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November 02, 2007 - Winterfest White Party Kicks off the Holiday Season with Sara Lee

What: Seminole Hard Rock Winterefest Boat Parade kicks off the Holiday Season with their White Party at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale featuring winners of Sara Lee Culinary Contest

Where: Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale

When: November 2, 2007

Time: 6:00 PM - 9:0 PM

Ticket Prices: Invitation Only

Mistress of Ceremonies: Lisa Scott-Founds, Winterfest

Master of Ceremonies: Gary Correll, Publix

Honoree(s): Ft. Lauderdale Culinary Institute Culinary Contest Winners

Presenting Sponsor(s): Sara Lee & Publix

Libations: Southern Wine & Spirits

Catering: Timpano's/Samba Room

Entertainment: Sixth Star

Sponsors: Sara Lee (Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean,State Fair & Ball Park), Publix, City & Shore, Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, The Art Institure of Fort Lauderdale

Gala Production: Sixth Star

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 BACK: Nancy Hoyte, Nancy Botero, Debbie Batts, Lily Pardo and Alyssa Lovitt:  FRONT:  Connie Chaney - with representatives from 2007 Fireman's Calendar
BACK: Nancy Hoyte, Nancy Botero, Debbie Batts, Lily Pardo and Alyssa Lovitt: FRONT: Connie Chaney - with representatives from 2007 Fireman's Calendar





In celebration of the 36th Anniversary of Winterfest, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale opened its doors to host the Winterfest White Party presented by Sara Lee.  This exclusive party was the kick-off of the holiday season. 

The Winterfest White Party is an invitation only event but for the first time the general public had the opportunity to be a part of the pageantry.  Winterfest opened its doors to winners of the Sara Lee sweepstakes available at participating Publix super markets. 

This special event also provided aspiring chefs to test their culinary skills.  Prior to the White Party, Sara Lee and Winterfest hosted a cook-off competition with students from the International Culinary School at the Art Institure of Fort Lauderdale, featuring Sara Lee products.  All the winners produced their creations at the November 2nd White Party.

Sixth Star Entertainment transformed the museum into a silver screen with bright lights, glimmer and glitz in keeping with the theme, "Party Like a Movie Star".  Guests were greeted by The Rocketts, Ivan Piano Collections, a decorated parade boat by Deep Impact and a highlight of the upcoming live auction at the Winterfest Ball - a Lexus IS250 courtesy of JM Lexus.

Along with the entertainment and mingling with local celebrities, guest enjoyed an array of beverages from Southern Wine and Spirits featuring Clos du Bois wines and Tommy Bahama Rum.  The gourmet delights of Timpano's Italian Chophouse and Samba Room, accented by the winner's creations from the International Culinary School and guests also enjoyed holiday deserts at the Sara Lee Culinary Corner.

Contests winners were awarded $500 each for their winning culinary creations and the overall winner received an additional $1000.

Breakfast: Michelle Bensch “Southwest Sausage Breakfast Purses”

Baking & Cooking: Jeffrey Harmon “Savory Sage Meatballs with Toasted Pine Nuts over Egg Noodles”

Spa Food: Danielle Shiveler “Turkey & White Bean Stuffed Peppers”

Tapas & Appetizers: Danielle Shiveler “Pumpkin Sage Sausage Ravioli”

The students were judged by: Chef Ryan Hutmacher, of Sara Lee; and local judges: Chef Tom Parlo, Executive Chef Mandarin Oriental and Chef Jorge Montes, AiFL alumnus and owner of Gourmet Creations.  Keith Butler, senior manager, Co-Marketing for Sara Lee Food and Beverage was on hand, along with Dawn Reed and Kathy Keleher of Winterfest


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