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Albany 'Wine & Dine for the Arts' issues a call for 2015 beneficiaries

The official 2015 festival poster.

The date -- January 15-17. 2015 -- has been set. The promotional poster has been revealed. Now, what is needed for the 6th annual Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival is a set of beneficiaries of its "Wine & Dine for the Arts" event. Michelle Hines Abram, founding director, said today that more than 70 restaurant and food service chefs and 250 wine, spirits and brewing companies will be involved in the festival overall.

"All net proceeds from the 2015 festival will be donated to five arts beneficiaries to be selected by the festival board of directors," Abram said. "In its first five years the festival has donated over $406,000 to deserving arts organizations."

The board now is accepting applications from would-be beneficiaries, who may submit applications online or call (518) 331-3440 for details.

"Festival attendees will savor the finest in culinary offerings," Abram said, "as well as have the opportunity to attend high-profile seminar pairings that, this year, will focus on healthy, sustainable agriculture." Further details about the festival will be announced at a later date.

Each year the Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival creates an iconic bottle to serve as the official festival image throughout a six0month promotional campaign. The bottles were introduced in 2012 with the typography bottle created by Phillip Armstrong. The 2013 and 2014 bottle was a mixed media piece painted in the Old Master style by local artist Tony Iaidiccio, digitized by Allison Munsell, and graphically enhanced by Danielle McMahon.

The 2015 image was created by local graphic designer Robert Coker of New England Standard in Saratoga Springs. The bottle, called the “Blue Lady”, was inspired by Matisse, an expressionist and non-naturalistic use of color that were hallmarks of the Fauvist period.

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