Greenwich Wine+Food Festival announces Culinary Village participants

With the fifth annual Greenwich Wine+Food Festival, presented by Serendipity magazine (www.greenwichwineandfood.com) and benefitting Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Greenwich Department of Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund, less than a month away, event organizers have announced some exciting additions to this year’s festival, including:

• The addition of an intimate, champagne dinner on Wednesday, September 23 with Chef Rui Correia of Douro Restaurant. The five-course dinner, accompanied by awarded select champagnes including Dom Pérignon, Krug, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot, will be held at the new Gaia Restaurant, 355 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich CT.

• Kathie Lee Gifford will host, along with special guest Geoffrey Zakarian, Thursday’s Wine Dinner event at The J House Greenwich. The evening will include a four course prix fixe menu from Chef Conor Horton, paired with Kathie Lee’s own GIFFT Wines.

• James Beard award winning chef, health advocate and author Rocco DiSpirito will be hosting Friday evening’s Most Innovative Chefs Gala, which will also feature special guest John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, honoring the fourteen chefs who will be celebrated as this year’s class of Most Innovative Chefs. In addition, a silent auction will be held to benefit Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and the evening will be capped off by a performance from legendary Reggae group, The Wailers.

• Celebrity culinary talents who will be leading culinary demonstrations and sommelier presentations in Saturday’s Culinary Village at the AITORO & DACOR Celebrity Chef Demo Tents, presented by Balducci’s, including chef restaurateur, author and television personality (“Chopped,” “Iron Chef” and “The Kitchen”) Geoffrey Zakarian; chef, author and television personality (“Chopped” and “Iron Chef”) Alex Guarnaschelli; author and television personality (“Man v. Food,” “Man Finds Food” and “Food Fighters”) Adam Richman; Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman (also cookbook author and host of “Kimberly’s Simply Southern” cooking show); television personality, author, singer, playwright, songwriter and partner in GIFFT wine Kathie Lee Gifford; chef and “Top Chef” winner Harold Dieterle; chef and winner of Food Network’s “Extreme Chef” Terry French; New York City chef Paul Denamiel; chef and television personality (“Chef Wanted” and “Frankenfood”) Kevin Des Chenes; and Belgian Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt.

“Deciding how to celebrate our fifth year hosting this fabulous event was no small feat, and I couldn’t be more excited about the food, beverage and music options we are sharing with the community, all to benefit such amazing causes,” said Suni Unger, Founder & CEO of Unger Publishing, the publisher of Serendipity magazine.

Participants in this year’s Grand Tasting Tent, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., include:

90+ Cellars

All Souped Up – Fairfield, CT

Angelini Wine, Ltd.

Appetit Bistro – Port Chester, NY

Art of Pour

Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant – Greenwich and South Norwalk, CT

