A big turnout for the Pacific Coast Wine Festival benefiting the Pacific Symphony netted more than $150,000 for the arts organization. The sold-out wine auction and tasting at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach attracted 300 local residents in their finest cocktail attire, enjoying a multi-course dinner while sampling many of the world's most coveted wines.
The lively affair was produced by honorary Chairs and Pacific Symphony board member Nancy Kelley and her husband Kim.
"I am not only thrilled that the Pacific Coast Wine Festival exceeded its financial goal for the Pacific Symphony, but delighted that it was such an interactive social event," said Nancy Kelley. "It was especially gratifying to see the huge demand for the dinner by chef Pascal Olhats."
Olhats served a dinner that began with an exotic green salad sprinkled with roasted pine nuts, followed by an entrée of filet of beef with roasted shallot risotto and black truffle cabernet sauce. Warm chocolate pudding cake paired with caramel ice cream followed. Wine pairings came courtesy of Ian Blackburn, founder of LearnAboutWine.com.