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Chef Charlie Palmer Announces 9th Annual Pigs and Pinot Chef and Winemaker Lineup
Featuring culinary stars and wine experts from around the world and raising significant funds for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign and local Sonoma County charities

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (Friday, March 21 – Saturday, March 22, 2014) – Chef Charlie Palmer will take over Wine Country with top food and wine talent by his side for the Ninth Annual Pigs and Pinot Weekend sponsored in part by Visa Signature® - the preferred card for Pigs & Pinot.

Held at the award-winning Hotel Healdsburg and its acclaimed restaurant, Dry Creek Kitchen – located in serene Healdsburg where the celebrated appellations of Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, and Russian River Valley converge – this charitable celebration has become a coveted event amongst pork and wine enthusiasts eager to experience the creations of over 60 wineries and more than 20 chefs who showcase their talents each year.

This year’s participating pork authorities include:

And, to guide us on an illuminating red wine experience, our featured pinot pros include:

And finally, the weekend wouldn’t be complete without the food-loving, celebrity comedian and actor serving as emcee, judge and keep-us-on-our-toes participant:

  • Mario Cantone, actor and comedian

The 2014 Pigs & Pinot event presents a stimulating line-up of food and wine seminars, tastings and cook-offs, with all net proceeds benefitting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America, as well as local Sonoma County scholarships and charities. The event is supported by sponsors including: Visa Signature, DCS Appliances by Fisher & Paykel, Encore Events, Fiji Water and Relish Culinary Adventures, as well as participating wineries and restaurants, which help to make this weekend celebration possible. A complete list of our sponsors can be found by visiting www.PigsandPinot.com.

“At last year’s Pigs & Pinot celebration, we raised over $130,000. Each year this event -- and the demand to be a part of it -- grows exponentially,” says Chef Charlie Palmer. “From the chefs and winemakers to the sponsors and volunteers, I am overwhelmed by the support of everyone involved each year that help to increase our annual charitable contributions and to celebrate the marriage of pork and Pinot Noir.”

THE 2014 PIGS & PINOT WEEKEND LINE-UP

Friday, March 21st

Taste of Pigs & Pinot; 6:30-9pm
Friday evening’s kickoff event is the lively Taste of Pigs & Pinot where guests sample 60 highly-acclaimed Pinot Noir wines competing in the Pinot Cup competition, both from Sonoma County and around the world. This year two Rosé wines will be offered in addition to the lineup of Pinot Noirs treating guests to a “white wine” twist on Pinot Noir. Tastings are served alongside a variety of pork dishes, including homemade sausages, charcuterie, grilled pork, pates and other special creations from Chef Palmer and Dry Creek Kitchen Chef de Cuisine Dustin Valette, guest celebrity chefs and local Healdsburg restaurants.

Saturday, March 22nd

Tournament of the Pig; 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Pigs & Pinot guest chefs will be divided into two talent-packed teams. Charlie Palmer and actor and comedian Mario Cantone will host this iron-chef style competition so guests can once again expect some lively commentary! The two teams will be given a whole pig, which they will use to create two distinct dishes, along with ingredients they can find at Dry Creek Kitchen. A pork-loving panel of judges will determine the winning team. And yes, the audience gets to taste, too!

Ultimate Pinot Smack Down; 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Join Master Sommeliers Keith Goldston, Fred Dame, Drew Hendricks, and Michael Jordan for this exciting March Madness inspired wine seminar. Each Master Sommelier enters the room with his personal selection of four Pinot Noirs from around the world and proceeds to “sell” his favorites in this lively head-to-head pitch contest, which includes blind tastings where the audience picks the winner.

Pigs & Pinot Gala Dinner; 6:30 p.m.
Saturday evening’s Pigs & Pinot Gala features a sumptuous five-course dinner at Hotel Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Kitchen. As a collaborative offering, each course features a signature creation from Palmer and his guest chefs including: Amanda Freitag, Bryan Voltaggio, Frank Crispo, and Philippe Rispoli. Every course will be paired with two limited-production Pinot Noirs from highly acclaimed wineries including CIRQ, Domaine Pierre Gelin, Roth & TeKairanga, Rochioli Vineyards & Winery, and Pyramid Valley Vineyards.

Spoonbar’s Swine & Wine Dinner; 7:00 p.m. at h2hotel
Spain comes to Sonoma on Saturday evening with a fabulous four-course dinner from fellow Top Chef 2013 contestants Chef Louis Maldonado and Chef Carrie Mashaney. For this menu, the duo will be playing up one of Spain’s favorite ingredients—pork—and pairing dishes with two of Sonoma County’s premier Pinot Noirs at this casual chic dinner in h2hotel’s Green Room.

