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Sun Winefest features celebrity chefs

4 December 2007

UNCASVILLE, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Sun Winefest 2008 will feature an all-star cast of celebrity chefs, wine, spirit and ale experts to complement the spectacular experience at Mohegan Sun on Saturday and Sunday, January 19th & 20th, 2008. Celebrity chefs include: Todd English, Jasper White, Robert Irvine, Mary Ann Esposito, Govind Armstrong, Roberto Donna, Susur Lee, Johnny Vinczencz, Walter Potenza, Luis Bollo, Jimmy Burke, Michael Ginor, Chris Schlesinger, Kim Canteenwalla, Ihsan Gurdal. Wine, spirit and ale experts include: Fred Dame, Master Sommelier, Beam Wine Estates; Steve Reeder, Winemaker, Simi Winery; Stefano Girelli, Managing Director, Casa Girelli; Malcolm Gosling, Gosling's Rum; David Mirassou, Winemaker, Mirassou Winery; Kathy Benzinger, Benzinger Family Winery; Sofia Partida, Partida Tequila. Mohegan Sun executive chef Michael Luboff and his exceptional culinary team will also take part in the events. The schedule and chefs are subject to change.

The celebrity chefs, wine, spirit and ale experts will be featured throughout the weekend's festivities in live cooking demonstrations, seminars, and the "Celebrity Chef Dine Around." More information is available at

On Saturday evening at 7:30pm, the "Celebrity Chef Dine Around" will offer guests the unique opportunity to enjoy an evening of delectable food and fine wine as world-famous chefs prepare signature dishes up-close at live cooking stations. Each dish will be paired with a premium wine to maximize the tasting experience.

The unparalleled culinary experience also includes an array of memorable desserts provided by Mohegan Sun's noted culinary team. Tickets for the event are $175.00 for both food and wine, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger.

The main event at Sun Winefest 2008 is the Grand Tasting, which will be held in the Convention Center on Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm each day. More than 1,000 fine wines, specialty spirits and ales, tastings from some of the best restaurants and exhibitors showcasing related services such as wine storage, culinary accessories and specialty foods will be featured. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear commentary from the winemakers and experts, and enjoy delicacies from some of the region's finest restaurants by purchasing tasting portions of their signature dishes.

Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $65.00 for a one-day pass ($70.00 at the door) and $95.00 for a weekend pass, and may be purchased online at, over the phone at 860.886.0070, or in-person at Mohegan Sun's Box Office. Proceeds from the Grand Tasting will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Please note that all attendees must be 21 or over.

Tickets to the "Celebrity Chef Dine Around" can be purchased at or by calling Marketing Resource Consultants at 860.728.5700. Please note that all attendees must be 21 or over.

SUN WINEFEST 2008 is a production of Marketing Resource Consultants, Inc. (MRC) a Hartford, Connecticut-based, full se rvice firm that specializes in marketing, event management and production, public relations, sponsorship, advertising sales, creative design, promotions, publishing and more.

Mohegan Sun is currently in the midst of Project Horizon - a multi-million dollar expansion that calls for a new 1,000-room hotel, featuring 300 House of Blues-themed rooms and an exclusive members-only House of Blues Foundation Room. The expansion also includes 115,000 square feet of additional retail and restaurant space, and a new 64,000 square-foot "Casino of the Wind." In addition, Project Horizon expanded Mohegan Sun's Asian gaming experience in Casino of the Earth with Sunrise Square which opened in the summer of 2007. Upon full completion in 2010, Project Horizon is expected to add more than 1.4 million square feet to Mohegan Sun's existing structure.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States. Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.

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