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

 

Fore!

 

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

Delicious

Serving up a beef shank & tomato dish

Walter Hervieux's Bay Voyage

Adjustments

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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