Pigs & Pinot Late Night is a late evening celebration following the Gala and Spoonbar’s Swine & Wine Dinner with after-dinner drinks and dessert at Hotel Healdsburg’s Spirit Bar and fireside lounge. All Pigs & Pinot celebrants are welcome to attend.

EVENT TICKETS AND HOTEL PACKAGES

Due to the wonderful attention and support from pork and pinot lovers, tickets to this event quickly sell out. Those interested in attending should visit www.PigsandPinot.com regularly for updates and new offerings.

Pigs & Pinot is sponsored in part by Visa Signature. Visa Signature accountholders receive 5% off package and à la carte ticket prices, and have the opportunity to purchase tickets during the exclusive Visa Signature pre-sale period, Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Complete details can be found by visiting www.visasignature.com and www.PigsandPinot.com.

Hotel Packages

The Platinum Pigs & Pinot Package includes three nights’ accommodations for four couples in four luxurious Hotel Healdsburg suites (Plaza or Courtyard Suites with sitting rooms and plaza or courtyard views); a personal introduction by Chef Palmer to the featured gala chefs and winemakers; a private table at the gala dinner, joined by the featured gala winemaker of their choice; an exclusive take home gift featuring one bottle from each of the featured gala wineries; and VIP check-in to all events for $25,000 plus applicable fees.

The Ultimate Pigs & Pinot Package includes two nights’ accommodations for two in a Hotel Healdsburg Plaza or Courtyard Suite at $2,892 plus applicable fees.

The Luxe Pigs & Pinot package price includes two night accommodations for two in a Hotel Healdsburg Deluxe Room at $2,436 plus applicable fees.

h2hotel, Hotel Healdsburg’s sustainably chic sister property located just down the street, is teaming up with Pigs & Pinot this year to provide additional lodging packages for guests including two nights in a standard room, two tickets to Taste, two tickets to Spoonbar’s Swine & Wine Dinner and admission to the Pigs & Pinot Saturday Late Night dessert celebration. Package Price: $1,634 plus applicable fees.

Visa Signature account holders receive 5% off all hotel packages.

Ticket Sale Schedule

Tickets will be available for purchase at www.pigsandpinot.com according to the below schedule:

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | General Sale
Hotel Healdsburg Luxe, Hotel Healdsburg Ultimate and h2hotel Taste Plus Lodging Packages
À la Carte Taste of Pigs & Pinot, Tournament of the Pig and Ultimate Pinot Smackdown Seminars

À La Carte Tickets
Tickets to the individual events will be available Thursday, January 16, 2014 and can be purchased online at www.pigsandpinot.com. Taste of Pigs & Pinot tickets are $175 and Seminar tickets are $125 each. Pigs & Pinot Late Night is free to all Pigs & Pinot weekend participants.

Locations

Hotel Healdsburg is located at 25 Matheson Street at the corner of Healdsburg Avenue on the western edge of the historic Healdsburg Town Square (Phone: 707- 431-2800 or toll free at 800 -889-7188). Dry Creek Kitchen is adjacent to the hotel on the Town Square. h2hotel is located just down the street at 219 Healdsburg Avenue (Phone: 707-922-5251).

More information is available at www.pigsandpinot.com and www.charliepalmer.com. Follow Charlie Palmer on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #pigsandpinot for updates and new offerings.

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About Charlie Palmer

Hospitality Entrepreneur, Hotelier and Chef Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature "Progressive American" cooking, a style built on rambunctious, intense flavors and unexpected combinations with an infusion of classical French cuisine. In 1988, he made a landmark commitment to creating dishes featuring regional American ingredients at his sublime Aureole, now in its 25th year and located in the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. Over the years Palmer has established an impressive roster of restaurants across the country and a growing collection of boutique hotels and food forward wine shops. A frequent guest on NBC's Today Show, Palmer is also the author of five cookbooks, Great American Food (Random House/1996), Charlie Palmer's Casual Cooking (Harper Collins/2001), The Art of Aureole, (Ten Speed Press/2002), Charlie Palmer's Practical Guide to the New American Kitchen (Melcher Media/2006), and Remington Camp Cooking (Welcome Books/2013).

About SHARE OUR STRENGTH’S NO KID HUNGRY CAMPAIGN

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign is ending childhood hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day. The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and teaches low-income families to cook healthy, affordable meals through Cooking Matters. This work is accomplished through the No Kid Hungry network, made up of private citizens, public officials, nonprofits, business leaders and others providing innovative hunger solutions in their communities. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.