Chef Marc MurphyFRI, SEPT 5 - SUN, SEPT 7

Star of The Food Network's Hit Series "CHOPPED" & Owner and Executive Chef of Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy

America's Premier Wine Educator KEVIN ZRALY Highlights Seminars & Events

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Food Network's ‘Chopped' Judge Chef Marc Murphy will headline the popular Saratoga Wine & Food Festival, Sept 5 - 7 in Saratoga Springs. Murphy, star of The Food Network's hit series "Chopped" and owner and Executive Chef of Landmarc, Ditch Plains, and Kingside, will host the inaugural "BBQ, Brews & Blues" on Friday, September 5 on SPAC's grounds.

"Marc Murphy's eclectic background in a dizzying list of cosmopolitan destinations have made him a force to be reckoned with in the industry. His work as a judge on the Food Network's hit show ‘Chopped,' has earned him even wider acclaim, affirming his status as ‘celebrity chef,'" said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President & Executive Director.

In addition to his work on The Food Network's "Chopped," he has also made appearances on Iron Chef America, Hot Chefs, The Martha Stewart Show, Make My Day, Unique Eats, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, The Best Thing I Ever Made, The Rachael Ray Show and the TODAY show, among others. He is the president of the Manhattan chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association, and a board member of City Harvest, Culintro and Passport NYC at the 92nd Street Y Culinary Camp.

Mr. Murphy's participation surrounding the debut kick-off event is part of the revamped 3-day festival weekend. In lieu of the Live on Stage Gala, which has been a featured part of the lineup, the Friday night event will feature an upscale, barbeque-styled competition on SPAC's grounds with outdoor fire pits, live music, and a lounge environment.
Kevin Zraly, Master Wine Connoisseur

Famed wine connoisseur, educator and best-selling author Kevin Zraly who has been described as "America's most famous and entertaining wine teacher," will be highlighted at events throughout the festival weekend. He'll play a prominent role in Saturday's Grand Tasting teaching a wine tasting seminar of exclusive tastings and upscale wines as part of the Connoisseur Tent experience, and he will lead the Live Auction of luxury goods and experiences.

Zraly, winner of the 2011 James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, the best-selling wine book in US history. He also leads the Windows on the World Wine School, which has been recognized as one of the top wine schools in the country, by Food and Wine magazine.


The three-day Saratoga Wine & Food Festival and Concours D'Elegance in Saratoga Springs, September 5 - 7, brings the epicurean lifestyle to the forefront with three days of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, expansive tastings, upscale auctions and a concours d'elegance of luxury automobiles. Attendees will enjoy opportunities to get up close and personal with expert chefs, wine connoisseurs and winemakers, automobile experts and celebrity personality Marc Murphy.

New features of this year's festival include the following events:

BBQ, BREWS & BLUES PRESENTED BY CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF & STELLA ARTOIS | Friday, Sept 5 - Hosted by Food Network ‘Chopped' star Marc Murphy, this BBQ bash will serve as the kick-off event with six (6) of the Capital Region's finest restaurants competing against six (6) Manhattan Grill masters.

WINE AUCTION WALL | Saturday, Sept 6 - A new major feature of the Grand Tasting will be the wine auction wall featuring jeroboam bottles of the top vintages of the season. In lieu of a silent auction, the wine wall will feature rare, one of a kind wines available exclusively for the event.

Returning to the festival are favorite epicurean events including:

ADIRONDACK ROAD TOUR & GOURMET LUNCHEON | Friday, Sept 5 - A spirited 1 ½ hour road rally for auto collectors winding through the beautiful Adirondack roads to finish at the historic Lake George Club. Gourmet lunch includes library-quality wines, imported fine foods and tours on wooden and Italian Comitti speed boats.

THE CONNOISSEUR TENT - Master Wine Connoisseur Kevin Zraly hosts this one-of-a-kind culinary and wine adventure for aficionados at Saturday's Grand Tasting. This separate tasting experience will feature artisan food from Healthy Living Market & Café, wine and spirits including tastings of rare wines from Kevin Zraly's private wine cellar. This event will be offered in a luxurious, lounge-style space and feature music from a jazz trio.

GRAND TASTING & CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE | Saturday, Sept 6 - The centerpiece of the festival, the Grand Tasting takes place under large, elegant tents on SPAC's lawn, and features hundreds of fine international wines, delicacies prepared by the region's top chefs, wine seminars and live auction of luxuries featuring opportunities to bid on rare wines, couture fashion, exotic travel, original artwork and more. The festival partners again with The Saratoga Automobile Museum to present a show of luxury collector cars at Saturday's Grand Tasting including invited classes of Shelby Cobras, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat-Abarth and more judged by Pebble Beach marquee auto specialists.

IN THE GROOVE JAZZ BRUNCH | Sunday, Sept 7 - This sumptuous Sunday Brunch will feature gourmet offerings from six (6) of Mazzone's finest restaurants in Saratoga National's idyllic setting. Live groovin' jazz music, culinary delights, delectable Mimosa's, Bloody Mary's, Old Fashioned's, and the Best in Show Auto Awards highlight the event. Tickets to the Wine and Food Festival are available at, by calling 518-584-9330 or at the Route 50 Box Office.

Festival sponsors include: Key Private Bank, Stella Artois, Saratoga Eagle, Certified Angus Beef, Upstate Chevy Dealer Group, Adirondack Appliance, Healthy Living Market & Café, Italian Trade Agency, Alex and Ani, Wide World Ferrari Maserati, SaxBST, Gideon Putnam Resort, Barritt's Ginger Beer, Hammer Stahl Cutlery, BlueStar, Big Green Egg, Time Warner Cable.