Sarasota, Florida • Friday, May 2, 2014

Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering in Sarasota, Florida, announces a five-course wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from Grgich Hills Estate in California on Thursday, May 29, 2014 from 6:30pm at Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231. The five-course wine-pairing dinner features dishes from the area’s local culinary stars including Coconut Coast Catering, Chef Chris Covelli, Eloquent Entrees, Chef Paul Mattison, and Keiser University Center for the Culinary Arts. The price is $125 which includes tax and gratuity, seating is limited. Reservations are required and can be made online at floridawinefest.org or by calling 941.952.1109. This is a collaborative  fundraising event between Mattison’s, the American Culinary Federation, and the Florida Winefest & Auction. Proceeds are donated to children’s charities in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.

Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231 Telephone 941.921.3400 Web site mattisons.com

American Culinary Federation, Sarasota Bay Chefs Association, Keiser University 6151 Lake Osprey Dr. Sarasota, FL 34240 Telephone 941-907-3900

Florida Winefest & Auction, PO Box 4193, Sarasota, FL 34230- 4193 Telephone 941.952.1109