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April 11, 2008 - Museum of Discovery & Science Annual Wine Culinary Celebration

Where: Museum of Discovery and Science, Ft. Lauderdale

Beneficiary: Museum of Discovery and Science

Presenting Sponsor(s): Bank of America

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

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13th Annual Bank of America
Wine and Culinary Celebration
raises $105,000 to support the Museum of Discovery and Science
The 13th Annual Bank of America Wine and Culinary Celebration held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on April 11, 2008 raised $105,000 for the Museum. Over 1,000 guests enjoyed tantalizing cuisine, music, and a bountiful silent auction. The presenting sponsor was Bank of America, and the exclusive beverage sponsor was Southern Wine and Spirits.  Media partners included Lite 101.5 FM and Gold Coast Magazine. Printing Sponsor was Print Dynamics.
This popular event, chaired this year by Bank of America President of Broward County Mark Maller, Leon Garza of LG Capital Solutions, LLC and Dr. Wilhelmina Mack of W. Mack & Associates, Inc. The event featured a progressive sequence of wine and food pairings selected to delight, educate and entertain guests. Thirty of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs were represented, as well as 200 wines, beers and spirits from around the world.   
VIP guests started the evening off with a Private Champagne & Martini Reception, sponsored by Southern Wine & Spirits and catered by Thierry’s Catering. Sommelier Ron Warshawsky, hosted interactive wine tasting seminars for guests looking to gain more knowledge on the art of wine. Later in the evening, the Museum’s atrium was transformed into an ultra chic South Beach Lounge. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach VIP Lounge was the place to be seen. VIP guests sipped Caipirinha the signature drink for the evening and sampled delectable Rock Shrimp Salad with Vanilla and Ginger Panna Cotta, Poached Frogs Legs with Chanterelles and Lilly Pads and Death by Chocolate Mousse.
Highlighting the evening were some of South Florida’s top restaurants such as Big City Tavern, Bonefish Grill of Fort Lauderdale, Christina Wan’s, Christine’s, Cookies by Design, Crepe Maker, FISH, Galanga, Himmarshee Bar & Grille, Jackson’s Steakhouse, La Marquise Desserts, Inc., Mancini’s Ristorante, My Market and Deli, Nespresso Business Coffee Solutions, Riley McDermott’s, Rino’s Tuscan Grill, Stork’s Café, Taverna Opa of Fort Lauderdale, The Capital Grille, The Four Rivers Contemporary Thai Kitchen The Melting Pot, The River House, Thierry’s Catering, Trina Restaurant & Lounge, Valentino’s Cucina Italiana, Vienna Café & Wine Bar, and We Take the Cake.
Guests were asked to vote for their favorite restaurant to select a winner for the “People’s Choice Award.” This year’s event found some of the participating restaurants pulling out all the stops in hopes of being chosen the winner. To garner votes, Stork’s Bakery served dessert out of a 42’ Gondola in the Atrium and an exotic belly dancer enticed guests to sample Taverna Opa’s cuisine. In the end, the people selected Big City Tavern as the lucky winner! Also, a crowd favorite, Riley Mc Dermott’s emerged as the 1st Runner Up. At the end of the evening, everyone left a winner with a full stomach, newfound knowledge about wine and their complimentary Reidel wine glass.
The Museum of Discovery and Science’s Wine & Culinary Celebration was featured in the May 2007 “Best of South Florida” issue of Gold Coast Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Annual Fort Lauderdale Events.”                                        

The Museum is open seven days per week (365 days a year); Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with extended IMAX hours on Friday and Saturday evenings. General admission prices are $15 for adults; $14 for seniors; $12 for children 2 to 12. 
Children under 2 are free. A General Admission Ticket includes admission to the Museum exhibits
and one classic 45-minute IMAXÒ film. The Museum of Discovery and Science is located downtown at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information about the Museum, visitors should call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at
The AutoNationÒ IMAXÒTheater, owned and operated by the Museum of Discovery and Science,opened in 1992. The 300-seat theater is a showcase of state-of-the-art motion picture technology. The AutoNationÒ IMAXÒTheater features a 60 ft. x 80 ft.screen and a 15,000 watt digital sound system that delivers six discrete channels of clear sound through 42 speakers. The IMAXÒ projector’s 15,000 watt Xenon bulb projects images of unsurpassed brilliance and clarity onto the five-story-high screen. Both 2D and 3D films are shown in the theater. 3D films are viewed using our new lightweight XR 3D glasses, the latest technology in 3D film viewing. The IMAXÒ experience is an unparalleled fusion of sight and sound. For show times, visitors should call 954.463.IMAX (4629).

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