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19th New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

Posted by perle0 on 2010-04-20 17:46:22 (6448 views)

[New Orleans]
It's that time of year again...time to make your plans for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience! This 5-day event will take place May 25?29, 2010, in various locations throughout New Orleans. NOWFE, which Wine Enthusiast names as a "perennial 'Top Ten' Wine and Food festival," features over 15,000 glasses of wine being poured from 1000 different wines from over 200 winemakers from around the world, not to mention participation by 100 New Orleans restaurants. This will be the 19th NOWFE, and over the years this non-profit organization has raised nearly $1 million for worthy New Orleans charities.

You'll need to buy tickets and make reservations for wine dinners early, so make sure to plan ahead for this unique and wonderful event.

NOWFE kicks off this year with a Premium Fine Wine Dinner featuring Chef John Folse.
Tuesday, May 25, 7:00 pm
$125 per person (Inclusive)
625 St. Charles Avenue (4th Floor)

On Wednesday, NOWFE sponsors Wine Dinners at New Orleans? premier restaurants, where Winery Principals, often the winemakers, are present to share their wines with each course. Chefs and Vintners plan the menus together, ensuring outstanding food and wine pairings. Contact the restaurants directly for reservation and payment information. Credit card confirmation may be required. NOWFE cannot guarantee reservations in any restaurant. Jackets suggested. Visit for a list of participating restaurants, prices, and menus. It looks like they're still finalizing that list, but remember--the restaurants sell out quickly! If you have your heart set on a particular one, make that reservation today.
Wednesday, May 26, 7:00 pm
$75-$125 per person
At restaurants in New Orleans and surrounding areas

Vinola, NOWFE?s premium tasting event, is a rare opportunity for 200 wine enthusiasts to mingle with notable winemakers while sampling elite wines from around the world. Approximately 40 wineries will be pouring their most revered and highly-rated wines (each exceeding a retail value of $75.) Vinola will be immediately followed by a Live Auction!
$150 per person
Thursday, May 27
Harrah's Theatre.
Tasting 2:00 pm ? 4:00 pm
Auction 4:00 pm ? 5:30 pm

A definitive evening event of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, the Royal Street Stroll brings together New Orleans? greatest gifts: rare antiques, fine art, live jazz, and stunning historic architecture, along with the world?s outstanding wines. Shop the enchanting galleries of Royal Street while experiencing wine offerings at each stop, as live jazz music fills the air. As always, the Stroll will be led by the Krewe of Cork, as they parade down Royal Street.
$75 per person in advance ($90 on?site)
Thursday, May 27, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
On Royal Street

The 2009 NOWFE Wine and Food Seminar Series offers up tastes from celebrated local chefs and exciting discussions about what's hot in the wine world. Each year NOWFE adds new programs, seminars and events to the schedule-- keeping the seminars fresh, relevant, and exciting. This year?s seminars will include: "Magazine, the Street of Dreams," "Charmed by Charcuterie," "Gone Gulfing," "Think Outside the Bento Box!," "Big Red Seminar," "Wines with Altitude," "Let Them Eat Cake," and "Romancing the Rhone."
These seminars vary in price and location, and generally take place on Friday and Saturday before the Grand Tastings.

Friday and Saturday are NOWFE's signature events: the Grand Tastings.
A truly ?grand? experience for both foodies and wine connoisseurs, these events pair extensive offerings from New Orleans? finest chefs and selections of wines from around the world. 75 Chefs and 1000 vintages are accompanied by some of Louisiana?s best musicians, d?cor that showcases the local flavor, and new, exciting festivities! The food offerings are different on each day, and the wine is overwhelming in its quantity, so plan to attend both days if you can swing it. You'll be glad you did, and your liver will thank you.
$89 each day per person in advance ($100 per day at the gate)
Friday, May 28, 6-9 pm
Saturday, May 29, 2-5 pm

For more information about the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, or to purchase tickets, get information about wine dinners, find discounts on hotels, etc., go to

The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the 2009 event benefited the University of New Orleans School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism; the Louisiana Restaurant Association?s ProStart Program; the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute; Delgado Community College Culinary Arts Program; New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts; Girls First; Cancer Crusaders; Animal Rescue of New Orleans; Coach Sean Payton?s Play It Forward Foundation; and Fore! Kids Foundation.


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