Visa Canada hosts fourth annual Infinite Dining Series, providing
exclusive access to unparalleled culinary food and wine experiences.
TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - In celebration of its highly acclaimed
Infinite Dining Series, Visa Canada is set to bring together Canada's
only three Master Sommeliers for a night of collaboration and wine
pairing. Dubbed "The Master Sommelier Challenge," the event will task
John Szabo, Jennifer Heuther and Bruce Wallner - Canada's only three
sommeliers who have received the designation of "Master" - with
creating perfect food and wine pairings as they select extraordinary
Pinots to compliment Chef Eron Novalski's dishes at Toronto's Aria
restaurant on February 28, 2012.
The sophisticated evening of food and drink is part of a larger,
nationwide series of gourmet dining events at renowned Canadian
restaurants, offered exclusively to Visa Infinite cardholders. The
Series also includes brunch events, putting a fine dining twist on the
iconic Sunday meal, and "Chef Experiences," allowing participants to
interact with Chefs as they cook.
"The Visa Infinite Dining Series, in which I've participated previously,
is thoroughly first class. It's the ideal forum to showcase what we
love to do," said John Szabo, Canada's first Master Sommelier. "We
spend a great deal of time working on the intricacies of pairing food
and wine, and having our theories tested live on the spot by guests at
the event will be very rewarding. Mostly, however, it will be a
celebration of fine food and wine, with a little entertainment thrown
in for good measure!"
Collectively, Szabo, Heuther and Wallner have led some of Canada's - and
the world's - most respected wine programs. All three are members of
the Court of Master Sommeliers, an elite group noted for their mastery
in beverage knowledge and service. Requiring extensive education and
examination, the Court is both exclusive and highly respected.
Established in 1977, it demands a thorough understanding of the art,
science and history of wine and beverages of all types, and most of
all, a refined palate.
"'The Master Sommelier Challenge' at Aria will provide our guests with
incredible food and the rare chance to sip and savour extraordinary
wine picks from Canada's most highly-respected and accomplished
sommeliers," said Brenda Woods, Head of Marketing, Visa Canada. "The
Visa Infinite Dining Series continues to set an incredibly high bar for
dining experiences across Canada, and we're confident that every event
we've planned for our fourth installment will deliver on, and exceed
Visa Infinite cardholders across Canada can experience the gastronomic
events in the following venues:
Jazz Brunch at FRANK Restaurant in the Art Gallery of Ontario, Brunch
Toronto. Sunday, February 26, 2012 11a.m.
Jazz up your Sunday brunch routine with a decidedly more artful
experience at the Art Gallery of Ontario's celebrated FRANK Restaurant.
Join Chef Anne Yarymowich and her team for a delicious multi-course
brunch, then explore the AGO's exhibits (gallery admission is
Champagne Brunch at River Café with Andrew Winfield, Brunch Series
Calgary. Sunday, February 26, 2012 11a.m.
Join Chef Andrew Winfield for a champagne brunch in a cozy and welcoming
lodge atmosphere —on Prince's Island Park, set apart from downtown
Calgary and your busy life.
The Master Sommelier Challenge at Aria Restaurant, Dining Series
Toronto. Tuesday, February 28, 2012 6:30p.m.
Join Canada's three Master Sommeliers for a wine and food pairing
challenge that is truly rare, exclusively for Visa Infinite
cardholders. This is the first public appearance to include all three
Master Sommeliers, and the results will be remarkable for wine lovers.
Restaurant e18hteen with Chef Matt Carmichael and California Winemakers,
Ottawa. Wednesday, March 28, 2012 6:30p.m.
Join Chef Matt Carmichael and winemakers from California in a
tantalizing exploration of international tastes as interpreted by one
of Ottawa's top kitchen teams.
Celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford with Chef Ned Bell at YEW restaurant +
barin the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, Dinner Series
Vancouver. Saturday, March 31, 2012 6:30p.m.
