Taste of Tennis Event Features Roddick, Nadal

Food, wine and US Open tennis the focus at New York gala.

Over 400 food, wine and tennis fans convened at the W Hotel in New York City on August 23rd for the Dacor Taste of Tennis food and wine event. Celebrating the launch of the 2007 US Open, the night featured tennis stars such as Andy Roddick, Tommy Haas and Rafael Nadal as they joined forces with top chefs like David Burke and Marcus Samuelsson in cooking demonstrations. Proceeds benefited the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, a global, community-based charity organization whose volunteers include 42 Olympians and professional athletes. Wine Enthusiast Magazine was a media sponsor.

Tennis star Andy Roddick

The players participated in cooking demonstrations led by the chefs, and mingled with guests in lounges spread throughout the hotel. Eighteen New York-area restaurants served international gourmet cuisine, and stations and bars set up by Rums of Puerto Rico, Pilsner Urquell and Palm Bay Imports featured wine and event-tailored drinks with a tennis theme.

The event also showcased a silent auction with coveted sports lots such as boxing gloves signed by Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, a signed poster of Dale Sayers and figure skates signed by the controversial Tonya Harding. www.tasteoftennis.com

Published on September 4, 2007
Topics: Events, US Open

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