THE NATION'S PREMIER CELEBRATION OF FEMALE WINEMAKERS AND FINE CUISINE IN
SUPPORT OF TWO WOMEN'S CHARITIES Robin Leach to host the event and Sopranos star and winemaker Lorraine
Bracco to showcase Bracco Wines
Michael Schulson star of Style Network's "Pantry Raid" and Geoffrey Zakarian celebrity chef owner of New York's Town & Country restaurants go
head-to-head in a unique culinary battle
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- On Saturday, November 10th, 2007, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (1 Borgata Way, 866-My Borgata), the East Coast's leading hotel-casino and dining destination, will host its signature charity tasting event Women in Wine, presented by the Borgata Heart & Soul Foundation and sponsored by Wine Spectator magazine, the leading wine publication in North America. Featuring an exciting celebrity chef cook-off and fascinating wine education forum, Borgata's acclaimed Women in Wine event will honor female winemakers from around the country. Guests can enjoy the special and rare opportunity to join some of America's most celebrated chefs and female vintners for an exclusive sampling of mouth-watering dishes and incredible wines, as well as the chance to learn techniques for tasting, selecting and storing wines. This year's event will be hosted by television icon Robin Leach and will feature 24 world-renowned winemakers and nine chefs, a celebrity chef cook-off between Style Network's "Pantry Raid" personality Michael Schulson and Geoffrey Zakarian, chef-owner of New York's Town and Country restaurants, and both silent and live auctions, the latter of which will be hosted by the "goddess of the gavel," famed wine auctioneer Ursula Hermacinski.
Special celebrity guests for the evening will include female winemaker and actress Lorraine Bracco, of The Sopranos, GoodFellas and The Graduate fame, and female winemaker and Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming, also a breast cancer survivor. At Women in Wine, Bracco and Fleming will showcase Bracco Wines and Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Wineries (respectively). Hosts for the event also include Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, Borgata's Wine Director, and Brooke Sabel, Assistant Wine Director for Borgata, two prominent female sommeliers who uphold the Borgata philosophy that wine should be fun, not intimidating.
One of the highlights of the evening will be the first-ever "mystery bag cook-off" between rising star chef Michael Schulson of Style Network's "Pantry Raid" and celebrity chef-owner of New York's Town and Country restaurants, Geoffrey Zakarian, as they face-off in before Iron Palate Karine Bakhoum, one of the Food Network's most recognized judges on "Iron Chef America" and President of KB Network News, and "Iron Chef America" producer Bruce Seidel, among others.
"Women in Wine is a celebration of not only these outstanding female winemakers, who are now shaping the future of wine in a once predominately male industry, but toasts all women as survivors -- wives, mothers, and daughters -- who are affected by two of the most important issues today -- domestic violence and breast cancer," said Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, wine director for Borgata. "On behalf of Borgata, I am so pleased that Women in Wine has continued to garner further recognition each year within the industry and local communities as a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in Atlantic City, offering exceptional wines and unparalleled cuisine, but most importantly, raising over $200,000.00 to-date for these worthy causes."
Female winemakers and vintners shape many of today's major cellars. Those participating in Women in Wine include Jean Arnold (Hanzell Vineyards, Sonoma, CA), Lorraine Bracco (Bracco Wines, Italy), Gay Callan (Chatom Vineyards, Murphys, CA), Rhonda Carano (Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg, CA), Stacy Clark (Pine Ridge), Morgan Clendenen (Cold Heaven Cellars, Los Olivos, CA), Jane Delaney (The Ravensvale Group, Australia), April Gargiulo (Gargiulo Vineyards), Elizabeth Grant Douglas (La Crema Winery, Windsor, CA), Kathryn Hall (Hall Wines), Patti Hoffman (Spellbound and Medusa Wines), Ana Lopez (Gramona), Maria 'JIMENA' Lopez (Bodega Norton), Peggy Fleming (Fleming Jenkins Vineyards & Winery), Joan Flowers (Flowers Vineyard & Winery, Cazadero, CA), Gina Gallo (Gallo of Sonoma Winery, Healdsburg, CA), Anne Moses (Patz and Hall, Napa, CA), Gabriela Negrete (Montes Winery, Apalta Valley, Chile), Alexandra Schmedes (Bodegas Ercavio) Susie Selby (Selby Winery, Healdsburg, CA), Carol Shelton (Shelton Wines), Marimar Torres (Marimare Estate) and Margi Wierenga (Brogan Cellars, Healdsburg, CA).
Borgata's stellar lineup of award-winning chefs Michael Mina of SEABLUE, A Michael Mina Restaurant, Tara Keeler of Bobby Flay Steak, Aram Mardigian of Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Luke Palladino of Specchio and Ombra, Romeo DiBona of Old Homestead Steakhouse, Borgata Executive Chef Ron Ross, and Borgata Executive Pastry Chef Thaddeus DuBois, will be preparing signature menu items and mingling with guests.
All proceeds from ticket sales and live and silent auctions will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Atlantic County Women's Center, two charities focusing on the health and well-being of women in Atlantic City and across the nation, through the Borgata Heart and Soul Foundation.
For those interested in enhancing their Women in Wine experience, Borgata is offering a Premium Plus ticket, priced at $295 per person, that includes early admission to the event and an exclusive food and wine tasting entitled Red, White and SeaBlue -- A Taste of the Sea and the Vine. Prepared by Chef Michael Mina, the interactive tasting will be held at SeaBlue, A Michael Mina Restaurant, on November 10th from 12 pm - 2 pm, and will feature six food and wine pairings.
Women in Wine will commence at 7pm for regular admission. Tickets to attend the event cost $195 per person and are currently available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at theborgata.com or by calling 1.866.MYBORGATA. For room reservations and Women in Wine package information, call 1.866.MYBORGATA as well.
Borgata is a joint venture of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) and MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM). Located at Renaissance Pointe in Atlantic City, it features 2,000 guest rooms and suites, 161,000 square feet of gaming, 200 gaming tables, 4,100 slot machines, 14 destination restaurants, 12 retail boutiques, a 54,000 square foot spa, 70,000 square feet of event space, and parking for 7,100 cars.
For more information on Borgata, please visit theborgata.com. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at boydgaming.com; additional information on MGM MIRAGE can be found at mgmmirage.com.
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