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Read what the media says about the Abilities Wine Tasting...

The Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction has a quarter-century track record of which we are most proud. No charity has done more in the Tampa Bay area to partner with the wine and food industry to advance their respective missions. The event has netted $3.7 million in support of Floridians and veterans with disabilities and is Florida's longest-running and most prosperous three-hour tasting. Some of our most powerful testimonials come from unbiased media sources. Read what they write about Abilities' wine tastings, dinners, and galas, and then view the LONG list of wine and food events we have conducted:

"More than 700 patrons swept into the Armed Forces History Museum to eat, drink and raise money for wounded veterans as the Abilities Wine Tasting and silent auction celebrated its 25th anniversary during Memorial Day weekend. Frank De Lucia, the charity's president and chief executive officer, has attended every one of the events, from the first iteration, under a tent at the ICOT Center in Clearwater, to a hangar at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, to the museum in Largo, where it moved in 2012. Supporters could sample various vintages and mouth-watering morsels from some of the Tampa Bay area's top restaurants. As hundreds of people packed into exhibition spaces, they could not help but be moved by the reminders of military service throughout the ages."
Tampa Bay Times columnist Mary Jane Park

Tampa Bay Times Weekend Picks "It has been 25 years since the Abilities Foundation debuted its success gathering millions of dollars over the years for the charity and to help wounded or disabled veterans. The quarter-century anniversary on Saturday will once again have a tasting that features high-end and premium wines, food from local restaurants, and an auction. VIP reception starts at 6 p.m.; Grand Tasting begins at 7 p.m. Benefits veterans with disabilities. Armed Forces History Museum, Largo." Columnist Mary Jane Park

"The Abilities Foundation seems to have found an ideal venue and timing for its annual wine-tasting fundraiser, held for the second year at the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was the 24th iteration of the event, where food ranged from seared scallops (Parkshore Grill), pulled-pork sliders (Mr. Bill's) and shrimp and grits (Ricky P's) to flourless chocolate cake from Emmanuel Roux. Also greeting guests was Lee Neal of Pic Pac Liquors, the Foundation's longest-running retail supporter. About 900 patrons, including president and chief executive Frank De Lucia and board president Richard Winning, packed the house for tours, food and drink, raising nearly $85,000 for programs that help disabled military veterans and other residents find employment and affordable housing." — Tampa Bay Times columnist Mary Jane Park

“Like an adult playground for food and wine fanatics, this gig featured more than 300 wines from all over the world and 45 local, mostly independently owned restaurants to dive into. With charity in mind, the Abilities volunteer crew -- made up mostly of wine and restaurant professionals from around the Bay area -- also cajoled the likes of Salt Rock Grill, Armani’s, and Grand Finale to offer up appetizer-size delicacies to hungry and thirsty ticketholders. Great value too: $60 to gorge yourself for two and half hours. The Abilities Wine Tasting was truly a mouth-watering, sensory-overloading, heart-warming affair. All net proceeds -- all of them -- benefit the Abilities Foundation, which assists disabled individuals find work and learn skills. — Weekly Planet Best of the Bay comments by wine critic Taylor Eason

“Guests – the $250 per-ticket event was a sellout accommodating 260 – exhausted superlatives describing the event.” — St. Petersburg Times columnist Mary Jane Park

“The playing field was buried under plush carpeting, and the scoreboard came alive with scenes of thousands of people sampling the best food and wine Tampa Bay has to offer as Abilities rolled out the single most prestigious wine event in Pinellas County. Some of the area’s best restaurants, from Sutherland Café and O’Bistro to Grand Finale, Salt Rock Grill, Native Seafood and Julian’s at the Heritage pulled out all the stops, while wine shops like Pic Pac pulled out the corks to serve up a stellar selection of fine wine and fashionable food, all to serve the important cause of training disabled adults to return to full employment. Congratulations to Abilities for putting Pinellas County on the wine-tasting map, and congratulations to each of you who turned out to support it. It’s a fine example of our community coming together to make life in Tampa Bay a little better for us all.” — Weekly Planet


