The list of events for the inaugural Savannah Food and Wine Festival is impressive.
Festival organizers set a high bar with one-of-a-kind wine dinners, tastings, cooking demonstrations, classes and more, and they came up with a star-studded lineup of award-winning chefs and cookbook authors paired with fun events and premium wine and spirit brands from around the world.
Some of the more notable events have already sold out, such as the Celebrity Chef Tour, VIP Vintner and Chef's Lounge at the Taste of Savannah, Hugh Acheson's cooking class and the Jazz and Bubbles Brunch, but with so many great events, you can still get tickets to some pretty amazing happenings.
Several James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs, including Acheson, Chris Hastings, Steven Satterfield and Elizabeth Terry, will host demonstrations and classes.
Other notable celebrity guests include Food Network's "Extreme Chef" winner Anthony Lamas and award-winning chefs Kent Rathbun from Dallas and Shaun Doty from Atlanta. Master Sommeliers Robert Jones and Michael McNeill will also be at the festival, along with James Beard Foundation award-winning authors The Lee Brothers from Charleston, as well as a host of local celebrity chefs and cookbook authors.
The festival's main event will be an expanded Taste of Savannah from noon-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at Ellis Square.
It promises to feature something for every member of the family, from the Culinary Kids area to the Culinary Court, Artisan Market, Celebrity Chef Kitchen, Cookbook Author Signing Tent, Silent Auction, Waiter's Race and Bartender's Challenge.
Here is the breakdown of what will take place during the festival from Nov. 11-17.
But don't wait too long to make up your mind.
Tickets are expected to sell out for most events.
The most up-to-date festival information is available at their website, on Twitter and Facebook.Connoisseur Wine Dinners
A select group of Savannah chefs have been paired with famous wine makers, wines and Master Sommeliers for a one-of-a-kind week. These private dinners feature white tablecloths, four- and five-course meals with wine pairings at some of the finest restaurants in town.
To take a peek at the full menus and wine pairings, check out the Events section of the Savannah Food and Wine Festival's Facebook page.
â€¢ 6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth on 37th, $190/person. Groth Wine Tasting Dinner with Suzanne Groth, featuring chefs Kelly Yambor and Jeremy Diehel.
â€¢ 6:30 p.m. at Circa 1875, $150/person. Featuring Master Sommelier Michael McNeill and Chef David Landrigan.
â€¢ 6:30 p.m. at Noble Fare, $175/person. Surprise menu with seven courses and 10 wines featuring Chef Patrick McNamara and winemaker Gary "Godfather of Paso Robles" Eberle with Eberle Winery. Must purchase tickets from Noble Fare. For dinner details and reservations, call 443-3210.
â€¢ 8 p.m. at Ruth's Chris Steak House, $135/person, featuring Heitz Cellars.
â€¢ 8 p.m. at Sapphire Grill, $165/person.
â€¢ 8 p.m. at The Olde Pink House, $160/person.Dinners, Tastings
â€¢ Farm to Table Wine Dinner Reception, 5 p.m., $150/person, Bethesda Academy, featuring Chef Elizabeth Terry and Master Sommelier Robert Jones.
The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature former Savannah restaurateur Elizabeth Terry, who will prepare a first course of crab-stuffed flounder, a dish featured on the menu of the award-winning restaurant, Elizabeth on 37th. The main course will be prepared by Kirk Blaine, executive chef at Driftaway CafÃ©, with the dessert servings being prepared by Executive Chef Dusty Grove of the Landings Club.
â€¢ Movie screening, "SOMM," documentary presented by The Big Green Egg and Beringer and The Beringer Great Steak Challenge with hosts Master Sommelier Robert Jones, The Local Palate Magazine and the historic Savannah Theatre, 6 p.m., $29/person.
Two local chefs will participate in a steak "grill off" outside the theater with the help of The Big Green Egg. Cheese and appetizers will be served inside. Guests can also sample wines from Beringer Vineyards. The steak challenge and wine tasting begins at 6 p.m. and the movie is at 7:30 p.m.
Robert Jones will also be on hand to answer questions after the movie about his trials of becoming a master sommelier.
â€¢ Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner 6:30 p.m., sold out, 700 Drayton, The Mansion on Forsyth Park, featuring four James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs: Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings, Steven Satterfield and Elizabeth Terry.
