ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2007 – Delta Air Lines will celebrate cosmopolitan cuisine as a proud, first-time sponsor of the 6th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, a three-day long event that has evolved into one of the foremost food and wine festivals in the country. From Feb. 23-25, Delta will host an impressive array of noted chefs and festival attendees in its signature Crown Room Club lounge and infuse its signature brand offerings into a variety of the weekend’s top tier events.
As host of the official Festival check-in, Delta is modeling the area after Delta’s own check-in counters: attendees will receive their Festival credentials and personal wine glasses from a baggage carousel-like conveyer belt. After completing check-in, attendees can visit Delta’s signature Crown Room Club lounge, a unique environment designed to replicate Delta’s new Crown Room Club experience at Miami International Airport, set to open in December 2007. The Crown Room Club lounge at South Beach will feature plush Maurice Villency furniture and two of Delta’s BusinessElite seats where attendees can relax and recline, along with an outdoor patio area overlooking one of the primary chef demonstration tents. It will also offer selections from Delta’s signature cocktail program – “Cocktails By Rande Gerber for Delta” – scheduled to debut on-board this spring.
As an official sponsor of the festival, Delta Air Lines will honor select participating chefs with Delta’s Mile High cookies – hand-iced sugar cookies from New York staple Eleni’s that will be imprinted with photos of renowned chefs in front of a scenic South Beach backdrop. Each day of the festival, five different chef cookies will be distributed to attendees as well as to guests staying at the Sagamore Hotel, where the cookies will replace the more traditional mints at turndown.
On Sunday, Feb. 25, the final day of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the public is invited to watch participating chefs battle it out in the Delta Fantasy Sundae Celebrity Chef Challenge, which will take place in the Crown Room Club lounge from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Noted chefs Tyler Florence and Dave Lieberman will each create a fantasy sundae to be judged by renowned chef Michelle Bernstein, who created Delta’s most recent BusinessElite menu and Caryl Chinn, who is a Contributing Editor for BizBash and also writes for Bazaar and W Magazine. In addition to judging the Delta Fantasy Sundae Celebrity Chef Challenge, Bernstein will lend her culinary expertise to Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best event, Friday, Feb. 23, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., which showcases the finest reserves from around the world. Her tasting menu will include selections from her signature Delta BusinessElite cuisine.
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Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 304 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 31 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 600 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 453 worldwide destinations in 97 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.