“The Abilities Wine Tasting has become the Tampa Bay area’s premier wine tasting event. Each year, more and more patrons savor the very finest California and international wines together with area’s top-rated restaurants and it is all to benefit the good work done by this organization.” — Tampa Bay Magazine

“Hundreds of wines, dozens of restaurants, thousands of fans. The largest wine tasting and auction in Pinellas.” — St. Petersburg Times wine critic Chris Sherman


“Best Food & Wine Event to Benefit a Charity” — Weekly Planet (four consecutive years before the award category was retired)


“De Lucia has successfully partnered with local restaurants, distributors, and vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma Counties to raise funds for his nonprofit whose mission is to obtain jobs and affordable housing for individuals with disabilities.” — Tampa Bay Metro publisher/managing editor Ronda Parag


“Big-league tasting of extraordinary proportions. Congratulations to Abilities for putting Pinellas County on the wine-tasting map." — Weekly Planet food critic Bonnie Boots


“We’ve always known that the Abilities Foundation throws sensational parties. Every March their Festival at Tropicana Field draws thousands for a terrific evening of tastings and entertainment.” — Tampa Bay Illustrated editor Wendy Malloy


"Best Wine Tasting” — Tampa Bay Magazine


“The Abilities Foundation is the standard by which we judge charity partners across the nation.” — Napa Valley Vintners marketing director Jeff Adams


“Tropicana Field was once again the site for this incredible fundraiser. With food from 40 top-rated restaurants, 200 premium California and imported wines to sample and over 300 auction items, the Abilities Wine Tasting is consistently rated as one of the Tampa Bay area’s best fundraising events.” — Tampa Bay Magazine


“Nearly 2,000 people and 75 Napa wineries hooked up at Raymond James Stadium for the Napa Valley Vintners Wine Tasting & Auction benefiting the Abilities Foundation. As an added treat, a variety of top-notch restaurants provided food for the occasion, which served as a magnet for the Bay area’s best and brightest.” — Tampa Bay Illustrated


“This year’s ‘Best Wine Tasting’ is the Abilities Wine Tasting, which features the finest California and international wines together with great food from top Tampa Bay Restaurants. This annual benefit gets bigger every year.” — Tampa Bay Magazine


“They should have had a barker in front of the tent. The Abilities tasting drew more new acts than any three rings could hold — new brands, new grapes, and new blends from all over the world. This year’s tasting showcased energy and risk-taking and provided a chance to sample innovation by the caseload.” — St. Petersburg Times’ Chris Sherman


“Frank De Lucia may become the Louis Pasteur of fundraising if he continues to turn wine into charitable contributions.” — The Tampa Tribune


“Another sure-fire fun event is the annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Auction fundraiser.” — Clearwater Times editor Bob Henderson


“Frank De Lucia and his Foundation staff faced special challenges, yet managed to pull off the event of the year.” — Weekly Planet


“The Abilities Sonoma Wine Tasting has become the area’s premier wine tasting event. Each spring, patrons savor upwards of 100 of Napa Valley or Sonoma County, California’s finest vintages.” — Tampa Bay Magazine


“Surly most of Pinellas County had come to taste the wines of Sonoma County, California. Who would have thought there were this many devoted wine lovers in the area?” — Pinellas County Review food critic Ruth Gray


“The benefit drew a diverse crowd of 3,300 wine lovers and raised well over $100,000. Kudos to Frank De Lucia for a stellar event.” — Weekly Planet Scenes writer Sterling Powell


“In a hangar at the Clearwater Jet Executive Center, 40 touring vintners gave wine lovers the richest grand tasting Tampa Bay has enjoyed in years.” — St. Petersburg Times’ Chris Sherman


“Bacchus spread his grape of good cheer, smiling generously upon the charitable efforts of Abilities at a successful wine tasting benefit.” — The Tampa Tribune columnist Amy Scherzer


‘BEST CULINARY FUNDRAISER FOR CHARITY AWARD’ “No doubt about it. The Abilities Wine Tasting has gotten to be the place to eat good, drink good, and do good. Over its 10-year history, this annual event has grown from a tiny tasting to an event so big it had to be held in the Tropicana dome. Frank De Lucia and the staff of Abilities, whose training assists disabled people returning to the workforce, turned the 1999 tasting into a gala celebration of fine food and wine that impressed even our jaded palate. Three cheers to the stellar restaurants and wine distributors who brought out their best to support this great event. You captured our hearts, as well as our taste buds!” — Weekly Planet

 

Wine, Food, and Spirits Events and Dinners Benefiting the Abilities Foundation

1990-2014—$3.7 Million Raised in Support of Floridians and Military Veterans with Disabilities!

