CHICAGO GOURMET -- A CELEBRATION OF FOOD , WINE & SPIRITS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Will Conniff
Executive Vice President, General Manager
Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois & Kentucky
Tel: (630) 685-3211

CHICAGO GOURMET -- A CELEBRATION OF FOOD , WINE & SPIRITS
NAMES SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF ILLINOIS AS EXCLUSIVE WINE & SPIRITS SPONSOR OF THE SEPTEMBER 25-27, 2009 FESTIVAL

Bolingbrook, Illinois, June 15, 2009: Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., today announced that the Company is sponsoring Chicago Gourmet, which runs from September 25 – 27, 2009 in Millennium Park. The portfolio of fine wines and spirits of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois and its supplier partners will be exclusively featured at Chicago Gourmet’s “A Celebration of Food, Wine and Spirits”.

Held in collaboration with the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and chaired by The Honorable Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago, Sheila O’Grady, President of the IRA, said Chicago Gourmet plans three days of exciting culinary and sensory diversity, all held within the breathtaking Millennium Park, which is situated right next to Lake Michigan. She noted that Chicago Gourmet will feature the highest quality wines and spirits along with some of the city, state and region’s best chefs, cookbook authors and sommeliers—as well as many national and local food and culinary experts. Ms. O’Grady added that Chicago Gourmet organizers and sponsors expect thousands of in- and out-of-state savvy and discerning consumers to attend the three-day event in the Windy City. Will Conniff, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois & Kentucky said, “Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois is extremely excited and honored to be collaborating with the Illinois Restaurant Association and Mayor Daley for the 2009 edition of Chicago Gourmet. In particular, our ongoing relationship with the Illinois Restaurant Association, and Gourmet Chicago is a strong reflection of our commitment to the importance of the restaurant and hospitality business in Chicago and throughout the great State of Illinois.” Mr. Conniff added, “During this event, we are also proud to be participating in a number of exciting charitable auctions, the proceeds from which will support the Green City Market enterprise—Chicago’s only sustainable market, which features organic and locally-grown foods.” Mary F. Barranco, Director of Education, Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois and Kentucky, said, “We are thrilled that as part of the overall program at Chicago Gourmet our Master Sommelier, Serafin Alvarado, and our Master Mixologist, Bridget Albert, will be participating in some of the many educational events for interested consumers. Chicago Gourmet will include seminars addressing the finer points of appreciating wine and spirits, the latest trends in the food and beverage industry, great wine and food pairing ideas, and the hottest new cocktail recipes.” Mr. Conniff concluded, "On behalf of Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois, I would like to thank Chicago Gourmet, the IRA and the Mayor’s Office in Chicago. We all look forward to a great fall event in Millennium Park.” For more information about Chicago Gourmet and to purchase tickets, please log onto: www.chicagogourmet.org About Southern Wine & Spirits of America: Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 29 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia—as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership. In addition, Southern has announced a pending strategic arrangement with Glazer’s Family of Companies in the center of the country—resulting in an incremental 8 markets to Southern’s existing footprint. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.

Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 (Archive on Thursday, June 25, 2009)
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