Plans Are Underway For RHA Howell's 2012 Epicurious Vino Challenge

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) April 06, 2012 - RHA Howell, Inc., the statewide non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities and their families, has announced the 2012 Epicurious Vino Challenge, which will be held this year on Saturday, June 2, from 6:30-10 p.m. at the 80-acre Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, NC.

    All proceeds benefit a child or an adult with a medical, physical, or mental disability.

    The Epicurious Vino Challenge is RHA Howell's most popular annual fundraiser, which includes live entertainment, The "challenge" is that participating chefs must randomly select one of Hinnant Family Vineyard's award-winning wines, then create a signature dish using that wine as an ingredient.

    On the night of the event, the chefs prepare small plates for the judges and the guests to sample as the chefs compete for The Chefs Choice Award and the People's Choice Award. The samples are presented in the vineyard's spacious wine tank room.

    A panel of professional chefs from U.S. Food Service selects the Chef's Choice award through a blind tasting. Those who attend the event vote for the People's Choice award winner.

    Last year's top winner, Chef Tom Armstrong of Vinnie's Steakhouse & Tavern in Raleigh (, has already signed on to compete again this year, along with the 2010 Chef's Choice winner, Brian Battistella of Battistella's in Raleigh (, and Chef Jeremy Law of SoCo Farm & Food in Wilson (

    Chefs who would like to participate, and businesses or individuals who would like to serve as sponsors (four levels of sponsorship are available), should contact event coordinator Debbie Valentine by either calling her at 919.803.2960 or emailing dvalentine ( @ ) rhanet dot org dot

    Along with the opportunity to sample original dishes by some of North Carolina's finest professional chefs, this year's event will include entertainment by nationally known comic Derrick Tennant, free wine tastings and specialty martinis, music, and a live auction.

    Ticket information will be available soon on RHA Howell's website,, and on the Epicurious Vino Challenge Facebook page.

    Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina sprawling over 80 acres. Its international, award winning wines range from dry white and reds to the traditional sweet scuppernongs. The vineyard is located in Pine Level, NC between Raleigh and Kinston. For more information:

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