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June 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Auction Napa Valley 2014 co-chairs Valerie and Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards and Kary and David Duncan of Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars 

Seasonal Tip:
Fruit begins ripening this month: look for peaches, nectarines, cherries, boysenberries and melons at farmers markets and on restaurant menus.

June 1
Los Angeles, CA — Taste of the Nation Los Angeles
Taste of the Nation benefits Share Our Strength's fight to end childhood hunger
Renowned Los Angeles chefs and mixologists will donate their time and talent to the 26th annual fundraiser at Culver City's Media Park, offering attendees a strolling buffet of more than 40 food items and wines. Past participants included Mélisse, ProvidenceBeso and The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills. 100 percent of ticket proceeds benefit Share Our Strength's fight to end childhood hunger in the U.S. and abroad. The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $110 per adult for general admission, $160 per adult for VIP admission, $25 per child 12-18 years old and are free for children younger than 12. For more information, call 877-268-2783 or visit www.strength.org

June 2
Los Angeles, CA — Grande Marque Champagne Tasting
Wally's Grande Marque Champagne Tasting in Santa Monica
Wine retailer Wally's Wine & Spirits will host the 22nd annual Grande Marque Champagne Tasting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Santa Monica's Le Merigot Hotel. Last year, attendees chose from 50 signature Champagnes such as Dom Perignon and Cristal and feasted on Petrossian Caviar, oysters from Café del Rey and tasty food items from about 20 leading restaurants. The fundraiser, since its inception, had generated more than half a million dollars to benefit the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center, Vista del Mar Child & Family Services and Food on Foot as of 2013. Tickets cost $175 and are available at www.wallywine.com

June 2-7
Myrtle Beach, SC — 5th Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival
The Tasting Trolley at Myrtle Beach, SC
This June will mark the fifth annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival. Events in the past have included: restaurant week; specialty wine, spirits and beer dinners; Oceanfront Grand Tasting Tents; a Sip, Savor & Stroll at The Market Common; and The Chef's Challenge and Tasting Finale. For more information, visit www.coastaluncorked.com

June 5-7
Napa Valley, CA — Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic

Inside the tent at Auction Napa Valley

Napa Valley vintners welcome charitable wine connoisseurs back to their homes and vineyards for the 34th annual Auction Napa Valley: The American Wine Classic, the world's largest wine charity event, which has generated over $120 million for local nonprofit agencies since 1981. Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards and David and Kary Duncan of Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars are this year’s chairs, focusing their fundraising efforts on community health and youth education. Guests at the event can place bids in auction lots on selections that tantalize their senses, or on unique vacation experiences.

The event starts on Thursday, when world-renowned winemakers will be hosting welcome parties at their vineyards. The festivities continue with Friday night’s barrel auction at Charles Krug's Redwood Cellar, where patrons will be able to taste wine as it continues to age straight from the barrel. After sampling from the more-than-100 vineyards, patrons can bid on the cases that most pleased their palates. Meadowood Napa Valley hosts the main event — the live auction — on Saturday, June 7. The day will begin with a lunch on the lawn prepared by world-famous chefs, among them Thomas Keller, Cindy Pawlcyn and Michael Chiarello, and continue with bids for mega-lots with world-class experiences. The weekend comes to a close with a dinner by Meadowood Chef Christopher Kostow, followed by music and dancing. Past guests at this highly anticipated star-studded event have included Robin Williams and Michael Jordan.

Tickets range from $500 to $1,700 per event or $3,000 for the entire experience. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 707-963-3388 or visit www.auctionnapavalley.org


June 6-8
Monterey, CA — The 38th Annual Monterey Wine Festival
The Monterey Wine Festival in California
Lovers of wine and fine dining can expect to tantalize and sharpen their palates when they attend this annual weekend festival at the Monterey Custom House Plaza. Those in attendance will be able to sip, taste and swirl new wines with industry experts and fellow enthusiasts; enhance the art gallery experience with tastings of red and white wines, calamari and international cheeses; and put their pairing knowledge to the test against professional wine judges and sommeliers. On Friday, join just 125 others at a wine dinner prepared by award-winning chefs from the West Coast. On Saturday, enjoy the 5th Annual West Coast Chowder Competition with chefs from Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and other chowder-famous destinations. Friday tickets are $225 per person, while Saturday and Sunday tickets are $35 each ($55 VIP). For more information, call 800-422-0251 or visit www.montereywine.com
June 12-15
Kapalua, Maui, HI33rd Annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Kapalua Wine & Food Festival
Celebrate the three-day event by tasting celebrated wines from every region of the world (including Pinot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tuscan selections) paired with delicious gourmet cheeses, sampling delectable regional Hawaiian cuisine and a bounty of seafood fresh from the Pacific, playing a round of golf against master sommeliers and winemakers, and much more against the background of the scenic oceanic views of The Kapalua Resort. Tickets for select events are available to purchase à la carte. For more information, call 808-665-7231 or visit www.kapaluawineandfoodfestival.com

June 20-22
Aspen, CO — Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Food & Wine Magazine will showcase its main areas of expertise at its 32nd annual fundraiser in the majestic Aspen Mountains featuring culinary superstars including Tom Colicchio and Claudine Pepin, in addition to tasting seminars with noted wine authorities such as Paul Grieco, Anthony Giglio and Mark Oldman. Guests will be able to learn how to cook, then nosh on New Orleans cuisine, seafood from the Adriatic and wines and cheeses from Spain. Proceeds generated from the event will benefit the Grow for Good Campaign to support local farms and encourage steady agriculture. Several pass options, which can be purchased online, are available. Consumer passes and trade passes cost $1,250 per person and the Grow for Good Pass costs $3,750 per person. For more information, and to book passes, call 877-900-9463 or visit www.foodandwine.com/classic-in-aspen
June 21
Park City, UT — 7th Annual Savor the Summit

Diners enjoying Savor the Summit in Park City, UT

"Park City's biggest outdoor dinner party" offers revelers the chance to enjoy food, drink and music in the middle of Main Street. Various Park City restaurants serve menus ranging in price from $40 to $150 per person (wine or beverage pairings may be extra or included in the cost). The event starts at 6 p.m. To attend, make a reservation with the restaurant whose food you'd like to enjoy at this open-air event. For more information, visit www.savorthesummit.com


June 26-29
Telluride, CO — Telluride Wine Festival

Telluride Wine Festival, Colorado's largest wine event

The quaint, small town of Telluride will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of its wine festival this year with more chefs, experts, wines and cocktails than ever before. Top chefs are scheduled to be at Colorado's largest wine event, where they will meet, mingle and share with attendees their insider knowledge and the best that fine dining and wine tasting has to offer. For more information, call 920-728-9790 visit www.telluridewinefestival.com

 

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