The Deering Estate Foundation’s “Wine On Harvest Moon” (WOHM), presented by South Motors BMW, is back with a tantalizing theme of Spirits, Spells & American Lore on Saturday, October 24, from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Deering Estate.
Philanthropists, foodies, art lovers and environmentalists will spend an enchanting evening under the moonlight at the historic bayfront property as they celebrate the allure of American folklore through the fine wine and spirits of the continental U.S., tasty vittles from top local chefs, the delight of the macabre to local chefs, the delight of the macabre to the mysterious in entertainment, including chilling musical performances, haunting vignettes, contemporary art and an enticing live auction.
A coast-to-coast journey through America will take guests to different wine or spirit producing regions of the U.S., marrying each with a thrilling sub-theme plucked from some of the country’s most revered folklore. Guests will stroll through upstate New York’s Sleepy Hollow and Edgar Allen Poe’s New England, listening to sweet sounds of a live Jazz pianist, on down to a Mark Twain-themed southern saloon with a bourbon bar, dance floor and country music classics, and over west to a Rockn- Roll of California-themed region. Décor, lighting, and entertainment will embellish the sub-themes, with exciting pop-up vignette performances by Tandem Theater Company.
Highlighted in each of the historic homes is a rare collection of first edition American books and contemporary American art specially curated by Deering’s Cultural Arts Coordinator, Kim Yantis. Food will be paired to the theme, region and corresponding libation with chefs/restaurants hard at work creating their own masterpieces to coincide, including Oliver Rodriguez of The Biltmore Hotel, Rojelio Fernandez of Brio Tuscan Grille, Diego Solano of Bulla Gastrobar, Rod Chitikov of Devon Seafood + Steak, Phil Bryant of The Local Craft Food & Drink, José David Diaz from Ventanas Restaurant, David Lesser of Munch Thyme, Miguel Antonio Gomez Fernández of Pisco Y Nazca, and Julia Ning of Station 5 Miami, as well as A Little Bit of Philly, Anacapri Cucina Italiana, Asian Fusion, CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar, Golden Rule Seafood and Whole Foods Market Coral Gables, among others.
Presented by Crown Wine, Spirits & Gourmet and procured by Wine Buyer and official WOHM sommelier, Veronica Litton–recently honored as one of only eight 2015 Market Watch Leaders in the country–wines for this year’s event offer fitting selections including Frances Ford Coppola’s Vendetta Cabernet Sauvignon, Valley of The Moon Pinot Blanc and Zinfandel, Merlot Devil by Charles Smith in Washington State, Boneshaker Zinfandel by Hahn Family Vineyards in Monterey, Freakshow Cabernet Sauvignon and Seven Deadly Zins by Michael and David Winery in Lodi, California, Blanc de Bleu sparkling wine, and Toad Hollow Francine’s Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Event chairman for the eighth year, Deering Estate Foundation board member Howard Tendrich is excited to honor American wine, cuisine, art and classic literature for this year’s event.
“Wine On Harvest Moon has become the Foundation’s signature fundraising event,” says Tendrich. “The awareness, attention and, of course, monies it affords the estate for our educational programs, cultural events and conservational efforts is amazing, and it’s simply wonderful that the theme this year so beautifully complements Deering Estate’s own vibrant history.”
Woven into the evening’s festivities is an alluring high-end live auction, emceed by husband and wife team, WPLG Channel 10 News Anchor Jacey Birch and Meteorologist Trent Aric. Putting forth the best melding of rare collections and exclusive experiences to date, The Deering Estate Foundation’s auction items are sure to be crowd pleasers and are available for preview on the event website.
The Foundation is also excited to announce that title sponsor South Motors BMW plans an official unveiling of the new 2016 BMW 750i, special during WOHM. Guests will be among the first in the nation to sit inside the 7 Series, BMW’s flagship for innovation in design and technology, and experience its Rear Executive Lounge, a 7-inch Touch Command Tablet, and Gesture Control, a new function that adjusts audio volume, accepts or rejects incoming phone calls and executes a multitude of other commands with the simple wave of the hand. Additional details are available at SouthBMW.com.
The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW72 Avenue in Palmetto Bay. Capacity is limited and tickets are on sale now, priced at $150 for Deering Estate Foundation members and $175 for nonmembers. Attendees must be 21 or over. Call 305-235-1668, ext. 263 or visit deeringestate.com/wine-on-harvest-moon/ to purchase.
All proceeds benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. Leading sponsors include title sponsor South Motors BMW, Coconut Grove Bank, Celebrity Cruises, Northwestern Mutual, Morris & Reynolds Insurance, UBS Financial Services, Cherry Bekaert CPA’s & Advisors, Heritage House, FP&L, Deering Dental, SunState Bank, Szaro Family, Village of Palmetto Bay, Leo Lagomasino, Valley of the Moon, Reflections Productions, Blooming Gardens, Pinecrest Magazine, Hungry Post, South Florida Gourmet, SocialMiami.com, Miami Socialholic and Community Newspapers.