Chefs vs. Wines: Epicurious Vino Challenges Set

April 28, 2009 (Raleigh, NC) – The Epicurious Vino Challenge is set.  The competing chefs have “selected their corks,” which revealed the Hinnant Family Vineyard wine they must use as a key ingredient to create a gourmet dish during this fundraising event to benefit children and adults with a disabilities. The competition will be held Saturday, May 30, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery in Pine Level, NC.

The chefs and their challenges are:

Personal Chef Mario vs “Southern White”

Urban Food Group vs “Magnolia,” “Tar Heel Red,” “Peachy Too,” and  “Carlos”

Chef Tom Armstrong of Vinnie’s Steakhouse vs “Blush”

Chef Frank Peters of Catering Works vs “Southern Red”

Chef Terry Moody at the Pound Cake Company vs “Strawberry”

Chef Joyce Jenkins of The Serving Spoon vs “Pack House Gold”

Personal Chef Wendy Perry vs “Norton”

Walnut Creek Country Club Chef Scot Elden vs “Scuppernong”

Broken Eagle Eatery Owner/Chef Bobby Carraway  vs “Carolina Wildflower”

US Foodservice’s executive chefs Bob Passerelli and Mark Turner will serve as judges to determine which chef created the best dish and present the H&H Grand Prize. Guests will enjoy the various dishes and choose the People’s Choice.  They will also have the opportunity to taste all 18 Hinnant wines as well as signature martinis.

Live jazz will be provided by the Peter Ingram Trio with Elmer Gibson.  An original painting created by artist Brenda Behr especially for The Epicurious Vino Challenge will be up for auction.  Guests will also vie for a case of prime choice steaks from US Foodservice and an evening at the vineyard for a Christmas party, donated by Hinnant Vineyards.  A Lorenzo necklace valued at $1000 from Barnes Jewelers of Goldsboro will be won in a raffle.

Reserved tables for eight are $400. Individual tickets are $50. Raffle tickets for a gift from Barnes Jewelers are $50 each.

For tickets and more information about The Epicurious Vino Challenge, contact Debbie Valentine at or call 919-941-0530.  Tickets are also available at the Hinnant Family Vineyards by calling 919-638-6519 or emailing:

All proceeds will benefit a child or an adult with a disability at RHA Howell’s Bear Creek, Walnut Creek, and Magnolia Creek locations. RHA Howell is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving children and adults with disabilities across the state of North Carolina.  Its services are provided in Wake, Johnston, Wayne, Lenoir, Pitt, Craven, Orange, Durham, Guilford, Forsyth, Cabarrus, Catawba, Iredell, and Anson Counties.  For more information on RHA Howell, visit

About US Food service:
US Foodservice ( is the Grand Benefactor for The Epicurious Vino Challenge. Additional sponsors include Fallon Benefits Group, Southern Pharmacy Services, PFMI, Jim & Donna Panton, SCA Tena, Morcom Medical Consultants, Blue Water Spa, Second Empire, Carolina Café, the Kinston Indians, and The Carolina Mudcats.  Print Enterprises of Henderson, NC is the print sponsor.

About Hinnant Family Vineyards:
Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery ( is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina, sprawling over 80 acres.  Their international award winning wines range from dry white and reds to traditional sweet scuppernongs. They are located between Raleigh and Goldsboro.

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