Friday, April 5, 6-11pm – Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW 2nd Street, Fort Lauderdale
The Museum of Discovery & Science topped its own record in both attendance and net income at its 18th Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration. The event raised over $190,000 with proceeds benefiting the Museum. Over 2,100 guests attended, about 100 more than last year.Â Chaired by Kenneth Stiles, Matt Olsen and Dev Motwani, the event was made possible by the generosity of Bank of America and featured wine and spirits provided by Southern Wine & Spirits. Guests enjoyed tantalizing cuisine, music and a bountiful silent auction. The Silent Auction was chaired by Janet Buhl.
The Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration showcased a sequence of wine, spirits and craft brews with food pairings to more than 2,000 guests. It was the second year that spirits and craft beers were introduced. The highlights of the evening included tastings from 44 of South Florida’s leading restaurants, and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. The event also featured a silent auction, special presentations, and culinary and wine pairing seminars and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.
The evening started off with an exclusive VIP Martini Reception from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It concluded with the ultra chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort VIP ‘Candyland’ Lounge where VIP guests were treated to sweet delights, wines and specialty drinks while dancing under the stars until 11:00 p.m. Special features of the evening included a port wine tasting by Pandora Anwyl; a ‘molecular gastronomy’ demonstration by A Thierry’s Catering and Event Design, followed by a wine tasting with local radio personality and vinter, Paul Castronovo, who sampled wines from his own vineyard.