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2010 Epicurious Vino Challenge Attracts Top Talent

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Eleven professional chefs sign on for food and wine competition, fundraiser.

May 27, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) —  Eleven North Carolina chefs have officially signed up to compete to see who can create the best signature dish using Hinnant Family Vineyards’ wines as a key ingredient during the 2010 Epicurious Vino Challenge to be held Saturday, June 5, from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. at the Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, NC.

The event is a fundraiser for children and adults with disabilities in RHA Howell’s Bear Creek, Walnut Creek and Magnolia Place residential centers in eastern North Carolina.

The final roster of competing chefs includes:

Executive chef Cliff Vogelsberg of Solas in Raleigh is one of 11 professional chefs competing in this year's Epicurious Vino Challenge at Hinnant Family Vineyards.

General Manager and Executive Chef Tom Armstrong, Vinnie’s Steakhouse, Raleigh

Owner and Executive Chef Brian Battistella, Battistella’s New Orleans Kitchen, Raleigh

Executive Chef Clifton Vogelsberg, Solas, Raleigh

Executive Chef Pat Walston, House-Autry, Four Oaks

Independent Consultant and Professional Chef Melinda McGuirk, The Pampered Chef, Charlotte

Owner and Executive Chef Coleen Speaks, PoshNosh – Catering for Foodies, Raleigh

Executive Chef Robbie Lilly, Sisters’ Garden & Catering Company, Raleigh

Co-owner and Executive Chef Martin Nessley, Sunset Grille, Cary

Co-owner and Executive Chef Belo Shelton, Thrills From The Grill, Durham

Co-owner and Executive Chef Steve Reed, Edelweiss Café and Catering, Raleigh

Staff Sergeant, Kimberly Hall, Foodservice Specialist, representing Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro

Presented by RHA Howell and sponsored by Hinnant Family Vineyards, US Foodservice Raleigh, Fallon Benefits Group, Morcom Medical Consultants, and Jim & Donna Panton, the Epicurious Vino Challenge requires the chefs to select the name of a Hinnant wine from a hat.  Executive chefs from US Foodservice will serve as judges to determine which chef used his or her wine to create the most extraordinary dish.

Open to the public, the event will be held at the Hinnant Family Vineyards, which spreads over 80 acres between Raleigh and Goldsboro. Besides sampling the chefs’ dishes, guests will enjoy live jazz by the Peter Ingram Trio, signature martinis, award-winning wines, a chef’s auction, and a chance to win a $1000 gift from Barnes Jewelers.

Tickets are $50 each or $400 for a table of 10. Tickets are available at All major credit cards are accepted. Dress is “snappy cocktail.” All proceeds will benefit a child or an adult with a disability.

For more information on the 2010 Epicurious Vino Challenge, contact Debbie Valentine at, call 919-803-2960, or visit and click on the “Epicurious Vino Challenge.”

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, please go to


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