Annual Bank of America Wine and Culinary Celebration raises
$105,000 to support the Museum of Discovery and Science.
May 5, 2008, Ft.
Lauderdale, FL - The 13th Annual Bank of America Wine
and Culinary Celebration held at the Museum of Discovery and
Science on April 11, 2008 raised $105,000 for the Museum. Over
1,000 guests enjoyed tantalizing cuisine, music, and a bountiful
silent auction. The presenting sponsor was Bank of America, and
the exclusive beverage sponsor was Southern Wine and Spirits.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort sponsored the VIP Lounge.
Media partners included Lite 101.5 FM and Gold Coast Magazine.
Printing Sponsor was Print Dynamics.
This popular event, chaired this year by Bank of America
President of Broward County Mark Maller, Leon Garza of LG
Capital Solutions, LLC and Dr. Wilhelmina Mack of W. Mack &
Associates, Inc. The event featured a progressive sequence of
wine and food pairings selected to delight, educate and
entertain guests. Thirty of South Florida’s top restaurants and
chefs were represented, as well as 200 wines, beers and spirits
from around the world.
VIP guests started the evening off with a Private Champagne &
Martini Reception, sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and
catered by Thierry’s Catering. Sommelier Ron Warshawsky, hosted
interactive wine tasting seminars for guests looking to gain
more knowledge on the art of wine. Later in the evening, the
Museum’s atrium was transformed into an ultra chic South Beach
Lounge. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort VIP Lounge was
the place to be seen. VIP guests sipped Caipirinha the signature
drink for the evening and sampled delectable Rock Shrimp Salad
with Vanilla and Ginger Panna Cotta, Poached Frogs Legs with
Chanterelles and Lilly Pads and Death by Chocolate Mousse.
Highlighting the evening were some of South Florida’s top
restaurants such as Big City Tavern, Bonefish Grill of Fort
Lauderdale, Christina Wan’s, Christine’s, Cookies by Design,
Crepe Maker, FISH, Galanga, Himmarshee Bar & Grille, Jackson’s
Steakhouse, La Marquise Desserts, Inc., Mancini’s Ristorante, My
Market and Deli, Nespresso Business Coffee Solutions, Riley
McDermott’s, Rino’s Tuscan Grill, Stork’s Café, Taverna Opa of
Fort Lauderdale, The Capital Grille, The Four Rivers
Contemporary Thai Kitchen The Melting Pot, The River House,
Thierry’s Catering, Trina Restaurant & Lounge, Valentino’s
Cucina Italiana, Vienna Café & Wine Bar, and We Take the Cake.
Guests were asked to vote for their favorite restaurant to
select a winner for the “People’s Choice Award.” This year’s
event found some of the participating restaurants pulling out
all the stops in hopes of being chosen the winner. To garner
votes, Stork’s Bakery served dessert out of a 42’ Gondola in the
Atrium and an exotic belly dancer enticed guests to sample
Taverna Opa’s cuisine. In the end, the people selected Big City
Tavern as the lucky winner! Also, a crowd favorite, Riley Mc
Dermott’s emerged as the 1st Runner Up. At the end of the
evening, everyone left a winner with a full stomach, newfound
knowledge about wine and their complimentary Riedel wine glass.
The Museum of Discovery and Science’s Wine & Culinary
Celebration was featured in the May 2007 “Best of South Florida”
issue of Gold Coast Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Annual Fort