12th Annual Bank of America
Wine and Culinary Celebration raises $145,000 to support Museum
of Discovery and Science.
May 21, 2007, Ft. Lauderdale, FL -
The 12th Annual Bank of America Wine and Culinary Celebration
held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on April 13, 2007
raised $145,000 for the Museum. Over 1,000 guests enjoyed
tantalizing cuisine, music, a silent auction and a complimentary
Riedel wine glass. The celebration was hosted by S.P.A.R.K.
(Science Patrons to Advance Research and Knowledge), an
auxiliary of the Museum.
The event, chaired this year by Cecily Conklin, Peggy Marker,
and Lisa Zwick, featured a progressive sequence of wine and food
pairings selected to delight, educate and entertain guests.
Nearly 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs were
represented, as well as 200 wines from wineries around the
world, courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits.
VIP guests started the evening off with a Champagne and Martini
reception, catered by Thierry’s Catering, as well as early
admission to the Grand Tasting. Master Sommelier, Eric Hemer,
conducted a wine tasting seminar for those VIP’s looking to gain
more knowledge on the art of wine. Later in the evening, the
Museum’s atrium was transformed into a 'South Beach Chic' lounge
where VIP guests sipped dessert wines and ports while sampling
delectable crepes, donated by CrepeMaker, and an assortment of
international artisan cheeses and desserts generously provided
by Thierry’s Catering.
Highlighting the evening were some of South Florida’s top
restaurants such as Capital Grille, Fish, Jackson’s Steakhouse,
Mancini’s, Michael’s Kitchen, The River House, Vienna Café, The
Four Rivers, Beachwatch, Christina Wan’s, Trina Restaurant &
Lounge, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Himmarshee Bar & Grille, Cookies
by Design, We take the Cake, Taverna Opa of Ft. Lauderdale,
Rino’s Tuscan Grill, The Grape on Las Olas, The Melting Pot,
CrepeMaker, Galanga, Nespresso Business Coffee Solutions,
Poncho’s Backyard, and Valentino’s.
This years wine event added additional competition for the
participating restaurants. Guests were asked to vote for their
favorite restaurant and select the People’s Choice Award
Recipient. The competition was close and the people selected
Bonefish Grill, Ft. Lauderdale as the lucky winner!
The presenting sponsor was Bank of America. The exclusive
beverage sponsor was Southern Wine & Spirits. Additional
sponsors were American Express, City Furniture, Keith Koenig,
Leo Goodwin Foundation, M. Austin & Christine M. Forman, Broad
and Cassel, Morgan Real Estate, Huizenga Family Foundation,
International Yacht Collection, and 101.5 Lite FM.
The Museum of Discovery and Science’s Wine & Culinary
Celebration is featured in the May 2007 “Best of South Florida”
issue of Gold Coast Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Annual Fort
Wine and Culinary Celebration
May 31, 2007, page 2
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide
experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for
children and adults through exhibits, programs and films.
Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility
served approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major
operational support for the Museum is provided through generous
support by Leadership Guild members including: City Furniture,
JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.
The Museum is open seven days per week (365 days a year); Monday
through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to
6 p.m. with extended IMAX hours on Friday and Saturday evenings.
General admission prices are $15 for adults; $14 for seniors;
$12 for children 2 to 12. Children under 2 are free. A General
Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits and
one 45-minute IMAX® film. The Museum of Discovery and
Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the
Museum, visitors should call (954) 467-MODS (6637).
ABOUT THE BLOCKBUSTER® IMAX® THEATER
The Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater, owned and operated by the Museum
of Discovery and Science, opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater
is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. The
Blockbuster® IMAX®Theater features a 60 ft. x 80 ft. screen and
a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six discrete
channels of clear sound through 42 speakers. The IMAX®
projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images of
unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high
screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D films
are viewed using our new lightweight XR 3D glasses, the latest
technology in 3D film viewing. The IMAX® experience is an
unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For show times, visitors
should call 954.463.IMAX (4629)