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18 Annual Einstein on Food & Wine Festival

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With a dash of science, a pinch of atmosphere and a heaping helping of food and wine, the Museum of Science & Industry will host its 18 annual Einstein on Food & Wine weekend festival on February, 1 – 2, 2013. The weekend is ideal for anyone who enjoys wine, food, music and supporting a worthy cause through a silent auction.

The weekend kicks off with the inaugural Annus Mirabilis* dinner on Friday, February 1, at 7 p.m. Tickets are available for those wishing to enjoy an intimate dinner, culinary demonstrations and a customized menu by Fabio Viviani of Bravo’s Top Chef in a private home on Bayshore Boulevard. Voted fan favorite for season 5 of Bravo’s Top Chef, Viviani is executive chef and owner of Café Firenze, Italian Restaurant and Martini Bar in Moorpark, CA and Firenze Osteria, Italian Restaurant and Bar in Toluca Lake, CA.

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The celebration continues with Einstein on Food & Wine on Saturday, February 2. The event begins at 7 p.m., but those with VIP tickets have early access beginning at 6 p.m. and can rub elbows with Viviani in the VIP lounge. ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the host sponsor, will feature more than 50 vintners with a variety of wines, including reds, whites, champagnes, domestic and imported. Delicious food and desserts from more than 30 different local restaurants will be featured including Chart House, BJ’s, TC Choy Asian Bistro, Brio, PDQ, and Blue Bell ice cream, along with a variety of food trucks like Not Your Ordinary Food Truck and Michelle Faedo on the Go. In addition to the array of food and wine, a silent auction will be held with proceeds to benefit MOSI’s educational programs.

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This year MOSI is adding a new and exciting element to Einstein on Food & Wine for its participating restaurants. Restaurants who participate will have their food judged by Fabio Viviani of Bravo’s Top Chef and MOSI guests in a quest to find the best food at Einstein on Food & Wine. All voting will be done by secret ballot and all ballots will be tabulated during the evening. Winners will be announced in MOSI’s Grand Lobby prior to the closing of our silent auction.

Prize categories are as follows:

  • First Place will receive $1000 and a plaque
  • Second Place will receive $750 and a plaque
  • Third Place will receive $250 and a plaque
  • People’s Choice will receive a plaque and bragging rights

Einstein on Food & Wine tickets are $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers and $80 when purchased the week of the event. The event begins at 7 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older to attend. VIP tickets can be purchased for $125, which includes valet service and early access to Einstein on Food & Wine at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the inaugural Annus Mirabilis dinner, which includes an intimate dinner, culinary demonstrations and a customized menu by Viviani, are $200 per person or $350 per couple.

Both evenings benefit the education programs at MOSI. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 813-987-6000 or visit the museum website.

*Annus Mirabilis is a Latin phrase meaning “Wonderful Year” and was the title of a collection of articles written by Einstein in 1905 that included his theory of relativity.

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