Longboat Key, FL (Vocus) September 9, 2009
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort has announced that the highly anticipated 20th Annual Stone Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival will take place November 12 - 15, 2009. This unique three-day event celebrates the opening of Florida's stone crab season with renowned guest chefs preparing stone crab and other native seafood alongside a group of acclaimed vintners presenting wines from around the world. For the past 19 years, The Colony's annual Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival was lauded with this accolade for consistently providing a unique culinary getaway that is a must-do for gastronomes, oenophiles, and neophytes alike.
Every fall, The Colony becomes a fusion of culinary genius and indulgent wine offerings as seven chefs and seven vintners from around the country convene for a weekend of interactive culinary demonstrations and wine tastings. Other highlights during the 3-day festival include a "Sand-Between-Your-Toes Tasting" on the beach and The Chef's Collaboration Gala. The Gala represents the culmination of the festival and features a seven-course meal, complete with a specially chosen wine for each course.
This year, in honor of our 20th Anniversary of this renowned event, The Colony is inviting alumni from past Festivals voted by our event guests for their cuisine and wines, past food and vineyard selections, crowd appeal and overall excellence. Participants for the 2009 Festival include: Michelle Bernstein of Mischy's in Miami, Ed Brown of Eighty-One in New York City, Floyd Cardoz of Tabla in New York City, Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun's in Atlanta, Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit in Cleveland and Dena Marino of D-19 in Aspen. Choosing from a roster of past participating chefs that reads like a "Who's Who" of the culinary and wine worlds such as Bob Kinkead, Vincent Guerithault, David Burke, Kerry Simon, Larry Forgione, Tony Mantuano, Melissa Kelly, Douglas Rodriguez, Frank Stitt, Mosaharu Morimoto and Dickie Brennan and Winemakers from many leading wineries such as Antica, Au Bon Climat, Silverado, Swanson, Far Niente, Arrowood, Schramsberg, Clos Pegase, Biondi Santi and Royal Takaji have was no easy task. The intimate scale of the event presents a rare opportunity for those who attend to meet some of today's most famous chefs and vintners representing many of the world's most admired wines.
Complete festival packages include three days of culinary events and three extravagant evening celebrations showcasing the delectable Florida stone crab through fabulous displays and creative, indulgent dishes by the visiting chefs and skilled team from the award-winning Colony Restaurants. Guests enjoy spacious accommodations in The Colony's one- and two-bedroom villa suites, complimentary access to the resort's health spa and comprehensive fitness center and use of the 800-foot private beach.
The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort was opened in 1969 by Dr. Murray "Murf" Klauber and continues to be family owned and operated by his daughter, Katherine Klauber Moulton, HOTELS magazine's 2001 Hotelier of the World. Recognized as the #1 Tennis Resort in the U.S. by TENNIS Magazine for eight consecutive years, The Colony also offers 208 well-appointed villa suites and 26 specialty accommodations ranging from charming cottages on the beach to stylish penthouses. For more information on The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort visit http://www.colonybeachresort.com or call 1.800.4.COLONY.