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October 21-23, 2005

The Peninsula Chicago and Kendall College

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The Chicago Wine and Food Festival Foundation was created to heighten the awareness of Chicago's great culinary community. With emphasis on food, wine and education we hope to bring a national audience to a personal and one on one setting with the best food and wine personalities in the world. Proceeds seek to benefit charities that directly relate to food, wine, education and children.

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2005 Chicago Wine and Food Festival

October 21-23, 2005

The Third Annual event will be held over three days and will benefit local organizations including Pediatric AIDS Chicago and Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Program Overview:

Friday, October 21, 2005

Dom Pérignon Champagne Reception & Welcome Awards Gala Dinner Avenues at The Peninsula Chicago

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dom Pérignon Champagne Reception
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Gala Dinner prepared by
Chef de Cuisine Graham Elliot Bowles
Presentation of the William R. Rice Awards for outstanding achievement & contribution to Chicago's Wine & Food Culture for:
Chef of the Year
Most Promising Chef
Distinguished Wine Steward

Ticket Price $175 buy now


Saturday, October 22, 2005

Reserve Wine Tasting: Avenues at The Peninsula Chicago

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Reserve Wine Tasting featuring Dominus, Quintessa, Opus One, Phelps Insignia, Chimney Rock Elevage, Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon & Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ticket Price $100 buy now


Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Grand Event! A full day of wine, food & education at Kendall College

11:30a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
A “taste” of what the event includes:
Exclusive Cooking Demonstrations and tastings from many of Chicago's top Chefs
Enticing Wine, Cheese and Beer Tastings
30 of our favorite restaurants presenting signature dishes and at least 300 wines to explore

Ticket Price $80 buy now

Your choice of Dom Perignon VIP tasting & lecture @ Kendall College (space is limited in each session)

Taste and learn from a Dom Perignon expert!
Learn about Champagne and the House of Moet and Chandon
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Session One
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Session Two

Ticket Price $25 buy now

Lectures, Presentations & Demonstrations

Demonstrations by:
  • Chef Arun Sampanthavivat of Arun's/Le Lan & The Thai Restaurant Association
  • Chef Billy Strynkowski, Cooking Light Magazine - "Nuances of Cooking with Wine"
  • Chef Graham Elliot Bowles of Avenues/Peninsula Chicago
  • Chef Jimmy Bannos, Heaven on Seven - Cajun Cuisine
  • Chef Michael Kornick of MK Chicago
  • Chef Paul Kahan, Blackbird/avec & winner of the 2004 James Beard Best Chef of the

Midwest Award:

  • Chef Pete Trusiack, Westeye Group Sub-Zero/Wolf
  • Chef Shozo Iwamoto, Kamehachi of Tokyo - Sushi
  • Chef Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia
  • Courtright's
  • Pierre Gourmet
  • Rene Turano of Turano Baking Company
  • Shanghai Terrace
  • The Lobby
Presentations by:
  • Chef Panel (Chef Paul Wildermuth, Opera & Chef Martial Noguier, one sixtyblue)
  • Chicago Tribune's Good Eating Awards
  • Dan McCloskey of illy® caffe
  • Dr. Robert Steinberg, Co-Founder and Principal, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Inc.
  • Jon Antony, Sur La Table and Mark Henry, President & Design Engineer with Furitechnics - Cutting Edge Knife Skills
  • Marc S. Schulman, Eli's President & Eli's son, Eli’s Famous Cheesecake
  • Max MacCalman, maître fromager at Picholine restaurant in New York City and author of "The Cheese Plate"
  • Media Panel (Chad Schlegel-TimeOut Chicago, Bill Daley-Chicago Tribune & Laura Levy Shatkin-Taste NBC 5)
  • Wine Panel (Scott Tyree-TRU, Michael Nahabedian-Naha & Todd Hess, Sam's Wines)
Tastings by:
  • Andy Pates, Cream Wine Company - Sake Tasting
  • Brian Duncan, Bin 36 - Australian Wines
  • Center for Wine Origins presents Lisa Airey, Acting Director of Society for Wine Educators - “An Introduction to Champagne and Port: Why Location Matters”
  • Jim Hightower, Director of Domestic Brand Development, Heritage Wine Cellars - Domestic Pinot Noir
  • Joe Dressner, Owner, Louis/Dressner Selections - ‘Real Wine’ (Authenticity, Terroir, Vigneron & Pleasure)
  • Marquis Sauvage & Mick Swain (Sauvage New Zealand Selections) ‘A Visual and Tasting Tour of New Zealands Diverse Wine Regions’
  • Mylene Primard of Cognac Ferrand
  • Robert Bower, Marketing Director, The Fladgate Partnership, Decadent Port & Scharffen Berger Chocolate
  • Robert Kacher, Owner, Robert Kacher Selections, Red Burgundies
  • Sergio Esposito, Owner, Italian Wine Merhants in New York, Revival of Classical Italian Wines
  • Sir Charles Stanfield, Chevalier Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne - "Looking at Champagne through Rose Colored Glasses"
  • Wines of France - Rhone Wines
  • Wines of Spain - Spanish Wines

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...Published: October 2005