The renowned chef’s annual food and wine event celebrates its 10th anniversary, featuring culinary stars, and wine experts from around the world, raising significant funds for No Kid Hungry and local Sonoma County charities and scholarships

HEALDSBURG, Calif. (December 09, 2014) – From Friday, March 20 to Saturday, March 21, 2015, Chef Charlie Palmer will take over Wine Country with top food and wine talent by his side for the 10th 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:

Michael Kornick, Chef/Owner mk The Restaurant
Bryan Voltaggio, Chef/Owner VOLT, RANGE, Family Meal and Top Chef Masters Runner-Up
Nancy Oakes, Chef/Owner Boulevard
Ludo Lefebvre, Chef/Owner Petit Trois, Trois Mec, Ludo Bird

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

Merry Edwards, Merry Edwards Winery
Alex Gambal, Alex Gambal
Nicolas Morlet, Peter Michael Winery
James MacPhail, MacPhail Family Wines (2014 Pinot Cup Winner)
Gary Pisoni, Pisoni Vineyards

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

10th Anniversary Pigs & Pinot, Pinot Noir Blend

In recognition of the 10th anniversary of Pigs & Pinot, winemakers Daryl Groom (Groom) and Jesse Katz (Lancaster Estates) have joined forces to create a limited production, one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir blend. This first-ever, collaborative blend combines select 2013 Pinot Noir grapes from 12 celebrated Sonoma County winemakers from the past decade of Pigs & Pinot events, including winners of the coveted Pinot Cup and participants of the Gala dinner. The 10th Anniversary Pigs & Pinot, 2013 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Pinot Noir Blend is a composition of grapes so graciously donated by the following winemakers: Cirq, DeLoach, Paul Hobbs, Martinelli, Merry Edwards, Papapietro, Perry, Kanzler, Rochioli, Roth, Williams Selyem, Woodenhead, and Kosta Browne. Only ONE BARREL of this incredible blend is being made and will be sold online when tickets go on sale in January. 1.5 and 3 liter bottles are priced at $175 and $300, respectively.

The 2015 Pigs & Pinot event presents a stimulating line-up of food and wine seminars, tastings and cook-offs, with all net proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry’s work 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.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what we have accomplished throughout the ten years of Pigs & Pinot,” says Chef Charlie Palmer (Chef / Owner Dry Creek Kitchen and Hotel Healdsburg), “We’ve raised over $500,000 for No Kid Hungry and Sonoma County charities and scholarships; we’ve celebrated two Sonoma County staples, pork and Pinot Noir, and we’ve truly raised the bar year after year to enhance the quality of the event and its offerings. I can’t wait for this tenth annual event and I’m so thankful for everyone who has had a hand in Pigs & Pinot over the years.”

THE 2015 PIGS & PINOT WEEKEND LINE-UP

Friday, March 20, 2015:

Taste of Pigs & Pinot; 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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. 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, pâtés and other special creations from Chef Palmer and Dry Creek Kitchen, guest celebrity chefs and local Healdsburg restaurants.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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/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: Ludo Lefebvre, Bryan Voltaggio, Michael Kornick, and Nancy Oakes. Every course will be paired with two limited-production Pinot Noirs from highly acclaimed wineries including Merry Edwards Winery, Alex Gambal, Peter Michael Winery, MacPhail Family Wines, and Gary Pisoni.

Spoonbar’s Swine & Wine Dinner; 7:00 p.m. at h2hotel

Spoonbar’s Chef Louis Maldonado (Top Chef Finalist 2014) and team showcase two very special and passionate Pinot Noir wineries for their annual Swine & Wine dinner: Brogan Cellars and George Wine Company. Both wineries are considered cult Pinot Noir producers and Chef Maldonado does justice to their exceptional flavor profiles with his food pairings. Whereas Pinot Noir is normally paired with European flavors, Chef Maldonado will marry Pinot with an Asian palette—from Japan, Korea and Vietnam--with pork as the unifying factor during this 5-course casual chic dinner. It’s a “Next Gen” Pigs & Pinot that promises to take the experience to a whole new level.

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 14, 2015.

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 $2,937 plus applicable fees.

The Luxe Pigs & Pinot package price includes two night accommodations for two in a Hotel Healdsburg Deluxe Room at $2,481 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: $1,679 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:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | Exclusive Pigs & Pinot Visa Signature Pre-Sale

Visa Signature card holders will have access to purchase tickets during a 24-hour pre-sale beginning at 10 am PST on Wednesday, January 14, which includes:

  • 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
  • Tenth Annual Pigs & Pinot 2013 Pinot Noir Blend will be available for purchase (while supplies last)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 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
  • Tenth Annual Pigs & Pinot 2013 Pinot Noir Blend will be available for purchase (while supplies last)
  • À La Carte Tickets

Tickets to the individual events will be available Thursday, January 15, 2015 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. Follow Charlie Palmer on Facebook and on Twitter with the hashtag #pigsandpinot for updates and new offerings.

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About Charlie Palmer Group

The Charlie Palmer Group grew out of Aureole, American cuisine pioneer Charlie Palmer's landmark restaurant, originally located in a historic townhouse on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Today, Palmer's flagship Aureole is strategically located at the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park. Other coast-to-coast locations encompass an expanding collection of award-winning restaurants—many in equally significant historical locations—innovative wine shops, and luxurious boutique hotels, each designed with distinctive personalities to provide unique experiences. These properties include: Aureole, Charlie Palmer Steak, Upper Story by Charlie Palmer and Crimson & Rye (New York), Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Charlie Palmer Steak at The Four Seasons Hotel (Las Vegas), Charlie Palmer Steak (Washington, DC), Charlie Palmer Steak and Briscola (Reno, Nevada), Dry Creek Kitchen at The Hotel Healdsburg & Hotel Healdsburg (Sonoma County, California), Harvest Inn by Charlie Palmer (St. Helena, CA), Burritt Room, Burritt Tavern and Mystic Hotel (San Francisco, CA), Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza, Next Vintage Wine Shop and DG Burger (Orange County, California). Learn more at www.charliepalmer.com.

About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 5 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

Media contact:

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