Acclaimed Chef Barbara Lynch Named Chef de Cuisine for the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Lynch Joined by seventeen other All-Star Celebrity Chefs

Wine Festival LogoNaples, FL – August 26, 2014 – Award-winning chef Barbara Lynch will join the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival for her fourth year, this time returning as the honored Chef de Cuisine. Recognized as one of the top chef-restaurateurs in her native Boston and throughout the country, Lynch will be joined by seventeen all-star chefs and 41 acclaimed vintners for an inspired weekend of food, wine, and philanthropy at the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival. The festival will take place from January 23-25 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

Chef Lynch is the CEO of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, comprised of many of Boston’s best restaurants and culinary experiences, including No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, and fine dining experience Menton, Boston’s only AAA Five-Diamond, Forbes Five-Star, and Relais & Châteaux property. Recently named Outstanding Restaurateur by the James Beard Foundation in 2014, Lynch is a four-time James Beard Award winner and is the only female in the country to hold the distinguished title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.

“The Naples Winter Wine Festival attracts our countries brightest culinary talent and the world’s best vintners, and has long been one of my favorite events of the year. I am honored to be the Chef de Cuisine for 2015,” said Barbara Lynch. “The NWWF does such a great job of securing donations that go towards improving the lives of those that need our help the most: underprivileged and at-risk children. I set up the Barbara Lynch Foundation in 2012 with a very similar goal of empowering urban youth in at-risk Boston communities.”

This year’s participating chefs come to Naples from some of the United States’ most celebrated restaurants in eleven different cities with a collective 23 James Beard awards. These talented chefs include:

Paul Bartolotta of Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare in Las Vegas, NV
Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants in New York, NY and various cities
Curtis Duffy of Grace in Chicago, IL
Ryan Hardy of Charlie Bird in New York, NY
Melissa Kelly of Primo Restaurant in Rockland, ME
Gerry Klaskala of Aria in Atlanta, GA
Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, TN
Barbara Lynch of Menton in Boston, MA
Matthias Merges of A10 Hyde Park in Chicago, IL
Carrie Nahabedian of NAHA in Chicago, IL
Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Café in New York, NY
Kent Rathbun & Kevin Rathbun of Abacus in Dallas, TX and Rathbun Steak in Atlanta, GA
Richard Reddington of REDD in Napa Valley, CA
Giuseppe Tentori of GT Fish & Oyster in Chicago, IL
Rick Tramonto & John Folse of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans, LA
Cindy Wolf of Charleston in Baltimore, MD

“We are looking forward to tasting the wonderful creations of these acclaimed chefs, all of whom have contributed a great deal to the culinary community” said Terry Edwards, Trustee of the Naples Winter Wine Festival and Chef Chair. “Their participation will continue to elevate the festival to new heights, and their contributions make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many children who benefit from the festival.”

In addition to enjoying finely crafted meals from these celebrated chefs, guests to the Naples Winter Wine Festival will also taste award-winning, cult classic wines, and have the opportunity to bid on exceptional wines, unforgettable dining experiences, and custom travel packages during an electrifying live auction.

Ticket packages to this exclusive event are available and start at $8,500 per couple for festival tickets, with a $20,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at the same vintner dinner and under the tent. For more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, please visit http://www.napleswinefestival.com or call 888-837-4919.

About the Naples Winter Wine Festival
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Every dollar raised under the tent funds the festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided around 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. For more information, please visit Napleswinefestival.com.

JOHN R. WOOD NAMES EXEC VP

Bardo, MarkIt is not often that a family-held business like John R. Wood Properties goes outside to find an executive vice president. Indeed, it has been over 20 years since it named veteran Realtor Dottie Babcock to her current position of chief operating officer.

But earlier this month, Phil Wood, president of the company, announced that Mark Bardo would join the Executive Committee to help oversee day-to-day operations of the company. It is the rapid growth in sales achieved by the firm that has led to the need for a new position.

Bardo comes with some impressive credentials.

Hailing from the suburban New York city area, he has over 28 years in residential real estate, the last 17 years as vice president and regional manager at powerhouse Allen Tate Realtors in Charlotte, NC., another family firm.

He also served as director of relocation at Watson Realty, Orlando, and as executive vice president of an independent brokerage in the New York and Connecticut area.

So what will Mr. Bardo do at John R. Wood?

“Help run the company,” said Dottie. “In addition to serving as executive vice president, Mark is also director of sales, so he’ll be in charge of 300 agents working out of our 14 offices from Sanibel to Marco.”

