February 02, 2023 - February 07, 2023 12:00 pm
Frankie Lemmon Foundation, Poplarwood Court, Raleigh, NC, USA
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Women on a Mission
Ladies: Take your mark, get set, GO! This is literally the hottest Triangle Wine & Food Experience ticket. With only 40 seats, this WOMEN’S ONLY DINNER sells out quick!
This amazing event started many years ago, when two of Raleigh’s movers and shakers, ASHLEY CHRISTENSEN and ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER, teamed up to start raising money for the Frankie Lemmon School. They saw the power of bringing together like-minded women with a drive to make a difference in the lives of their community. Thus, WOMEN ON A MISSION was born!
During the gals only dinner portion of the evening, Ashley will cook a memorable meal paired with wine selections from Eliza’s cellar. But this event is more than just food and wine. The real impact takes place with the conversations and friendships that spark in this room. It’s a powerful group to be a part of, a veritable assembly of “BOSS LADIES!” as Ashley would say.
After the savory courses, your significant others are invited to join the fun for dessert and after-dinner drinks. From that point on, the party really begins, and the bourbon and port start to flow!
So, ladies, want in? Of course, you do! SAVE. YOUR. SEAT.
DINNER PREPARED BY ASHLEY CHRISTENSEN WITH WINE PAIRINGS AND BOURBON ON SEPTEMBER 14TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER.
*ONE SEAT TO WOMEN ON A MISSION ON SEPTEMBER 14TH 2023.
-Courtesy of Eliza Kraft Olander and Ashley Christensen - AC Restaurants
Bourbon Like Never Before
BOURBON LIKE NEVER BEFORE (EXCEPT THOSE TWO OTHER TIMES)
Ladies and Gentlemen, thanks again to BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER we have wonderfully exciting news to share with you, especially if you have an affinity for bourbon...At their invitation, 'THE' JULIAN P. VAN WINKLE is coming back to Raleigh on APRIL 27TH 2023, to support the Frankie Lemmon School!
When we say this is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME opportunity, we're not just saying it. Unless you were lucky enough to join Julian, Brian, Eliza and Ashley almost a decade ago, then it's a THRICE IN A LIFETIME opportunity! Either way, it's "MAYBE ONCE IN A DECADE" and are you really going to gamble on whether or not you'll get the chance to be GUIDED THROUGH A VERTICAL OF PAPPY VAN WINKLE BOURBON, by none other than its name sake, 10 or so years from now? No, you most certainly are not, because joining Julian is STEVEN D. GREENE of HERONS who will expertly prepare a multicourse dinner to pair perfectly with Mr. Van Winkle's bourbons. As if you need any more convincing, Eliza is even offering to make Julian's famous Rye 'VanHattens!'
DINNER PREPARED BY STEVEN GREENE WITH BOURBON PAIRINGS DISCUSSED BY JUILAN VAN WINKLE ON APRIL 27TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER.
*ONE SEAT TO BOURBON LIKE NEVER BEFORE ON APRIL 27TH 2023.
- Courtesy of Brian McHenry & Eliza Olander; Julian Van Winkle - Pappy Van Winkle and Steven D. Greene - Herons
The Five Best Friends
- THE FIVE BEST FRIENDS ANYONE COULD HAVE
Five of our favorite people under one roof! When longtime friend of Frankie Lemmon, JASMINE HIRSCH, came to us with the idea of hosting a dinner party to end all dinner parties, it was an obvious choice when she suggested that ADAM & MARTHA DERBYSHIRE host. Naturally Jasmine then recruited two more Frankie Lemmon super fans, MICHAEL CRUSE and JASON STANHOPE, to solidify the evening's unapologetic excellence.