â€¢ Grand Reserve Tasting, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $125/person, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Wine bottles averaging $50 or more will be served at this tasting, along with gourmet appetizers. A silent auction will feature one-of-a-kind wine lots, luxury travel, merchandise and services. V.I.P. guests will include world-renowned wine makers, chefs and authors Lydia and Rob Mondavi Jr., Chef Chris Hastings, The Lee Brothers, Chef Anthony Lamas, Chef Shaun Doty, Master Sommeliers Robert Jones and Michael McNeill, Joy Sterling, Iron Horse Vineyards and more.
â€¢ River Street Wine Stroll, 5:30-7:30 p.m., sold out, Rousakis Plaza at River Street. Taste and enjoy hundreds of wines and spirits in a casual atmosphere. Tables will be set up with tasty finger foods, including cheese and charcuterie plates and light apps. Big Green Egg will host tastings, Linkie Marais of Food Network and Holly Chute, executive chef for the Governor's Mansion, will be on hand, and Local Palate Magazine will host a booth that is uniquely Charleston. Most of the chefs and local celebrities will be at the event, so guests will have a chance to hang out with the stars of the festival.
â€¢ Riverboat Wine and Dinner Cruise, 8 p.m., $89/person, River Street Riverboat Company. Join Food Network's "Extreme Chef" Anthony Lamas and Vintner Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards on a riverboat cruise down the Savannah River.
â€¢ Michael Mondavi Family Estate Dinner, 8 p.m., $225/person, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Wines aged for more than 40 years are being pulled from the cellars of the Mondavi Family private collection for this event. Special celebrity guests and chefs Chris Hastings and Kent Rathbun will prepare a four-course meal along with host chef Sir Roger Michel of The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.
â€¢ Jazz & Bubbles Brunch, noon-3 p.m., sold out, Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa.Classes, Seminars, Learning Experiences
In a week-long tribute to some of the best epicurean experiences in town, the Savannah Food and Wine Festival will host cooking classes, demonstrations, seminars and learning experiences with top chefs, authors, winemakers and more.
These events offer a rare opportunity to learn from industry experts like Food Network Extreme Chef Anthony Lamas, Top Chef Hugh Acheson, Chef Chris Hastings, Chef Kent Rathbun, Rob Mondavi Jr., Master Sommeliers Robert Jones and Michael McNeill and James Beard Foundation award-winning cookbook authors The Lee Brothers, Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart.
â€¢ Cooking class with Chef Hugh Acheson, 1-3 p.m., sold out, Mansion on Forsyth Cooking School.
â€¢ Cooking class and demonstration "A Taste of Charleston" with The Lee Brothers, 1:30-3:30 p.m., $85/person, Mansion on Forsyth Cooking School.
Learning Experiences at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 15.
Cooking classes, seminars and demonstrations are sold separately, but an all-day Epicurean Pass is offered for $150.
â€¢ 10-11 a.m. Cooking Class/Demonstration and Wine Tasting with Gullah Diva Sallie Ann Robinson and moderator Tim Rutherford, $50/person.
â€¢ 11:15-12:30 p.m. Master Sommelier Robert Jones, "Seasonal Holiday Values" Wine Tasting and Seminar, $35/person
â€¢ 12:45-1:45 p.m. Cooking Class/Demonstration and Wine Tasting with Chef Joe Randall and Master Sommelier Michael McNeill, $50/person.
â€¢ 2-2:45 p.m. Joe Shirley, winemaker, Napa Cellars "Napa vs. Sonoma" Wine Tasting, $35/person.
â€¢ 3-3:45 p.m. Randall Roberts, Four Roses Bourbon Tasting, $35/person.
â€¢ 4-5 p.m. Big Green Egg "Grilling Gurus" and Wine Tasting with Chef Kent Rathbun and Rob Mondavi Jr. on the Riverfront Esplanade, $50/person.
Taste of Savannah, noon-4 p.m. at Ellis Square, $50/person.
â€¢ Noon-4 p.m. The Taste of Savannah is bigger and better than ever with wine and spirits booths, the Stella Artois and the Best of Belgium Beers with free tastings, Celebrity Chef Kitchen, Cookbook Authors, Big Green Egg Grilling Gurus and Learning Experiences Tent. All available through general admission ticket.
The Artisan Market, Culinary Court, Waiter's Race and Bartender's Challenge are open to the general public at no charge,
VIP Vintner's Lounge is a separate ticket (sold out), which provides special access to the VIP Vintner's Lounge area.
