10th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival – Portofino Bay Food and Wine...

10th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival – Portofino Bay Food and Wine Party 2013 – Recap and Photos

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The 10th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival, benefitting children’s charities, was held April 11-14, 2013. This four-day world-class event was named “One of the 5 Best Exotic Car Shows in the World” by Made Man magazine, ranking with other events in Paris, Geneva and Monte Carlo. 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the event, which started in downtown Celebration in 2004.

On Saturday evening, April 13 the Festival’s annual Food & Wine took place harbor side at Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando.

More than 50 restaurants, renowned celebrity chefs and wineries joined to create what Scott Joseph of the Orlando Restaurant Guide called a “Star-Studded Culinary Event.” The evening featured a display of exotic cars, live music and performance artists, as well as silent and live charity auctions.

Celebrity chefs from the Bravo television show Top Chef, including winner Kevin Sbraga and Kenny Gilbert, were on hand to prepare dishes like grilled octopus legs, grilled pork belly skewers, and foie gras soup. The chefs were also be joined by Hell’s Kitchen finalist Dana Cohen.

Hell's Kitchen winner Chef Dana Cohen
Hell’s Kitchen winner Chef Dana Cohen preparing her Seared ahi tuna, pickled mango salad, avocado pure with roasted macademias
Seito Sushi preparing Pork Belly buns
Seito Sushi preparing Pork Belly buns
Seito's Pork Belly Buns
Seito’s Pork Belly Buns
Chef Kevin Sbraga and his foie gras soup
Chef Kevin Sbraga and his foie gras soup
Nissan GTR and a Lotus
Nissan GTR and a Lotus
Roy's Lobster potsticker and ahi tuna poke
Roy’s Lobster potsticker and ahi tuna poke
Celebration Exotic Car Festival Portofino Food and Wine 2013
Celebration Exotic Car Festival Portofino Food and Wine 2013
Primo by Melissa Kelly
Primo by Melissa Kelly
Wolfgang Puck's Spicy Tuna Tartare
Wolfgang Puck’s Spicy Tuna Tartare
Chef Kenny Gilbert's Pork Belly skewers...so good...so bad for you
Chef Kenny Gilbert’s Pork Belly skewers…so good…so bad for you
Cupcakes from Sweet by Hollis Wilder
Cupcakes from Sweet by Hollis Wilder
Spencer's Steaks and Chops
Spencer’s Steaks and Chops
Ocean Prime's shrimp ceviche
Ocean Prime’s shrimp ceviche
Roy's Chef Mac Lynch
Roy’s Chef Mac Lynch
Celebration Exotic Car Festival Portofino Food and Wine 2013
Celebration Exotic Car Festival Portofino Food and Wine 2013
Ricky Ly founded TastyChomps.com in 2008 as a local Orlando food blog dedicated to finding the tastiest bits and pieces of Orlando as well as around the world. His first book, Food Lovers' Guide to Orlando: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series) is available now on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Photography is taken using a Canon EOS 6D and a Sony Nex-3. In 2017, he was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel's Culinary Hall of Fame. He is also featured in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida 100, a weekly opinion column featuring 100 of the most influential people in local government, politics and culture. In 2018, he was chosen by the Orlando Weekly as one of the "Ten People Making Orlando a Better Place to Be." E-mail him at tastychomps(at)gmail.com. Google

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