November       2014     Italiano Divino Wine Dinner at Alfano's Clearwater (Rocca di Montemassi)
October         2014     Abilities Guild Pig Roast at Tom and Joni Cleary Residence Largo
September      2014     September-to-Remember VIP Wine Tasting at Pic Pac (Zonin and Masciarelli)
June              2014      Four-Year Anniversary Party at Fat Cat Tavern Clearwater (Anheuser-Busch)  
May               2014     Quarter-Century Anniversary of Abilities Wine Tasting at Armed Forces History Museum (SWS, Zonin, World Wine Works)
April               2014     Abilities Guild Island Call at Nauti Nancy's Pub Clearwater
February         2014     55th Annual T
he Queen's Court Queen of Hearts Ball at St. Petersburg Hilton
January         
2014     Château Kwasin WineFest at Mike Kwasin’s Tampa Beachfront Residence
January          2014
     Chinese New Year Wine Tasting at Pic Pac The Wine Source
November       2013     Annual Holiday VIP Wine Tasting at Pic Pac The Wine Source

November       2013     Abilities Guild Pig Roast at Tom and Joni Cleary Residence Largo
October         2013     Bottle Signing & Spanish Winemaker Dinner with Manolo Pardo De Donlebun at Sea Dog Brewing Company
September     2013     Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New England Patriots NFL Game Fundraiser at Fat Cat Tavern
May              2013     24th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting at Armed Forces History Museum (Zonin, Global, SWS)
March           2013      Abilities Wine Tasting Tune-up at Pic Pac The Wine Source (Zonin and Milbrandt)
February       2013      Casa Vinicola Zonin Meets Casa Vincenzo's Grill Uber Italian Wine Dinner (Zonin)
February       2013      Rock ‘n Roll Half-Marathon Beer Garden at Straub Park (Budweiser)
December      2012      Abilities Guild Holiday Gala at The Belleair Country Club
November      2012      Clearwater Beach Uncorked Wine & Food Adventure Trade Tasting Hyatt Regency
November      2012      Clearwater Beach Uncorked Wine & Food Adventure Grand Tasting Village Hyatt Regency
November      2012      Clearwater Beach Uncorked VIP Poolside at the Hyatt Regency (RNDC)
November      2012      Cigar City Brewery Dinner at The Peninsula Inn
November      2012      Holiday VIP Wine Tasting at Pic Pac featuring Salt Rock Grill (Big Crush Distribution)
November      2012      Casa Vinicola Zonin Sicilian Wine Dinner at O'Bistro (Zonin)
November      2012      Abilities Guild Pig Roast at Tom and Joni Cleary Residence
October         2012     Château Kwasin WineFest at Mike Kwasin’s Tampa Beachfront Residence
September     2012      September to Remember at Pic Pac featuring Salt Rock Grill (Zonin, Stacole)  
August          2012      Waddell & Reed Wine Reception at Armed Forces History Museum (RNDC, PBNC, SWS)
July              2012      Oyster Bay Wine Dinner at Vincenzo’s Grill St. Pete/Clearwater Marriott (SWS)
June             2012      Tribute to Mike Holden at Pic Pac featuring Salt Rock Grill (Big Crush Distribution)  
May             2012       23rd Annual Abilities Wine Tasting at Armed Forces History Museum (Zonin, Global, SWS)
April             2112       Largo LIVE! Wine & Food Truck Tasting at Ulmer Park (Global Wines Florida)
April             2012       Abilities Guild Viva Italiano at the Pelican Room, Belleair Biltmore Golf Club (Zonin)
March           2012       Hues & Blues Artists & Artisans Series at Tosti’s (SWS, RNDC, PBC)
March           2012       Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Besa Grill (Zonin)
February       2012       Abilities Guild Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at the Belleair Country Club (Zonin)
February       2012       Rock ‘n Roll Half-Marathon Beer Garden at Straub Park (Budweiser)
January        2012       Now & Zen Artists & Artisans Series at Zen Glass Studios (Zonin)
December     2011       Château Kwasin Holiday Wine Showcase at Mike Kwasin’s Tampa Beachfront Residence
December     2011       Abilities Guild Holiday Gala at Carlouel Yacht Club in Clearwater Breach (Zonin)