Library Pinot Noir & Chardonnay from legendary HIRSCH VINEYARDS, unabashedly Californian wines from cult sparkling producer CRUSE WINE CO., relevant, approachable, sensible, technically driven, seasonally inspired, farm to table cuisine from James Beard Award-winning chef JASON STANHOPE of F.I.G., as well as the ubiquitous hospitality of CASA DERBYSHIRE! This is your invitation to join these five incredible human beings on NOVEMBER 4TH, 2023 (TRUFFLE SEASON!) for an unforgettable evening spent among lifelong friends.
DINNER PREPARED BY JASON STANHOPE WITH WINE PAIRINGS ON NOVEMBER 4TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF ADAM & MARTHA DERBYSHIRE.
- Courtesy of Adam & Martha Derbyshire, Jasmine Hirsch - Hirsch Vineyards, Michael Cruse - Cruse Wine Co., and Jason Stanhope - F.I.G.
Want Tequila Little Time?
WANT TEQUILA LITTLE TIME WITH STEVE?
STEVE REYNOLDS is a TWFE "lifer", so you probably know him as the owner and winemaker of Reynolds Family Winery. Did you also know he's a partner in the ultrapremium tequila brand, PENTA. PENTA is the first tequila produced using 100% blue agave sourced from all five of Mexico's legally protected designation of origin states. It captures the terroir-driven magic typically associated with wine, combining it with centuries of history, and funneling it into a
small batch, luxury tequila that epitomizes blending and balance.
Steve is rightly excited about this project and he wants to share it with us, taking everyone lucky enough to get a ticket on a behind-the-scenes tour of his company's production in, you guessed it, JALISCO MEXICO! Starting on AUGUST 10TH, 2023, you'll spend THREE (3) DAYS & NIGHTS learning about ALL THINGS AGAVE and the culture that surrounds the fastest growing spirit in the world. Personally guided by Steve Reynolds, the Aceves family and the Penta tequila partners, you'll be nothing short of pampered on this
ALL ACCOMMODATIONS ARE PREMIUM (EXAMPLES INCLUDE THE HYATT ANDARES, THE JW MARRIOT, AND HOTEL SOLAR DE LAS ÁNIMAS). TRANSPORTION IS EXCLUSIVELY PRIVATE, AIR-CONDITIONED LUXURY MERCEDES SPRINTER VANS.
PLANTATION & DISTRILLERY TOURS TEACHING YOU GROWING AND HARVESTING
TECHNIQUES AND THE DISTILLATION PROCESS LEAD BY LOCAL JIMADORS.
MASTER CLASSES EDUCATING YOU ON THE RICH HISTORY AND VARIATIONS OF
AGAVE SPIRITS. DAILY FIESTAS & EVENING CELEBRATIONS UNDER THE STARS FEATURING REGIONAL CUISINES. HISTORIC TOURS OF GUADALAJARA, ARANDAS AND 'THE' CHARMING TOWN OF TEQUILA. TEQUILA AND MEZCAL SAMPLING UNTIL YOUR HEART'S CONTENT.
*ONE SEAT TO TEQULIA LITTLE TIME WITH STEVE ON AUGUST 10TH - 13TH, 2023.
Courtesy of Steve Reynolds and the Penta tequila partners
Wine In Wilmington
MICHAEL & OZ NICHOLS are Triangle Wine & Food Experience and Frankie Lemmon
staples. Each has made a tremendous impact ever since first getting involved nearly a
decade ago. Their generosity is incredibly inspiring, especially when it comes to opening
their beautiful home to raise funds for the children and families of Frankie Lemmon.
They have put together an exciting dinner in Wrightsville Beach, teaming up with
Wilmington’s James Beard-nominated chef DEAN NEFF and HELEN KEPLINGER & DJ
WARNER of KEPLINGER WINES on AUGUST 5TH, 2023.
HELEN KEPLINGER has been crafting amazing wines for over almost two decades now.
