The 2017 Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival presented by Serendipity in Greenwich, Connecticut was truly a Luxury Experience! Imagine an all-day festival dedicated to wine, spirits, and food, with Greenwich's own Kathie Lee Gifford pouring her wines for attendees, cooking demos by Mario Batali, Adam Richman, Mary Giuliani, Samantha Benjamin, Alex Guarnaschelli, Kevin Des Chenes, Lindsay Perkins, Scott Conant, and Julia Deane, and more food and drink than you could possible consume, even in only small bites. The platinum-selling Pop band, TRAIN, was the grand finale, and as the icing on the cake, the festival benefitted the Mario Batali Foundation, The Friends of James Beard Benefits and the Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation.
2017 was a glorious autumn day in Greenwich, Connecticut at the Roger Sherman
Baldwin Park, with beautiful blue skies and summer temperatures, perfect to
celebrate the seventh anniversary of the Greenwich WINE + Food Festival, and
Luxury Experience's fourth consecutive year in attendance.
There was a
full-day's line-up of events that began at noon and culminated at 10:00 pm when
the platinum-selling Pop band TRAIN finished their
performance. Wine, beer, and spirits flowed throughout the day to help
attendees quaff their thirst while sampling their way through the Grand Tasting
Tent, that was open from noon to 5:00 pm, consisting of more than 150 tastings
from local restaurants, soft and hard beverages, and well as culinary products.
Granola Bar OnTheMarc
Oysters NoMa Social
fully in the event, sampling products both culinary and liquid libations. A
sampling of a few of the many delicious items we tasted during the event
included gazpacho with crabmeat from NoMa Social, inspired tapas of tuna
poke with cucumber in a thinly sliced round of jicama from OnTheMarc Events,
roasted oysters cooked on a smoky grill from Knot Norm's Catering Co.,
Hamachi Crudo with Piri Piri & Compressed Melon, and Crab Maison with
Grapefruit, Remoulade & Avocado from The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood, Bagels
and Lox from The Granola Bar, and Potato Leek
Soup from Baldanza Café.
The Playful Pantry Pepsi Cola Ginger Cola
Del Frisco's Grille Fjord Fish Market
continued with mussels from Fjord Fish Market, and more
tastings from Washington Prime, Del
Frisco's Grille, and Nonno's Trattoria at Empire City Casino,
Crispy Chili-Garlic Shrimp from CHAR Restaurant, gluten-free cake from By The
Way Bakery, and salts and oils from The Playful Pantry.
Eleva Coffee RISE Brewing Co.
By The Way Bakery
flowed in abundance throughout the day, and we happily tasted teas from Pure Leaf,
and Tea Guys
Sparkling Tea, and coffee from Elĕva Coffee, and RISE Brewing Co., 1893 Pepsi-Cola
Ginger Cola, which we found to be a perfect addition when mixed with a
rum at the event, and Manny's Ultimate Bloody Mary Authentic
Kathie Lee Gifford and Edward F. Nesta - GIFFT wines
potables we sampled included GIFFT wines poured by owner Kathie Lee Gifford, wines from Wine
Wise poured by owner Steve
Millhouse, a selection of Spiked Seltzer, Mionetto
Artois Cidre, TRIIBE Celtic Liqueur, and El
Buho Mezcal, to name a few.
El Buho Mezcal Mionetto
Wine Wise TRIIBE
We attended several
cooking demos, including Mario Batali's - Human Touch, The Greatest
Gift, about making food for loved ones and friends. In the demo, he created homemade gnocchi with homemade
pesto served on a bed of tomato crudo
that was easy to make, delicious, and healthy.
Mario Batali - Cooking Demo
Mary Giuliani (Mary Giuliani Catering & Events) provided great ideas for a cocktail
party with her "Small Bites, Big Drinks" demo, where she created a tequila
punch and grilled cheese bites drizzled with Truffled Honey; both sampled, and
very much enjoyed.
Adam Richman, whom many in the audience knew from
his former television show, Man vs. Food,
engaged the audience with his wit, restaurant travel suggestions, and demoed
how to create "Pulled Pork Egg Rolls."
