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Published on : Friday, August 5, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is partnering with The Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to host the 5th Annual Passion for Food and Wine event on September 8, 2016. This is the third year the Hotel has hosted the area’s premier culinary affair where Baltimore’s most celebrated chefs come together for an interactive dining experience in an exclusive setting to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
One of the most sought-after tickets of the charity season, the CFF Passion for Food and Wine event hosts a maximum of 200 guests in the Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, where they enjoy gourmet cuisine and fine wines as they bid on unique live and silent auction items to raise funds for cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects 30,000 adults and children in the United States and 70,000 people worldwide.
“With so much promising research on the horizon, it’s more important than ever that we raise every dollar we can to fight cystic fibrosis and improve the lives of people with this disease,” said Rich Kendrick, Senior Managing Director, Co-Head Equity Capital Markets of Stifel. “Today, thanks to research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, we jave crossed an exciting threshold, with more than half of all individuals with CF now age 18 and older.”
The event’s sensory adventure begins with a cocktail reception with Baltimore’s favourite bartenders, exquisite hors d’oeuvres provided by local restaurants, and a wine and food-inspired silent auction overlooking Baltimore’s historic inner harbor.
“Gone are the days when you have to choose between an evening of haute dining and supporting a great cause!” said Mack McGee, Executive VP, Principal of Groove. “We are grateful for the outstanding support from our participating restaurants, their chefs, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, our corporate sponsors and our guests.”
The chef will be announced to the attendees just days before the event, and then the evening of the event the guests are led to their chef who prepares a five-course tasting menu reflecting their personal flair for a table of 12 guests. Each course is expertly paired with rare wines from private cellars and wineries.
After dinner, guests have an opportunity to enjoy after-dinner drinks prepared by Baltimore’s best mixologists while mingling with all of the featured chefs, sommeliers and bartenders at the after-party. It is truly a beautiful and rare culinary experience for a great cause.
“I think most hospitality professionals would agree that our occupation offers us a distinct view on giving back to the community since creating food and providing great service are at the core of what we do every day,” says Julien Carralero, General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. “I believe that true hospitality extends beyond the confines of our Hotel and restaurants and into the community in which we are privileged to serve. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of a local charities that have really captured our hearts and we’re honoured to host their annual fundraiser.”
The event couldn’t take place without the generous sponsors: STIFEL, M&T Bank, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, Whole Foods Harbor East, Axios, Sylvan Laureate and Drs. Michael Schwartz and Julius Hyatt.
Proceeds from the CFF Passion for Food and Wine event will directly benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organisation and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. This is a historic time in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Promising therapies that treat the underlying cause of CF, rather than just the symptoms, are in late-stage clinical trials. If successful, these drugs could change the face of the disease and the prognosis of those who suffer from CF.