She’s worked with some of Napa’s most iconic brands including Bryant Family, Carte
Blanche, Grace Family, Arrow & Branch, Kenzo, Paradigm, Fiddlehead Cellars and of
course her own label Keplinger. Gaining indispensable experience from Napa Elite, such
as Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, Michel Rolland & David Abreu, and from her time spent in
France and Australia, Helen now stands her own in the demanding wine world and her
expertise is showcased in all the wines she produces.
DEAN NEFF calls Wilmington home, specifically SEABIRD! Dean’s creative yet accessible
approach to Eastern North Carolina cuisine with a sophisticated appreciation for
seasonality is what has earned him a place among the best of the best. Dean has built his
career around leadership and support of the Wilmington community while gaining national
attention as a culinary leader.
Join Mike & Oz from their intercoastal waterway home as Dean Neff prepares a
multicourse dinner celebrating the seasonality of Wilmington’s seafood and other Eastern
North Carolinian ingredients to pair with selections from Helen Keplinger's South of France
and Southern Rhone inspired project, Keplinger Wines.
DINNER PREPARED BY DEAN NEFF WITH WINE PAIRINGS DISCUSSED BY HELEN
KEPLINGER & DJ WARNER ON AUGUST 5TH, 2023 AT THE HOME OF MICHAEL &
*ONE SEAT TO WINE IN WILMINGTON ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH, 2023.
Courtesy of Mike & Oz Nichols, Helen Keplinger & DJ Warner - Keplinger Wines and
Dean Neff - Seabird
PIZZA PARTY W/ PAX BY THE POOL
PIZZA PARTY WITH PAX BY THE POOL
PAX MAHLE, ANTHONY GUERRA, and BRIAN & ELIZA are ready to party AL FRESCO! What’s more northern California than wine tasting on the terrace? Hangout with Brian & Eliza on JULY 15TH, 2023 as they host wine-soaked late afternoon (into evening) slinging pizza by the pool.
PAX a friend of Frankie Lemmon for the better part of 20+ years, needs no introducing. He’s best known for his game changing California Syrahs that are in a league of their own. To kick things off, Pax and Pam will be poppin’ bottles, helping you explore some of their favorite GROWER CHAMPAGNES. As the evening progresses, Pax is going to take everyone back in time to the year 2000 (his very first vintage!), guiding guests through a RETROSPECTIVE of PAX LIBRARY WINES spanning two decades. Yes, we are talking about wines cellared for 20 years! Taste for yourself how great these wines age and keep your senses refreshed with sips of champagne inbetween!
For anyone who doesn’t know ANTHONY, you’ve surely had his pizza! Not unlike wine, for Anthony, pizza is a way of life. Owner of OAKWOOD PIZZA BOX, he pays tribute to the same style of pizza he grew up eating on Friday nights in Long Island. Anthony uses whole milk cheeses, putting a low moisture mozzarella cheese on the dough first, then topping with sauce, more fresh mozzarella, and focused offering of toppings. All ingredients are fresh. There are no freezers. Everything he makes is made in the morning and used that night. Anthony takes no shortcuts, sharing that in common with Pax’s holistic approach to farming and winemaking.
From Michelin 3 stars to inner tube floats...Dip your toes in the water! Party with Pax and Anthony poolside. Don’t forget your bathing suits and towels. Nighttime swimming is the best!
DINNER PERPARED BY ANTHONY GUERRA WITH WINE PAIRINGS DISCUSSED BY PAX MAHLE ON JULY 15TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER.
*ONE SEAT TO PIZZA PARTY WITH PAX BY THE POOL ON JULY 15TH 2023.
- Courtesy of Brian McHenry & Eliza Kraft Olander; Pax & Pam Mahle - Pax Wines and Anthony Guerra - Oakwood Pizza Box
Battle of Bordeaux
A showdown is set to take place on MAY 17TH 2023 and PAUL HART, Chairman & CEO of HART DAVIS HART WINE CO. and current Frankie Lemmon Foundation Board Member, is ready to referee! Who's sparing? The who's who of Bordeaux! Also joining this first-rate(d) party is a VERY special guest - HERVÉ BERLAND! With more than 35 years' experience in the wine business, Hervé is the former Senior Manager of CHÂTEAUX MOUNTON ROTHSCHILD and the current CEO OF CHÂTEAU MONTROSE. As our honored guest, Hervé brings an unmatched perspective to what will be a riveting conversation.