Added Phil, “Mark brings exactly the kind of independent, family-run real estate experience we look for in all of our managers. He is being well-received by everyone in the company and soon that greeting will extend beyond via his commitment to the community and through his many interests.”

One of those interests is recreational boating. (Bardo is past commodore of the Penninsula Yacht Club of Lake Norman, NC). “I’ve heard we have a much larger lake around here somewhere,” he said. “I’m looking forward to spending time on it once I get settled into my new position and my wife, Mary Beth, and I get settled in our new home.”

Persons interested may read more about Mark Bardo on his Linked-In page: www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-bardo/a/137/617

Naples Officials Take Weather Seriously

By Jim von Rinteln, FPEM, CEM, CFM

City officials, including; the Mayor, City Mangers Office, Fire Chief and representatives from the Police Department and Building Services traveled to Miami last month in support of a program which encourages local communities to develop a better understanding of dangerous and damaging weather. The Storm Ready program is sponsored by the National Weather Service (NWS) a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is aimed at improving the communication of hazardous weather information and warnings from the NWS to local communities. One of the requirements for the City of Naples becoming a Storm Ready community is for the City leadership to visit the local NWS forecast office and receive an informational tour and briefing. the NWS office that serves the City of Naples is the Miami-South Florida Weather Forecast Office on the campus of Florida International University, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Mr. Robert Molleda, lead our group on a hour-long tour of the facility explaining in detail the history and challenges of weather forecasting in South Florida, as well as some of the things communities and individuals can do to assist in getting hazardous weather warnings in a timely manner, as well as ways to better obtain weather information in general.

It just so happens that the Miami-South Florida facility and is co-located with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) – so our briefing included a tour of this important nerve-center, which is so important to us here in Southwest Florida at this time of the year.   The NHC is a hub of activity, composed of several specialized units which; forecast, analyze and predict tropical weather, as well as a Technology and Science Branch which is tasked with improving prediction techniques and computer models. During our visit Hurricane Bertha was off the east Coast of United States graciously staying away from us, and Hurricanes Isselle & Julio in the Pacific were threatening Hawaii (the NHC helps track tropical activity in the Pacific ocean until storms pass 140 degrees west longitude, then they are the responsibility of the Central Pacific Hurricane Center in Honolulu, Hawaii) – so there was lots of tropical activity to see and talk about as well.

It doesn’t matter if it’s boating, golfing or keeping tabs on Naples from up north, the National Weather Service provides many ways to find out what we can expect from our local weather.

One great way a person can receive current weather information, including hazardous weather warnings and non-weather emergency information is to purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with “Specific Area Messaging Encoding” or, SAME capability. This function allows a weather radio to operate much like a smoke detector- only activating with an audible alarm when there is hazardous weather or other emergency information that may affect you. Collier County has had a dedicated NOAA transmitter since 1998 which transmits 162.525 MHz – Collier County SAME code 012021, providing local weather information directly from the NWS in Miami.

The Internet, Facebook and Twitter are also sources available:

The National Weather Service, Miami-South Florida Office: www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl

The National Hurricane Center: www.nhc.noaa.gov

Twitter: twitter.com/NWSMiami

@NWSMiami

Facebook: Facebook.com/NWSMiami

Wine Legend Marchese Piero Antinori Named Honored Vintner for 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Antinori One of 41 Preeminent Vintners Selected to Attend Festival

Wine Festival LogoNaples, FL – August 12, 2014 – Marchese Piero Antinori, president of Marchesi Antinori, one of the most historic and prestigious names in Italian winemaking, has been selected as the Honored Vintner for the 2015 Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF), a premier charity wine auction. The Naples Winter Wine Festival, which will take place from January 23-25 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL, also unveiled 40 other world-renowned vintners who will participate in the 2015 festival.

“I am excited and thrilled for having been selected as the 2015 Honored Vintner,” said Marchese Piero Antinori. “It’s the first time that an Italian producer has received such an honor at the Naples Winter Wine Festival, and I consider it a great tribute to all wines and vintners of my country.”

Each year, one vintner, who has significantly contributed to the Naples Winter Wine Festival, is asked to represent his/her fellow vintners.  Marchesi Antinori, which dates back to the 14th century and now boasts 27 generations of wine producers, is famous for three of the world’s most iconic wines: Tignanello, Solaia, and Guado al Tasso. Regarded as a pioneer and innovator, Marchese Piero Antinori has almost single-handedly changed the way wine is produced in Italy, having been credited with propelling the Super Tuscan wines to the forefront of Italian winemaking. 2015 will mark his fifth appearance at the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

In addition to Marchese Antinori, this year’s event will feature some of the most talented and respected vintners from three dozen wineries in 15 global wine-producing regions, seven countries, and four continents, in the northern and southern hemispheres. These top vintners have created some of the most sought-after and collectable wines in the world. They are regularly recognized for their contributions by wine enthusiasts across the globe.

