Todd English Among the World-Class Chefs Headlining the 2014 Mohegan Sun Winefest

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The culinary star joins the 11th annual festival’s celebration of wines, beers, and spirits at the Connecticut resort and casino on January 24-26.

Chef Todd English

Much like cuisine, wine is often about personal taste. I have always enjoyed educating people about the pairing of food with the right vintages because I know how much it can elevate the dining experience.

The Mohegan Sun mega resort and casino in Connecticut is welcoming wine lovers and renowned chefs including four-time James Beard award-winner and restaurateur Todd English to this year’s Sun WineFest taking place from the 24th to 26th of January.

The Mohegan Sun, also home to Todd English's Tuscany restaurant, will host the weekend foodie celebration that will feature popular events such as the WineFest Grand Tasting and the annual Mohegan Sun Oyster Open, now in its 10th year. The three-day festival will allow guests to sample over 1,000 fine wines as well as to indulge in an impressive lineup of international beers and spirits.

This year for English and his Tuscany team, it will be all about the Buffalo, specifically, fresh hand-pulled buffalo mozzarella from MapleBrook Farm in Vermont, and house-made, local Connecticut buffalo milk curd. English will be highlighting the artisanal, farm-fresh creamy richness of the mozzarella. Along with the cheese will be a selection of air-cured meats, salami, and a gyro-roasted Mortadella from Salumeria Biellese of New York City. Also featured will be English’s famous meatballs made from local Connecticut bison.

“Connecticut actually has buffalo farms now and the meat is nice and lean and makes for delicious meat sauces and meatballs,” says English. “We’ll also be featuring a variety of fresh seasonal produce provided by Jansal Valley Farms, Sid Wainer & Son of New Bedford, MA."

Other festival highlights will be when English joins renowned chefs including Robert Irvine and Jasper White for an evening of memorable cuisine at the Celebrity Chef Dine Around. Wine enthusiasts will have the opportunity to mingle with the chefs as they prepare their specialty dishes and pair them with the perfect premium wine, beer or crafted cocktail throughout the festival’s live cooking stations. The already sold-out epicurean adventure takes place on Saturday evening.

“The Winefest is a unique opportunity for individuals to expand their wine knowledge and sample hundreds of vintages in a few days,” explains Chef English. “Much like cuisine, wine is often about personal taste. I have always enjoyed educating people about the pairing of food with the right vintages because I know how much it can elevate the dining experience. What I love about the WineFest is that it gives people the chance to try wines that they may have never before had the chance to.”

For further information on this year’s Mohegan Sun WineFest, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Mohegan Sun website.

About Todd English:
Todd English is a renowned chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur, and television personality based in Boston, Massachusetts and New York City. He is a four-time James Beard Award winner and inductee into the James Beard Foundation's "Who's Who in Food and Beverage in America.” He is the CEO of Todd English Enterprises which owns, manages and licenses over 20 restaurants worldwide including Olives (New York, Las Vegas, Mexico City, Bahamas), Todd English Food Hall (New York, Manila 2014), Todd English P.U.B. (Las Vegas, Birmingham), Figs (Boston, Charlestown, Kuwait, Nantucket and Macy’s West Palm Beach), BlueZoo (Orlando), Ça Va (New York), Todd English Restaurant (Queen Mary 2), Tuscany (Mohegan Casino) and Isabelle’s CurlyCakes (Boston). He has two sons and one daughter. For more information on chef Todd English and his restaurants, please visit his website at; or follow him on Facebook – and on Twitter- @ChefToddEnglish.

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