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Food and Wine Event at Portofino – Celebration Exotic Car Festival 2012 GIVEAWAY


The 9th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival, benefitting children’s charities, will be held April 12-15. 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. Through the efforts of this event, nearly $800,000 has been donated to children’s charities, including Make-a-Wish, Special Olympics and Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.

Food & Wine at Portofino
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando
Saturday, April 14th 7:00pm-11:00pm

“A Star-Studded Culinary Event”
Scott Joseph, Orlando Restaurant Guide

This high-energy event is the party of the year, and now has an spectacular new location! The annual Food & Wine party will now be held harborside at the stunning Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. A virtual duplication of the beautiful seaside town of Portofino, Italy, this idyllic waterfront setting is the perfect location to enjoy fine wines and incredible cuisine! Local restaurants and renowned celebrity chef’s join to prepare a world-class culinary extravaganza. Highlighting the evening will be a display of exotic cars, live music, performance artists, silent and live auctions, and much more!

Several celebrity chefs from the Bravo television show “Top Chef” will also be on hand to prepare their most famous dishes at the event, including Michael Voltaggio, Kevin Spraga, and Kenny Gilbert. Voltaggio’s new Los Angeles restaurant, “ink” was just named the “Best New Restaurant in America” by GQ magazine.

VIP Tickets
Upgrade your Food & Wine Party to the VIP experience! Guests will have exclusive access to the velvet rope VIP area and seating, with premier location for the evenings entertainment and live auction. Mingle with the celebrities and enjoy direct access to celebrity chefs and their chef stations. VIP guests will also have a private, full open bar with premium wines and champagne, cocktail service, VIP food station with truffles by Chef Luke Forzano, extraordinary desserts, and more! These exclusive VIP tickets are strictly limited to 150 guests.

Exotic Car Display
Display your exotic car at the event! The cars will be staged waterside, right in the middle of the action. Space is limited; please make your reservation for a display space on your registration form. A police escort (at normal highway speeds) will depart at 6:30pm from the Celebration Hotel and proceed directly to Portofino. If you are driving to Portofino on your own, please arrive no later than 7pm for staging.

Participating Chefs
Host Chef

Luke Forzano
Executive Chef, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Special Guest Chef

Michael Voltaggio
ink. Los Angeles, CA
The Best New Restaurant in America”…GQ
Top Chef, Season 6

Top Chef

Kenny Gilbert
Top Chef, Season 7
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Kevin Sbraga
Top Chef, Season 7

Ryan Artim
Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach
Nando Belmonte
Loews Royal Pacific Hotel
Douglas Chin
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Marc Ehrler
Hilton, Maryland

Steven Jayson
Universal Orlando
John Johnstone
Augusta National Golf Club
Thomas Kriebel
Loews Corporate Chef
Hichem Lahreche
Loews Portofino Bay Resort

Peter Timmins
Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande
Sean Woods
Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes

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We are having a drawing for two tickets to Food & Wine at Portofino, a $300 value. The tickets are provided by CECF Wish Foundation and by their promotional partner, Pearleen Buchala of


Complete the following requirements to enter:

1. Sign up for the upcoming e-newsletter here! Don’t worry we will only send you periodically the latest and greatest foodie news, updates, events, and more! (if you already signed up, skip on to number 2)

2. Answer this question by posting in the comments below, make sure to leave your name:

A. What’s your favorite “exotic” car?

Deadline for entry: April 7, 2012 at 11:00pm.

The Winner will be chosen randomly from the correct answers and announced here on this page  and the and CECF folks will send you the tickets! Good luck!!


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