The Second Annual SavorCT Returns to Hartford April 8-9

Foodies and lovers of fine wine and spirits are invited to gather for the second annual Savor – A celebration of Wine, Food & Spirits, presented by Foxwoods® Resort Casino. On Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016 the Connecticut Convention Center will be filled with exquisite wines, distinctive dishes and incredible spirits. Ticket sales are open now

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Savor kicks off on Friday evening April 8th with its Grand Tasting and continues on Saturday with a second session. This two-day celebration features samplings of signature dishes of Connecticut’s leading chefs alongside a seemingly endless variety of highly sought-after wine, the world’s finest craft beers and superior spirits – all are included in the single cost of admission. Stroll through the impressive spread or relax in a series of spirit lounges to fully savor the experience. Plus, Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant: Impossible on Food Network will return to Savor as host chef for the second year. Chef Irvine will be joined by top chefs from across the country to demonstrate their signature dishes for a live audience on the Savor Demonstration Stage.

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On Saturday evening April 9th, guests will have the opportunity to dress up for the Savor in Style Charity Gala. From celebrity chefs to prominent regional chefs and widely known winemakers, this grand walk-around affair is where luxurious style meets substance. These culinary masters will offer their decadent creations, pairing each dish with an Tickets for The Savor Grand Tasting sessions and the Savor in Style Charity Gala may be purchased online at A portion of the proceeds from Savor benefit the Robert Irvine Foundation, a non-for-profit organization that honors the men and women defending our country. The Foundation’s mission is to support the individuals and organizations committed to enriching the lives of our military personnel and their families. To learn more about the Foundation and Robert’s commitment to our military, please visit

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Ahi Tuna au Poivre Sauce Recipe from Chef Robert Irvine

Ahi Tuna au Poivre Sauce Recipe from Chef Robert Irvine

Yields 8 portions


  • 1 Shallots, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Green Peppercorn in Brine
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/4 cup Brandy
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Demi Glace
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice


Saute shallot, green peppercorns and bay leaf in butter over medium heat for 1 minute. Deglaze with brandy and add demi glace and heavy cream. Reduce by 1/3 and season with salt and add lemon juice.

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SavorCT Event Highlights


Thursday, April 7th from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Savor the Legends of Pappy Van Winkle, Robert Irvine, and Plan b Burger bar at this Kentucky-style soirée. Guests will have the unique opportunity to taste all five years of Pappy, aged from 10 to 23 years. Presented by Plan b, Savor the Legends kicks off the Savor weekend with a delicious Kentucky-inspired menu, bourbon cocktails and the chance to meet Robert Irvine.

Tickets: $125 ($150 at the door, unless sold out in advance)


Friday, April 8 from 7 to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 9 from
noon to 4 p.m.

Savor’s Grand Tasting represents the best of the New England culinary scene. Indulge your senses as you Sip, Savor & Stroll your way through an extraordinary selection of domestic and international wine, as well as some of the world’s finest craft beers, high-caliber spirits and artisanal food offerings — all are included in the single cost of admission. A fantastic lineup of chefs will join Robert Irvine on the Savor Kitchen Demonstration Stage and share their signature recipes and trade secrets with you.

Tickets: $110 ($125 at the door, unless sold out in advance)


Saturday, April 9 from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

The Savor in Style Charity Gala, hosted by Robert Irvine, brings together some of the nation’s top culinary legends and prominent regional chefs.These masters will lavish guests with their sumptuous creations, where every dish will be paired with an exceptional wine or other luscious libation. This spectacular evening event promises a thoroughly enjoyable grand walk-around affair, where luxurious style meets substance. From bubbles to dinner to dessert, your glass will be decadently decanted and your plate full of first-rate cuisine.

Tickets: $160 ($175 at the door, unless sold out in advance)

Other talented chefs will join Robert Irvine over the weekend at SavorCT

  • Vinnie Carbone, Carbone’s Kitchen
  • Edward Allen, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Tyler Andersen, Millwright’s
  • Prasad Chirnomula, Thali
  • Bill Carbone, Dish Bar & Grill
  • Elizabeth Falkner, Culinary Instigator
  • Sebastien Derbomez, Hendrick’s Gin
  • Marcell Davidsen, Community Table
  • Mary Ann Esposito, PBS series, Ciao Italia
  • Dino Giordano, 30Boltwood
  • Beau MacMillan, elements Restaurant, Arizona
  • Tim Herlihy, Tullamore D.E.W.
  • Nick Martschenko, South End
  • Jeffrey Lizotte, ON20
  • Franck Iglesias, Foxwoods Resort Casino
  • Zac Young, David Burke Group
  • Luke Venner, elm
  • Steven Rosen, Connecticut Convention Center
  • Philippe Rispoli, PB Boulangerie Bistro
  • Jamie McDonald, Bear’s Smokehouse

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