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VeritageMiami

January 22, 2015 16:30 ET

The 20th Annual VeritageMiami Set for April 15 - 18, 2015

City National Bank Signs On as Presenting Sponsor; Allen Morris to Chair the Four-Day Celebration

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - Jan 22, 2015) - Presented by City National Bank, the 20th annual VeritageMiami will attract more than 3,500 wine and food lovers to four days of world-class culinary indulgence at Wynwood Walls, Village of Merrick Park, InterContinental Miami and Marlins Park, April 15 - 18, 2015. All proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade's work in education, financial stability and health. VeritageMiami tickets are now on sale at www.veritagemiami.com.

Allen Morris of The Allen Morris Company is this year's VeritageMiami chair, dubbed the Marquis du Vin, alongside his wife, June Morris, the Marquessa du Vin. "Last year, we had our celebrity chefs dancing on tables, Tony and Emmy award-winning star Kristin Chenoweth singing her heart out on second base and attendees having the time of their lives," said Mr. Morris. "And now, we are planning even bigger and better surprises for the 2015 VeritageMiami."

To kick things off, Sunday, January 25 thru Monday January 26, some of South Florida's premiere sommeliers and wine directors will participate in the Best in Glass Wine Challenge. The comprehensive, blind and rigorous wine competition will take place at Johnson & Wales University's beverage lab. Gold and silver medal-winning wines will be showcased during VeritageMiami.

The four day culinary celebration begins with the Craft Beer Tasting on Wednesday, April 15, at Wynwood Walls. Set amidst world-renowned outdoor murals, the vibrant crowd will gather to sample favorites from local restaurants, paired with 100 craft beers and micro-brews at dozens of tasting stations.

On Thursday, April 16, at Village of Merrick Park, the celebration continues with the walk-around Fine Wine Tasting, where more than 65 wine producers and importers will line San Lorenzo Avenue, displaying a collection of 300 wines from around the world, alongside Miami's most celebrated restaurants and caterers.

On Friday, April 17, the ultimate good time for foodies, Interactive Dinner, will take place at the Intercontinental Miami. More than 600 energetic guests bravely sport cooking aprons and toques as they prepare a three-course meal, under the direction of top celebrity chefs and with the help of hundreds of talented Johnson & Wales University students serving as sous chefs.

On Saturday, April 18, VeritageMiami will culminate with an Auction and Wine Dinner at Marlins Park. The evening begins with a cocktail hour overlooking the downtown Miami skyline, followed by a dinner and a fabulous live auction on the diamond. Award-winning wines from the Best in Glass Wine Challenge will be poured, and amazing entertainment is expected.

Stay tuned for exciting announcements on VeritageMiami 2015 participating chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and entertainment on www.facebook.com/VeritageMiami.

VeritageMiami is led by a group of community volunteers, better known as the Court of Jesters, which include: Ministers of Fundom of the First Knight: Matthew Bittel, Dustin Symes and Evelyn Torres; Ministers of Fundom of the Second Knight: Mark Trowbridge and Alex Villoch; Ministers of Fundom of the Third Knight: Melinda and Jorge Gonzalez and Minister of Fundom of the Fourth Knight, David Samson.

To date, joining City National Bank as sponsors of VeritageMiami are: American Airlines and Marlins Park at the Vinter level; Bank of America and Village of Merrick Park at the Cellar Master level; BB&T, Cherry Bekaert, Deloitte, Johnson & Wales University and Ryder System at the Cooper level; Covanta, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, JPMorgan Chase, LNR Property and MCM at the Sommelier level; and Response Publishing Group and The Miami Herald Media Company at the Scribe level. VeritageMiami trustees include: Jayne and Leonard Abess, Linda and Michael Bittel, Nelly and Miguel Farra, Jorge and Melinda Gonzalez, Jeffrey Miller, Ana Veiga Milton, June and Allen Morris, Armando Olivera, Sonia and Nestor Plana, Noryn and Oscar Suarez, Richard Yulman, Judy and John Zeder.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.veritagemiami.com. For sponsorship opportunities contact Mercedes Garcia at 305.646.7029 or info@veritagemiami.com.

About VeritageMiami
The annual VeritageMiami brings together wine, spirits, beer and food lovers for a four-day festival featuring, top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries and winemakers, breweries and impressive auction lots, all to benefit the South Florida community. Celebrating its 20th year, VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving education, financial stability and health -- the building blocks for a good life. For more information, visit www.VeritageMiami.com, www.facebook.com/VeritageMiami, www.Twitter.com/VeritageMiami and www.instagram.com/VeritageMiami.

About City National Bank
Headquartered in Miami, City National Bank (CNB) is the financial institution to which Floridians have turned for more than 65 years. With more than $5 billion in assets, CNB is one of the largest financial institutions based in the state. City National Bank is one of the most liquid and best capitalized banks in Florida and is rated 5 stars "Superior" by BauerFinancial. CNB was voted Best Community Bank, Best Business Bank, Best Bank for Commercial Real Estate, Best Bank for Jumbo Loans and a top private bank by the readers of the Daily Business Review. The South Florida Business Journal named it Business of the Year in 2013 and Community Bank of the Year in 2013 and 2011. CNB offers a diversified portfolio of financial products and services at 26 convenient banking centers from Miami-Dade County to the greater Orlando area.

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