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April 16, 2010 - MODS 15th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration

Where: Museum of Discovery & Science

When: Friday, April 16, 2010

Beneficiary: Museum of Discover & Science

EMCEE: Susan Wise

Presenting Sponsor(s): Bank of America

Co-Chair(s): Kerry Ferguson & Marjie Wilson

Executive Director: Kim Cavendish

Committee Members: Beth Cohen, Marcy Cellentani, Sandra Davis, Nila Do, Elliott Flynn, Zena Hawes, April Patterson, Stephanie Peterson & David Seitz

Libations: Southern Wine & Spirits

Music: DJ Fabian Giannattasio,@ VIP Party

Sponsors: Bank of America, Southern Wine & Spirits, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, A Thierry's Catering, Gold Coast Magazine, Print Dynamics, Sun-Sentinel, 101.5 FM, Ellis Diversified, John Kirlin, Leo Goodwin Foundation. & Stuart & Jill Siegel Charitable Foundation

Board of Directors: BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jonathan P. Ferrando, Chairman Thomas P. Angelo,Esq. Vice-Chair and Immediate Past Chair Keith Koenig, Vice-Chair Manuel Aguero, Secretary John Rizzo, Treasurer

Blacktie Photos by: Blacktie-Southflorida

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 15th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration

raises nearly $110, 000 to support the
Museum of Discovery and Science
The 15th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration, held at the Museum of Discovery and Science on April 16, 2010, raised nearly $110, 000 to benefit the Museum. Chaired by Marjie Wilson and Kerry Ferguson, the event was a resounding success. Over 1,200 guests enjoyed tantalizing cuisine, music and a bountiful silent auction. This event was made possible by Bank of America. The exclusive beverage sponsor was Southern Wine and Spirits, Print Dynamics was the printing sponsor and media partners included Gold Coast Magazine and Lite 101.5. The elegant VIP Lounge was sponsored by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. 
This year’s event featured a progressive sequence of wine and food pairings selected to delight, educate and entertain guests. Over 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and chefs were represented, as well as nearly 200 wines from around the world. A new addition to this year’s event was the spectacular Chef Spotlight. Chef Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean, Chef Sean McDonald of ilios @ Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort and Chef Johnny Vinczencz of Johnny V’s gave enticing cooking demonstrations on stage in front of enthusiastic guests.
VIP guests started the evening off with a private Martini Reception and a wine tasting led by certified wine specialist and Sommelier, Sandra WauquierThen it was off to the Grand Tasting where executive chefs served up their best, each competing for the People’s Choice Award. This year’s winner was Café Maxx with their yellowfin tuna sashimi pizza. Also a crowd favorite, Vienna Cafe earned their spot as the 1st Runner Up, with YOLO Restaurant just a few votes behind in the 2nd runner up position.
Highlighting the evening were some of South Florida’s top restaurants such as 3030 Ocean, A Thierry’s Catering & Event Design, Big City Tavern, Cafe Maxx, Cafe Vico, Casa D'Angelo, Christina Wan's, Cookies by Design, Coral Ridge Yacht Club, CrepeMaker, Inc., Grateful Palate, Hey Cupcake, Himmarshee Bar and Grill, Hugh’s Catering, ilios@ Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Johnny V’s, Lola’s on Harrison, Morton's The Steak House, Pier Top, Sette Bello, Smith & Jones, Solita, Sublime, The Ambry, The Capital Grille, Mancini's, Vienna Café, Seasons 52, , The Melting Pot, Trulucks, Vienna Cafe, We Take the Cake, Whole Food's Market and YOLO Restaurant.
After the Grand Tasting, VIP guests made their way to the Museum’s Grand Atrium where the chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort VIP Lounge was located. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort provided VIP guests with their signature Slider Action Station, with Crab, Meatball and BBQ Chicken Sliders.   
For those who desired something sweet, individual sabayon dessert spoons with guests’ choice of fresh berries were bruléed to order.  In addition to a wine bar, a specialty cocktail station featured Caipirinhas, a Brazilian specialty made with Leblon Cachaça, muddled limes, simple syrup and soda. VIP guests danced to the sounds provided by DJ Fabian Giannattasio, a regular on the South Beach club circuit.   The VIP Lounge experience is an expression of Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort’s signature, personalized service.
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 450,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including: JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Broward Health, Sun-Sentinel and Wachovia.
The Museum is open seven days a 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 most evenings. General Admission prices are $16 for adults; $15 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 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
Media Contacts: Jody Ligas 954.713.0904 email:
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