The Museum of Discovery and Science hosted its 23rd Annual Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration on Friday, March 16, 2018 that raised nearly $190,000 for the Museum. The event was presented by Bank of America and featured over 30 of South Florida’s premier restaurants, fine wines, spirits and a craft beer garden enjoyed by approximately 1,500 guests and all proceeds benefitted the Museum.
The highlights of the evening were tastings from over 30 of 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. Plus, there was a wide assortment of craft beers to sample in the Beer Garden sponsored by City Furniture. Visitors had the opportunity to bid on some amazing silent auction prizes, which included: an Apple Watch, a stay at the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, Miami Marlins game tickets, plus gift certificates to many local area eateries, and several wonderful gift basket choices. In addition, each guest in attendance received a complimentary wine glass. Ellen Jaffe, from EASY 93.1 was the emcee for the evening.
Guests voted for their favorite restaurants and the 2018 “People’s Choice Award” winners:
1st Place - A Joy Wallace, 2nd Place - John Knox Village Catering, 3rd Place – Timpano
This year’s co-chairs Sal Ferradas of Bank of America, Elliott Flynn of Wells Fargo Advisors, Glen Grimes of Go-Tilt Construction and John Magee of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits kicked off the event at 5:30 p.m. welcoming V.I.P. Platinum Tasting guests to the event with premium cusine, in addition to exclusive access to the Platinum Lounge. Grand Tasting guests began their culinary adventure at 6:30 p.m., followed by the After-Party Lounge, sponsored by JetBlue, where guests continued to enjoy additional culinary delights and danced under the stars to a live DJ.
Museum president and CEO Joseph Cox said, “The Bank of America Wine, Spirits and Culinary Celebration was an amazing blend of sampling, science and socializing. Special thanks to our title sponsor Bank of America and beverage sponsor Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.”
One of the distinguishing features of the Wine, Spirits, and Culinary Celebration was the quality of the restaurants. This year’s list included the following: A Joy Wallace, American Fine Wine Competition, Angelo Elia Bakery Bar, Aprons Cooking School, Aruba Tourism Authority, Barbados Tourism Marketing, Boatyard, Café Ala Carte, Casa Calabria, Crepemaker, ETARU, Fare to Remember, Grateful Palate Catering and Events, Havanna, Healthy Xpress, John Knox Village Catering, Kitchen 305, Krispy Kreme, Lona, Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine, Pizza Craft Pizzeria, Raw Juce, Roho Kitchen, S3, Seasons 52, Shooters Waterfront, Sky Thai Sushi, Sparkling Bitters, Spatch Peri-Peri Chicken, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Ten Palms Restaurant at Gulfstream Park, The Apothecary 330, Timpano, YOLO.
Major sponsors of the 23rd Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration were: Bank of America, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, Doubletime Digital, American Marketing & Management, Inc, BB&T, Centuric, City Furniture, Go-Tilt Construction, JetBlue, JM Lexus, Republic Services, Stiles Corporation, Wells Fargo and Cox Media Group
Additional sponsors included: Advanced Roofing, BankUnited, Joan Barr, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Brown & Brown Insurance of Florida, Carnival Foundation, Coastal Investments, Joseph Cox, Diligent Concrete Washout, Ellis Diversified, Farlie Turner & Co., Elizabeth and Sal Ferradas, Elliott Flynn, Goldcoast Beverage, Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law, Grant Thornton, Greenberg Traurig, Greenspoon Marder, Gunster, Christopher Hauser, JetBlue, JM Family Enterprises, Heather Kaminsky, Michael Kimmey, Pooja Kothari, Leo Goodwin Foundation, Leumi USA, Lochrie & Chakas, PA, Katie Lozada Flynn, DMD, Andrew Migliorini, Pilot Steel, PNC Bank, John Knox Village, Jonathan Robertson, Sun Sentinel, SunTrust, TD Bank, Titan America, Wells Fargo and WSVN.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY AND SCIENCE
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves approximately 400,000 visitors annually. Major operational support for the Museum is provided through generous support by Leadership Guild members including JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Jet Blue and Wells Fargo.
The Museum is open seven days a week, 365 days a year; Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6:00 p.m. with extended IMAX® hours on most evenings. The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit our web site at www.mods.org
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