A Lucullan Feast at Newport’s 2009 Wine & Food Festival


  Pépin accepting the 2009 Pinnacle Award

Jacques Pépin, the great French chef and author, was honored by The Preservation Society of Newport County at “A Vintage Evening at The Breakers,” attended by vintners, committee members, executives of American Public Television, and Newport lovers of the Nectar of the Gods (a.k.a. oenophiles). The Friday evening event officially opened the highly anticipated 2009 Wine & Food Festival.


Gloria Pépin with Trudy Coxe

The weekend-long event at Marble House featured Saturday and Sunday demonstrations by leading chefs, cookbook and wine book signings, and tastings prepared by area restaurants to go with the samplings of superb wines from fine wineries.


Pépin, of “More Fast Food My Way” on America Public Television and author many cookbooks, was presented with the 2009 Pinnacle Award by Preservation Society CEO Trudy Coxe, while Gloria Pépin applauded. Thirty years ago, he began his TV career with “Jacques Pépin’s Kitchen,” and went on to “Julia & Jacques’s Cooking at Home,” with Julia Child, and other programming. The droll and ebullient chef, who has won the Legion d’Honneur and cooked for Charles de Gaulle, Itzhak Perlman, and President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, spoke with Peter Herman, President of IMA, who told Newport Seen it was the fifth year he had been coming to the Wine and Food Festival, and it was “most entertaining, full of people who connect, share interests, camaraderie, and a passion for wine.”


Chef & author Joanne Weir

Mr. Pepin accepted the Tiffany Cup, and promptly donned it as a chef’s hat.


An auction of fine wines, along with pairings of wines with spectacular travel, catered dinners, cruises, and art was presided over by guest auctioneer George McNeely of Christies.


Other celebrated chefs who gave Saturday and Sunday demonstrations at the packed tents at Marble House included Roseann Tully of Intermezzo Magazine, Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections, Inc, Mike Hervieux of  The Bay Voyage, Kevin Thiele of One Bellevue at the Hotel Viking, Joanne Weir,  of Joanne Weir's Cooking Class, Annie Copps of Yankee Magazine, David Burke of Prime at Foxwoods & Townhouse New York, Walter Potenza of Walter's Ristorante d'Italia, and Kyle Ketchum of The Spiced Pear at the Chanler.


The demonstrations were lively and fully subscribed, and samples of the dishes were served, along with the proper wines, of course. A jazz brunch was held on Sunday, with music by Mac Chrupcala’s orchestra, and booksignings went on in the Museum store.


Nicholas Brown toasting


Sandra Rios & Jim Leach


The Pépins


Dessert Trifle

Kathy Mitrakhs


Chef Walter Potenza and the honoree


Dr. Cindy Paulis, Jim Roehm


Jacques Pépin perusing auction item


Leo Horsi, Madalena Maraszek


Kathy Finn & Sharon Pelletier


Philip Pelletier & Daughter


Fireman's Fund guests with Mr. & Mrs. Bednarik

 enjoying the soiree


NS's Linda Phillips & Ronald Lee Fleming


Waiting to bid


Food & Wine vendors


Christophe Dardenne of Bordeaux, France & Friend


Liz & Paul Doucette, Geer Messinger


Shelley Challower, Maura Coolican, and
Stephanie Massey


Tim Sweeney & Kelly O'Shea


Enjoying a Vintage Evening at The Breakers


Trudy Coxe introducing Mr. Pépin and Preident of American Public Television Cynthia Fenneman


The award


Mr. Pépin accepts


George McNeely auctioning fine wine lot


The Breakers ceiling enthralls


Paul Whelan & George McNeely


Mr. Pépin prepares scallops


"Don't stir", he admonishes


Bill Mackin & John Raposa of ACF


Chef Champ Speidel and Lisa
of Persimmon Restaurant from Bristol


The presenting sponsor, Food & Wine Magazine


Ivan Colon with Roseann Tully of Intermezzo


Jazz brunch on the terrace of Marble House


Yankee Magazine sponsor of the Sunday Brunch


Mac Chrupcala Trio with singer Tess Collins  playing at the Jazz Brunch


Joanne Weir of American Public Television &
Ray Iles, Wine Editor of
Food & Wine Magazine


"Dr. Vino" Tyler Colman signing books


Annie Copps, Food Editor of Yankee Magazine, cooks with tequila


Exhibitor Soirée Magazine


Unique website banner


Johnson & Wales student volunteer at Garrison's Confections


Chef David Burke of "Prime" at Foxwoods, prepares steak & lobster

 Demonstrating how to snap a lobster




Chopping red onions


Crowds at the Grand Tasting


Tasting the wines of participating vineyards


Friends enjoying the Grand Tasting delights


Jeff Callaghan of Fluke preparing an hors d'oeuvre


A Fluke specialty


Blackstone Catering's Caviar Bar


Mmmm....  Caviar

 John Edick of Blackstone Catering with their wasabi caviar

"We live for wine & food"

John & Sheryl Callaghan of Bellevue Wine & Spirits

What pairs with Port? Good Chocolate!

Showing the best vintage

Williams-Sonoma Serving pumpkin hors d'oeuvres

Steelhead Quivra Vineyards supports
Trout Unlimited

A toast


Mike Feeley of Food & Wine Magazine
and Guest with Ivan Colon


Serving up a beef shank & tomato dish

Walter Hervieux's Bay Voyage


Chef Walter Potenza

The Grand Tasting weekend is pure enjoyment with Chef Kyle Ketchum of the Chanler and guests

The silent auction table for great vintages












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