Monday, December 17, 2012

Gargantuan lineup for 'Wine & Dine for the Arts'

ALBANY -- Once past the looming New Year's Eve festivities, one would think the local eating-and-drinking scene would get quiet for a while, if only to catch a breather. Wrong. For three days in January, the cumbersomely-named but popular "Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival Wine & Dine for the Arts" (whew!) will take center stage. The extravaganza is a fundraiser in support of a variety of arts venues and organizations, including:
  • The Albany Barn
  • Albany Center Gallery
  • Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Albany Pro Musica
  • Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Irish American Heritage Museum
  • Park Playhouse
The event begins with an opening celebration on Thursday, January 17, and runs through a gala reception and dinner on Sunday, January 19. You can get all the details on events, participants, venues and ticketing at the festival's online site.

Here's a sampling of what is being planned: 

Signature Chefs

Ten chefs with strong local presence will headline the closing grand gala reception and dinner and participate in the grand tastings on January 18-19. They are:
Adirondack Appliance Signature Chef Invitational

Executive chefs from throughout the Capital compete for a place on the 2014 Signature Chef Team. They will compete in real-time during the Saturday Grand Tasting in a mystery-basket style event. The chefs selected for the event:
Featured Chefs

Fifty chefs from the region will be featured throughout the Festival in the Friday and Saturday Grand Tastings and seminars.

Rising Star Chefs  

Chefs were nominated in September and October through, the category sponsor. They had to meet at least two of the following criteria:
Chef/owner of a restaurant in operation less than two years.
Chef using innovative food production techniques (such as molecular gastronomy).
First-time executive chef or executive sous chef.
Chef demonstrating commitment to community service.
Chef demonstrating originality and creativity in menu design
Chef who promotes and utilizes local produce and ingredients when possible.

The chefs who were selected are:
Wines & spirits to be available
  • Apothic
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Bacardi Rums
  • Jose Cuervo Especial Silver
  • Banfi
  • Joseph Carr Wines
  • Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
  • Ketel One Oranje Vodka
  • Bearboat
  • Kobrand
  • Beaulieu Vineyards
  • Korbel
  • Bonterra Vineyards (Organic)
  • Laetitia Winery
  • Bridlewood Estate Winery
  • LaGioioso
  • Bushmills
  • La Marca Prosecco
  • Captain Morgan Lime Bite
  • Las Rocas de San Alejandro
  • Casa Lapostolle
  • Louis M. Martini Winery
  • Cazadores Tequila
  • Macallan Scotch
  • Chambord Vodka
  • Markus Molitor
  • Ciroc Coconut Vodka
  • Martin Codax Wines
  • Citadel
  • Martini & Rossi
  • Corzo Tequila
  • Maso Canali
  • Da Vinci Wines
  • Moet Chandon
  • Dewar's Family of Scotch Whiskeys
  • Newton Vineyard
  • Redwood Creek
  • Piper Heidsieck
  • Fetzer Vineyards
  • Piper Sonoma
  • Finlandia Vodka
  • Remy Martin Cognacs
  • Five Rivers Ranch
  • Sanctuary
  • Fox Run
  • Schmitt Sohne
  • Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky
  • Schloss Vollrads
  • Grand Marnier
  • Silver Oak
  • Grey Goose Vodka
  • Son Miguel Gascon
  • Heck Estates
  • Sonoma Cutrer
  • Highland Park Scotch
  • Southern Comfort
  • Jack Daniels Family of Whiskey's
  • Sterling Vineyards
  • Vintwood
  • William Hill Estate Winery
  • Woodford Reserve

Go here for the region’s best local food & drinks events calendar.

1 comment:

  1. Richard Lovrich writes:

    Supporting the Arts has never been more enjoyable. If there are still any seats left for the Gala, do yourselves a favor and scoop them up.Great food, wine and company.