Charity Gala Complements SUN WINEFEST 2009


Signature dishes prepared and served by over 20 celebrity chefs make for an unparalleled culinary experience

Guests will marvel at the expertly-prepared feasts served by over 20 celebrity chefs during the charity gala at SUN WINEFEST 2009 on Saturday, January 17th. The event begins at 7:30pm in Mohegan Sun’s Uncas Ballroom. 


On Saturday evening, the Celebrity Chef Dine Around will offer guests the opportunity to meet world-famous chefs, television celebrities, cookbook authors, celebrated restaurateurs and winemakers.  The Celebrity Chef Dine Around brings together pairings of spectacular wines and exquisite signature dishes prepared by a lineup of culinary masters and followed by an elaborate dessert display, presented by chocolatier Jacques Torres and Mohegan Sun’s Executive Pastry Chef Lynn Mansel.  Celebrity chefs include: Todd English, Jasper White, Michael Luboff, Robert Irvine, Govind Armstrong, Mary Ann Esposito, Jeff Henderson, Elizabeth Falkner, Pichet Ong, Douglas Rodriguez, Susur Lee, Christina Pirello, Lydia Shire, Chris Schlesinger, Michael Ginor, Walter Potenza, Ihsan Gurdal and Loretta Oden. 


Tickets for the event are $175.00, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Liver Foundation. Tickets to the Celebrity Chef Dine Around are on sale now and are available for purchase at or by calling Life Marketing & Events at 860.953.0444 ext. 144.


The weekend’s main event during SUN WINEFEST is the Grand Tasting, which will be held in the Convention Center on Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm each day.  Sample more than 1,000 fine wines and specialty ales provided by international wineries and breweries.  Exhibitors showcasing related services such as wine storage, culinary accessories and specialty foods will also be featured.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear commentary from the winemakers and experts and enjoy delicacies from some of the region’s finest restaurants by purchasing tasting portions of signature dishes at a nominal rate.


Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $70.00 for a one-day pass and $110.00 for a weekend pass and may be purchased online at, over the phone at 860.886.0070, at any Ticketmaster outlet or in-person at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


For more information on seminars, special trade rates and hours and area hotel information, visit or call Life Marketing & Events at 860.953.0444 ext. 144. 


SUN WINEFEST 2009 is a production of Life Marketing and Events, a West Hartford, Connecticut-based, full service firm that specializes in marketing, event management and production, public relations, sponsorship, advertising sales, creative design, promotions, publishing and more.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting