WNPR’s Faith Middleton Hosts a Once-in-a-Lifetime Event with Four French Culinary Legends on Saturday, May 8

Release Date: 04/02/2010

Event To Benefit WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio

The four legends of French cooking in America will perform at Faith Middleton’s WNPR Food Schmooze Signature Event Wine Dinner on Saturday evening, May 8, at the renowned French Culinary Institute of New York City.
    
The French Legends Wine Dinner features the biggest line-up of food royalty in the history of Faith Middleton’s popular Food Schmooze Party program, which airs twice weekly  on WNPR in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island.
    
Following innovative cocktails, lights will go on in the FCI theater for a dazzling and exceptionally rare joint-performance by author and PBS television food star Jacques Pepin; the former chef of “21” and Le Cirque, Alain Sailhac; the former chef and owner of Lutece, Andre Soltner; and chocolate impresario Jacques Torres.
 
Immediately after the performance, guests will attend an unforgettable multi-course wine dinner, personally chosen by Jacques Pepin and prepared by the top chefs of The French Culinary Institute. In addition, Pepin, whose paintings are sought after by art collectors, has agreed to hand-paint the illustrations on the menu for the evening.
 
Wines for the dinner will come from Frederick Wildman and Sons French portfolio, including Pol Roger champagne, the high-scoring 2004 Hugel Riesling Jubilee, and the 2005 Jaboulet Cote Rotie.
 
A benefit auction will feature several exclusive items, including a limited-edition Kitchen Aid mixer signed by all four French legends, and the master menu painted and signed by Jacques Pepin.
    
Round-trip transportation for Faith Middleton’s French Legends Wine Dinner in New York is provided by WNPR, offering coaches in two locations, Hartford and New Haven.
Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event, which begins at 6 p.m. in New York, will benefit WNPR and Faith Middleton’s on-air Food Schmooze Party. Seating is extremely limited. Tickets are $750 per person, $450 of which is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
 
For reservations or ticket information, e-mail awilliamson@cptv.org.
 
About Faith Middleton
For over 29 years, radio television and print journalist Faith Middleton has served as host and executive producer of The Faith Middleton Show on WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio. She has twice received the "Pulitzer" of national broadcast journalism, The Peabody Award. She has been named Best Talk Show Host by the readers and editors of Connecticut Magazine for the past eleven years. In May of 2008 Faith received the Mark Twain Award from the Connecticut Press Association as well as the Humanitarian Award from The Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut. In 2006 The Connecticut Bar Association gave Faith their “Distinguished Public Service Award” which in past years has been given to luminaries such as Dr. Henry C. Lee, Wally Lamb, Henry Luce, Arthur Miller, etc. She is an Associate Fellow of Yale University, where she taught the Art of the Interview, and she is author of a book about the humanity of her listeners called The Goodness of Ordinary People
  
About WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio
WNPR/Connecticut Public Radio is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.cpbn.org), an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports, and educational programming to viewers, listeners, and readers. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes CPTV/Connecticut Public Television, a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries, and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing a historical role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programming each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. For more information, visit www.wnpr.org and/or www.cptv.org.
 
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