Countdown to the 2015 Greenwich Wine + Food Festival

burger battle 2013 The fifth annual Greenwich Wine +Food Festival, presented by Serendipity magazine, is days away. Event organizers have announced some exciting additions to this year’s festival, which benefits Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp and The Greenwich Dept of Parks & Recreation scholarship fund, including:

  • The addition of an intimate, champagne dinner on Wednesday, September 23 with Chef Rui Correia of Douro Restaurant.  The five-course dinner, accompanied by awarded select champagnes including Dom Pérignon, Krug, Moët & Chandon, Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot, will be held at the new Gaia Restaurant, 355 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich.
  • Kathie Lee Gifford will host, along with special guest Geoffrey Zakarian, Thursday’s Wine Dinner event at The J House Greenwich.  The evening will include a four course prix fixe menu from Chef Conor Horton, paired with Kathie Lee’s own GIFFT Wines.
  • James Beard award winning chef, health advocate and author Rocco DiSpirito will be hosting Friday evening’s Most Innovative Chefs Gala, which will also feature special guest John Stage of Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, honoring the fourteen chefs who will be celebrated as this year’s class of Most Innovative Chefs.  In addition, a silent auction will be held to benefit Paul Newman’s The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, and the evening will be capped off by a performance from legendary Reggae group, The Wailers.
  • Celebrity culinary talents who will be leading culinary demonstrations and sommelier presentations in Saturday’s Culinary Village at the AITORO & DACOR Celebrity Chef Demo Tents, presented by Balducci’s, including chef restaurateur, author and television personality (“Chopped,” “Iron Chef” and “The Kitchen”) Geoffrey Zakarian; chef, author and television personality (“Chopped” and “Iron Chef”) Alex Guarnaschelli; author and television personality (“Man v. Food,” “Man Finds Food” and “Food Fighters”) Adam Richman; Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman (also cookbook author and host of “Kimberly’s Simply Southern” cooking show); television personality, author, singer, playwright, songwriter and partner in GIFFT wine Kathie Lee Gifford; chef and “Top Chef” winner Harold Dieterle; chef and winner of Food Network’s “Extreme Chef” Terry French; New York City chef Paul Denamiel; chef and television personality (“Chef Wanted” and “Frankenfood”) Kevin Des Chenes; and Belgian Master Beer Sommelier Marc Stroobandt.

“Deciding how to celebrate our fifth year hosting this fabulous event was no small feat, and I couldn’t be more excited about the food, beverage and music options we are sharing with the community, all to benefit such amazing causes,” said Suni Unger, Founder & CEO of Unger Publishing, the publisher of Serendipity magazine.

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Visit for more information and updates about the event schedule, participating celebrity and local chefs, musical talent and more. Ticket sales are now open and are available through community ticket partners, or by calling 203.588.1363.  The event’s Facebook page,, will be announcing restaurant participants and schedule updates, as available.

The event will be held rain or shine, and anyone under 21, including infants or strollers, will not be admitted.  Animals are also not permitted.

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The GREENWICH 2015 WINE+FOOD FESTIVAL is a four-day event that benefits The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a nationwide organization dedicated to providing healing to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit The Greenwich Parks & Recreation Scholarship Fund, which provides income eligible families exposure to positive experiences, and active lifestyles, as well as opportunities to gain and refine life skills, and to develop positive personal and social assets.  The festival is presented by Serendipity magazine, in conjunction with event sponsors including Aitoro, Anheuser Busch, Barbara Zaccagnini, Betteridge, Celebrity Cruises, Coldwell Banker Previews, Dacor, Empire City Casino, KEEL Vodka, PepsiCo, San Pellegrino, Shreve, Crump & Low, Stamford Lincoln, Starr Tents, The Ashforth Company and more.

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