“Each participating vintner is a giant in the industry, and we are thrilled that they are volunteering their time and talent to this amazing event,” said Sandi Moran, Vintner Chair and Co-Chair of the 2015 festival. “These renowned vintners, paired with the finest chefs and our country’s most generous philanthropists, will help raise millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children.”

The other esteemed vintners for this year’s festival include:

Featured Dinner Vintners – Will pour during intimate dinners hosted by Festival Trustees in elegant, private homes and settings throughout Naples.

Santiago Achávalof Achával-Ferrer in Mendoza, Argentina

Paul Leary of Blackbird Vineyards in Napa Valley, California

Deb Whitman & Ed Fittsof BRAND Napa Valley in St. Helena, California

Nick Allenof Carte Blanche Wines in Napa Valley, California

Roberta Cerettoof Ceretto in Alba, Italy

Blakesley & Cyril Chappelletof Chappellet Vineyard in St. Helena, California

Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux in Margaux, France

Thomas Durouxof Château Palmer in Margaux, France

Nicolas Glumineau of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac, France

Ann Colgin & Joe Wender of Colgin Cellars in St. Helena, California

Tim Mondavi & Carissa Mondaviof Continuum in St. Helena, California

Shahpar & Darioush Khalediof Darioush in Napa Valley, California

Claude & Laurent Ponsotof Domaine Ponsot in Morey-Saint-Denis, France

Grace & Ken Evenstadof Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon

Bill Foleyof Foley Johnson in Healdsburg, California

Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiuloof Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa Valley, California

Dan Kostaof Kosta Browne Winery in Sebastopol, California

Cinzia Merliof Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy

Véronique Drouhin-Bossof Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France

Manuel Louzada of Numanthia in Valdefinjas, Spain

Betty O’Shaughnessy & Paul Woollsof O’Shaughnessy Winery in Angwin, California

Deborah & Bill Harlan and Amanda & Will Harlan of Promontory in Oakville, California

Merle & Peter Mullinof Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma, California

Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyards & Winery in St. Helena, California

Barbara Bankeof Vérité / Tenuta di Arceno in Santa Rosa, California and Siena, Italy

Champagne Sponsor – Will pour during the Krug Tasting & Luncheon event and during champagne receptions at each of the 16 private vintner dinners. 

Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in Reims, France

Port Vintner – Will pour during the dessert course at each of the 16 private vintner dinners.

Dominic Symington of Symington Family Estates in Douro, Portugal

Featured Luncheon Vintners – Will pour during a luncheon after Meet the Kids Day, where guests witness first-hand the life-changing impact of the Naples Winter Wine Festival.

Bridgit & Stephen Griesselof Betz Family Winery in Woodinville, Washington

Andrea Farinetti, of Borgogno Wines in Barolo, Italy

Ann & Dick Graceof Grace Family Vineyards in St. Helena, California

Juan Mercadoof Realm Cellars in St. Helena, California

VIP Party / Auction Day Vintners – Will pour at the opening party and prior to the start of the electrifying live auction.

Pam Starrof Crocker & Starr Wines in St. Helena, California

Todd Newmanof Dakota Shy Wine in St. Helena, California

Mike Farmer & Lucas Farmerof Euclid Wines in Napa Valley, California

Augustin Huneeus of Flowers Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, California

Carole & Michael Marksof Gemstone Vineyards in St. Helena, California

Helen Keplinger & DJ Warner of Keplinger in Napa Valley, California

Melinda Kearney & Michèle Ouelletof LORENZA in St. Helena, California

Jenny Marie & Rutger de Vink of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia

Gary, Rosella & Adam Franscioniof ROAR Wines in Soledad, California

Guests at the Naples Winter Wine Festival will savor incomparable cuisine and taste award-winning, cult classic wines. They will also have the opportunity to bid on exceptional wines, unforgettable dining experiences, and custom travel packages.

Ticket packages to this exclusive event are available and start at $8,500 per couple for festival tickets, with a $20,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at the same vintner dinner and under the tent. For more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, please visit http://www.napleswinefestival.com or call 888-837-4919.

About the Naples Winter Wine Festival

The Naples Winter Wine Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Every dollar raised under the tent funds the festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided around 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel.  For more information, please visit Napleswinefestival.com