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Things were definitely heating up in resort this weekend thanks to the 2009 Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival. Chefs from the Food Network and Bravo hosted, demonstrated, mixed and mingled with guests at the Harrah’s, Bally’s, Caesars and Showboat Casinos. People of all ages, from all over the country and from many walks of life decided to “Uncork Their Passion” and attended this premier event of the summer season!

Fans enjoyed a variety of events ranging from gourmet pizza and wine tastings to small group chef demonstrations. Guests even had the opportunity to get some cooking lessons with Emeril Lagasse at the Circus Maximus Theater at Ceasars Casino, enjoy the Feast of Fieri with Guy Fieri, take a California Wine Tour hosted by Ted Allen at Bally’s Casino, learn the Art of Fondue presented by The Melting Pot and hosted by Ingrid Hoffmann and rub elbows with celebrity chefs at the Malibu Rum Beach Soiree.

This culinary spectacular was presented by TD Bank benefitting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 1982, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. With that, the foundation was created and is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer movement.

During the Food & Wine Spectacular at The Pool at Harrahs, hosted by Tom Colicchio, guests walked around Atlantic City’s largest indoor Pool and Entertainment Complex, stopped at the dozens of food, desert and beverage stations to taste and toast the best the Shore had to offer!

At the Moet & Chandon exhibit, Brenda Krameert, the Trade Development Manager, feels that partaking in the AC Food & Wine Festival gives the company a chance to showcase their product to a diverse range of people. “It’s great for business; it’s good for our brands to get people who normally don’t have a chance to taste it, to do so. Its good exposure and we had a very long line all night!”

Even Top Chef Host Tom Colicchio—in keeping with the theme of the evening to give back—used his appearance as an opportunity to help those in need. Before hosting an even at The Pool at Harrah’s, Colicchio spoke openly about the role the restaurant industry has in changing public policy. Colicchio said he and his wife are making a documentary called Hungry in America, “We have enough food in this country to feed everybody, we don’t have the will, the political will to feed everybody and it absolutely makes no sense. In this country 13 million kids go to be hungry every night—every night, 38 million Americans go to bed hungry.”

The Elizabeth, New Jersey chef says while the film is still in the fundraising stage, he hopes to wrap up next year. “The thing is that, the face of hunger is changing, it’s not about the kid in Africa with flies swarming over his face. It’s homebound elderly, it’s military families, it’s people that are out of work, who have to make a decision between medication or buying food and yet we have the resources."

Colicchio isn’t stopping there, he is also using his celebrity status to make his voice heard about farm subsidies. “You’re taking acres and acres of land that could be used for food production and turning it to gas production, and it costs more gas to grow ethanol than the ethanol you actually get out of it. It’s crazy. And this is all about farm subsidies, and it’s all about senators protecting their constituencies.”

The 2009 Food & Wine Festival was a recipe for excitement, a truly delicious hit and a way to help many causes near and dear to their hearts!