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Foxwoods’ Third Food and Wine Fest Again Showcases “Best of the Best”

With more than 50 celebrated chefs from award-winning local, regional and national restaurants, and over 500 fine wines and spirits, the Third Annual Foxwoods Food and Wine Festival (www.foxwoodsfoodandwine.com) lived up to its promise to bring the best of the best together once again. 

Fabulous specialty dinners including “The Great Steak Out”, “Women & Wine” and “A Tuscan Dinner” provided participants a diverse selection of food and wine pairings.  Each themed dinner included several courses prepared by some of the best chefs in the region.  Combined with wines selected by winemakers such a Steve Smith from the Craggy Range Winery (www.craggyrange.com) and Janet Trefethen from the Trefethen Family Vineyards (www.trefethen.com), these dinners offered an entertaining education with amazing taste.

The Grand Tasting Room served up specialties from over 30 chefs and restaurants located as close as on site at Foxwoods and the new MGM Grand, throughout Connecticut and New York City.  Edwyn Ferrari and Kevin Long, co-executive chefs of Shrine, the newest hot spot in the MGM Grand at Foxwoods (www.shrinemgmfoxwoods.com) presented participants with a taste of their Pan-Asian cuisine. Daniel Chong-Jimenez executive chef of Kensington’s at the Norwich Inn (www.thespaatnorwichinn.com) shared samples of some of his delicious and artistic creations.

Wine enthusiasts were treated to the best offerings of local distributors, regional wineries, and well-known national brands, joined together in the spacious Premier Ballroom of the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods. Many companies used this forum to introduce new libations on the market.  Braeckman Jenever (www.jenever.com), a refined liqueur distilled from grain since the 1600’s is now available for the first time in the United States.  The Crop Harvest Earth Company (www.cropvodka.com) introduced a line of organic vodkas claiming to be “The Cleanest Vodka”.  Their line includes cucumber and tomato flavored vodkas. 

Several seminars were offered on a variety of topics. Italy’s Noble Reds was hosted by Joe Batianich (www.bastianich.com). Jay James hosted a seminar on Rare and Exclusive Champagne and A Tour of the Malt Whiskey Regions.  Divas Uncorked (www.divasuncorked.com) guided us through food and wine pairings from women winemakers and women-owned wine businesses.

Celebrity Chefs Ingrid Hoffmann (Simply Delicioso), Guy Fieri (Guy’s Big Bite), Sunny Anderson (Cooking for Real) and others made the experience complete with cooking demonstrations and book signings throughout the weekend.

— By Carol Kolesar


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