The weeklong Savannah Food & Wine Festival has announced the many nonprofit organizations to which part of the festival profits will be donated. The sought-out festival will return to Georgia for the week of Nov. 11 to 17, bringing top chefs, sommeliers, and culinary experts to the area.
One of the main events at the festival, the Grand Reserve Tasting, hopes to bring in a noticeable amount of profit, of which part will be donated to a local nonprofit organization, The 200 Club of The Coastal Empire. This high-profile event will offer wine bottles averaging more than $50 for those looking for the "ultimate in wine tasting," as well as host a silent auction of items such as one-of-a-kind wine lots, luxury travel, merchandise, and services, while guests can enjoy gourmet appetizers.
"The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire goals and objectives are honorable and clearly in line with Savannah’s needs. The organization provides immediate financial assistance for surviving spouses and children of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line-of-duty while protecting their communities. We are very proud to be associated with the amazing work The 200 Club provides to our community," Michael T. Owens, president of the Savannah Food & Wine Festival, stated in a recent press release.
Special VIP guests at the Grand Reserve Tasting will include world-renowned sommeliers, winemakers, chefs, and authors such as Lydia and Rob Mondavi Jr., chef Chris Hastings, the Lee Brothers, chef Anthony Lamas, Master Sommeliers Robert Jones and Michael McNeill, and Iron Horse Vineyards.
According to Hugh Golden, chairman of the Grand Reserve Tasting Committee, the event is the must-attend event for wine enthusiasts. "If you appreciate good wine, the festival has a multitude of events you can attend — if you appreciate great wine, you won’t find a better ticket available in the southeast region to taste extraordinary wine than the Grand Reserve."
With community being the focal point of this year’s Savannah Food & Wine Festival, giving back and supporting local nonprofit organizations is of high priority to the festival organizers. Besides The 200 Club of the Coastal Empire, nonprofits that will benefit from festival include United Way of the Coastal Empire, Bethesda Academy, the West Broad Street YMCA, and Mom’s Lemonade Stand.