft, at the former home of Una Pizza Napoletana.

But this is the Wine and Food Festival, after all; and at Serious Eats, we don't always pay sufficient attention to the first half. So in the next few weeks, we'll be giving away pairs of tickets to the festival's wine events—starting with "Pair Like a Pro." This event, held at noon on Sunday, October 11, will be a great crash course in the world of food and wine pairing, with little bites from Dovetail's John Fraser matched with wines from sommelier Andrea Robinson.

Tickets are still available, at $85/head, but we're giving away a pair right here.

To enter, just answer the following question in the comments: In the spirit of Labor Day, what's your favorite wine to pair with a nice grilled steak?

One winner will be chosen at random from among eligible commenters. Winner will receive two tickets to the event above. Both ticketholders must be 21 or older to attend. Contest will end and comments will close at 9AM ET, Wednesday, September 9, 2009. One entry per community member. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.

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