November     2011       Clearwater Beach Uncorked Wine & Food Adventure Trade Tasting Hyatt Regency
November     2011       Clearwater Beach Uncorked Wine & Food Adventure Grand Tasting Village Hyatt Regency
November     2011       Clearwater Beach Uncorked Urban Splash VIP Poolside at the Hyatt Regency (RNDC)
November     2011       11-11-11 Veteran’s Day Casa Vinicola Italian Wine Dinner at Vincenzo’s Grill (Zonin)
October        2011       Una Notte di Vino e Fuoco Artists & Artisans Series at Mazzaro’s Italian Market (Zonin)
October        2011       Abilities Guild Veterans Mall Open House at ServiceSource (Mr. Bill’s Fine Foods)
October        2011       Cajun Wine Festival at Cajun Café on Cross Bayou (Constellation USA)
August         2011       Una Notte di Vino e Pianoforte Arte Artists & Artisans Series at TW Curtis & Gallery (Zonin)
August         2011       Kim Crawford Winemaker Dinner at Vincenzo’s Grill at St. Pete Marriott (Constellation)
August         2011       The Human Touch—Art of Wine at the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts (Zonin/RBC)
August         2011       Parisian Enchantment Abilities Guild Wine Dinner at Safety Harbor Spa (Palm Bay, SWS)
June            2011       Una Notte di Vino e Vetro Artists & Artisans Series at Duncan McClellan Glass (Zonin)
May             2011       International Culinary Academy Awards Champagne Brunch at Don Cesar Resort (RNDC)
May             2011       Kona Grill’s VIVA! at Kona Grill in MetWest International Plaza (SWS)
March          2011       22nd Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Auction at Tropicana Field (Zonin, Global, RNDC, SWS)
February      2011       Abilities Guild Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance at the Belleair Country Club (Zonin)
February      2011       Zonin Estates Wine Dinner Extravaganza at O'Bistro (Casa Vinicola Zonin Italian Wines)
February      2011       SHOR American Grill Italian Wine Extravaganza at Hyatt Regency Clwtr Beach (Zonin)
December     2010       Winemaker Bob Broman meets Chef Tom Pritchard at Salt Rock Grill (Global)
November     2010       Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Toasted Pheasant (Zonin)
November     2010       Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Madfish (Zonin)
October       2010       Four Roses Brand Ambassador Bourbon Barrel Tasting at The Wine Source     
September    2010      Tampa Bay Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction at Ruth Eckerd Hall (Singles in The City)
August         2010      Abilities Guild Italian Wine Dinner at Alfano’s (Alfano Family)
August         2010      Simply Divine at the Vine Restaurant & Wine Bar (Singles in The City)
June            2010      Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at The Venue (Zonin)
June            2010      Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Roy’s (Zonin)
June            2010      Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Madfish (Zonin)
June            2010      Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Savannah’s Café (Zonin)
June            2010      Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Middle Grounds Grill (Zonin)
May             2010      Everyday Italian Lifestyle Wine Dinner & Auction at Paddy Burkes Irish Pub (Zonin)
May             2010      Vineyards at The Venue Chef Rob Uzzillia Italian Wine Dinner at The Venue (Zonin)
May             2010      World Wine Tour and Chef/Sommelier Wine/Food Pairing Demo at The Venue (RNDC)
March          2010       21st Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Auction at Tropicana Field (Zonin, Global, RNDC, PBC)
February      2010       Banfi/Danzante Abilities Guild Roman Wine Dinner at Alfano’s (Alfano Family)
January       2010       Pavillon Rouge Vintage Lee Neal Wine Dinner at Six Tables at The Peninsula Inn (Patrons)
November    2009       Abilities’ 50th Anniversary Celebration at Island Way Grill (Zonin)     
July            2009       Bastille Day Abilities Guild French Wine Dinner & Auction at Safety Harbor Spa (RNDC)     
