Albany Chefs’ Dine and Wine Festival serves up a weekend of Fine Food and Drink

Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts is bringing the 2023 Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Competition offered by Lender of America to Albany this coming weekend. The 3-day competition starts on Thursday, Jan. 26, with the Mayor’s Reception and Kickoff, adopted by the Grand Tastings and Slider Slam on Friday, Jan. 27. The festivities will culminate on Saturday, Jan. 28, with the Grand Gala dinner. 

“The results of the pandemic took a major toll on our area dining places and arts companies. As they carry on to recover and have interaction with the local community, we need to have to occur out in force to display our assistance,” reported Marcus Q. Pryor, board president of Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts. “That is why we are so enthusiastic to have the festival’s functions back in human being, making it possible for local community users to interact, indulge and enjoy all of the tradition and artistic contributions the metropolis has to supply.”

Much more than 50 Money Location Cooks will be highlighted throughout the Pageant in the Friday & Saturday Grand Tastings and Seminars. These Chefs are an superb illustration of the greatest of the Capital Area culinary scene.

The Grand Tasting and Seminars will choose spot at the Albany Money Center. Sample culinary delights from the area’s top cooks and dining places.  Experience educational seminars, together with the Highland Park Whiskey Tour.  VIP tickets will consist of accessibility to the Stoli Elite VIP Lounge introduced by Whole Occasions, wherever Hors D’oeuvres and specialty cocktails will be served. Every VIP ticket acquire quickly provides you an chance to win 1 of 5 remarkable journey encounters!

“I am thrilled that Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival Wine and Dine for the Arts will be back in particular person in 2023, comprehensive with all the signature situations that patrons have occur to know and appreciate, such as the reception and kickoff event that I host, seminars, the Slider Slammer and the Grand Gala Meal,” explained Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan. “This function and the mission to give sustainable funding for the nonprofit arts group in Albany are quite vital to me and I am wanting forward to celebrating in the course of the event.”

Albany Chefs’ Food stuff & Wine Competition has offered practically $1.5 million in sustainable funding for the aid and preservation of the not-for-earnings arts local community in Albany.

2023 Albany Chefs’ Foodstuff and Wine Festival bottle style and design winner, Black Dimensions in Art (BDA)

Black Dimensions in Artwork (BDA), a visible arts group educating the public on the contributions of artists in just the African diaspora, submitted the winning bottle structure for the 2023 festival. The layout represents the organization by featuring the African continent wrapped close to the bottle. In addition to BDA’s layout becoming highlighted in the course of the competition, the Wine and Dine board of administrators will award them with a $1,000 income prize.

This 12 months, Premier Beneficiaries are the Albany Barn, Cash Repertory Theatre, Capitaland Refrain, and Park Playhouse. Spotlight Beneficiaries this yr are the Albany Heart Gallery, Cash Cinema, and Digital Body Art, Inc. Overall distribution will be dependent on the last web proceeds at the conclusion of the 2023 Festival.

In addition, the Wine and Dine for the Arts board of directors also declared their nominations for this year’s Legacy Awards. These awards realize folks for their determination and assist of the arts all through the Cash Area. Benita Zahn has been nominated for The Honorable Gerald D. Jennings Backstage Award. This award is offered to an personal that supports the arts organizations’ endeavors and improves the region’s good quality of lifestyle. The Karen Smith-Sfara Ovation Award honors the memory of founding member Karen Smith-Sfara and is given to an excellent patron or organization demonstrating a major contribution to the arts in Albany. This 12 months the board nominated two men and women deserving of this accomplishment, Annette Nanes and Scott Meyer. The board nominated Matt Baumgartner for The Spirit of the Field award, which is presented to an personal that demonstrates a deep motivation to the local community and a higher level of professionalism in the restaurant field. Every award will be offered at the yearly festival kickoff party, the Mayor’s Reception, held on January 26 at Albany Metropolis Hall.

For a lot more details about how to order tickets, visit albanywinefest.com.  

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About Albany Wine and Dine for the Arts:  Their mission is to provide sustainable funding for the guidance and preservation of the not-for-revenue arts community in Albany, New York, by means of an yearly three-day food stuff and wine-themed competition that markets dining establishments, chefs, and their ground breaking delicacies, educates individuals on healthy, sustainable agriculture, and donates the net income right to deserving non-profit arts corporations.