The trustees of annual Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest have announced a stellar lineup of chefs and vintners for the 2013 event. On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23, some of Southwest Florida's finest chefs will join a chef from Venice, Italy, and a variety of wineries and wine distributors in the Wine & Food Fest. This annual event features Chef Vintner dinners at private homes located throughout Lee and Collier Counties on Friday evening, and a Grand Tasting and Auction on Saturday afternoon at Miromar Lakes Beach Club. The Wine & Food Fest benefits local children's charities.
The chef's preparing Chef Vintner dinners on Friday night include: Chef Andy Hunter, The Bay House; Chef Mauro Domenico Lucivero, Ristorante Lineadombra of Venice, Italy; Chef George Fistrovich, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; Chef Gloria Cabral-Jordan, La Trattoria Caf Napoli, Chef Harold Balink, Cru; Chef Jeremy Houston, Capital Grille, Chef Brian Roland, personal concierge Chef, Crave Culinaire; Chef Jason Grasty, Roy's; Chef Greg Scarlatos, Angelina's Ristorante, and Jon Phillips, CaterMasters, Naples.
Saturday's Grand Tasting chefs which include: Chef Jason Grasty, Roy's, Chef Greg Scarlatos, Angelina's Ristorante; Chef Andreas Singer, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point; Chef Roger Chastain, Sunshine Grille, Chef Marbin Avilez, Firestone's; Chef William Murray, The Veranda; Chef Neil Griffin, Il Cielo; Chef Robert Brown, Miromar Lakes; Chef Nathaniel Reid, Norman Love Confections; Chef Billy Mak, Blu Sushi; Andre Gratesol, Lush French Bakery; Chef Christian Vivet, Blue Windows French Bistro.
The 2013 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest will once again play host to a number of featured wineries, including many who have returned for an encore appearance.
2013 Participating wineries: Ornellaia, Benovia Winery, Myriad Cellars & Quivet, V Madrone, Round Pond Estate, Domaine Drouhin, Delamotte, Von Strasser Winery, Marqus de Cceres, Silver Oak, Hartwell Estate Vineyard, Ponzi, Fonseca Port
Distributors: Augustan Wine Imports, Premier Beverage, Republic National Distributing Company
Northern Trust Bank is the title sponsor of the 2013 Wine & Food Fest. Along with Miromar Lakes Beach Club, Norman Love Confections, Angelina's Ristorante, and Palm Printing/Printers Ink, other supporters of the event include Grandeur, and Gulfshore Life and Gulfshore Business Magazine.
The Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting and Auction will be held in the Beach Clubhouse at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club and its outdoor waterfront venue. Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club is a residential waterfront resort community with over 700 acres of contiguous aquamarine freshwater lakes, three miles of private, white sandy beach and "Signature" championship golf. Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club is located in Miromar Lakes, just north of Naples.
The Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest is a signature event of the SWFL Children's Charities, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides funding to local charities serving local children. The Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida is this year's beneficiary and secondary beneficiaries are Edison State College's pediatric nursing program, and Florida Gulf Coast University's music therapy program.
Tickets start at $1,000+ for the Chef Vintner Dinners, which includes tickets to the Saturday Grand Tasting and Auction; tickets for Saturday only are $500 per person and are very limited.
For nformation about Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest: www.swflwinefest.org or information on sponsorship or ticket sales, call 239-278-3900.