â€¢ 12:30-1:30 p.m. Waiter's Race presented by Chateau St. Jean, free
â€¢ 2-3:30 p.m. Bartender's Challenge, free
VIP Vintner's Lounge presented by Penfold's and Beringer, noon-4 p.m., separate ticket required, (sold out), Courtyard and Garden at the Inn at Ellis Square
â€¢ Noon-12:30 p.m. The Lee Brothers Meet and Greet
â€¢ 12:30-12:45 p.m. Food Network, Extreme Chef Anthony Lamas Meet and Greet
â€¢ 2-2:30 p.m. Chef Shaun Doty Meet and Greet
â€¢ 2:30-3:15 p.m. Joe Shirley, vintner, Napa Cellars, Meet and Greet and Tasting
â€¢ 3:30-4 p.m. Tim Smith, Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine, Meet and Greet and Tasting
Big Green Egg Grilling Gurus, noon-4 p.m.
â€¢ Noon-12:45 p.m. Chef Linkie Marais, Food Network
â€¢ 1-2 p.m. Chef Kent Rathbun, Kent Rathbun Concepts, Dallas
â€¢ 2:15-3 p.m. Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef, Georgia Governor's Mansion
â€¢ 3:15-4 p.m. Cooking demo, TBD
Sysco Learning Exper-iences Tent, noon-4 p.m.
â€¢ Noon-12:45 p.m. Napa Valley Winemakers and Principals - "Napa Valley Rocks" Presentation: Rob Mondavi Jr., Joe Shirley, Jeanne Cabral, Craig Becker and more.
â€¢ 1-2 p.m. "Local Sustainability & Sourcing" - The Lee Brothers will moderate a panel of celebrity chefs, including Chris Hastings, Anthony Lamas and Shaun Doty with Manchester Farms' Heather Ivey and Del Ferguson of Hunter Cattle Co.
â€¢ 2:10-2:30 p.m. Sysco Fresh Presentation.
â€¢ 2:40-3:15 p.m. Master Sommelier Michael McNeill "New World vs. Old World" Blind Tasting.
â€¢ 3:20-4 p.m. "Heritage of African American Cooking in Savannah and the Lowcountry" with Chefs Joe Randall, Sallie Ann Robinson and Vinnie Burns, moderated by Tim Rutherford.
The Local Palate Celebrity Chef Kitchen, noon-4 p.m.
â€¢ Noon-12:45 p.m. Cooking demo with Chef Shaun Doty, Bantam & Biddy, Atlanta. Moderated by Maggie White, editor of The Local Palate Magazine.
â€¢ 1-1:30 p.m. Savannah Technical College Presentation moderated by WTOC-TV's Tim Guidera.
â€¢ 1:45-2:15 p.m. Culinard, Virginia College Presentation moderated by WJCL-TV co-anchor Jennifer Andrews.
â€¢ 2:30-3:15 p.m. Food Network, Extreme Chef Anthony Lamas, Seviche, moderated by Maggie White, editor of The Local Palate Magazine.
â€¢ 3:20-4 p.m. Food Network Chef Linkie Marais, moderated by Jesse Blanco, host of Eat It and Like It!
Andaz Experience presented by The Whitman, Patron Circle Members only, noon-4 p.m., 22 Square, Andaz Hotel
â€¢ Noon-12:45 p.m. Joy Sterling, CEO, Iron Horse Vineyards Tasting.
â€¢ 1-1:45 p.m. Joe Shirley, Vintner Napa Cellars Tasting.
â€¢ 2-3:30 p.m. Rob Mondavi Jr. "Private Mondavi Family Cellar Tasting." (Limited to first 50 Patron Circle members.)
â€¢ 2:30-3:30 p.m. Andaz Executive Chef Lauren Teague presents pre-Thanksgiving favorites
â€¢ 3:30-4 p.m. V.I.P. Meet and Greet with celebrity chefs, authors, wine makers
Celebrity Author's Tent, noon-4 p.m., book signings
â€¢ Noon-1 p.m. Chris Has-tings, Cheryl and Griff Day
â€¢ 1-2 p.m. Janice Shay, Sallie Ann Robinson, Damon Lee Fowler, Pat Branning
â€¢ 2-3 p.m. The Lee Brothers, Martha Nesbit, Damon Lee Fowler, Libbie Summers, Joe Randall
City Market Official After Party, 4 p.m., City Market next to Ellis Square.
â€¢ This event will feature the band Tokyo Joe from 4-10 p.m. City Market will host artists in the courtyard from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artists will do demonstrations and sell their work.