Colony offers crab fest package

LONGBOAT KEY, Fla. -- The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort and the Colony restaurants packaged their 12th annual Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival for Nov. 1 to 4.

Each year the festival brings together top culinary and winemaking professionals to celebrate the start of the stone crab season in Florida.

Events showcase stone crabs and other fresh Florida seafood.

In addition to the Colony's own chef and his staff, this year's participating chefs include Rick Moonen of Oceana and Waldy Malouf of Beacon, both in New York; Ian Winslade of BluePointe in Atlanta; Pascal Oudin of Pascal's on Ponce in Coral Gables, Fla.; Khai Duong of Ana Mandara in San Francisco, and Ken Frank of La Toque, Rutherford, Calif.

Participating vintners include Robert Blue of Bonterra Vineyards in Hopland, Calif.; Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem Winery, Newburg, Ore.; David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard, Healdsburg, Calif; Fred Constant of Constant, Calistoga, Calif.; Ben Howkins of Hungary's Royal Tokaji Wine Co., and Greg Gessner of Mumm Cuvee, Napa, Calif.

Food and wine expert and author John Mariani will serve as the guest moderator for the weekend.

The package features a reception on Thursday night, two days of cooking demonstrations and wine tastings and two evening events.

Friday night's Festival Tasting on the Beach will have each chef serving his specialty seafood dish, winemakers pouring one or more vintages and live tropical music.

The Chef's Gala Celebration on Saturday evening features a six-course meal during which chefs and vintners are paired for each course in collaboration with the Colony's culinary team.

The three-night festival package covers a one- or two-bedroom suite and entry to all culinary events.

Rates run from $1,735 plus tax, double, to $2,960 for four adults sharing a two-bedroom, two-bath suite.

For information, call (800) 4-COLONY.

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