* Updated April 4, 2012 with ticket giveaway, see below for details!
Food and cars have always been two passions of mine. The combination of both in one event is a dream come true. Before food blogging, I was heavily involved in the automobile events industry. Now that the culinary world has taken over my life, there are special events that involve both and can be experienced by those who appreciate food and exotic cars.
This year in Orlando, the formerly named “Jetport Food & Wine Party” has been renamed Food & Wine at Portofino taking place at Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel. This food & wine event is part of the the 9th Annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival. The Food & Wine at Portofino on April 14th will involve local restaurants, celebrity chefs from around the U.S., live entertainment, and feature a display of exotic cars. Efforts from this event will be donated to children’s charities.
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From the 2011 event, one of the most exotic cars was the Ferrari FXX which is 1 of 30 in the world ever built. I was fortunate to attend last year’s event and it was one of the top culinary events of 2011 with numerous world renown chefs, high profile guests, and rare exotic cars. More photos from: 2011 Jetport Food & Wine Party
See below for a list of celebrity Top Chefs, guest appearances, and more event details with ticket information.
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.
Saturday evening, April 14 will be the Festival’s annual Food and Wine Party. This high-energy event has been described as the “party of the year,” and now has a spectacular new location. Formerly the “Jetport Food & Wine Party,” the event has been renamed Food & Wine at Portofino and will be held harborside at the stunning Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. A virtual duplication of the beautiful seaside town of Portofino, Italy, this waterfront setting is the perfect location for guests to enjoy fine wines and incredible cuisine. More than 50 local restaurants and renowned celebrity chefs join to prepare a world-class culinary extravaganza. The evening also features a display of exotic cars, live music and performance artists, as well as silent and live charity auctions.
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 Sbraga, and Kenny Gilbert. Voltaggio’s new Los Angeles restaurant, “ink” was just named the “Best New Restaurant in America” by GQ magazine.
The Food & Wine party attracts guests from all over the country, and has been attended by numerous Hollywood and sports celebrities over the years. This year’s guest list includes Carl Weathers (Rocky), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), Patrick Warburton (Rules of Engagement), Luke Wilson (Old School), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future) and Judd Nelson (Breakfast Club).
Tickets for this must-attend evening are available on the Festival’s website at www.celebrationexoticcars.com
100% of the net proceeds of this event are donated to children’s charities.
Food & Wine at Portofino
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando
Saturday, April 14th 7:00pm-11:00pm
(thru March 31, 2012) $125 per person
(after March 31, 2012) $150 per person
VIP Tickets (Very limited number available):
(thru March 31, 2012) $200 per person
(after March 31, 2012) $250 per person
We are doing a giveaway for a pair of tickets to 1 lucky reader to attend the Food & Wine at Portofino, a $300 value! The tickets are provided by CECF Wish Foundation and by their promotional partner, Pearleen Buchala of megaYUMMO.com
1 winner will receive 2 tickets to the event, Food & Wine at Portofino.
To Enter, you must do both of the following:
Step 1. Must “Like” the Droolius Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/drooliusblog and post comment on the page: “I entered the Food & Wine at Portofino giveaway”
Step 2. Leave a comment below on this post, answering this: “What would you like to see most at this event? An exotic car? A Top Chef? Eat the food? See a celebrity?”
The giveaway starts today April 4 and deadline to enter is April 8, 2012 (this Sunday) by 11:59 p.m. The randomly selected winner of this giveaway will be announced on Monday afternon, April 9th, via this blog post and the Droolius Facebook page. If you won, you will be notified, asked for your mailing address via email and we will mail you the tickets or arrange a pick up. Good luck!
Words and photos by Julius Mayo Jr.
Content and photos © Droolius.com 2012