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In Spirit Of The Festival on November 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

works of art : inspired cocktail garnishes


As part of the International Wine & Food Festival’s event calendar, “Spirit of the Festival” arrives this Fall with a series of intimate portraits of exuberant pairings. More >

As part of the International Wine & Food Festival’s event calendar, “Spirit of the Festival” arrives this Fall with a series of intimate portraits of exuberant pairings.

Specifically, the spirited union of chefs and mixologists whose passion for what they do has transformed the culture of the Washington DC fine dining scene.

We cordially invite you to be a part of this unique inside look at five chef-mixologist teams and the brilliant dishes and libations they craft together culminating in the premier “Spirit of the Festival” event on Tuesday November 30th from 7:00 – 9:00pm in the Atrium Ballroom of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Five top chef and mixology teams will participate, including Peter Smith and Gina Cherservani of PS 7’s, Olivier Perret and Vincent Gernigon of Ici Urban Bistro at the Sofitel Hotel, Al Nappo and Jon Arroyo of Founding Farmers, Thomas Wellings and Simo Ahmadi of Equinox Restaurant and Xavier DeShayes and Dennis Burns of Aria at the International Trade Center.

Each team will provide a food and cocktail pairing for guests to sample. A select panel of judges will be on hand to assess the five submissions and award a prize to the winning team. Featured fine liquors that the chefs and mixologists will be utilizing in their dishes and cocktails include: Remy V.O. Cognac, Herradura Blanco Tequila, Woodford Reserve, Patron XO Cafe and Hendrick’s Gin.

Ellen Gray, co-owner of Equinox Restaurant, is helping to organize Spirit of the Festival in conjunction with the Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival, taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building February 10-13, 2011. Gray notes, “Our mission is to continue to enhance the way the DC dining public sees bartenders and chefs through an unforgettable food and spirit tasting experience.”

About the Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival
The Washington D. C. International Wine & Food Festival is the most popular event of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic. More than just a tasting, the Festival is a celebration of wine, cuisine and culture that shines a light on D.C. as a prominent and world-class dining and travel destination.

About The Charmer Sunbelt Group
The Charmer Sunbelt Group (CSG) is one of the nation’s leading distributors of fine wines, spirits, beer and other beverages.  A group of privately held companies, CSG operates local distributor and/or brokerage houses in 15 markets – Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York (Metro and Upstate), Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and The District of Columbia.  Together, these companies employ more than 7,000 associates who bring to market some of the most important and well-known consumer brands in the world.  CSG is a family-owned business that proudly serves as the critical link between wine and spirit suppliers, and the retail outlets where alcoholic beverage brands are legally and responsibly sold and enjoyed.

The International Wine and Food Festival, The Charmer Sunbelt Group and Washington Wholesale are commitment to the legal and responsible sale and consumption of beverage alcohol. Alcohol Awareness and education in our neighborhoods and communities is a daily commitment. Our message is clear; Parents, talk to your children about staying safe, talk about alcohol and the consequences of making risky choices. Urge your underage children not to drink alcohol or ride with anyone who has. Their tomorrow depends on the choices they make today. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration of the District of Columbia, our Neighbors, Suppliers, Customers and Community Leaders urge you to support ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for over service, drunk driving and underage drinking.


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