Wine + food + art = La Dolce Vita

I wanted to take a minute to write about our 2010 Art of Good Taste season, which will celebrate “La Dolce Vita” with Italian wine, food, and art.  If you’ve never been to any of our AGT events, you are in for a treat!

The Art of Good Taste comprises four main wine auction events, which serve as the museum’s biggest fundraisers of the year, and have raised almost 3 million dollars over the past decade!  All the proceeds go to fund our education programs and community outreach efforts, so you know your money is going towards a worthy cause… in addition to granting you great night out!

This year we’re excited to welcome seven vintners who are coming all the way from Italy to represent the different wines of their country!  We’ve got: Badia a Coltibuono (Chianti), La Valentina  (Montepulciano), Tenuta Sant’Antonio  (Amarone), Lageder (Alto Adige), Marco Felluga (Collio), Vietti  (Piedmont-Barolo), and Casanova di Neri (Montalcino, Brunello).

Wine tastes better paired with delicious food, right?  So, to compliment our winemakers, we are hosting celebrity chef and author Lidia Bastianich; award-winning chef Ken Vedrinksi of Charleston’s Sienna Restaurant; and Marc Orfaly, Executive Chef of the famous Pigalle in Boston; who will all work in concert with Brushmark Executive Chef Wally Joe and Chef de Cuisine Andrew Adams.

Tell me more, you say?  Well, here are the details about the events: 

Fleming’s Wine Dinner (Sun. 2/28 at 6 pm) features a five-course dinner by Chef William Kloos, and wines by Silver Oak and Twomey, and exciting live auction items.  Tickets are $150 per person and all inclusive.
 
Brooks Uncorked: A Taste of the Sweet Life (Fri. 4/16 at 7 pm) is one of the most lively events, featuring food by our favorite local restaurants, over 50 wines from around the world, and DJ Raiford on the terrace!  Tickets are $100 for general admission; $150 for VIP admission.
 
Patrons Dinner (Fri. 5/7 at 7 pm) This elegant, black-tie-optional evening features seven prominent winemakers from Italy, poured alongside a five course Italian meal, with a live auction. Tickets are $500 per person, all inclusive.  Tables are also available.
 
The Grand Auction & A Taste of Italy (Sat. 5/8 at 4 pm) This is an event to remember! Begin the afternoon with a tasting of Italian specialties from the finest local Italian restaurants, enjoy an abundance of fine wine, then move to the tent for the main event. The live auction features wine from some of the world’s most prestigious cellars, exclusive trips, tastings, dinners, artwork and jewelry.  Tickets are $150 per person, all inclusive.

For more information, check out our website at www.theartofgoodtaste.org.

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