SUMMIT, NJ - The Second Annual Summit Wine and Food Festival kicks off on September 24th with a six-course dinner prepared by six world-renowned chefs including Iron Chef Jose Garces to honor Master Chef Dennis Foy. That's just the opening act for a festival that has rapidly grown in prestige and prominence despite its youthful existence.
This year's Festival runs from September 24th through September 26th and will take place at two historic and sumptuous venues: the Reeves-Reed Arboretum and the Grand Summit Hotel. This year, all profits from the Festival will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a state-wide not-for-profit that distributes over 23 million pounds of food and groceries a year, ultimately serving 1,656 non-profit programs including 436 programs served by its Partner Distribution Organizations (PDOs). Through their combined efforts, they assist three-quarters of a million low-income people in 18 of New Jersey's 21 counties.
FoodBank culinary students will be volunteers in the kitchen to assist the celebrity chefs at the Festival, providing first-hand experience for the students and significant one-on-one time with the celebrity chefs. Ivan Ruiz, Founder of the Summit Wine and Food Festival said, "The Festival will expose these students to a brighter future and will provide them with more opportunity for both themselves and future generations." September 25th will feature three cooking demonstrations held at Reeves-Reed Arboretum led by world-class chefs including Food Network star Aaron Sanchez, and celebrity chefs Ingrid Hoffman, and Diane Henderiks. Meanwhile several wine and spirits seminars will be taking place at the Grand Summit Hotel. In the evening, a Saturday Night Grand Reception and Tasting will take place at Reeves-Reed Arboretum featuring ten chefs and ten wineries.
The Festival comes to a climax on September 26th with four cooking demonstrations at the Grand Summit Hotel including one by Bravo's first Top Chef, Dave Martin, several wine and spirits seminars, and to cap off the three-day Festival, the D'Artagnan Game Showdown, where 7 chefs, 7 wines, and 7 game birds come together for a cooking showdown judged by world-renowned chef Dennis Foy and several celebrity chefs including Doug Frost, who is one of only three people in the world with both the titles of Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. Ingrid Hoffman will be the master of ceremonies.
The Game Showdown is a culinary competition where seven chefs prepare a dish featuring a game bird of some sort to be judged by a panel of five judges.
Each chef will not only have to simply create the dish, they have to be able to pair it with one of seven different wines that will be included in the competition, with the specific wine being chosen in advance.
The judging panel will consist of a journalist, a winery representative, a sommelier, a chef, and a consumer. The judges will taste the various dishes with their wine pairing and rate them on a score sheet. The chef with the highest score is then declared the winner. The winner will receive a monetary prize and gifts from the event sponsors.
Attendees will be able to watch master chefs at work doing their thing, while sampling foods from the competing restaurants and tasting the various wines in the competition. 9 This promises to be a fun and uniquely entertaining event that will certainly be one of the highlights of the 2010 Summit Wine & Food Festival.
"This year's Summit Wine and Food Festival is bigger and better than ever. We have more celebrity chefs, master top sommeliers, the world's best mixologists, and some of the nation's best food and wine all coming together to make for one very exciting Festival," said Ruiz.
Visit www.summitwineandfood.com for more information and to purchase tickets.