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Iron Chef Judge Donatella Arpaia Talks Food + More @ Fairfield University

8 Feb
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Photo: Donatella Arpaia; Credit: Anna Williams

If you’re up on the world of food culture like we are, you definitely know who Donatella Arpaia is. But, in case you need a reminder, here goes:

  • She’s a graduate of Fairfield University, class of ’93
  • She is lead judge on Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef.
  • She’s a regular on NBC TODAY.
  • She’s the owner of Kefi restaurant in NYC.
  • She’s just plain awesome. ;)

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Mohegan Sun WineFest 2012 and $100 Gift Certificate Giveaway

19 Jan

Update:  there were 17 entries and we used random.org to generate a random winner.  #2 won so that means we should congratulate Melissa OBrien, the winner of the $100 gift certificate!

Danny and I have been to Mohegan Sun a whole lotta times, and thankfully our money has come back with us most of the time.  Yeah, my dad taught me well and I’ve pulled out some sweet wins at the blackjack tables.  But one of the best weekends we had at Mohegan Sun didn’t involve gambling at all. It was two years ago when we attended the Mohegan Sun WineFest.  There were seemingly endless tables upon tables (and floor upon floor) of wines, liquors, and food with celeb chefs like Robert Irvine and others doing demos.  Well, next weekend WineFest is back from Friday 1/27 to Sunday 1/29 so you can go get your drink on!

Here’s why, silly:

• Too many wines to count, ready for sampling.  Yeah, six pages worth!

•  Lots of beer and speciality liquor to try.  Yum!

Local restaurants and Mohegan Sun restaurants giving out food samples!

• Main stage demos (buy Grand Tasting ticket) by Food Network stars Bobby Flay, Iron Chef Marc ForgioneDonatella Arpaia and Robert Irvine

• Mohegan Sun WineFest Grape Stomp presented by Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka

•  Oyster Open presented by Bud Light Lime

• An amazing amount of talks, demonstrations, and general culinary awesomeness.

Want another reason to go?  We’re giving away $100 for you to use at ANY restaurant at Mohegan Sun. Yup, Bobby Flay’s Bar American, Todd English’s Tuscany, the brand-spanking new Ballo from John J. Tunney III, and so many more.  Just tell us your favorite beer (brewer and name) or favorite wine (vineyard and name) that doesn’t break the bank in the comments below.  The contest will end at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, 1/24/12. Oh, and the gift card can be used any time, not just during the WineFest.

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