The Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend To Benefit UM/Sylvester
The Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel presents the Ninth Annual Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend, (April 29-May 1, 2005), to benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The annual extravaganza, which has raised more than $5 million in support of South Florida charities, is the only major festival in the country to feature all Reserve, Single Vineyard & Upper Tier wines, along with a cast of international and local celebrity chefs and world-renowned winemakers.
The Biltmore International Food and Wine Weekend’s three glorious days of continuous food, wine and entertainment, kicks off on Friday, April 29 with the 2nd Annual Anne Bennett Memorial Golf Classic. Following the Golf Classic is the Grand Wine & Food Tasting featuring 22 award-winning restaurants and 40 wineries, and culminating with the wildly popular Wine & Giggles comedy show hosted this year by celebrity comedian, Robert Klein.
The Grand Wine & Food Tasting is a true sampling of the finest wines available and best foods from Miami’s hottest dining spots including: Ars Magirica, Blu, Brasserie Las Olas, Brasserie Les Halles, Café Ibiza, Chef Allen’s China Grill, Dragon, Grass Lounge, Joe’s Stone Crab, 1200 Courtyard Grill, La Portena, Mendoza Miami, Metro Kitchen + Bar, Mundo, Ortanique on the Mile, Palme d’Or, Shula’s Steakhouse-Alexander Resort, Tantra, Trattoria Sole, and Tuscan Steak. Special musical entertainment this year will be provided by South Beach DJ Pierre Zonzon.
Saturday’s festivities will include a Monterey Wine County Interactive Seminar. That evening’s showcase event is the spectacular Winemaker Dinner with Spanish superstar chefs, Julian Serrano of Picasso-Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Chef and Author Patricia Quintana of Mexico, and Jorge Matas Comino of Carmen de San Miguel in Alhambra, Granada, Spain, with a musical performance by Juan Areco & Las Brisas.
Sunday, May 1 expect an innovative Interactive Culinary Fest, featuring the celebrity chefs as they oversee the preparation of an interactive gourmet lunch. Tables will be hosted by some of the world’s most dignified wineries.
The weekend will also be of particular appeal to wine collectors and connoisseurs from around the world. Guests may even purchase wines at the Grand Tasting at special prices. The primary motivation of The Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend will, as always, be philanthropic – with a secondary commitment to the celebration and showcasing of unparalleled gastronomic excellence. The Biltmore Hotel is proud to partner with event sponsors: Pharmed, South Florida Business Journal, Buchanan Ingersoll, and Levinson Jewelers to present this magnificent affair to benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Friday, April 29
Annual Anne Bennett Memorial Golf Classic, Scramble Format
8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start, Biltmore Golf Course – 144 players
$150 per player, $600 per foursome, $1,000 per corporate sponsor (foursome)
Grand Wine & Food Tasting & Musical Journey by South Beach DJ Pierre Zonzon
Featuring 40 wineries and specialty dishes from 22 of South Florida’s finest chefs.
Trade Tasting 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.; VIP & Press Access 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
General Audience 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Country Club Ballroom
VIP $125, Cellar Club Members $65, Non-members $75
Wine and Giggles with Celebrity Comedian Robert Klein
Stand-up Comedy Performance in a nightclub setting.
Show begins at 10:00 p.m., Granada Ballroom
Cellar Club Members $75, Non-members $95
Saturday, April 30
Monterey Wine County: Great Taste Comes with the Territory
Interactive seminar featuring award winning wines from leading vintners, and an introduction to the evolution of wine production from the eight unique American Viticultural Areas of Monterey County
Seminar begins at 3:00 p.m., Danielson Gallery
$40 per person
Winemaker Dinner & Musical Performance by Juan Areco & Las Brisas
Five courses prepared by internationally acclaimed Spanish chefs
Each winery will host a table.
Reception begins at 7:00 p.m., Country Club Ballroom
Cellar Club Members $175, Non-members $195
Sunday, May 1
Interactive Culinary Luncheon and Silent Auction
Celebrity chefs direct guests (from ballroom stage) in the preparation of a gourmet lunch. Each winery will host a table.
Reception begins at 11:30 a.m., Country Club Ballroom
Cellar Club Members $125, Non-members $150
Weekend Packages & Ticket Information
Hotel packages for the Biltmore International Food and Wine Weekend are available starting from $695 per person, per night. These weekend packages include deluxe accommodations and tickets to the signature events. For further information on these hotel packages, please call 1-800-727-1926 or visit www.biltmorehotel.com.
For further information about the schedule of events and individual tickets, contact the Cellar Club at 305-445-8066, ext. 2095 or visit www.biltmorefestival.com