The Greenwich 2014 Wine + Food Festival presented by Serendipity brought out the crowds to experience excellent wine and beer, delicious food by top area restaurants and celebrity chefs, inspired cocktails by talented mixologists, and music by the Ian Murray Band, The Bacon Brothers, and Alabama to benefit the charity founded by Paul Newman, The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp for children coping with serious illnesses.
The Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut was transformed into a "foodie, cocktailian, and oenophile paradise" on a beautiful, warm, and sunny autumn day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, part of the 3-day Greenwich 2014 Wine + Food Festival.
Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt and Debra Argen
Guests had the opportunity to watch their favorite chefs in action in the Celebrity Demo Tents with chef demos by Rafael Palomino - Latin Flavors, Anne Burrell - Seared Duck, Jean-Georges Vongerichten - Simple to Spectacular, Adam Richman - The Sloppy Zo!, Fjord Fish Market - Cioppino - Chowder's Crazy Cousin!, Emma Frish and Tim Labant - Secrets to Making Quick Pickles, Aarón Sánchez - Traditional Mexican Dishes, Geoffrey Zakarian - Simple Recipes for Home, and Nicole Gaffney and Emma Frish - How To Use a Pumpkin, Inside and Out!
Chef Aarón Sanchez and Debra Argen
Wine and Cocktail aficionados learned tips and recipes in the Celebrity Sommelier and Mixologist Tent with demos from Joe Campanale, Gretchen Thomas - Travel By Taste: Spain's Top Wine Regions, Marc Stroobandt - Beer & Food Magic, and Junior Merino - The Liquid Chef® who created 3 delectable and innovative cocktail recipes served at the Molecular Bars onboard Celebrity X® Cruises® with tempting names like "Coming up Roses," "Dragonfly," and "Kentucky Derby" using spray essences and liquid nitrogen, to involve the sense of smell, taste, and touch.
Liquid Chef Junior Merino
Liquid Chef Junior Merino and Debra Argen
There was the opportunity to mingle with favorite chefs during book signings by Adam Richman, Joe Campanale, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, John Stage, and the television show "Chopped" judges and chefs: Anne Burrell, Aarón Sánchez, and Geoffrey Zakarian.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Chefs battled it out on the Southern Bash & BBQ Pitmaster Stage during the Burger Battle, and top area mixologists competed to create a winning cocktail. Greenwich girl Kathie Lee Gifford was on hand with Heidi Scheid to promote her wine, GIFFT Wines by Kathie Lee Gifford made in partnership with Scheid Family Wines, and guests had the opportunity to sample wine and spirits products throughout the day and evening event from participating sponsors and festival partners.
Heidi Scheid and Kathie Lee Gifford
Kathie Lee Gifford and Edward F Nesta
The day was a perfect melding of excellent food tastings that introduced guests to new products, and tastings from new, as well as favorite local restaurants. There was delicious wine, beer, and cocktails to sample, culinary and cocktail demos, and seeing old friends and making new ones.
Morello Italian Bistro cookies
In the evening there was great music by the Ian Murray Band, The Bacon Brothers who played cuts off their latest CD entitled, 36¢, and the headlining band, Alabama. As an added perk, the festival benefitted the very worthwhile charity, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.
We cannot wait to attend the Greenwich 2015 Wine + Food Festival!
Mike Bacon Kevin Bacon
"The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind, that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp. Paul Newman, while a successful actor, was also a visionary with the heart of a child. His personality, playfulness and mischievousness are infused within every corner of Camp, from the pirate flag he raised on the tree house to the days he spent on the lake fishing with campers. With unobtrusive expert medical care, it was Paul's dream that Camp would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance."
The Bacon Brothers
"The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing a "different kind of healing" to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge. It's a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood where every kid can "raise a little hell."
"To ensure that every child with a serious medical condition has the chance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. Through the generosity of others, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp community provides this unique healing experience to kids in need and their families, including those who may not be able to come to Camp."
To learn more about The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, please visit the website: www.HoleintheWallGang.org
The Hole in the Wall Gang Fund
555 Long Wharf Drive
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
To learn more about attending a future Greenwich Wine + Food Festival, please visit the website: www.GreenwichWineandFood.com.
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