Top Annual Wine and Culinary Festival Features Palatable Delights in Support of Medical Research

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - In support of Toronto General & Western Hospital
Foundation, Canada's foremost social event, the Grand Cru Culinary Wine
Festival, is set to kick off in Toronto this weekend from October 23 to 25,
    This year's event marks a milestone - the fourth anniversary - of the
celebrated Festival that attracts the world's leading vintners, distinguished
chefs, top philanthropists and some of Canada's brightest scientific minds,
all collaborating to support medical research in a number of different
    The Festival will include an intimate reception on October 24, 2008,
hosted by noted wine critic Pierre Antoine Rovani, and will feature a rare
Chateau Le Pin vertical (1979 - 2005) tasting. The reception will be followed
by an elaborate luncheon with culinary delights prepared by chefs Daniel
Boulud and Martin Kouprie. The following evening in Toronto will see 19
exquisite homes of prominent citizens across the city, open their doors to
host private dinners featuring each, a masterful chef, vintner and research
    "By bringing together the best of the wine, culinary, philanthropic and
medical worlds for this exquisite weekend, we have raised over $4.5 million
over the past three years, for research we hope will not only enhance, but
save lives," said Todd Halpern, Grand Cru event chair, Toronto General &
Western Hospital Foundation board member and owner of Halpern Enterprises.
    "Funds raised from the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival help our
hospitals attract and retain top medical minds who are behind the medical
breakthroughs that transform how we treat patients," said Tennys Hanson,
President and CEO, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation.
    This year, proceeds from the Festival will support the establishment of
the I3 Centre, a new cardiovascular imaging facility at the Peter Munk Cardiac
Centre at Toronto General Hospital. The Centre will incorporate the latest in
imaging, intervention and innovation in cardiovascular diagnosis and
treatments that will make an impact on the world stage.

    About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

    Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research,
education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and
Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their respective research arms,
Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute.

    About University Health Network

    University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western
and Princess Margaret Hospitals. The scope of research and complexity of cases
at University Health Network has made it a national and international source
for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based
research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology,
transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious
diseases, and genomic medicine. University Health Network is a research
hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

For further information:

For further information: about the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival or
about Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundations, please contact: Gehna
Singh, Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation, (416) 340-4800 ext 6365,

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