June           2009       Stanley Lambert Winemaker/Chef Tom Pritchard at Salt Rock Grill
May            2009       Zonin A Taste of Italy Wine Dinner at The Venue (Zonin)
May            2009       Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival VIP, Grand Tasting, & Seminars at Don Cesar Resort
April            2009       International Rum Festival Distillers Rum Dinner at Teatro on Seventh (Polished Palate)  
March         2009       20th Annual Abilities Wine & Food Festival at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)  
January       2009       Chef Tom Pritchard 1200ºF Roast at the St. Petersburg Coliseum (Zonin, SWS, RNDC, PBC)
October       2008       Spirits of Mexico Tequila Dinner & Auction at Island Way Grill (Polished Palate)
October       2008       Zonin Tribute to George Locascio at Pepin Restaurant (Zonin)
August        2008       Evening in Tuscany Italian Wine Tasting at Mazzaro’s Italian Market (Zonin)
July            2008       Pine Ridge Wine Dinner at Parkshore Grill (PBC)
July            2008       Zonin Franco Giacosa Winemaker Dinner at GrillSmith (Zonin)
July            2008       Zonin Franco Giacosa Wine Tasting & Bottle Signing at Mazzaro’s Italian Market (Zonin)
July            2008       Zonin Franco Giacosa Winemaker Trade Tasting at Bella Brava (Zonin)
June           2008       Best of the Southwest Wine Dinner at Tucson’s Southwest Grill
May            2008       Bubble Bash at The Don Cesar Beach Resort (SWS)
May            2008       Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival Black-tie Gala & Auction at The Don Cesar Resort (SWS)
May            2008       Titanium Chef Challenge at The Don Cesar Beach Resort (SWS)
May            2008       Grand Opening of Grillside Central in Downtown St. Petersburg
March          2008       News Revolutionaries of Rum Dinner at Island Way Grill (Polished Palate, SWS)
March          2008       19th Annual Abilities/Washington State Wine Tasting & Auction at Tropicana Field
February      2008       Kendall-Jackson Randy Ullom Cellarmaster Wine Dinner at The Capital Grille (K-J & PBC)
February      2008       Napa Valley Vintners Wine-lovers in Paradise Showcase at Fazal Fazlin Residence (NVV)
February      2008       Nightlife Napa Valley Street Fest at International Plaza (NVV)    
February      2008       Napa Valley Vintners Trade Tasting at Fleming’s Steakhouse (NVV)
January       2008       International Culinary Academy Awards Gala at The Renaissance Vinoy (SWS)
November    2007       Indian Fusion Wine Dinner with Fazal Fazlin and Suzy Peraza at Parkshore Grill
November    2007       Cosentino Winemaker Dinner at La Fogata Churrascaria (SWS)
October       2007       Escoffier Junior Society Wine Dinner at the Art Institute of Tampa (Zonin)
October       2007       Skyway Series II Wine Dinner with Paul Mattison & Chris Ponte at Mattison’s in Sarasota
September   2007        Rodney Strong Wine Dinner at Marchand’s Bar & Grill at the Renaissance Vinoy (SWS)
August        2007       Chateau Lafite Rothschild Wine Dinner at The Palm (Transatlantic)
August        2007       Spirits Trails Vodka/Gin Trail with Fabrizio Schenardi at Pelagia Trattoria (Polished Palate)
July            2007       Mezzacorona Feast with an Italian Flair Wine Dinner at Ponte’s Tuscan Grill (PBC)
June           2007       Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival Chef Appreciation at the Jayne Carusso residence (SWS)
May            2007       Perrier Jou
ët Bubble Bash at The Don Cesar Beach Resort (SWS)
May            2007       Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival Black-tie Gala & Auction at The Don Cesar Resort (SWS)
May            2007       Titanium Chef Challenge at The Don Cesar Beach Resort (SWS)
April           2007        Domaine Magellan Bruno Lafon Winemaker Dinner at Pelagia’s Trattoria
April           2007        Enchantment Private Preview Reception at Clearwater Beach (Orange Blossom)
March         2007        Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture at Café Ponte  
