Wining and Dining: Toronto Celebrates its Seventh Annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival

Outstanding Charitable Event Raises $2M for Groundbreaking Medical Research

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The 7th annual Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, Toronto's premier annual wine and food event took place October 27th - 29th. Over 2000 guests attended the Halpern Portfolio Wine Tasting and 740 guests attended the sold out Grand Cru Live Auction at the Allstream Centre.  27 exclusive luxury homes opened their doors and participated in the private Wine and Dine Experience on Saturday night.

This year's event raised an impressive $2M for the groundbreaking medical research at Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals including the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Arthritis Program and the Diabetes Centre.

Grand Cru Festival Co-Chairs Todd Halpern and Cheryl McEwen walked the red carpet at the wine tasting and live auction event at the Allstream Centre on Thursday. The star studded red carpet included 24 star Kiefer Sutherland, actress Lisa Ray (Water), etalk host Ben Mulroney, Dave Salmoni (Host of Expedition Impossible) and musical guest Justin Nozuka. Grand Cru guests were greeted by Limba, the Asian elephant, and Robbie, the Bengal tiger from the Bowmanville Zoo.

Halpern is extremely proud of the $10.2M that Grand Cru has raised for various key hospital programs since its inception in 2005. "This event continues to build on the success of previous years.  We are thrilled it has become a signature event for University Health Network attracting new sponsors, supporters and international participants," said Todd Halpern, Event Founder and Co-Chair.

The remarkable three day event featured over 31 top chefs and 70 wine estates, including renowned international chefs Michael White, Daniel Boulud and Kimio Nonaga, joining Canadian culinary luminaries such as Jamie Kennedy, Mark McEwan and David Hawkesworth.

"Once again we are absolutely delighted with the support for Grand Cru," said Tennys Hanson, President & CEO of Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. "This event brings together the very best of several worlds and truly demonstrates how collaboration and commitment can inspire the power of philanthropy to support leadership, innovation and discovery at our hospitals."

For further information about this year's event, including a full list of guest homes, chefs and wine estates please visit

SOURCE Toronto General

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