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Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor

Thank you to our corporate sponsors for your unmatched generosity, enthusiasm, and unwavering support. We express our endless gratitude to you for making this a memorable and educational weekend and allowing for the showcasing of the South’s very best!

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2024 Headliner

Vivian Howard is an award-winning cookbook author, TV personality, chef, and restaurateur. Her first cookbook, Deep Run Roots: Stories & Recipes from My Corner of the South (2016), is a New York Times bestseller and was named “Cookbook of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
vivian howard 2024 headliner

2024 Winery Headliner

Alpha Omega where the land and winery are both Napa Green certified and the Vineyard Management team practices sustainable farming.
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Sponsors

Media Sponsor
Garden & Gun
Garden & Guns
Bourbon Partner

Blade and Bow
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Beverage Sponsor

MickyFinn's

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Learn more about our sponsors
Sponsors

All Proceeds Go to
Help 4 Kids

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Meat and Meander

Sponsored By Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Thursday, April 4th
6:30-8:30 PM

Event Info

The Waters Building
James Allen Plaza

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Vivian Howard Cooking Experience

Sponsored By Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Friday, April 5th, 3:00PM

Event Info

Black Box Theater,
Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center

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Sip+Savor Wine Stroll

Sponsored By Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Friday, April 5th
5:30pm – 8:30pm

Event Info

(Private Reserve Experience, 7pm-10pm)
at Victors Restaurant

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Signature Dinners (4)

Sponsored By Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Friday, April 5th
6:30PM – 9:00PM

Event Info

Very limited number of tickets available!

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Ray Isle Wine Class:
Napa Valley 101

Sponsored By Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Saturday, April 6th
11:00AM

Event Info

Victors Restaurant
Very limited number of tickets available!

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The Grand Tasting

Downtown at Florence County Surface Lot

Saturday, April 6th
11:00AM – 3:00PM

Event Info

Victors Restaurant
Very limited number of tickets available!

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The Final Pour with Chef Vivian Howard

on the grounds of the
Francis Marion University
Performing Arts Center

Saturday, April 6th
6:30PM – 9:30PM

Event Info

Victors Restaurant
Very limited number of tickets available!

Holly Beaumier
Frank Chisholm
Paula Efird
Brian Falcone
Lane Gilpin
Rick Havekost
Bryan Holt
Marianne Hoylen
Thomas Kennedy
Jill Lewis
Tim Norwood
Cooper Thomas
Tamara W. Kirven, Executive Director

Staff

Executive Director
Tamara W. Kirven

Producers
Matt Lee and Ted Lee

Associate Producer 
KeKe 

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Benefitting

Hunger hurts, and Help4Kids Florence is making a direct impact in our community by feeding at-risk elementary school-age children in Florence County. Throughout Florence County, there are a high number of elementary-age children that depend on free or reduced breakfast and lunch meals as their primary source of nourishment during the week. Unfortunately, this means that many of these children are hungry on the weekend when schools are closed. Help 4 Kids is dedicated to providing bags of single-serve, nutritional foods to these at-risk children, directly reducing their weekend food insecurity and helping to ensure that these children are able to return to school on Monday rested, fed, and ready to learn.

Help 4 Kids Florence currently provides weekend meal packs to approximately 2,500 children in Florence County elementary schools and Head Start program during the school year. Help 4 Kids also provides meal packs in the summer months to the year-round school program at Timrod Elementary School and the Head Start programs. Help 4 Kids also partners with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Florence County, East Florence Mission, and the City of Florence to distribute bags of food to hungry children throughout the year.

 

Executive Director
Tamara W. Kirven

For 2023, the Florence Wine & Food Festival is introducing an all-new, marquee event—The Grand Tasting—that presents a new venue for sponsors to get their name out in front of a discerning clientele of festival-goers. The Grand Tasting will be:

  • The largest event the Festival, at 500 ticketed guests, happening Saturday afternoon Downtown from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
  • A tented, full city-block’s worth of delicious bites and sips, with winemakers, craft-brewers and distillers, pouring and pairing alongside the region’s best restaurants, farmers, and specialty-food vendors—offering guests an exciting all-you-can-sample taste of the PeeDee’s tantalizing food culture!
  • A performance stage, featuring live music, chef-demonstrations and competitions.
  • A VIP-tier ticket giving guests early access to the Grand Tasting and to an adjacent VIP area furnished with premium accommodations and elite culinary treats.
 

Producers
Matt Lee and Ted Lee

Siblings Matt and Ted grew up and learned to cook in Charleston, South Carolina, in a townhouse on the city’s fabled Rainbow Row. They attended colleges in the Northeast and so missed the foods of their hometown they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order source for southern pantry staples in 1994. When a magazine editor asked them to write a story about traveling around South Carolina, they embarked on a second career as food journalists and cookbook authors.

Since 2000, they have written hundreds of food, wine and travel features for magazines and newspapers and their three cookbooks have, combined, won two James Beard Awards and four IACP Cookbook Awards. They were on-air commentators for seven seasons of The Cooking Channel’s hit series Unique Eats, and hosts of Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros. on Ovation

More recently, Matt and Ted created Cookbook Boot Camp, a two-day seminar that shows aspiring cookbook authors how to complete and sell their cookbook proposals to national publishers. Their most recent book, Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business, was named one of 2019’s best books by Amazon and The New York Times Book Review called it “The Kitchen Confidential of big-ticket catering.” They are currently working to transform Hotbox into a documentary series for TV.

Matt, his wife Gia, and their three sons live in Charleston, SC. Ted lives with his wife, the artist E.V. Day, in Brooklyn, NY.

The Florence Wine & Food Festival Chefs Council is a group of participating chefs (and restaurateurs and food producers) who develop ideas and act as a sounding board for the Festival’s planning committee, production staff, and Board. The Chefs Council fosters a sense of community in the food and beverage industry in the Pee Dee and increases the visibility of the Festival and its chef constituency.