A Toast to Wine & Food in Heavenly Venues


" In Vino Veritas"-- Pliny the Elder



The Wine & Food Festival of the  Preservation Society is an international gustatory five star event, this year highlighting Newport and  Rhode Island guest chefs in its tenth year, who shared their secrets in demonstrations at "The Grand Tastings".  The Chinese Tea House at Marble House was opened for VIP guests, and the special dinners, brunch and events were sublime and sybaritic.


The Perri Rossi Band-- for dancing

Paul Chevalier, Vice President of Lineage fine wine Division for Shaw-Ross, was pouring on Friday night at the upscale Wine and Rosecliff  soirée ( think Bacchanalfor  elite and fine wine connoisseurs, with over tens of wines

available to taste.  (Yes, Mr. Chevalier he is grand nephew of the inimitable Maurice Chevalier.) Thank heaven for fine wines!


Also seen were Wine Tasting were Executive Director of The Preservation Society Trudy Coxe, with the orchestra adding another sensory pleasure, inviting dancing and general gaiety.



Then on to the Grand Tasting, always an extravaganza of everything related to food and wine, including wine sealing devices, and a new sea salt created here in Newport.  Guest chefs gave demonstrations that were packed with eager gastrononomes, and local restaurants brought out their finest fares.  A VIP food and wine event was held in the Chinese Tea House.


Chef Tom Lyon of 22 Bowen's served up


A dashing representative from Verum Vineyards


Award-winning Banfi Vineyards


Delicious hors d'oeuvres


Cheeses of every variety


Lovely jewelry display


Popping the cork


The back garden at Rosecliff




Deborah Winthrop




Friend with Mr. Chevalier


John H. Cratin III with Ralph Chartier


Barry Hinckley, Susan King, friend & James Day


 Jim Gaffney, guests, and Trudy Coxe




Chateau d'Eclans of France



Paul Chevalier and friends toast!



The Grand Tasting at Marble House on Sunday


Brahmin handbags


Chef Brooke Vasika of Sawkill Creek


Chef Gonzalez of Cultivar describing his culinary technique


Delicious honey



Susan King, James Day & Trudy Coxe



White Horse Tavern, the country's oldest, prepares dishes





The Grill Garden


Chef Lou Rossi of Castle Hill Inn


 A beautiful afternoon for dining & sipping


VIP Guests inside the Chinese Tea House


The ladies who pour -- and sip!



Newport Vineyards table


Marcela Calvet & Jonathan Baggott


A student assistant from URI


Sponsors Alex & Ani


Josh Berman of Revolving Door prepares a dish


The rapt audience at The Grand Tasting demonstration




Coppola Vineyards









Reds were popular at Winebrow



The ultimate wine corking device




Blackstone, a top Newport caterer



Matt Mullins and wife,  who developed Newport Sea Salt



Jellies, condiments, and accompaniments


More delightful treats


Toasting Wine & Food!


Atria shows off its menus



Happy guests at the end of day



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