March         2007        18th Annual Abilities Wine & Food Festival at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)  
February     2007        World Beers Mingle at Café Alma (Microman, SWS, NDC, Unique Beers, and Great Bay)
January      2007        Graceland Cellars Wining & Dining With Elvis at O’Bistro
January      2007        Abilities Guild Italiano Wine Dinner at Alfano's (SWS)
November   2006        Toad Hall and Flora Springs Nat Komes Proprietor Wine Dinner at Savant Fine Dining
September  2006        Clarendon Hills Winemaker Dinner at Massimo’s (NDC)
September  2006        Abilities Guild Italian Wine Dinner at Alfano's (SWS)
September  2006        After-dark Young Professionals Wine Mingle at Cafe Alma (SWS, NDC)
September  2006        Abilities Guild Taste of Tuscany at Bella Vino catered by Alfano’s   
August       2006        Hahn Estates Winemaker Dinner at Cafe Ponte (Wimbeldon)
July           2006        Zonin Mid-summer Night’s Dream Wine Dinner at The Melting Pot (Zonin)
June          2006        Skyway Series Wine Dinner with Chris Ponte & Paul Mattison at Café Ponte (SWS)
May           2006        Grand Opening VIP Party at Pappas Corner (Grillmarks)
April           2006        Chambord Kir Royale Brand Ambassador Reception at Café Ponte
March         2006        Cuban Art and Cultural Exhibit at Café Ponte
March         2006        17th Annual Abilities/Sonoma County Wine Festival at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)  
March         2006        Sonoma Black-Tie Gala Dinner & Live Auction at Fazal Fazlin Residence
March         2006        Sonoma County Vintners Trade Reception on Yacht Starship (PBC, NDC, SWS)  
January       2006        Australian Wine Bureau Showcase & Auction at A La Carte Pavilion
January       2006        Cerretto Festivale Italiano Abilities Guild Italian Wine Dinner at Alfano's (Coastal)
November    2005        Beaulieu Vineyards 100th Anniversary Wine Dinner at Capital Grille (Coastal)
October      2005        Country Vintner Wine Dinner at The Peppermill (CV)
October      2005        An Evening In Lago De Garda, Italy benefiting the Santos Family at Cafe Ponte
September   2005       After-dark Young Professionals Wine Mingle at Café Alma (SWS)
September   2005       Jim Bodkin Wine Dinner at Countryside Country Club (Jim Bodkin)
August        2005       Festa Italiano Abilities Guild Italian Wine Dinner at Alfano’s (William Grant)
August        2005       Jacob’s Creek/Rodney Strong Wine Dinner at Grand Opening of Catch Twenty-three (SWS)
August        2005       Abilities Wine & Food Festival Sponsor Solicitation at Jayne Carusso Residence (Salt Rock)
August        2005       Nickel & Nickel Viva La Dolce Vida Wine Dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse (Transatl)
July            2005       Kobrand Wine Dinner at Bascom’s Chop House (Kobrand)
June           2005       Penfold’s Wine Dinner at Massimo’s (NDC)
May            2005       Hahn Estates Winemaker Dinner at Café Ponte (Wimbledon)
April           2005        Vine Cliff Winemaker Dinner at Salt Rock Gill (SWS)
March         2005        Princess Diana ? A Celebration at Florida International Museum (Salt Rock, Corson Amwyl)
March         2005        16th Annual Abilities Wine & Food Festival at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)  
February     2005        Nightlife Napa Valley at SideBern’s (Napa Valley Vintners)
February     2005        Napa Valley Vintners Trade, Dinner, Consumer Tastings at Raymond James Stadium (NVV)
January      2005        Flora Springs/Peju Tom Pritchard/Jeannie Pierola Wine Dinner at Mike Kwasin’s (SWS)
November   2004        Luc Montadon Winemaker Dinner for Pam Kane at Island Way Grill (PBC)  
November   2004        Murphy-Goode Winemaker Dinner at Pelagia Trattoria (PBC)
October      2004        Festival Italiano Wine Dinner at O’Bistro (Transatlantic)
September  2004        Clark Smith Winemaker Dinner at Salt Rock Grill (WineSmith)
September  2004        Vina Morande Winemaker Dinner at O’Bistro (The Country Vintner)
