The 15th Annual Miami Wine and Food Festival will take place on Thursday, April 22 through Saturday, April 24,  at several events to be held the Village of Merrick Park and the InterContinental Miami Hotel, benefiting Camillus House and United Way of Miami-Dade.

This annual event brings together food and wine lovers for a three-day festival that features notable chefs, prestigious wineries and winemakers, and impressive auction lots, all to benefit the South Florida community.  One of the most decorated, respected and charismatic chefs, Todd English, will lead the Interactive Dinner on Friday, April 23, 2010.    

In its 15th year, the festival is one of South Florida’s premier wine and food events Lyn Farmer, a James Beard award-winning wine and food writer, serves as the festival’s director.  Dan Hanrahan, president and chief executive officer of Celebrity Cruises is the festival chair.  Bob Dickinson, retired president and chief executive officer of Carnival Cruise Lines, serves as the festival’s co-chair.  For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets please go to . 



where does wine come fromThe Telluride Wine Festival, Center for Wine Origins and SCHILLING studio Gallery announce the “Where in the World Does Your Wine come from?” Nationwide Poster Challenge and Art Exhibition. 

This   competition encourages artists to promote the recognition of Champagne or Port wines, or an official wine region from across the globe. Artists, photographers and graphic designers are encouraged to submit their poster design. The challenge is the first nationwide, juried poster competition celebrating the grape and regions of origin for the world’s most diverse wines. The final selections for cash awards will be chosen based on artistic excellence in reflection of this theme.

The Art Exhibition will take place in Telluride, Colorado during the Telluride Wine Festival June 24 to 27th, 2010. Each of the selected 20 finalist’s posters will be displayed during the festival and sold at SCHILLING studio Gallery with cash awards given to the “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice”.

Deadline for entries is May 15th, 2010. For addition information:

Jonathan Wright, Executive Chef at The Setai, South Beach, will cook alongside some of the culinary world’s top luminaries in the inaugural Lucky Rice Festival in New York City, April 28 – May 2.

Lucky Rice Festival  (   offers seminars, demos and glamorous parties that celebrate the diversity of Asian cuisine.  An all star cast of chefs from New York’s most highly regarded restaurants inspired by Asian spices and ingredients, includes   Jean Georges Vongerichten, David Chang, Eric Ripert and Pichet Ong among other  luminaries.

The Restaurant at The Setai, which offers diners dishes from Singapore, Thailand, China, India and Malaysia, prepared by chefs from those countries under Wright’s baton will be participate in the Night Market  on Friday, April 30 ,   an outdoor event  under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn’s DUMBO.  Hosted by Momofuku’s chef David Chang, the event takes its inspiration from the festive night markets of Asia, with innovative takes on traditional Asian street food, like flavorful Korean tacos stuffed with kim chee and bahn mi. Then, on Saturday May 1, Wright, along with Jean Georges, Floyd Cardoz, Singapore’s Willin Low of Wild Rocket and a line up of other top toques, will present the Grand Feast of Asian Flavors.  

Attendees at both the Night Market and the Grand Feast will have the opportunity to preview a few of the dishes that Wright plans to showcase when he unveils The Restaurant at The Setai’s new menu in early May: i.e. the Setai pork buns stuffed with crisp fried pork belly, kim chee and island creek oysters, served with chilli jam and fried shallots; and at the Grand Feast two dishes will  co-star – tongue n cheek:  a flavor packed dumpling stuffed with steamed braised veal cheek, foie gras and truffles, served with pickled veal tongue and vegetable salad; as well as a traditional Singaporean laksa lemak – a  rice noodle dish studded with tofu, shrimp,quail egg, fish cake and bean sprouts in a spicy coconut soup.

The Restaurant at The Setai is located at 2001 Collins Avenue on South Beach.  Reservations:  (305)520-6400 or

From contestants with decades of blue ribbons to a new generation of Commercial, Professional, Amateur and Junior Chefs,  pie makers will be rolling out fresh dough and carefully measuring ingredients as they prepare for the three-day APC/ Crisco® 2010 National Pie Championships® April 23-25 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

For 2010, Best of Show winners in the amateur and professional divisions will each win $5,000, a new Sears Kenmore range and a Crisco® gift basket, while the top winner in the Junior Chef division receive a $2000 Crisco college scholarship and a Crisco® gift basket.  First place ribbons and bragging rights will be awarded to Commercial Division winners.

To enter, APC members pay $15 per pie entry for amateurs and $20 per pie entry for professionals.  Non-members pay $35 per pie entry for either category.  Junior entries are free.

 “If you’re not familiar with the competition, you’d think a pie is just a pie,” explains Crisco’s Brenda Alten. “But this is really an art. Pie makers are serious about developing the right blend of flavors, the right taste and texture… There’s a lot that goes into a pie, which is why there’s such a serious sense of competition at the championship.”

The American Pie Council® (APC) – an organization dedicated to preserving America’s pie heritage – Great American Pie Festival sponsored by Crisco®, April 24 and 25, is a free-admission family-friendly event that attracted a record 25,000 pie lovers and dessert devotees in 2009.   

The festival will be held at Lakeside Park at 631 Sycamore St. in downtown Celebration. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 24; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 25. Admission to the festival is free, with tickets for the Never-Ending Pie Buffet priced at ($10 adults, $5 ages 65 and up, and $5 ages 6-12.)

For more details, to become a member of the APC or to register for the National Pie Championships, visit


























The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade group that tabulates production statistics for U.S. breweries, released its annual lists reporting the top 50 brewing companies in the country, based on 2009 beer sales volume.

The two lists are the Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies, comprising small and independent craft brewers,¹ and the Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies.  The Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies list contains 76 percent craft brewing companies. or



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