A star-studded chef lineup has been announced for the Orlando Magic Wine Festival and Auction, which will be held March 15-17 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes.
This inaugural event will feature chefs Akshay Bhardwaj of Michelin-starred Junoon in New York City; Joe Flamm of Chicago’s Michelin-starred Spiaggia and Café Spiaggia and Top Chef Season 15 winner; Kevin Fonzo, a private chef formerly of Orlando’s K Restaurant; Scott Hunnel of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa; Chef Tony Mantuano of Terralina Crafted Italian in Disney Springs; Brandon McGlamery of Winter Park’s Luma on Park; Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto; James and Julie Petrakis of Winter Park’s The Ravenous Pig; Justin Plank of Disney Spring’s Terralina Crafted Italian; Steve Richard of Disney Spring’s Paddlefish; and Art Smith of Disney Spring’s Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’.
The chefs will serve signature dishes at special vintner dinners on March 15 as well as items for guests at the festival on March 16.
“The Orlando Magic are thrilled to announce these initial 12 award-winning chefs as the first commitments to participate in our Inaugural Orlando Wine Festival and Auction,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins in a news release. “We are so excited that they will be sharing their culinary talents with all of our guests while helping a very worthy cause, at-risk youth in Central Florida. The weekend promises to be one not soon forgotten.”
This event will raise funds for the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, which supports nonprofits that provide youth-based programs in the areas of education, housing/homelessness and health.
The wine festival has replaced the foundation’s Black Tie and Tennies Gala, which was the nonprofit’s signature event for about 28 years.
The weekend-long wine festival will include live and e-auctions, exclusive vintner dinners, an outdoor festival featuring live music, live auction displays, local and celebrity chefs, wineries, food pavilions and an Orlando Magic game.
Visit WineAuctionOrlando.com for more information or to purchase packages.
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