Thursday, April 8, 2010

19th Annual Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction & Celebrity Chef Dinner Benefiting the American Heart Association

Ten of the nation’s leading wine sommeliers along with 30 world-renowned wineries will join 18 of Dallas’s top chefs at the 19th Annual Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner Saturday, April 10 at the Hilton Anatole. Over 1,200 guests will enjoy a five-star dinner with wine pairings as they visit the food stations by celebrated chefs such as Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House, Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill), Jim Severson (Sevy’s), Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen), Marcus Strietzel (The French Room), Kerry Simon (Lounge at Palms Place, Las Vegas), David Holben (Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House) and Scott Romano (Charlie Palmer at the Joule. For a complete list of chefs, wineries and sommeliers, please visit

A highlight of the evening is Côtes du Coeur’s unique live auction featuring some of the most exclusive and coveted food and wine experiences including a trip to France with a stay in a private villa along with special guest Philippe Blanck accompanied by a tasting of Blanck wines and a package including a Blend Your Own 95+ Point Cab with Crushpad and a trip for four to Napa Valley with a private blending session. The event also features an unparalleled silent auction of 2,000+ types of wines. The evening will conclude with dancing and dessert hosted by the American Heart Association’s young professionals group, Young at Heart.

Chaired by Timothy R. Wallace, Chairman, CEO and President of Trinity Industries, Inc. the last two years, this event which benefits the American Heart Association brings prominent business and community leaders, celebrities, dignitaries, wine industry leaders, wine collectors, physicians and medical professionals together.

In addition, two awards will be given that evening. The first recipient is renowned French wine maker Alfred Tesseron of Château Pontet-Canet who will be honored with the 2010 Tête de Cuvée Award. Alfred is a third-generation wine-maker and co-owner of the renowned Bordeaux winery, Château Pontet-Canet, one of 61 wineries in the prestigious Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Second, Dallas businessman Ron Haddock will receive The American Heart Association’s inaugural One-in-a-Million award for his volunteer service. During the past nine years, Ron has worked at the local, regional and national levels of the American Heart Association to increase executive involvement as well as overall support for the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Since 1992, Côtes du Coeur has attracted more than 15,000 people and raised more than $11.7 million for cardiovascular research and heart-health education. Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the number one and number three killers of all Americans claiming close to 870,000 American lives each year. Funds raised by Côtes du Coeur and other heart balls around the country have enabled the AHA to achieve its 2010 impact goal of reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke by 25 percent. The AHA now looks towards its 2020 Impact Goal to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases by an additional 20% while further increasing the general cardiovascular fitness of Americans by 20%.

Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association today is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart diseases and stroke. These diseases, America’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers, and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim nearly 870,000 lives a year. Each year, the American Heart Association invests millions in research, professional and public education, advocacy and community service programs to help all Americans live longer, healthier lives. To learn more, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit

Tickets are still available and for more information, please contact Nancy Wolff at 214.748.7212 or

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