BeeKind Farms

Benjamin Steakhouse – Westchester, NY

Black Hog Brewing Co. – Oxford, CT

Blue Tulip Chocolates – Rye, NY

BounCello

Celebrity Cruises

Char – Greenwich, CT

Coffee Labs Roasters – Tarrytown, NY

Coldwell Banker Previews – Greenwich, CT

Connecticut Cookie Company – Southport, CT

Dan Rooney’s at Empire City Casino- Yonkers, NY

Deutsch Family Wines – White Plains, NY

Downeast Cider House – Boston, MA

Elm – New Canaan, CT

Excelsior Wines

FirstBuild

Fjord Fish Market – Cos Cob, CT

Fleishers Craft Butchery – Kingston, NY and Westport, CT

Full Moonshine – Canton, CT

Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse – Greenwich, CT

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill – Fairfield, CT

Gifft Wines

Green + Tonic – Greenwich, CT

Greenwich Cheese Company – Greenwich, CT

Harvest Wine Bar – Greenwich, CT

Hoyt Livery, Inc. – New Canaan, CT

KEEL Vodka

Lieb Cellars – Cutchogue, NY

Little Pub – Cos Cob, CT

Mezón Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Danbury, CT

Miami Bay Beverage Co. LLC

Morello Bistro – Greenwich, CT

MW Coastal Goods

NoMa Social – New Rochelle, NY

Nonno’s Trattoria at Empire City Casino – Yonkers, NY

Old Greenwich Fine Wines & Cheese – Old Greenwich, CT

One Twenty One Restaurant – North Salem, NY

Parallel Post – Trumbull, CT

Pepsi – Purchase, NY

Pinot’s Palette- Stamford, CT

Point Pickup

Pure Leaf

Quintessential Wines – Napa, CA

Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Tarrytown, NY

Rye House – Port Chester, NY

Schweppes

Shreve, Crump & Low – Greenwich, CT

Shaw Vineyard – Himrod, NY

Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters – Trumbull, CT

Sherry B Dessert Studio – Chappaqua, NY

Simply Delicious Catering

Spiked Seltzer – Norwalk, CT

Stella

Sweet Lisa’s Cakes – Cos Cob, CT

Tea-rrific! Ice Cream – Bridgeport, CT

Thaithentic

The Dessertist – Westchester, NY

The Granola Bar – Westport, CT

The Real McCoy

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood – Rowayton, CT

The Ritz-Carlton  – Westchester, NY

The Two Oh Three

The Whelk – Westport, CT

Tomatillo Taco Joint – Greenwich, CT

Val’s Putnam Wines & Liquors – Greenwich, CT

Victoria Amory & Co.

Wine Wise – Greenwich, CT

Vendors featured in the Budweiser + Burgers tent, which runs from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will include:

Budweiser

BurgerMeister – Yonkers, NY

Dan Rooney’s at Empire City Casino – Yonkers, NY

Fleishers Craft Butchery – Kingston, NY and Westport, CT

Nonno’s Trattoria at Empire City Casino – Yonkers, NY

Plan B – Stamford, CT

Westchester Burger Company – White Plains, Rye Brook and Mt. Kisco, NY

The Grill Master Party, hosted by Extreme Chef Terry French, will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. featuring:

Blue Point Brewing Company

Bobby Q’s Pit Stop – Greenwich and Westport, CT

Brother Jimmy’s BBQ – Stamford, CT

Dinosaur BBQ – Stamford, CT

Goose Island Beer Company

Gunter Willhelm

Half Full Brewery – Stamford, CT

Heritage Brewing Co. – Manassas, VA

Mike’s Organic Delivery – Fairfield and Westchester Counties

Myrna’s Kitchen – Stamford, CT

Pizza Luca  – CT, NY, NJ

Revival Brewing Co. – Providence, RI

Shock Top Belgian White

The Ginger Man – Greenwich, CT

The Whey Station – Middletown and Hartford, CT

The Tacos & Tequila! tent, open from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will feature:

Bodega Taco Bar – Darien and Fairield, CT

Boxcar Cantina – Greenwich, CT

Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas

Bruce Julian Bloody Mary

Geronimo Tequila Bar and Southwest Grill – Fairfield, CT

Little Mexican Cafe – New Rochelle, CT

Mezón Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Danbury, CT

POST 154 – Westport, CT

Tomatillo Taco Joint – Greenwich, CT

Please note that all participants are subject to change.  The Grand Tasting Tent, Budweiser + Burgers event, Grill Master Party and Tacos & Tequila! tent are open to all Saturday ticket holders, in addition to the AITORO & DACOR Celebrity Chef Demo Tents, presented by Balducci’s, Celebrity Green Room, presented by Serendipitysocial.com and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Cocktail Demo Tent, viewing of the Burger Battle, hosted by Adam Richman, the Top Bartender Showdown in the Empire City Casino tent, Celebrity Bookstore, presented by Barbara Zaccagnini and performance by CMA Award-winning country group Little Big Town on the Main Festival Stage, presented by Pepsi.

Tickets for Saturday events are available starting at $145.20, with VIP tickets available for $375 (this includes early access at 11:30 a.m. to the Grand Tasting Tent, access to the Festival VIP Tent, which is equipped with a private lounge and restrooms, full bar, secluded seating areas, private restrooms and parking, private concert viewing area and a special VIP Big Easy Dinner hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, featuring food from the Festival’s Ambassador Chefs and early-evening entertainment from Funky Meters, comprised of Art Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste Jr.).  For all ticketing options, visit the Festival’s website: http://greenwichwineandfood.com/tickets/.

