The Museum of Discovery and Science hosted its 20th Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on Friday, March 13, 2015. This amazing event showcased a sequence of wine and spirits and included culinary samples, which delighted and educated guests and their palates. The 2015 Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration attracted 1500 guests and raised over $200,000. All proceeds benefitted the Museum’s exhibits, films, education, conservation, and outreach programs.
Bank of America has sponsored the event for all 20 years, including 18 years at the Presenting level. “We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Museum of Discovery and Science including support of this event which we have seen grow and evolve over the years,” said Lori Chevy, Bank of America market president for Broward County. “The Museum is an important economic engine in our community and we are pleased to contribute to its impact.”
This year’s co-chairs, John Magee, Anthony Bland and Michelle Cibene topped last year’s guest experience by incorporating some new elements. Event highlights included tastings from South Florida’s leading restaurants and a vast array of wines and spirits from around the world, courtesy of beverage sponsor Southern Wine and Spirits. There was also an assortment of craft beers to taste an amazing silent auction and a complimentary Riedel wine glass for every guest.
The evening began with an exclusive reception in the Harry T Mangurian Jr. Foundation and Zimmerman Advertising Platinum Terrace that overlooked the New River. Platinum guests enjoyed premium cuisine provided by restaurant partners The Capital Grille, Publix Aprons and Lobster Bar Sea Grille. The Platinum experience also included complimentary valet, access to the City Furniture Platinum Lounge featuring Apeiro Kitchen & Bar from Delray Beach and early access to the Grand Tasting.
The Grand Tasting started at 6:30 p.m. and featured over 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants and a sampling of over 200 wine, spirits, and craft beers. This was followed by the ultra-chic Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort After-Party Lounge where all guests continued to enjoy the evening in the MODS atrium and danced to live band, Face2Face under the stars.
Guests were encouraged to share in excitement of the event through social media by posting pictures of the event on Museum of Discovery and Science Facebook Page and Tweeting @IMAXSOFL and #MODSWine, and uploading photos to our Instagram page at: m0ds. .
Sponsors and benefactors were recognized at the exclusive Underwriters’ Party on February 17th, 2015 hosted by Beauty and the Feast at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa.
Guests voted for their favorite restaurants for the honor of: “Peoples’ Choice Award”. This year’s Peoples’ Choice Award” 2015 winner was Yolo Restaurant. The runner-up title went to Shooters Waterfront and third place winner was Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets. The Divine Dine Design awards for best décor went to Dapur Asian Tapas & Lounge, with second place going to Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets and third place to Truluck’s.
One of the distinguishing features of the Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration is the quality of the restaurants. This year’s list included the following: 3030 Ocean, A Thierry’s Catering and Event Design, Adena Grill & Wine Bar, Apeiro, Beauty & The Feast, Bravo Ristorante Italiano, Cafe ala Carte, Crepemaker, Dapur Asian Tapas & Lounge, Events By Grateful Palate, Fork and Balls Restaurant, Gino’s Italian Market & Bakery, Grille 401, Himmarshee Public House, Hoffman’s Chocolate, Keurig, Kitchen 305, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Mai Kai, Publix Aprons Cooking School, ROK:BRGR, S3 Restaurant, Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar, Sky Thai Sushi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Shooters Waterfront Cafe, Steak 954, Sweet Nectar, TacoCraft, The Capital Grille, The Chimney House, Timpanos, Truluck’s, Yum Kettle Corn, Yolo Restaurant and Whole Foods.
Major sponsors of the 20th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration include: Bank of America; Southern Wine & Spirits; Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, Zimmerman Advertising, City Furniture, Harry T Mangurian, Jr. Foundation and Velocity Solutions.
Other sponsors include, ADT, BB&T, Centuric, Moss Foundation, M. Austin & Christine Forman, Republic Services, AutoNation, Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants, Ellis Diversified, Gray Robinson, Grant Thornton LLP, Greenberg Traurig, KPMG, Steven & Rebecca Stoll, Stiles Corporation, Sun Trust Bank, NA, TD Bank, UBS, W. Mack and Associates, Wells Fargo, Advanced Roofing, American Express, Angelo & Banta P.A., Audi Coral Springs, BankUnited, Cherry Bekaert, L.L.P, City National Bank, Coral Ridge Country Club, Cundy, Ernst and Young, Farlie & Turner, Iberia Wealth Advisors, Phi Delta Theta, WSVN, Yellow Cab Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Print Dynamics, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Paramount Refreshment Solutions, JP Morgan Chase, Scott Barr DDS, Tidal Waters Properties, and radio partners are HITS 97-3, EASY 93.1 HOT 105.