October 06, 2005 14:33 ET

Innovative Wine Weekend to Benefit Medical Research

Attention: City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Home/Garden Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ON--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 6, 2005) - Matching the right wine to the right occasion can be a challenge. A highly palatable event being planned by Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation this month is taking that challenge even further - matching the right wine to the right meal to the right philanthropist to the right scientist, all to benefit breakthrough medical research.

Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival, from October 27 to 29, 2005 in Toronto, will bring many of the world's finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors in a three-day event. The three components of the Festival include a wine-tasting reception on Thursday, October 27, featuring noted wine critics Robert Parker and Pierre-Antoine Rovani. Friday, October 28, will feature dinner by world-class chefs complemented by wine from the world's finest vintners, and hosted by 25 of some of Canada's most prominent citizens. The festival will wrap up with a wine auction on the afternoon of Saturday, October 29.

"Canadians are so modest, we rarely put ourselves out there as the best of the best, but Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival really is bringing our best together," said Todd Halpern, owner of Halpern Enterprises and Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation Board member. "Bringing together the country's top philanthropists, the best wines collected from around the world, and some of Ontario's finest chefs - all in some of the most amazing homes around - will benefit Canada's best medical researchers."

While enjoying fine food and wine, guests at each host home will meet one of Canada's leading medical scientists. Funds raised from the festival - the goal is $3 million - will benefit the Support a Scientist program, ensuring that scientists at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital have the tools they need to find answers to the world's most pressing medical challenges.

"Support a Scientist is an opportunity to bring our donors together with the best and brightest scientists. This program delivers nothing less than the potential to cure disease and restore quality of life for countless patients in Canada and beyond," said David Smith, Chair of Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. "From the discovery of insulin by Dr. Frederick Banting to current research into using our own stem cells to repair and possibly grow new organs … we know there is always an answer, and with our donors' support, we'll find it."

For more information, visit the Grand Cru Culinary Wine Festival website at

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