Join Paul and Hervé as they lead you through selections of top-ranked Bordeaux, comparing and contrasting their subtleties. Enter the perfect chef for these perfect wines. With a French bistro of his own, top ranked chef SCOTT CRAWFORD is expertly preparing a multicourse dinner designed to further shed light on the wines' nuances. His 'joie de vivre', alongside his James Beard award-nominated creations make for the perfect pairing.
Hosting this Title Fight are two champions of TWFE and Frankie Lemmon, BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER. We couldn't think of a 'Château' more fitting for the occasion! We hear that Paul is also adding wines from his personal stash, so you know it will be unforgettable.
DINNER PREPARED BY SCOTT CRAWFORD WITH WINE PAIRINGS DISCUSSED BY PAUL HART AND HERVÉ BERLAND ON MAY 17TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER.
*ONE SEAT TO THE BATTLE OF BORDEAUX ON MAY 17TH 2023.
- Courtesy of Brian McHenry & Eliza Olander; Paul Hart - Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.; Hervé Berland - Château Montrose and Scott Crawford - Crawford & Son
One Tequila Two Tequila More
ONE TEQUILA TWO TEQUILA MORE
Our dear friends JOE PATTERSON and 'COCKTAILS WITH KELLIE' FALK are inviting you to a tequila tasting and dinner from the comfort of their own home.
Join WILLIAM & COMPANY / LA VELADORA'S owner and mixologist, LILY BALLANCE, as she shares her passion for the nectar of agave. William & Company boasts one of the state's most impressive Latin American spirits list, including mezcal, pisco, cachaÃ§a and even DiplomÃ¡tico rum from Venezuela. La Veladora serves over 80 impossible-to-find varietals of mezcal, rare small-batch tequilas and obscure agave spirits like Raicilla, Bacanora and Sotol. Lily will teach everyone about the process behind creating agave spirits, from planting to growing to distilling. Lily will be using a whole host of indigenous Mexican products, showcasing their medicinal benefits.
To accompany magical mixes and spirits, indulge in the culinary genius of OSCAR DIAZ, of CORTEZ. Oscar, a James Beard nominee, puts his experiences, travels and tastes together to bring his culture and cuisine to Raleigh - basically Southern staples with a Mexican twist (or Mexican staples with a Southern twist - depending on who's asking!).
Can you hear the margarita's shaking? Shake your way into a seat!
DINNER PREPARED BY OSCAR DIAZ WITH TEQUILA PAIRINGS ON JUNE 16TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF JOE PATTERSON & KELLIE FALK.
*ONE SEAT TO ONE TEQULIA TWO TEQUILA MORE ON JUNE 16TH 2023.
- Courtesy of Joe Patterson & Kellie Falk; Oscar Diaz - Cortez and Lily Ballance - William & Company
Duck Duck Serge
Bringing to together all things duck and French, PAM SWANSTROM is hosting a fÃªte de canard! JIM REICHARDT (better known as THE DUCK MAN!) a fourth-generation duck farmer, has been supplying the nation's best chefs with his acclaimed LIBERTY DUCKS since 1992. Ask any chef, if there's a chance to work with Jim's strain of Pekin Duck that is suited to a slower, less stressful style of rearing and therefore, makes for a larger, meatier, more flavorful product, they're pouncing at the opportunity!
Hence why our good friend SERGE FALCOZ-VIGNE is so excited! Jim and Jennifer (THE DUCK DAUGHTER) have donated plenty of duck for Serge to build a multicourse dinner around! Serge is our French connection, drawing parallels between his French heritage and his Southern home.
