News Bites Event Edition: 9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, Taste Trekkers

by David Dadekian
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

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9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival Almost Here

Autumn arrives with a weekend of wine, food, seminars and chefs

From September 19th through 21st, three of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions will once again be filled with visitors and vendors celebrating the 9th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, presented by The Preservation Society of Newport County and FOOD & WINE. Hundreds of wines from around the world will be poured, and a variety of cuisine from regional restaurants and caterers will be served, making the festival one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events.

Television chef and author Sara Moulton and internationally-renowned lifestyle expert Martha Stewart will headline the Grand Tastings at Marble House, cooking on the Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary Stage on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Regional favorites also participating in the weekend cooking demonstrations include Michael Ferraro, Executive Chef of Delicatessen and creator of Mac Bar in New York City, and Dan Enos, Executive Chef & Managing Partner of Boston’s Oceanaire Seafood Room. Chocolate lovers will delight in Brian Donaghy’s & Tim Brown’s demonstration with Guittard Chocolate. Additionally, local chefs Karsten Hart, Executive Chef at Newport’s Castle Hill Inn, Jonathan Cartwright, Executive Chef of MUSE at Vanderbilt Grace, and Champe Speidel of Persimmon will be sharing their talent and tips on stage.

The Grand Tastings will also feature book signings by the guest chefs and other authors throughout the weekend. Visitors will also get to enjoy the Stella Artois Beer Garden, where Master Chef Daniel Joly will offer pairings of cheese, chocolates and fruits with samples of their Belgium beers, Stella Artois, Hoegarten or specialty Cidre.

The weekend kicks off with the Wine & Rosecliff gala on Friday night, featuring an outstanding selection of fine wines and food amid seaside Gilded Age splendor. After Saturday’s Grand Tasting, the fun continues at the Collectible Wine Dinner at The Elms. Guests will enjoy a delicious meal while getting to taste and learn about a variety of high-end collectible wines, including Krug Champagne, Flowers Chardonnay, Kistler Pinot Noir, Chateau Haut Brion Bordeaux, and Carte Blanche Cabernet Sauvignon Napa.

Additionally on Saturday night, the return of Newport After Dark will give guests an opportunity to extend the party late into the night while enjoying food and cocktails from some of the Festival sponsors at Forty 1˚ North on the Newport waterfront.

On Sunday, an exclusive Winemakers’ Brunch offers guests the unique experience of tasting the magnificent rosés of Chateau d’Esclans, guided by winemaker Sacha Liccine, in the grandeur of the Gold Ballroom at Marble House.

Beginning Friday, visitors can attend seminars to learn about wines from different regions of the world. Guests are encouraged to ask some of the industry’s most respected experts, including Lou Di PaloJordan MacKayMegan KrigbaumHelen MorrisonLarry StoneGeoff Labitzke, Philippe Newlin and Marshall Altier about the tasting, pairing and buying of wine.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is FOOD & WINE Magazine. Additional sponsors are National Trust Insurance Services, Alex & Ani, Italian Trade Commission, Jenn-Air, Atria Senior Living, Stella Artois, Dave’s Fresh Marketplace, Hyatt Regency Newport, Lila Delman Real Estate, Alaska Seafood, Chef Works, Arrow Prestige Limousine & Coach, Villa Maria, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Certified Piedmontese Beef, Leaf & Fiber, Celebrity Cruises, , Chateau d’Esclans, 41 North, Baume & Mercier, Tourism Ireland, Maple Leaf Farms, Coca Cola, Quintessa, Whistle Pig Whiskey, United Airlines, Amtrak, Yankee Magazine and Design New England.

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2014 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit, or call (401) 847-1000.


Taste Trekkers Expo Adds Culinary Arts Museum Reception and Film Premiere to Lineup

The second annual Taste Trekkers Food and Travel Expo will return to Providence, Rhode Island, on the weekend of October 3-5. Organizers have announced two new events that will be part of this year’s program: A special “Food on the Move” reception at the newly re-opened Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum, and the New England premiere of the food documentary, Farm-City, State.

On Saturday, October 4th, following the Expo’s main event at the Providence Biltmore, food lovers are invited to Culinary Arts Museum at Johnson & Wales University for a special look at the “Food on the Move” exhibit, which examines the way transportation has affected American cuisine from the late 1800s through the modern era. The reception will include locally-expired refreshments and drinks. Tickets will be available at the door for $15.

On Sunday, October 5th, following the Eat & Run Scavenger Hunt downtown, Taste Trekkers will host the New England premiere of the documentary Farm-City, State at the Cable Car Cinema. The directorial debut from filmmaker David Barrow sets out to answer the question, “Can the city of Austin, Texas feed itself with only locally grown food?” Along the way, he captures the vital role that chefs, farmers, and artisanal food producers play in bringing a meal to the family dinner table. The film offers a unique peek at the thriving city of Austin through the lens of food. Admission for Expo attendees and scavenger hunt participants is free; tickets will also be available at the door for $5.

These events round out the full Taste Trekkers itinerary, including Industry Day at Johnson & Wales University on Friday October 3rd and Foodie Day at the Providence Biltmore on October 4th. The full schedule is available on the Taste Trekkers website at Tickets for all three day’s events are on sale now, and range in price from $20 to $50.

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