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Preakness Party is now accepting reservations

On Saturday, May 16, from 3 to 7 p.m., the 5th Annual Preakness Party and Auction to benefit the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation (RCC/EFI) will move back to the Northern Neck to the Wirtland estate, the home of Fletch Flemer on the grounds of Ingleside Vineyards near Oak Grove.

The 2009 event will again feature delectable and inventive cuisine from the area’s top chefs, excellent Virginia wines, melodies from a live string trio, silent and live auction items and, of course, the thrill of watching splendid thoroughbred horses run for the Preakness Stakes crown on overhead big screen TVs.

The highlight of the 2009 Preakness Party will be the signature taste treats prepared by “Five Gull” award-winning chefs from leading area restaurants: Nate’s Trick Dog Café and The Tides Inn, both in Irvington; Stratford Hall, Stratford; The Tavern, Heathsville; and Tommy’s Restaurant, Reedville.

Scrumptious desserts will be prepared by the student chefs of RCC’s Culinary Arts Institute. In addition, superb Virginia wines will again be poured by Belle Mount Vineyards (Warsaw) and the hosting Ingleside Vineyards. Charming live melodies from the talented musicians of “Strings & Things” will enhance the atmosphere.

Due to the popularity of this annual gala, Preakness Party planners encourage guests to phone RCC/EFI at 804-333-6707 for reservations (required) well in advance of the event. The admission charge of $50 per person covers all food, drink and entertainment.

posted 04.13.2009

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