23rd Annual American Wine & Food Festival Benefiting Meals On Wheels

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Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff Bring Together the World's Most Talented Chefs, Wine and Spirit Purveyors for
Spectacular Culinary Event




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On September 24, 2005, a line up of today's most prominent chefs will converge on Los Angeles for the 23rd Annual American Wine and Food Festival. A star-studded gathering of 55 celebrated chefs will come together with more than 60 fine wine and spirit purveyors in honor of the occasion.

Held at the Universal Studios' back lot from 6 to 11 p.m., the 23rd Annual Wine & Food Festival is open to the public and will feature live bands, a live and silent auction including fabulous vacation getaways, great wines and fine dining gift certificates and, of course, an epicurian feast. The Festival's high-energy lounge will showcase the talents of Las Vegas' Bellagio Hotel's Bartender Extraordinaire Tony Abu Ganim, award-winning Spago Pastry Chef Sherry Yard and an unforgettable blues band. An estimated 2,500 guests are expected to attend.

Meals are prepared, cooked and packaged by St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, Los Angeles. Each delivery consists of two meals: one hot meal to be eaten at midday and a cold meal for the evening.


On the heels of last year's $1.1 million record-breaking success, the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation, along with presenting sponsors Visa Signature and ConAgra Foods, has put together another esteemed line-up of celebrity chefs.

This year's festival will feature Frontera Grill's Rick Bayless, Patina's Joachim Splichal, LeBernardin's Eric Ripert, Olives' Todd English, The Food Network's Bobby Flay, Babbo's Mario Batali, and Nobu Matsuhisa of Matsuhisa & Ubon, among others.

Ticket Availability
Festival tickets are available through the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation for $250 per person, and $300 per person at the door, as space allows. Table reservations are available from $3,000. For more information or reservations, please call 310-777-3707 visit www.awff.org , or e-mail [email protected].

Meals on Wheels last year

Beginning July 17th, Visa Signature cardholders will have access to a limited number of tickets to a VIP celebrity chef cooking demonstration, featuring hors d'oeuvres and fine wines, in addition to the main American Wine & Food festival.  Space is limited; interested cardholders should contact the Visa Signature Concierge at 888-877-1035 for additional information and to purchase tickets.

In addition, Visa Signature cardholders who make and honor a reservation through Visa Signature Dining (www.visadining.com) between July 15 and August 15 will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a trip for two to the festival.  For additional information, please visit www.visa.com/signature.

About the American Wine & Food Festival
Since its inception in 1982, the Puck-Lazaroff Charitable Foundation has supported the American Wine & Food Festival, raising more than $11 million for Los Angeles Chapters of Meals on Wheels. The largest privately-funded organization of its kind in the country, Meals on Wheels serves thousands of meals each day to Los Angeles' homebound senior citizens, disabled and terminally ill patients.

As part of his ongoing commitment to support St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, renowned chef Wolfgang Puck --- together with Mark Peel and Nancy Silverton of Campanile & La Brea Bakery, Octavio Becerra of Patina and Stephan Samson of Valentino --- created meals for over 2,000 homebound, mostly elderly L.A. residents on March 9. 2004

As a result of their efforts on behalf of Meals on Wheels, the Austrian-born Puck, renowned for feeding Hollywood Glamour at the annual post-Oscar extravaganza, and leading restaurant designer Lazaroff, are also celebrated for their philanthropic spirit.

Participating Chefs:
Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Matt Bencivenga, Thomas Boyce, David Burke, Floyd Cardoz, Sam Choy, Tom Colicchio, Gary Danko, Robert Del Grande, Luis Diaz, Lissa Doumani, Todd English, Walter Ferretto, Bobby Flay, Larry Forgione, Michael Ginor, Suzanne Griswold, Vincent Guerithault, Kerry Heffernan,

Lee Hefter, Christopher Lee, Aram Mardigian, Steven Lewandowski, Nobu Matsuhisa, Drew Nieporent, Bradley Ogden, Frank Ostini, Francois Payard, Mark Peel, Luciano Pellegrini, Susan Placek, Helmut Placek, Paul Prudhomme, Stephan Pyles, Eric Ripert, David Robins, Mitch Rosenthal, Steve Rosenthal, Stephen Samson, Jimmy Schmidt, Piero Selvaggio, Lydia Shire, Nancy Silverton, Hiro Sone, Joachim Splichal, Roger Stettler, US Pastry Team, Norman Van Aken, Yuji Wakiya, Jonathan Waxman, and Sherry Yard.

St. Vincent Meals on Wheels delivers over 2,500 meals to seniors and others every day of the year without the assistance of federal funding. You can be an Angel and help with this mission by getting involved.

Visa Signature, ConAgra Foods, American Airlines, Mansour Travel, Electrolux Appliances, Food & Wine Magazine, Fine Living TV Network, Nestle Waters, Moet & Chandon, Belvedere Vodka, La Brea Bakery, California Raisin Board, The Patron Spirit Company, Niche Media, Universal Studios, Los Angeles Confidential, Renaissance Hotel, Classic Party Rentals, Peet's Coffee and Tea, Republic Linen,  Southern Wine and Spirits, 10 Cane Rum, Evans Hardy+Young, K- Mozart, Skyy Vodka 90, Martin Millers Gin, Jacob Maarse Florist, Avalon Transportation

For more information go to www.wolfgangpuck.com/awff


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