Kohler Food & Wine Experience tickets are now on sale for a weekend full of flavor with celebrity chef presenters Jacques Pépin, Andrew Zimmern, Marcus Sammuelsson and Lidia Bastianich among others on October 22-25, 2009. Interested food and wine connoisseurs are urged to purchase tickets now as this year’s event features one of the “Just like a fine wine the Kohler Food & Wine Experience gets better with age,” said Chef Ulrich Koberstein, Group Director of Culinary Arts – Kohler Co.
The complete schedule of events, tickets and hotel packages are now available for event goers to learn from wine experts, regional restaurateurs and nationally renowned chefs. Details are available at www.KohlerFoodandWine.net or 1-800-344-2838.
CELEBRITY PRESENTERS & CHEFS
This year the strong line-up of celebrities includes some returning favorites and new presenters and chefs to the Village of Kohler:
• Jacques Pépin – Host of Jacques Pépin: More Fast Food My Way & cohost of PBS’s The Zen of Taste
• Claudine Pépin – Cohost of PBS’s The Zen of Taste
• Lidia Bastianich – Author and hostess of PBS’s Lidia’s Italy
• Marcus Samuelsson – Chef – Aquavit, Cookbook Author, Cofounder & Chief Creative Director – Townhouse Restaurant Group
• Andrew Zimmern – Host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
• Hosea Rosenberg – Bravo TV Top Chef New York Season 5 Winner
• Jon Ashton – CW’s The Daily Buzz Chef
• Marc Stroobandt – Belgian Master Beer Sommelier and Belgian BEER Ambassador
2009 SPECIAL EVENTS
Co-sponsored by Food & Wine magazine, this event offers a weekend of gala wine tasting events, wine & spirits seminars, culinary demonstrations, artisan cheeses and gourmet food makers, and specialty shopping. This year features new and time-honored events. New for the 2009 event are the Intimate Chef Luncheons ($85) at The Wisconsin Room on Friday and Saturday and the Ultimate Tailgate Party at the Stella Artois Main Stage on Sunday. The luncheons are hosted by a celebrity chef that dines with the guests and discusses inspiration for the chef selected menu and beverage pairings. Friday’s luncheon features Lidia Bastianich and a chef selected menu paired with Italian wines. Hosea Rosenberg is the host of Saturday’s luncheon featuring Stella Artois Belgium Beer pairings. To conclude the weekend’s events, guests can enjoy the Ultimate Tailgate Party featuring the live television broadcast of the Green Bay Packers football game featuring tailgate-style food and beverages for purchase.
Traditional events for the weekend include the Thursday-evening Kohler Chefs’ Challenge ($10 – plus a suggested canned good for donation), Friday’s Shake & Stir Martini Party ($35) with Jon Ashton, the Grand Wine Tastings ($25) on Friday and Saturday, and the Sunday Champagne Brunch ($60) at The American Club. The 2nd annual Saturday evening Oktoberfest ($35) event featuring a live band and beer tasting will again be hosted in the Stella Artois Main Stage and Augusta National Chef Bruce Sacino returns for the second consecutive year to host the Champions Dinner at Whistling Straits ($150) on Saturday.
The schedule, tickets and pricing for the 2009 Kohler Food & Wine Experience are available online at www.KohlerFoodandWine.netor by calling 800-344-2838 starting early July. Ticketed event prices start at $15 and many events and tastings are complimentary. Events sell out quickly and it is advised to make reservations early to help ensure best selection and availability. Events, presenters, locations and times are subject to change. Visit the Facebook page at Kohler Food & Wine Experience.
Complimentary demonstrations, tastings and activities are scheduled during the Kohler Food & Wine Experience weekend in various locations throughout the Village of Kohler including:
– Gourmet Grocer Vendor Fair at Woodlake Market
– The Shops at Woodlake – tastings, specials, trunk shows, drawings & events
– Chef demonstrations and samplings at the Kohler Design Center, enter to win The Kitchens of Kohler chef-inspired Kohler STAGES Sink and two Karbon faucets prize package
– Gourmet Marketplace at The American Club
Hotel packages for the weekend are available at The American Club. Special event two-night hotel packages for the nights of October 23 and 24 and feature exclusive event tickets start at $459 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-344-2838 or visiting www.DestinationKohler.com. Package prices based on double occupancy. The Taste of the Vine Package features two tickets to the Taste of the Vine signature Friday evening event at The Kohler Design Center. The Feast of Talents Package features two tickets to Taste of the Vine and two tickets to the Feast of Talents Dinner. This signature evening event features menu courses selected by the participating celebrity chefs – Marcus Samulesson, Andrew Zimmern, Lidia Bastianich, Jacques Pépin & Ulrich Koberstein – that will join guests for intimate evening concluded by a dessert course from the Kohler Original Recipe Chocolate chocolatiers.
The 2009 Kohler Food & Wine Experience is co-sponsored by Destination Kohler, Food & Wine Magazine, Kohler Waters Spa and Stella Artois in cooperation with The Village of Kohler Tourism Promotion Committee. Additional event sponsors include Badger Liquor, Hoegaarden, Johnsonville Sausage, KitchenAid, Kobrand, Leffe, L’eft Bank, Reinhart Food Service, Sartori Foods, Stone’s Throw Winery, Torké Coffee Roasting Co., Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.