July            2004        Bodegas Muga Vinos de Espana Wine Dinner at Pepin (Stacole)
June           2004        Kunde Estates Wine Dinner at Redwoods (SWS)
May            2004        Parducci Vineyards Wine Dinner at Grecko Grill (SWS)
April           2004         Hahn Estates Winemaker Dinner at Café Ponte (Opici and Wimbledon)
March         2004        15th Annual Abilities Wine & Food Festival at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)
March         2004        Willamette/Rex Hill Oregon Wine Master Dinner at Six Tables at The Peninsula Inn (PBC)
January       2004        Baileyana Winemaker Dinner at Island Way Grill (PBC)
December    2003        Nederburg South African Wine Dinner at Profusion (Transatlantic)   
December    2003        B.R. Cohn Winemaker Dinner at Portobello Grill (PBC)    
November    2003        Hogue Winemaker Dinner at Samba Room (R. H. Phillips/HOGUE)        
November    2003        Cliquot Wine Dinner at Alfano’s (SWS)
October       2003       Lolonis Winemaker Dinner at O’Bistro (Kindred Spirits and National)
September   2003       Stonestreet Winery Dinner at Profusion (PBC)
September   2003       Tobin James Winemaker Dinner at Texas Cattle Company (VinoVibe)
August        2003       Mer Soleil Wine Dinner at Texas Cattle Company (Stacole)
August        2003       Napa Valley Classics Wine Dinner at Alfano’s (SWS)
July            2003       Texas Cattle Company Wine Dinner (VinoVibe)
July            2003       Geyser Peak Annual VIP Wine Tasting at Grillmarks (SWS)
July            2003       Kendall-Jackson/La Crema Wine Dinner at Profusion (PBC)   
June           2003       Merryvale Wine Dinner at Profusion (NDC)
May           2003       Benessere Winemaker Dinner at Island Way Grill (VinoVibe)
April           2003       Turnbull Winemaker Dinner at Six Tables at The Peninsula Inn (Stacole)
April           2003       Bell Wine Cellars Winemaker Dinner at Salt Rock Grill (Transatlantic)
March         2003       La Crema Winemaker Dinner at Island Way Grill (PBC)
March         2003       David & Michael Phillips Wine Dinner at Eric’s New World Bistro (Thoroughbred)
March         2003       14th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)
March         2003       Byron Winemaker Dinner at Salt Rock Grill
February     2003       Robert Mondavi Wine Dinner at Island Way Grill (SWS)
February     2003       Premier Napa Valley Vintners Consumer Tasting & Auction at Raymond James Stadium
February     2003       Premier Napa Valley Vintners Wine Dinner at Raymond James Stadium (Salt Rock Grill)
February     2003       Premier Napa Valley Vintners Trade Tasting at Raymond James Stadium(SRG/Sidebern’s)
January      2003       Photoagua at 8th Avenue Grill & Bistro (World Wines, PBC)
January      2003       Cakebread Cellars Winemaker Dinner at Island Way Grill (NDC)
January      2003       Napa Wine Tasting Preview at SideBern’s (NDC, SWS, PBC)
August       2002       Jacob’s Creek and Wyndam Estates Winemaker Dinner at Alfano’s (Pernod-Ricard)
April          2002       Via Pacifica New Zealand Wine Dinner at Mattison’s ? An American Bistro (VP)
March        2002       Moët & Chandon Champagne Winemaker Dinner at Island Way Grill (SWS)
March        2002       13th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Auction Planet of the Grapes at Tropicana Field
February    2002       Long Vineyards Winemaker Dinner at Mattison’s ? An American Bistro (Vintage Wine)
January      2002       Dopff & Irion Wine Dinner at Redwoods (World Wines, PBC)
November   2001       Nicolas Catena and Beltran Wine Dinner at O’Bistro (World Wines, PBC)
September  2001       Kim Crawford Winemaker Dinner at Grand Finale (World Wines, PBC)
May           2001       12th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)
October      2000       Napa Valley Vintners Trade & Consumer Tasting & Auction at Mayfair House, Coconut Grove
October      2000       Napa Valley Vintners Wine Tasting & Auction at Raymond James Stadium (NVV)
October      2000       Napa Valley Vintners Trade Tasting Wine Dinner at Raymond James Stadium (Salt Rock)
