saratoga-2013.jpgSat, Sept 7 from noon - 4 p.m. Healthy Living Market & Café Exclusive Culinary Sponsor Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - Award winning and gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, imported and domestic meats, and artisanal breads will be among the palette-pleasing offerings presented by the Healthy Living Market and Café, the culinary purveyor for the new and exclusive Connoisseur's Tent at the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, Sept 7 at SPAC. A new feature of this year's Festival, the Connoisseur's Tent will also offer guests samples of rare wines personally selected by wine master Kevin Zraly. The Connoisseur's Tent will be open from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the Festival's Grand Tasting, on Saturday, September 7 on the grounds of Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), décor and epicurean environment created by Michael Panza and Fine Affairs. Admission to the Connoisseur's Tent requires purchase of an additional $60 ticket. Tickets and information are available at spac.org   "At its core, this festival is about inviting people to experience and savor quality - in wines, food and ambience. The Connoisseur's Tent takes this concept to the next level by offering our guests the opportunity to enjoy a selection of truly extraordinary wine and food offerings in a sumptuous setting," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director "With proceeds from the festival supporting  our children's education programs, guests can also enjoy the sense of satisfaction that accompanies investing in the arts for the next generation." Healthy Living's culinary experts as well as regional cheesemakers will be on hand to answer questions and share culinary  insights as guests sample the specialties. Amenities of the Connoisseur's Tent include:
  • § Hot and Cold Hors d'oevures including Fresh Fruit platter, Roasted Root Vegetable Salad, Orzo Salad, Gluten Free Panzanella Salad, Braised pork belly, Cheesecake Bites
  • § Artisan, regionally sourced cheeses by Nettle Meadow Farm, Jake's Gouda, Three Village Cheese, Argyle Cheese Farmer, Strata, Dancing Ewe Farm
  • § Assorted Domestic & Imported Meats and Salami including Mortadella, Salame(variety), Guanciale, Pepperoni, Sopressata, Chorizo, Saucisson Sec (variety).
  • § Healthy Living's House-made Charcuterie including Pork Rilletes, Lamb Rilletes, House Made Coppa di Testa (Head Cheese), Local Rabbit Sausage, Chicken Liver Mousse, Local Pork Sausage (Fennel-Garlic, Pistachio, Italian), Local Lamb Merguez Sausage, Monkfish and Scallop Seafood Sausage, House-Cured Wild Salmon Gravlax, House-Cured Beet-Horseradish Wild Salmon, House-Cured Pastrami-Style WIld Salmon
  • § Hearth baked bread & handmade desserts by Rupert Rising Bread of West Rupert VT.
  • § Prize winning wine and spirits from wineries and distilleries in France, Italy, Spain and California and available at the festival only in the Connoisseur's Tent.
The Connoisseur's Tent, all designed by Michael Panza and Fine Affairs is being presented in conjunction with the Festival's Grand Tasting event on Saturday, Sept 7 on the grounds of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Grand Tasting is the centerpiece of the three-day epicurean festival which encompasses a variety of tasting, dining and lifestyle experiences. For a full schedule of events and tickets visit http://www.spac.org/. About the 2013 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours D'Elegance The three-day Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours D'Elegance in Saratoga Springs, September 6 - 8, brings the epicurean lifestyle to the forefront with three days of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared cuisine, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, upscale auctions and a Concours D'Elegance of luxury automobiles presented by festival partner, the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The festival is a fundraiser for Saratoga Performing Arts Center, with proceeds benefitting SPAC's children's education programs. Celebrity guests for the 2013 festival include humorist Mo Rocca, New York chef Zak Pelaccio, and wine master Kevin ZralyThe 2013 sponsors of the Saratoga Wine & Food Festival include:101.3 The Jockey, Adirondack Appliance, Annese & Associates, Alex and Ani, Big Green Egg, BST, Certified Angus Beef, WNYT News Channel 13, Gideon Putnam, Grana Padano, Healthy Living Market, Heaven Hill Distilleries, Hudson Valley Magazine, Key Private Bank, La Cucina Italiana, LexisNexis, Modern Mix Marketing, Stella Artois, Times Union, Time Warner Cable, Westchester Magazine, Wide World of Cars. ###