The Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend To Benefit UM/Sylvester
With an uncommon zest for bringing cheer, The Cellar Club at The Biltmore, in cooperation with Wine Spectator magazine, presents the Tenth Annual Biltmore International Food & Wine Weekend, (May 5-7, 2006) to benefit the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. The annual extravaganza, which has raised more than $6 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, May 5th with the 3rd Annual Anne Bennett Memorial Golf Classic. Following the Golf Classic is the Grand Wine & Food Tasting featuring more than 20 award-winning restaurants, over 70 wineries, and Musical Journey by South Beach DJ Pierre Zonzon. The evening culminates with the wildly popular Wine & Giggles comedy show hosted this year by celebrity comedienne Joy Behar of ABC TV’s “The View.”
The Grand Wine & Food Tasting is a true sampling of the finest wines available and best foods from Miami’s hottest dining spots including: Azul, Blu, Blue Door at Delano, Brasserie Les Halles, Chef Adam, China Grill and Dragon, Joe’s Stone Crab, 1200 Courtyard Grill, La Cofradia, Max’s Grille, Mendoza Restaurant, Ola Steak, Ortanique on the Mile, Palme d’Or, Shula’s Steak House, Social at Sagamore, The Biltmore, Trattoria Sole, and Tuscan Steak, just to name a few.
Saturday’s festivities will include the spectacular Winemaker Dinner with acclaimed superstar chefs Pilar Sanchez, Executive Chef of Pilar in Napa, California; Govind Armstrong, Executive Chef of Table 8 in Los Angeles, California; and Roland Passot, Chef/Proprietor of La Folie in San Francisco, California. The Champagne reception and gourmet dinner will be highlighted with a live musical performance by Cuban singing sensation Albita.
Sunday, May 7th the Celebrity Chefs Interactive Culinary Luncheon and Silent Auction features the celebrity chefs as they oversee the preparation of an interactive gourmet lunch. Tables will be hosted by some of the world’s most distinguished 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.
Friday, May 5th
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 more than 70 wineries and specialty dishes from over 20 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 Comedienne Joy Behar
Stand-up Comedy Performance in a nightclub setting.
Show begins at 9:30 p.m., Granada Ballroom
Cellar Club Members $75, Non-members $95
Saturday, May 6th
Winemaker Dinner & Live Musical Performance by Albita
Five courses prepared by internationally acclaimed chefs
Pilar Sanchez, Executive Chef of Pilar in Napa, California; Govind Armstrong, Executive Chef of Table 8 in Los Angeles, California; and Roland Passot, Chef/Proprietor of La Folie in San Francisco, California.
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 7th
Celebrity Chefs Interactive Culinary Luncheon and Silent Auction
Celebrity chefs Pilar Sanchez, Executive Chef of Pilar in Napa, California, Govind Armstrong, Executive chef of Table 8 in Los Angeles and Roland Passot, Chef/Proprietor of La Folie in San Francisco, California direct guests (from ballroom stage) in the preparation of a gourmet lunch. Each winery will host a table.
Reception begins at noon. 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 $750 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.biltmorefestival.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.