Two of Canada's ingredient-obsessed and quality-focused chefs join
forces for a culinary mash-up worthy of the Four Seasons.
Ultimate Sunday Brunch with Jamie Kennedy and California Winemakers at
The Gardiner Museum, Brunch Series
Toronto. Sunday, April 1, 2012 11a.m.
Join one of Canada's premier local-food advocates, the award-winning
Chef Jamie Kennedy, as he presents a spectacular multi-course brunch in
the pristine and gorgeous dining room at the Gardiner Museum.
DNA Restaurant with Derek Dammann and California Winemakers, Dinner
Montreal. Wednesday, April 4, 2012 6:30p.m.
Join a uniquely innovative operation at DNA Restaurant, where Chef Derek
Dammann executes spectacularly inventive dining experiences for his
Hawksworth Restaurant with David Hawksworth and California Winemakers,
Vancouver. Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:30p.m.
Join Chef David Hawksworth for a stellar evening at one of the newest
and most acclaimed restaurants in Vancouver.
A Rare Sunday Brunch at Kitchenette with Nick Hodge, Brunch Series
Montreal. Sunday, April 22, 2012 11a.m.
Join Chef Nick Hodge for a perfectly paced Sunday brunch featuring his
signature bistro-style "soulfood," exclusively for Visa Infinite
cardholders. This is an extra special opportunity, as Kitchenette is
not normally open for brunch.
The Ultimate Country Culinary Escape at Langdon Hall Country House Hotel
& Spa, Dinner and Country Brunch
Cambridge. Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2012
Join award-winning Chef Jonathan Gushue in the bucolic surrounds of
Langdon Hall, a Relais & Chateaux property of breathtaking beauty in
the town of Cambridge. This overnight experience will envelope you in
the ambiance of a world-renowned country inn, as you while away time
with delectable delights, local and global wines.
To purchase tickets for one or more Visa Infinite Dining Series events,
Visa Infinite cardholders can call 1-888-711-9399 (seating is limited),
or visit www.visainfinite.ca and log-in as a Visa Infinite cardholder for more information.
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exceptional benefits at some of the world's finest hotels, exclusive
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trusted security benefits, featuring a zero liability policy, emergency
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About John Szabo
John Szabo is Canada's very first Master Sommelier, having received the
accreditation in 2004. He's a principal wine reviewer for WineAlign.com
and Winefox.ca, a regular contributor to the National Post and the Toronto Standard, and wine editor and columnist for Toronto's CityBitesmagazine. His wine picks are heard monthly on Classical 96.3 FM radio.
Szabo is consulting beverage director for the Trump Tower Toronto. He
designs wine cellars, manages wine collections and hosts luxury wine
tours for private clients. He is the buyer for the unique Sommelier
Service wine club, and to round out his experience, he owns a vineyard
in Eger, Hungary.
About Jennifer Heuther
Earlier last year, the Court of Master Sommelier recognized Heuther's
years of hard work and dedication by naming her Canada's first female
Master Sommelier. She is well-known in wine circles in Toronto, and has
directed or consulted on some of the city's most prestigious wine
programs, notably for Ruth's Chris Steak House and Oliver &Bonacini
restaurants. She has worked with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
for seven years, and is currently head sommelier, overseeing their wine
operations, including the new Real Sports Bar and Grill and e11even.
Democratic in taste, Heuther's choice picks include everything from
Ontario's Tawse rieslings to Krug champagne.
About Bruce Wallner
Certified as a Master Sommelier in London in 2009, Wallner counts
himself fortunate to have been involved in some remarkable wine
operations. In 2000, he became the initial chef sommelier of Palazzo
Versace. He worked for five years as chef sommelier for the legendary
Hotel du Vin in the U.K., the first sommelier from outside of France to
do so. Now based in Toronto, he helps young sommeliers develop their
skills through the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers. He
likes to drink riesling, pinot noir, syrah and anything else that
touches the soul.
SOURCE VISA Canada Corporation
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