October      2000       Napa Valley Vintners Trade Tasting & Seminar at Raymond James Stadium (SRG/Sidebern’s)
October      2000       Napa Valley Vintners Trade Tasting & Seminar at the Orlando Science Center    
May           2000       Passport to the Hemispheres Wine Tasting & Auction at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
May           1999       10th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at Tropicana Field (PBC, NDC, SWS)    
May           1999       Gourmet Vintners Dinner Evening at the Louvre at Harborview Ctr (Alderbrook Vineyards)  
 April          1998       St. Supery Gourmet Vintners Wine Dinner & Auction with Chef Terzak at Harborview Ctr
May           1998       9th Annual Abilities/Sonoma County Wineries Wine Tasting at the Jet Executive Ctr Hangar  
July           1997       Derrick Brooks Cigar Dinner & Auction Extravaganza at Sweetwater’s
March        1997       Napa Valley Vintners & Auction at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
March        1997       8th Annual Abilities/Napa Valley Vintners Wine Tasting at the Jet Executive Ctr Hangar  
March        1997       Gourmet Vintners Wine Dinner & Auction with Neil Lynch at Ruth Eckerd Hall (SWS)
May          1996       Villizan Cigar Wine Dinner & Auction at the Black Angus Stockyard (Villizan and Havana)
March        1996       7th Annual Abilities/Sonoma County Wineries Wine Tasting at the Jet Executive Ctr Hangar  
March        1996       Rodney Strong Wine Dinner & Auction at the Black Angus Stockyard (SWS)
November   1995       Gala Davidoff Cigar Dinner at The Cellar Club of the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables
March        1995       Rodney Strong Wine Dinner & Auction at the Black Angus Stockyard (SWS)
March        1995       Napa Valley Vintners Wine Tasting & Auction at the Design Center in Ft. Lauderdale (NVVA)
March        1995       Napa Valley Vintners Trade Tasting at the Design Center in Ft. Lauderdale (NVVA)
March        1995       Frog’s Leap Winemaker Dinner at the Design Center in Ft. Lauderdale (NVVA)
March        1995       6th Annual Abilities Wine Tasting under a tent at the ICOT Center
(PBC, NDC, SWS)   
May          1994        Lee Roy Selmon Barbeque Food Festival at Kingfish Wharf, Treasure Island
April          1994       5th Annual Abilities/Sonoma County Wineries Tasting under a tent at the ICOT Center
March        1993       4th Annual Abilities/Napa Valley Vintners Wine Tasting & Auction under a tent at ICOT Ctr
March        1992       3rd Annual Abilities/Sonoma County Wineries Wine Tasting under a tent at the ICOT Center
April          1991       2nd Annual Abilities Wine Tasting under the tent at the ICOT Ctr (PBC, NDC, SWS)
April          1990       1st Annual Abilities/Sonoma County Wineries Wine Tasting under a tent at the ICOT Center  

NOTE: Please be certain to enjoy wines in moderation. We strongly encourage the use of designated drivers. If you have had too much to drink and should not drive, please call a taxicab or arrange to be driven home at our expense. DO NOT DRIVE IMPAIRED. Each guest agrees that the purchase of a reservation or their attendance at these events constitutes acknowledgement that the hosts shall not be liable for any injuries or damages to any guest or the property of any guest while attending or traveling to and from these events.

A copy of the official registration and financial information for the Abilities Foundation (SC-00117) may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352, within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. The Foundation does not use professional solicitors. 100% of each contribution is received by the Foundation. For federal income-tax purposes, that portion of your gift that exceeds the estimated fair market value of admission to events may be tax-deductible.

Abilities Foundation, 2735 Whitney Road, Clearwater, FL 33760-1610 727-600-8900 fdelucia@abilities.org.

 
 
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