The four-day event will also include Wednesday’s Champagne Dinner with Chef Rui Correia at the James Beard House in New York City (a limited number of tickets are available for $175 per person); Thursday’s Wine Dinner Under the Stars and Friday’s Most Innovative Chefs Gala with food, wine and cocktails from this year’s class of Most Innovative Chefs from Connecticut and New York, and a live concert by The Wailers (tickets start at $350 per person).

GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL Schedule:

• 12:30-5:30 – Grand Tasting Tent, hosting more than 150 food and beverage vendors (the first 1000 ticket buyers will be notified prior to the event that they have early access at 11:30 am.

• 12:30-5:30 – AITORO & DACOR Celebrity Chef Demo Tents, presented by Balducci’s, featuring entertaining and instructional demonstrations from local and national culinary talent.

• 12:30-6 – Celebrity Green Room, presented by Serendipitysocial.com and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, hosting attending celebrities, culinary experts and musicians being interviewed by industry experts in a luxury lounge.

• 12:30-5:30 – Cocktail Demo Tent, presented by Watson’s Catering, showcasing Sommeliers, Mixologists and Brewmasters demonstrating their craft.

• 12:30-10 – Festival VIP Tent, offering private bars, secluded seating areas, private restrooms, private concert viewing area and a special VIP Big Easy Dinner hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, featuring the Festival Honored Ambassador Chefs preparing their signature small plates with a New Orleans twist on the fare and early-evening entertainment from Funky Meters, comprised of Art Neville, Ian Neville, George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste Jr. (Open to VIP Ticket Holders only).

• 1:30 – The Empire City Casino Tent gives guests the chance to try their luck for incredible prizes playing black jack and other casino games while indulging in “The Spiked Cow Wow” – a signature cocktail of Matt Heisel, Executive Sous Chef at Empire City Casino. Non-alcoholic “Cow Wow” also available.

• 1-5 – Celebrity Bookstore, presented by Barbara Zaccagnini, offering guests the chance to meet the minds behind cookbooks and culinary reads.

• 3:30-8:30 – Budweiser + Burgers Tent, inviting guests to taste and vote for the best burger from local restaurants.

• 3:30-8:30 – The Grill Master Party with Extreme Chef Terry French, offering up custom-crafted BBQ creations for guests to sample.

• 4:30 – Burger Battle hosted by Adam Richman in the Budweiser + Burgers Tent, featuring local restaurants serving up their custom-crafted burgers for judging by a panel of Festival Celebrity Guests including Geoffrey Zakarian, Rocco Dispirito, Terry French, Harold Dieterle and Alex Guarnaschelli.

• 5:30-7 – Top Bartender Showdown in the Empire City Casino tent, featuring area bartenders serving custom cocktails created with KEEL Vodka to be judged by a panel of judges, as well as offering samples to all guests for a People’s Choice Award.

• 6-8:30 – Tacos & Tequila!, featuring local restaurants showing off their top taco dish.

• 7-10 – Main Festival Stage, presented by Pepsi, featuring headliner and CMA Award-winning country group Little Big Town performing at 8:30pm.

• 7-10 – Saturday on Stage Dinner, offering 100 guests the opportunity to view the concert from an elevated platform just feet away from the stage, while enjoying dinner from On the Marc Catering with premium liquor, wine and beer (this is a separate ticketed event).

• FREE parking will be available on Saturday at Greenwich Plaza and at the Horseneck Lane Commuter Parking Lot, with guest shuttles sponsored by The Ashforth Company.

Visit www.greenwichwineandfood.com for more information and updates about the event schedule, participating celebrity and local chefs, musical talent and more. Ticket sales are now open and are available through community ticket partners, www.greenwichwineandfood.com or by calling 203-588-1363. The event’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichwinefoodFestival, will be announcing restaurant participants and schedule updates, as available.

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted. Animals are also not permitted.

GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL

The GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is a four-day event that benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit The Greenwich Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund, which provides income eligible families exposure to positive experiences, and active lifestyles, as well as opportunities to gain and refine life skills, and to develop positive personal and social assets. The festival is presented by Serendipity magazine, in conjunction with event sponsors including Aitoro, Anheuser Busch, Barbara Zaccagnini, Betteridge, Celebrity Cruises, Coldwell Banker Previews, Dacor, Empire City Casino, KEEL Vodka, PepsiCo, San Pellegrino, Shreve, Crump & Low, Stamford Lincoln, Starr Tents, The Ashforth Company and more.

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