JENNIFER REICHARDT isn't just the COO of Liberty Ducks, she also owns her own wine label, aptly titled 'Raft'. Started in 2016 from a feeling of joy - joy of the land, of the food and wine we can produce, and of the joy we have when we share around the table. Her journey revolved around the table and the community that she shared it with. That community is her raft, keeping her afloat every step of the way. Her wines are distinctly Sonoma and pair perfectly with her family's duck!
This being a French dinner, there will of course, be FRENCH WINES! From Champagne to Burgundy to Bordeaux to Chateauneuf-du-Pape, PAM SWANTSTROM, KEN PLACE, & BRIAN MCHENRY & ELIZA KRAFT OLANDER are all contributing French selections from their cellars.
For the love of duck, for the love of all our French connections, for the love of gathering around the table, join this raft of incredible human beings on AUGUST 8TH, 2023!
DUCK DINNER PREPARED BY SERGE FALCOZ-VIGNE, JIM REICHARDT, & JENNIFER REICHARDT WITH WINE PAIRINGS ON AUGUST 8TH 2023 AT THE HOME OF PAM SWANSTROM.
*ONE SEAT TO DUCK DUCK SERGE ON AUGUST 8TH 2023.
-Courtesy of Pam Swanstrom; Ken Place; Brian McHenry & Eliza Kraft Olander; Serge Falcoz-Vigne; Jim Reichardt and Jennifer Reichardt.
HERE, WE, GO! By popular demand, ALAN & EVELYN HUGHES, STEVE REYNOLDS,
PAX MAHLE, and JAKE WOOD are getting everyone back together to celebrate
MILBURNIE 3.0 on MAY 18TH, 2023!
There is something undeniably special happening around these incredibly good people. It's almost ethereal. You can't quite put your finger on it, but we're surely grateful for it! The
modest charm of Milburnie Fishing Club, Alan & Evelyn's southern hospitality, Steve's allAmerican wholesomeness, Pax's roguish charm, and Jake's infectious enthusiasm melds into something that is so much more than the sum of its parts. Personalities aside, the product is equally enthralling. Large format selections from REYNOLDS FAMILY WINERY & PAX WINES, a spread from LAWRENCE BARBECUE so substantial it could almost be considered flagrant, live music, cold beer, rare bourbons...it's no wonder this annual tradition is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year!
Each iteration may look a little different, but it always feels the same. Like a home, it's
family that makes memories and we promise, you'll walk away from this one with a whole host of brothers and sisters!
DINNER PREPARED BY JAKE WOOD WITH WINE PAIRINGS DISCUSSED BY STEVE
REYNOLDS AND PAX MAHLE ON MAY 18TH, 2023 ON THE HALLOWED GROUND OF
MILBURNIE FISHING CLUB.
*ONE SEAT TO MILBURNIE 3.0 ON THURSDAY, MAY 18TH, 2023.
Courtesy of Alan & Evelyn Hughes, Steven Reynolds - Reynolds Family Winery,
Pax Mahle - Pax Wines and Jake Wood - Lawrence Barbecue
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Philanthropy through Hospitality
Triangle Wine & Food Experience is North Carolina's premiere wine and food event. Held annually on the first weekend in February, chefs, restaurants, wineries, and spirit brands from all over the world participate in an unmissable three-day affair that includes lavish dinners and curated tastings that culminates in a grand auction. From its humble inception 30 years ago, the Triangle Wine & Food Experience has grown to become one of the leading charity wine auctions in the nation, with all proceeds benefiting the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center.
Our Why: Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center
Since its founding, TWFE has existed for the sole purpose of supporting the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center, a NAEYC accredited, 5-star child development center that welcomes children ages 2-6 with and without disabilities. With the funds and awareness TWFE raises, Frankie Lemmon is able to provide inclusive classrooms, life changing therapies, and experiential offerings, giving all children a sense of belonging, friendships, and an opportunity to reach their full potential.
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