Adam Richman and Debra C. Argen
spirits side, we attended the Woodford Reserve: Distiller's Select
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, where we had the opportunity to sample bourbon,
rye, and their double barrel, presented with food pairings. Cheers!
Woodford Reserve Tasting Seminar
Woodford Reserve Tasting Flight
Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Rye, and Double Oaked
signings, panel discussions, lawn games, a product tent, and "gambling" in the
Empire City Casino tent were also an interesting part of the event. Later in
the day, the smokers and grills were flamed to perfection for Bud &
Burgers, The Tailgate Party where all things grilled were in abundance, The Don
Julio South of the Border Fiesta celebrated with tempting cocktails, and The
Whey Station cooked up their amazing gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
in their food truck.
Author Dina Cheney Book Signing
even contests! In the Burger Battle,
Food Truck took home the Judge's Choice award, and the Darien
Butcher Shop received the People's Choice award. Top Bartender Showdown winners: Juan Meyer of Eastend in Greenwich
earned the Judge's Choice, and Jamie
Johel from Craft
14 Kitchen + Bar in Wilton walked away with the People's Choice award.
Manny's Ultimate Bloody Mary
As a grand
finale to the Greenwich WINE + FOOD Festival 2017, the Ian Murray Band with
special guest Pete Francis of Dispatch started the party going so that when
took to the stage, the audience was on its feet, and we collectively danced the
night away on a warm, starry night by the Long Island Sound. The band played
many of their hits including Meet
Virginia, a cut off their 1998 debut release album, self-titled Train, Drops of Jupiter off their 2001 album by
the same name, along with such favorites as Hey Soul Sister, Play That Song, Bruises, Marry
Me, Oh, I Swear To You, as well as cuts off their 2016 Train Does Led Zeppelin II release. It was the perfect culmination
of an incredible day and evening in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Ian Murray Band
GREENWICH WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL was another amazing year celebrating wine, food,
music, friends and fun to benefit local charities, and we look forward to
attending the 2018 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD
Luxury Experience being Luxury Experience
ABOUT THE 2017 GREENWICH WINE + FOOD
Greenwich Wine + Food Festival is a multi-day event that celebrates the area's
rich culinary landscape, and showcases innovation in the food and beverage
industries. The mission is to strengthen our communities' non-profit partners,
local businesses and renowned food culture. It will benefit multiple charitable
organizations, including the Mario Batali Foundation, The Friends of James
Beard Benefits, and Town of Greenwich Parks and Recreation Foundation. The
Festival is partnered with Serendipity magazine. Sponsors to date include 1893
Cola, 90+ Cellars, Aitoro, Alfa Romeo, Angela Swift of Houlihan Lawrence, Ashforth, Blancpain, Bender, Brockman's Gin,
Budweiser, Caesar Stone, Chelsea Piers, Citi, Coldwell Banker, CPG Architects,
Culinary Works, Dacor, Deane Rooms Everlasting, Delamar, Deutsch Family Wine
& Spirits, Don Julio, Ethan Allen, Empire City Casino, Hospital for Special
Surgery, JHouse, Manfredi, Marriott Stamford, Magneto, New York Post,
NuKitchens, Ketel One, PepsiCo, Rhone, Rudy's Executive Transportation, Starr
Tent, Stella Artois, Sysco, Tea House Collection, Val's Putnam Wine &
Liquors, Whole Foods Market, Westby, Woodford Reserve, Wüsthof and Barbara
ABOUT THE 2017 BENEFICIARIES
Mario Batali and Debra C. Argen
beneficiary of this year's Festival is the Mario Batali Foundation.
Founded in 2008, MBF raises funds to provide literacy programs, as well as
nutrition information and access to emergency food organizations to
underprivileged children and their families. MBF also funds pediatric disease
research. Other Festival beneficiaries
include The Friends of James Beard Benefits and the Town of Greenwich Parks and
information on attending the Greenwich
WINE + FOOD Festival 2018 presented
by Serendipity, please visit the
WINE + FOOD Festival
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