Celebrity Chefs, Food, and Wine Galore @ 2012 Greenwich Food + Wine Festival

21 Sep
Doesn’t it annoy you when you hear about the NYC Food and Wine Festival, year after year?  You look up the details, it seems great, and you tell yourself that someday, maybe someday, you’ll finally attend.  You look into the classes or sessions but they are sold out within the first few hours.  Well, boo on that.  Boo on that because Westchester and Fairfield County people have their own three days of awesomeness to look forward to.  Last year was the inaugural year of the Greenwich Food + Wine Festival, hosted by Serendipity magazine.  This year it’s back and, we dare say, it looks even more amazing.  Tickets might be a bit on the high end of the scale, but all of the proceeds are going to The Hole in the Wall Gang.  Here’s a little clip from their website, describing what they are all about:
“Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast, the Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually.”
Well, onto the fun!  We’ll take you on a day by day breakdown of the festivities:

Thursday,10/4 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Ultimate Wine Evening:  $125

  • Elite exclusive wines paired with gourmet hors d’oeuvres
  • Wine and food themed silent auction
  • Exclusive gift bag with festival wine glass and two years of Serendipity
  • Dress is cocktail attire
  • Buy tickets here

Friday, October 5 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Food + Wine Grand Tasting:  $275

  • Cocktail party
  • Grand Tasting by featured honored chefs:
    • Bill Taibe of LeFarm & The Whelk
    • Rui Correia of Douro Restaurant & Bar and Piri Q
    • Clifford Crooks of BLT Steak
    • Chef Francois Kwaku-Dongo of 11-14 Kitchen
    • Fritz Knipschildt of Chocopologie
    • Eric Korn of Good-Life Gourmet
    • Debra Ponzek of Aux Délices Foods
    • Ethan Kostbar of Moderne Barn Restaurant
    • Bryan Gilmour of 121 Restaurant
    • Michael William Batt of Food Design
    • Laura Brennan of Plum Pure Foods
  • Elite wineries
  • Exclusive live auction
  • Music by Ian Murray Band and Big Head Todd & the Monsters
  • Exclusive gift bag with festival wine glass and and two years of Serendipity.
  • Dress is casual chic

Saturday, October 6 from 12 – 10 pm
Food + Wine Festival: $95

  • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Culinary Village with grand, savory tastings and intriguing demonstrations will include more than 90 exclusive food, wine and spirit vendors.  All included with ticket.
    • Arrosto – Port Chester, NY
    • Aunt Sassy Sauces – Southport, CT
    • Bar Q – Stamford, CT
    • Big Bubbas BBQ – Mohegan Sun Casino
    • BLT Steak – White Plains, NY
    • Bobby Q’s – Westport, CT
    • Bobbysue’s Nuts – Chappaqua, NY
    • Butterfield 8 – Stamford, CT
    • Café of Love -Mount Kisco, NY
    • Cake Suite- Westport, CT
    • Chantilly Pastissiere – Bronxville, NY
    • China White – Greenwich, CT and Purchase, NY
    • Chocolate Lab – Greenwich, CT and Purchase, NY
    • Chocopologie – Norwalk and Stamford, CT
    • Cos Cobber – Cos Cob, CT
    • Darien Social -Darien, CT
    • Douro – Greenwich, CT
    • Eleven14 Kitchen- Greenwich, CT
    • Empire City – Yonkers, NY
    • EOS -Stamford, CT
    • Food Design Catering – Greenwich, CT
    • Gingerman – Greenwich and Norwalk, CT
    • Good Life Gourmet – Scarsdale, NY
    • Kaia Yoga – Greenwich and Westport, CT
    • Le Farm – Westport, CT
    • Lolita Cocina – Greenwich, CT
    • Mezon – Danbury, CT
    • Morellos – Greenwich, CT
    • My Favorite Place – Cos Cob and Greenwich, CT
    • Napa & co – Stamford, CT
    • NoMa Social – New Rochelle, NY
    • Plum Pure Food – Cos Cob, CT
    • Polpo – Greenwich, CT
    • Prima Dolce- Connecticut and New York
    • Q Restaurant – Port Chester, CT
    • Quinn Popcorn- Connecticut and New York
    • Rizzutos – Stamford, Westport, Bethel and West Hartford, CT
    • Rowayton Sea Food – Rowayton, CT
    • Schoolhouse at Cannondale – Wilton, CT
    • Shake Shack – Westport, CT
    • Sonora Restaurant – Port Chester, CT
    • Sweet Loren’s – Connecticut and New York
    • Terrain – Westport, CT
    • Toscana – Greenwich, CT
  • 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Celebrity Chef & Sommelier Demonstrations and celebrity book signings.
    • Graham Elliot of Master Chef
    • Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes
    • Ted Allen of Food Network and Chopped
    • John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
    • Joe Campanale,  beverage director and co-owner dell’anima, L’Artusi and Anfora
    • Local chefs from Friday’s Grand Tasting
    • Many, many, many more…
  • 12:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Beer Garden
  • 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. BBQ Pit Masters presented by John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
    • Meet grill masters and sample bites hot off the grill
  • 5:00 p.m. Burger Battle with Celebrity Chef judges
  • 5:30 p.m. Southern Bash with BBQ
  • 8:30 p.m. The headlining Gregg Allman and band.
    • Live Bluegrass & Country Music
    • Will Hoge and The Felice Brothers
  • Throughout the day, rub shoulders with celebrities at the Festival VIP Tent equipped with a private lounge, full bar, elite wines, specialty treats, as well as private restrooms.  Extra cost.
  • Official festival tote bag with wine glass and two years of Serendipity
  • Buy tickets here

2012 Greenwich Food + Wine Festival


Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

Greenwich, CT

DISCLAIMER Must be over 21 years of age to attend all Festival events. NO infants, strollers, animals or exceptions!
Tickets are non-refundable.



5 Responses to “Celebrity Chefs, Food, and Wine Galore @ 2012 Greenwich Food + Wine Festival”

  1. talkavino September 21, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    Have you guys attended any of these? Does it worth the money, or the event has pure charitable focus?


    • Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro September 21, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      We attended the WineFest at Mohegan Sun a few years ago…so wild and so worth it. Lots of great wines for sampling and tasting. Lots of great discussions with the winemakers or the pourers. There were lots of great wines that we tried and loved and still get today. :)



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